"Cylobian Sunset" by Stoned and Hedged, February 2012

Disclaimer: All the characters are the product of fiction. Any resemblance to the real characters are of a pure coincidence. No intention was made to insult anyone for any reason.

AN: This story is an act of fiction. No one is should attempt to act in the same manner as described.

AN2: None.

Summary: Mandy drew attention to Kirsty about some suspicious suicides. Kirsty refused to believe in the remote control of human emotions.

Cylobian Sunset

As Mandy and Kirsty were sitting on bed, each one on its own, snow started to fall again. Its white, puffy flakes were adding to the overall layers of whiteness, making it even more difficult for vehicles to reach their final destinations. Including emergency vehicles as well.

- Frostbite and the prostitutes ..., Mandy, while drawing the images on a paper, threw out casually.

- Excuse me? Kirsty's lip curled into a grin.

- What do you think of a mind control?

- What do you mean? Kirsty stared at Mandy as if she had a frog on her head.

- How about ..., Mandy stared at her boyfriend's picture on the wall, ... the emotions control?

- Mandy ... have you been eating some of those mushrroms Roy brought from Mexico last year ... perhaps?

- No.

- Then ... where is this nonsense coming from?

Mandy left her drawing and leaned on her pillows, chewing a chewing gum, making baloons. She offered a photocopy to Kirsty.

- What is this? She read. "The Assessment for the Controlling of ... Emotions"? Kirsty made a grimace and then shook her head. Like, I mean ... excuse me, but ...

- Oh, c'mon now ..., Mandy threw the chewing gum into the basket and then turned on her belly, starting to read. 1. What is the major factor that causes the contrasting high and low emotions during the teen years? She giggled at Kirsty who eventually liked the idea. She hated drawing anyway. Mandy continued. 2. Adults understand that the tantrums teens throw are just part of growing up. True or False.

- Definitely false! Kirsty remarked, adjusting the pillow to fit her better.

- 3. How is the adult different than the child?

- Bazooookah! Kirsty offered back. Who made these questions? A retard on a sponsored vacation? She disfigured her face and Mandy laughed. Kirsty continued. 4. Why isn't it appropriate for a teen to act the same way as a five-year-old? Jesus! Mandy ... tell me something ... Mandy was still giggling, ... did someone FORCE you to write these questions down?

- But ... but it wasn't me!

- Oh? She glanced at the photocopy. Then ... whose is it?

- Your emember that guy ... Daniel Rempala ...?

- Oh ... the one that killed himself?

- Yes! THAT one.

- What ... HE made this?

- I'm not sure. Rodgers gave me this and said it was found on his desk.

- Whose desk? His?

- No. Of the dead guy.

- Jesus! Kirsty trhew the paper away as if it was infectious. Mandy burst out laughing, turning on her back. Then she leaned over and took the paper again. It's like those "mystical texts" which you read once and then ...

- DIE? Mandy burst into laughter again, playing with her feet in the air.

There was a garbage truck outside, emptying the buckets. Kirsty brought herself back, waiting for Mandy to do the same.

- 5. What are some examples of childish behavior? Kirsty pointed a finger at Mandy. Mandy tried to laugh some more but her batteries were out. 6. What is an emotion? Hey ... that's a good one! She looked at Mandy, acting in a serene way. What is an emotion, Mandy? Mandy giggled back. Kirsty continued, adjusting the pillow underneath her head. 7. List five different emotions. She pretended she counted something in the air. 8. List 3 negative ways to deal with an emotional situation. Hey! There was a sund as of a rifle somewhere in the distance. This is a good one. How about ... a fist fight?

- Or using a club to gain more respect among the cavemen? Kirsty burst laughing, only this one was less fervent. Or ... how about using a gun to express your solitude?

Their laughter subsided eventually. Kirsty threw one quizzical at Mandy.

- Do you have a gun?

- Why do you ask? Mandy played with her feet, lying on her belly.

- 9. List 3 positive ways to deal with an emotional situation. Kirsty looked at the ceiling. I'll start ... let's see ... how about a kiss? She looked at Mandy.

- A hug?

- And ... she threw one "important" at Mandy and they both started to giggle again.

After they resolved issues about who's doing a better side kick, Kirsty wondered aloud.

- That guy ... Rodgers ... you said he was into something?

