Above the Surface
The two men stood alone in their dim office. I recognized Vancouver as the one standing off to the side, but the one at the desk was still unknown to me. I think he was the one pressuring Vancouver to end my life. Vancouver was shaking his head, and looked like a wreck. The other man was still wearing his uniform, and looked as though he could care less.
"I told you this would happen…" Vancouver finally said.
"Did any of our teams spot him?"
"No, and I expect they wouldn't… Greg knew everything they were going to do."
The man in uniform sighed and shook his head. "We should have terminated him when we had the chance."
Vancouver stood up straight, and looked down at the other officer. "Don't you get it?! We had the ultimate intelligence source! We had the power to prevent further attacks on American soil! Heck, we could have prevented any future threats!"
"He could have turned on us at any time, which in the end he did."
"He was only defending himself! But that doesn't matter anymore…" Vancouver sat down in a nearby chair, messaged his forehead and then looked back up. "Call off the search teams. If he doesn't want to be found, then we won't find him…"
One great thought-problem is the "outside-the-box" scenario. There is a common wealth of human ideas that can be used for bringing about solutions to problems, or simply to create problems. However, when a new challenge comes along, we must think outside this box for new ideas, to thus bring about new solutions for new problems. This is where we get the term, "think outside the box".
The same goes with human predictions of events. We know enough to add a certain degree of predictability to certain things in life. However, life is unpredictable, and we are limited to our span of knowledge of events. To predict an outcome, one must know all the factors involved. To predict how a certain situation will turn out requires one to know specifically what they are dealing with. Thus, we are unable to see past a certain point or surface. It is just impossible for our minds to view an entire event at all angles, and understand every outcome, but more importantly, which outcome will happen.
Once I arrived in Washington D.C., I got a chance to look over the documents from Vancouver. It seems the answer was there all along, and he had alluded to it. "It was a wild guess that something had happened to you during the accident, but answers had always been there." That's right, answers had always been there, but he'd been reluctant to give them to me.
I am living proof that Quantum Predictability Theory works. I was right in my thinking that it was all about predicting. That's what happened to me. The laser did more than fry my brain; it gave it data. I was literally branded by it. According to the file, my brain neurons had become super charged. I was given any and all future information, and left to predict how it would turn out. That point or surface that limits human predictions had been cast down. I could see all situations, all outcomes, and which situation would occur. I could now see above the surface.
Apparently Vancouver had originally suspected this, and confirmed it when they got my hospital data. "The accident definitely did some work on your brain. When everything first happened and you were in the hospital, we had a team go in and retrieve certain tests done on your brain." There was nothing wrong with it, but the doctors were still puzzled, and later paid to keep their mouths shut. Since there was nothing wrong with me, they had no reason not to accept the money.
Vancouver had been watching me since the beginning. It must have been one of his men I spotted in the alley that one night before the accident. After the accident he stepped up the observation, and watched everything I did. Soon his suspicions were confirmed, and he was ready to make the greatest deal in his life. But no good deed goes unpunished, and people in higher places wanted to do things differently.
Instead of actually hiring me, they wanted to hook me up to a bunch of computers and see if it was possible to recreate the same affects. Of course Vancouver knew it would be more than a long shot, and that it would cost billions to even attempt, so he persuaded them to give him some time. Not to mention that it would be cruel to hook up an innocent man like a science experiment. Unfortunately, my success on preventing the Baltimore incident only enforced their ideas, and they actually began to fear my power. They thought I would have a mental breakdown, get loose, and bring about the end of the world.
It was good that I ran when I did. I was right about another thing…my powers were improving. I wouldn't call it evolution as much as improvement. My mind was completely unprepared for anything of this magnitude, and after having used the skill quite a bit, everything began to fall into place. I now had perfected my use of it. I could will future images into my mind, and instantly know. There was no longer the rigid feeling or the vision in my mind. I just knew.
I guess there's really only one thing left to do, and that's to visit Kate. It's been awhile, and there is a lot that needs to be said. I'm not too worried though.
I already know how this is going to end…