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(The recorder clicks on)

*Slow and steady breathing*

*The noticeable inhale of a cigarette*

“This is…Doctor Amir Rajhood. It is February 14th, 2023. I have spent the last 8 months…trying my very best…to find a way for us to come back from this.…But I can’t.”

*Another long cigarette inhale*

“Maybe I was never supposed to…Maybe it was never meant for us to last as long as we did. I don’t know. I just know that I have tried my best.”

*slight cough and he clears his throat*

“I didn’t think that when I started this endeavor that I would be successful. I spent my entire life working hard for a chance to make my theories known and to explore other major parts of the development of my culture, of my world. I never once stopped myself and asked if it was right. I stuck through in my selfishness and I look back at the last year and…and…”

pause

“Ya know, I always wondered what it was like to be on top of the Eiffel Tower. To stand at the very top and just look out at the sunset. It must have been an amazing sight. But now…now there’s no chance for luxuries like that.”

Pause

“I don’t know how it started and I don’t know who is to blame. I blame myself but perhaps it’s all of us. Maybe we did this to ourselves. Subconsciously, we knew what we were doing. But we did nothing to stop it.”

*inhale of cigarette and the sound of glass shattering*

“Ah fuck! Dammit!”

*breathing heavily, noticeable frustration in the mans voice*

“Here I am. Talking about Eiffel Towers and sunsets when the world could care less about those things. This is what humanity did to itself. It put it’s luxuries over it’s necessities. That is truly what brought our demise. We cared too much about the smartphone that we didn’t take care for the drinking water. We cared too much about the reality TV star that we didn’t bother to look at the corrupt politician. People that paid men like me for my work. Paid me to figure these things out and hopefully it would be beneficial. Not to the population but to them. We cared too much about the paper we wanted to write our great ideas on, ideas to save the world, that we hypocritically tore down the trees to make it.”

*A long, deep breath*

“I’m letting my anger get the best of me. There is no room for anger anymore. What’s done is done.”

pause

“We destroyed so much. We thought we were doing the right thing but we were wrong. If anyone finds this I want you to know that we were wrong and I don’t want you to make our mistakes again. For your children’s…”

pause

“For your children’s sake. We have destroyed our future for the benefit of our present…and we have forsaken our past.”

*man begins to cry*

“I’m sorry…for all that I’ve done…I’m sorry…to the people who have died…because of me.”

*crying slows down*

“I want you to understand that this isn’t because I failed. It is because I was successful in my work. I accomplished my end goal…and it was a nightmare I wish I could awake from. Not all of what you do is good for those around you. Please, if you hear this, heed my warning. Don’t push the boundaries outside of control.”

*a slight rumble*

“I don’t have much time to explain right now. I just need you, whoever you are, to understand that we were wrong. We spent so much time reading about how many were wrong before us that we took the written words with a grain of salt and continued to make our weapons and make our advancements in science and we never thought we could be wrong. I am telling you now. We. Were. Wrong.”

*another rumble*

“I do hope this finds you and I hope you have made this world a better place. I am sorry to you for what we did. I’m sorry for….I’m sorry for what I’ve done to the people I love…”

*rumble begins to get louder.*

“If you are hearing this than I hope you have learned from the mistakes of men like me. If you have, you are already stronger than I will ever be. My name is Amir Rajhood…and I wish you a better life than this one.”

(recorder clicks off)

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