The Boy Who Could Hear Your Thoughts — Part 1
A Superpower That Could Drive You Crazy
(Note:- I’ll be using italics to represent the mind’s dialogues.)
I woke up one morning to face the piercing sunlight entering through my windows. I pulled the pillow and covered my face with it. After a few seconds of stillness, I sprang up from my bed, gasping for breath.
“Pillows are suffocating”, I thought.
I crawled to the window and shut the curtains. I sit there for a few seconds with my hands on my knee.
I took a breath of exasperation as my mind said, “Why do mornings exist!”
I stretched my arm across the desk, searching for my phone. “Where is the damn phone! Aha! There it is!”
I turned it on and checked the time. It was 9:21 AM. “Shit! Not again!” I had once again missed my weekend class. Anyways, I didn’t care the least about it.
After all my morning chores, I stepped into my slippers and walked down into the hallway and into the kitchen. I hugged my Mom and walked over to the kettle. “She’s smelling bad today! I hope she hasn’t put on that ointment again!”
“Good morning sweetheart!” said Mom, in her usual upbeat mood. “Lazy dog! Sleeps all day and gives a damn to his own work!”
I was startled for a moment. “Mom?! What did you just say?” “Nothing dear! Your ears must be ringing! Of course they will! Don’t clean them and they’ll end up falling off your head!”
“Mom! What’s happening! I do clean my ears everyday!” I yelled. “Has she gone crazy! She never talks like this! Unless she’s in a very, very bad mood!”
“But I did not say anything about your ears! What the hell. Is he hearing my thoughts? Or maybe I’m just imagining it. Or maybe he is. Oh shit! Give it a hell. I’m doing these dishes first!”
I was stunned. The glass in my hand fell down and smashed into a million pieces. My hands were shaking as my palms felt sweaty. I didn’t know what was going on. Despite of my Mom yelling at me for being an irresponsible idiot, I stood awestruck. My mouth was wide open.
I could still hear my Mom criticizing me. In her head or with he mouth, I do not know. But it was happening. I was hearing her thoughts!