“Not too fast, it’s really bright!” It was too late; the bandages fell to my lap, their weight landing surprisingly heavy on the light summer bedclothes.

“Uhhh… Doctor?”. The nurse sounded worried.

I felt the Doctor’s strong hands envelop mine. “Alright, don’t worry. We haven’t removed the bandages yet. You’re just experiencing nerve impulses. It’ll should ease off now. I’m Doctor Soon, by the way.”

“You… haven’t removed the bandages? …But I felt you remove them!”

A long pause.

“Well”, Doctor Soon said, patting my hand, “let’s get these bandages off you. It’s time for a fresh dressing. I’m afraid you won’t be able to see yet, so be prepared.”

“How long ’til I can see?”

“Lets see how it goes.”

I panicked. Scraping around my eyes, I found the loose seem, and peeled it off, unwinding faster and faster. With each layer I removed, the emptiness felt more real. The bandages fell away, their weight landing surprisingly heavy against the bedclothes.

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