- Oh, yes. Mandy rose up and brought a binder. Kirsty sat beside her, reading the material.

- My God ..., she was surprised. So much of it ... She took the binder and read aloud. "Prior to engaging in the experimental task, each of the participants was given one of four sets of instructions corresponding with one of the following cognitive strategies: (a) Empathic Imagery, (b) Dissociation, (c) Empathic Reflection, and (d) no instruction" ...

- ... control?

- Looks like. They watched pictures of the participants with some electrodes hooked onto their heads. "The Empathic Imagery strategy was expected to increase the experience of contagion, while Voluntary Dissociation and Empathic Reflection were expected to decrease the experience of contagion. However, when the verbal content was analyzed" ..., a door slammed outside and Mandy nodded it was all right, ... "participants given Empathic Reflection instructions were expected to be more engaged in the interaction than those instructed to dissociate." Jesus! Experiments?

- That's nothing! Mandy took another binder from her bookshelf. Look at this one. It's my grandfather's. Kirsty immediately took the binder. It contained some clipped newspaper articles.

- "American scientist William James ... (1842-1910) and Danish scientist Carl Lange ... (1834-1900) both studied the relationship between emotion and physical changes in the body." Kirsty poked Mandy into ribs and they giggled. "In about 1885, they independently proposed that feeling an emotion is dependent on two factors: the physical changes that occur in the body and the person's understanding of the body's changes after the emotional event." There was someone yelling on the street outside and they looked at each other. It was some homeless man, wondering around. Kirsty continued, feeling grateful she had a roof over her head. "James and Lange believed that physical changes occur first, and then interpretation of those physical changes occurs. Together, they create the emotion." She closed the bidner. Your grandfather was into this as well? Mandy nodded. No wonder you want to specialize psychology. Mandy opened her binder.

- "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC for short, convened a panel of experts to discuss issues related to the emerging public health problem of electronic aggression."

- Electronic agression?

- Did you know that with nano-technology you could have implants in your body without even being aware of?

- Who told you of this?

- Rodgers of course.

- He's weird. Kirsty rose up, scratching her thigh, drinking more of the fruit juice. Mandy continued to read.

- "The panel included representatives from research universities, public school systems, federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations. A special issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health summarizes the data and recommendations from this expert panel meeting."

- Sounds like some electronic experiment?

- It COULD be. Rodgers says those cell phone antennas that you see on high buildings are actually means of controling our minds.

- Is he for real? Kirsty placed a hand on her hip, realizing she was experiencing another of her menstrual cycles.

- Here. Mandy opened her grandfather's binder again. "The second phase of mind control development was refined at an underground base below Fort Hero on Montauk , Long Island" ...

- New York?

- Yes. Mandy realized Kirsty was adjusting her bikinis and continued to read. " ... and is referred to as the Montauk Project." Kirsty finally joined her. "The earliest adolescent victims of Montauk style programming, so called Montauk Boys, were programmed using trauma-based techniques, but that method was eventually abandoned in favor of an all-electronic induction process which could be "installed" in a matter of days, ... or even hours" ...

- I bet it's even faster today ... Mandy adjusted her hair and continued to read.

- "... instead of the many years that it took to complete trauma-based methods."

- Trauma ... sound slike some aliens messing with our minds ...

They listened as Mandy's younger brother argued with Mandy's mother outside, complaining he does not have a room of his own anymore. Mandy continued with another article.

- "A declassified CIA document dated January the 7th, 1953 ...", Mandy's brother slammed the door again, "... with a section heading 'Outline of Special H Cases' describes the creation of multiple personality in two 19-year old girls." Mandy giggled, staring at Kirsty. Kirsty smelled her fingers. "'H' is shorthand for hypnotic, hypnotized, or hypnotism."

- My God! Sounds so ... intriguing? Like ... magic or something?

Mandy returned her grandfather's binder back into its place and resumed reading the first one.

- Do you believe Rodgers?

- What? That those cellular phone antennas control our emotions? Kirsty nodded. You mean ... some desk sergeant is controlling our emotions over the desktop computer even as we speak? Kirsty placed a hand over Mandy's mouth. Are you insane! Mandy threw Kirsty's hand away, her lip curling into a sneer. But this idea is actually not new.

