In Delirium

Avatar Author: J. Rein B. Was an extremely eccentric 16 year old from the good ol' Philippines. I'm now 18, and I still like science fiction, ambigrams, and other stuff. Read Bio

In delirium, the human mind can grasp
the grandest of the ideas of the universe.
In delirium, the human can see.

Isaiah had a particularly ambitious plan.
The night before, his feverish thoughts have played detached observers to mundane cosmic events: artificial supernovae a few trillion lightyears away, hints of heat death in some forgotten quarters, and vacuum collapse in others.

Today, he decided to rewatch these events. So he readied himself, took the proper medications, and recited all the proper quips.
And off he went.

When his mind arrived, however, he met himself.
He asked himself “What are you/am I doing here?”
He looked at himself “You were/I was not here yesterday.”
He told himself “And yet here you are/I am.”

And they continued to argue as stars detonated, vacuum collapsed, and entropy triumphed.

And tomorrow they’ll do it again, if his temperature does not subside.

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  1. Avatar Ellinore C.

    I like it Kuya Reinier. You did a really good job on this.

  2. Avatar J. Rein B.

    This is inspired heavily by my own experiences when in fever. One time I imagined the entire multiverse. It was scary.

  3. Avatar J. Rein B.

    Thanks Coleen.:D I appreciate it!

    Where’s the story I’ve been waiting for?XD

  4. Avatar Ellinore C.

    Whoah. Even your hallucinations are still Sci-Fi? haha

    Eh. I’m not yet doing it. Still too lazy, and besides ang gagaling nyo na dito. Nakakahiya magpost XD

  5. Avatar Ellinore C.

    Whoah. Even your hallucinations are still Sci-Fi? haha

    Eh. I’m not yet doing it. Still too lazy, and besides ang gagaling nyo na dito. Nakakahiya magpost XD

  6. Avatar Ellinore C.

    Whoah. Even your hallucinations are still Sci-Fi? haha

    Eh. I’m not yet doing it. Still too lazy, and besides ang gagaling nyo na dito. Nakakahiya magpost XD

  7. Avatar Browncoatben

    I enjoyed this piece. Little typo in there at the end of the third section. Think you meant to say off…not of.

    But I really enjoyed the trancendentalism represented here. It made me think of two not totally unlike things… It made me think of a god, bored before creation. And it also made me (or the geek living inside me) think of Q from Star Trek the Next Generation tooling arouhd the multiverse.

    Either way, I really had fun with it!

  8. Avatar Browncoatben

    By the way, it’s cool to finally run across a Filipino on Ficly. My wife is Filipino and I believe them to have some of the most unique and interesting outlooks on the world of any people on the planet. Keep it up!

  9. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Okay, Ben found the typo. Nice job, and I like the visual of the two disembodied forms floating above the celestial show and arguing. Trippy but somehow still approachable/understandable.

  10. Avatar J. Rein B.

    Good eye mr. browncoatben! For some weird reason I always get that wrong.
    Regarding God Q, they were not really the first thing I thought, but I see where you’re going.:D

    Hha, thanks too from the filipino collective! Not a lot of people view us like that. At least, of the more vocal ones.

    Thanks for the comments. I really appreciate them.:D

  11. Avatar Sir Bic

    A worthy “Featured” ficlet. Very well done.

    I once had a schizophrenic friend who would talk like that.
    “No you didn’t/yes you did!”

  12. Avatar J. Rein B.

    Thanks.:D

    I don’t have any crazy friends, sadly. Well, none I’d say in their face at least.