Intro Music – Breathe, by Chill Carrier https://chillcarrier.bandcamp.com/
Voiceover: Manifestations is a podcast of the Ostium Network
Voiceover: Time is not linear, but our story is.
Please join us … on our journey. We, are Manifestations.
Music becomes dramatic then fades out
Fade in background music. It is a tense/dramatic piano
From Other Suns, by Evan King https://evanking.bandcamp.com/
Alan – I’ve been here before. Weightless, suspended in this infinite darkness. There are no other objects; no point of reference. I can see my body, illuminated evenly, but I can’t see a light source. It’s possible light and vision might not work the same in this place.
Alan – There’s a sense of motion. Depending on how I think about it, the sensation changes from feeling like I’m moving at extreme speeds, to the nothingness moving by me as I remain still. And not in straight lines. [Exasperated] Like direction means anything in this void.
Alan – Something is different this time. My analytical mind wants to categorize and note everything.
Alan – I remember, me. My name – is Alan.
Alan – I remember school and growing up in northeastern Pennsylvania in the 70’s and 80’s.
Alan – I have memories of family, friends and work through the 90’s, 2000’s and teens.
Alan – I remember feelings of fun and hurt. Of joy and pain. And love.
Alan – I can’t remember when I should be. The memories seem to be from so long ago. Like they’re from a story I read and I can’t remember all of the details.
Alan – I was in Centralia; in the past. Trying to stop the events that started the minefire. Did it work? Did any of it matter?
Alan – I’m not sure where I’m going next, but I feel like it’s going to change me.
[PAUSE] – music fades out, replaced by static
Alan – There’s a noise; isn’t constant. There are patterns in what I first thought was chaos. Like pops and cracks in the static of a radio. Sometimes, even tones. Was that a voice? At that thought, the blackness becomes a grey, then quickly white. Not blinding, just full white.
Alan – I’m able to pay attention. There is no pain this time. The sense of motion slows, but does not stop.
[PAUSE] – Fade in background music. Slow guitar and keyboard, wonder/thoughtful
Eventide, by Rob Risley https://robrisley.bandcamp.com/
Alan – The whiteness dims, to reveal a long narrow room. I’m sitting in a corner. I can see windows along both walls to my left and right. Outside, it is mostly black. It’s a subway car. The noise is the train moving along the tracks. Though, not a sound like I’ve heard before. There are regular flashes in the dark beyond the windows and they’re timed with the thump sound.
Alan – There are enough seats for a dozen or more people here, but I’m only one of four. I hesitate, then slowly I look at my reflection in the window and see a face that isn’t mine. After what happened before I didn’t expect to see myself, but it was still alarming. No facial hair and no hair on this head. Curious, I rub my chin. It’s smooth, matching what I see in the reflection. Not the beard I usually keep; rubbing when thinking deep thoughts. The completely bald scalp of my host feels so peculiar. Okay, truth be told, I know I’m headed that way eventually.
Alan – Sitting here, I notice the temperature is comfortable, verging on slightly too warm. I’m wearing comfortable pants made of a tan and grey woven fabric. They feel like denim, but have a little stretch to them. There is a jacket to match folded neatly on the seat at my side. I’m wearing an off-white, simple button up shirt, possibly made of a woven cotton. The boots I’m wearing are what I would call basic work boots in a muted brown. They don’t really go with the pants, but they’re light and comfortable. The body I’m in dressed for comfort. I can appreciate that. But where am I?
Alan – I continue to look around. There’s an advertisement on a wall. In the image a family is having a picnic. There is a large group of people in the background. But I have no idea what the poster says. It seems to use Latin letters. It’s definitely not English. Not exactly. But it’s not exactly Spanish. I don’t know enough French to be sure. Portuguese maybe?
Alan – Examining different parts of the sign, trying to make out a translation, I focus on the large text across the top, “Festival Parq.” Parq is spelled with a “q.” That seems easy enough. Plus it fits the image. As I continue to look, I have to blink hard. The words are changing, becoming something I can read. I look at the text on another sign, and it does the same thing. [chuckle] One of the other passengers gives a quick side glance, they don’t seem impressed at my humor over having some kind of translator in my head.
Alan – Maybe not my mind. My hosts mind? Could I be getting the translation from his memories? Too many questions. And then I have a terrible thought. If I am here in this body, where is my hosts mind? I hope they return as I leave. I’m sure I’ll leave, eventually. [SOUND] For a moment, there’s a high-pitched ringing in my ears and I feel dizzy; like I might pass out. Slow, deep breaths. Focus on what is around me. Relax. I let the anxiety pass and I steel myself. Priorities.
Alan – Where am I? Why am I here? Was I in Centralia for a reason? It seemed so. Do I have a purpose here as well?
Alan – Now I can see that the advertisement is for a Park Festival. Three days of food, music, and remembrance in Reset Canyon. That’s an odd name. Just as odd as the phone numbers below. 307-06-28 ~ 307-07-01. They seem to be a few numbers short. Then again, I’m not familiar with making calls in Europe.
Alan – A screen on one wall is showing weather. 23°C (74°F), light wind, and partly cloudy. Not a bad day. And then I notice this is weather for the destination city, New San Francisco. New. It should have been obvious. I’ve got to be in the future.
Outro music – Sunshine, by Cobycracker https://cobycracker.bandcamp.com/
Voiceover: Manifestations Season 1, The Reset, was written, acted, and produced by Dwayne Farver. With input and help from Alex C. Telander.
Our intro music is Breathe, by Chill Carrier
https://chillcarrier.bandcamp.com/ https://www.chillcarrier.de/ The music heard here is Sunshine, by Cobycracker https://cobycracker.bandcamp.com/ Also heard in the episode was From Other Suns, by Evan King
https://robrisley.bandcamp.com/ You can find them at bandcamp.com
Sound effects are from freesound.org (none this episode)
Links to the music and transcripts can be found in the show notes
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The surprise at the end of this episode is only the beginning. Alan is about to discover just how much has changed.
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