- What do you mean? Kirsty's eyes widened. Mandy found the page.

- Here. Read it yourself. Kirsty took the binder, realizing some cold draft was reaching her feet. She brought them up onto the bed.

- "RNM works remotely to control the brain in order to read and detect any criminal thought taking place inside the mind of a possible perpetrator." Kirsty made a surprised face and then continued to read. "Research studies have shown that the human brain thinks at a rate of about 5000 bits per second and does not have the capacity to compete with supercomputers performing via satellites, implants and biotelemetry. The human brain has a distinctive set of bioelectric resonance system." Kirsty tried to be funny by making some facials, but Mandy was adamantly serious. "For the RNM system, supercomputers are being used and, thus, with its help, supercomputers can send messages through an implanted person's nervous system in order to influence their performance in a desired way." Jesus! Sounds like a bad dream come true! Creepy! She made some finger movements as if tossing the excess of water away.

- Read this part ... Mandy pointed with her finger.

- "Some of the countries involved in such programmes include USA, ...", Kirsty awed and Mandy nodded seriously, "... UK, Spain, Germany and France." She paused, staring in bewilderment at Mandy. You think that Daniel ...

- Not just him. Mandy rose up and approached the window, noticing an old lady that was checking up on robustnes of the thrown suitcase accross the street. Sam Vanikin as well.

- The guy that wished to become a psychiatrist one day? Kirsty could not believe her ears.

- Yes ... Mandy turned back, joining her. Isn't that ironic?

- But ... I mean ... the guy looked so ...

- Calm?

- Yes! And ...

- Serious?

- That too ... Wait! She stared at Mandy. Are you implying perhaps that ... that someone is DELIBERATELY making you ... commit ... the suicide? She almost rose up but Mandy prevented her. Kirsty continued to read to calm herself down. "Recently ...", they heard Mandy's brother leave the house, "... the National Security Agency of the US has developed a very efficient method of controlling the human brain." Kirsty gulped dry, remembering what she was thinking about Rodgers some minutes ago. A slight fear made her recoil uncosciously. "This technology is called Remote Neural Monitoring ..." So that's what that "RNM" is! Mandy nodded amd Kirsty continued to read furter. " ... and is expected to revolutionise crime detection and investigation." She closed the bidner but Mandy reopened it.

- Do you believe me now?

- I thought you were only joking about that "poisonous gas" and that nan ... whatever technology. She exhaled. All right. Suppose it exists. How would it enter my body?

- How about ... a milk shake? Or ... a hamburgher?

- No way? EVERYONE is consuming those!

- All right. Mandy rose up. How about ... visiting a dentist or ... piercing your ear perhaps? Kirsty was pondering, staring at the corners of the room, feeling suddenly exposed and insecure. Mandy nodded at the binder.

- "RNM has been developed after about 50 years of neuro-electromagnetic involuntary human experimentations." Jesus! "Involuntary"? Now don't tell me that Martin and Bugsy ended up ... some place ... NO WAY!

- How do you know they have not? Kirsty shrugged with her shoudlers. After they left the school no one really heard of them anymore ...

- Oh-my-God! She stared in bewilderement in front of her. Just because they failed the exams? NO BEEPING WAY! Kirsty was still holding the binder, her fingers going whitish due to the exerted pressure. Mandy nodded like some teacher and she continued to read.

- "According to many scientists, within a few years it is expected that DNA microchips will be implanted in the human brain ...", she gulped again, "... which would make it inherently controllable. With RNM ...", there was a sound as of a car bringing itself to a sudden stop, skidding on the slippery road, "... it will be possible to read and control a person's emotional thought processes along with the subconscious and dreams." Oh, my God! Mandy ... I am NOT going to dream anymore! Mandy nodded sternly again. "At present ..., around the world ..., supercomputers are monitoring millions of people simultaneously with the speed of 20 billion bits per second especially in countries like USA ...,", she paused again, "... Japan, Israel and many European countries." Oh ... the European Union!

Mandy took the binder away and statrted to read aloud, pacing around the room. Kirsty felt a sudden chill.

- "RNM can send encoded signals to the auditory cortex of the brain directly bypassing the ear." A cat meaowed outside of the room and Kirsty made a pleading face. Mandy still refused to let the purring animal into her room. "This encoding helps in detecting audio communication." There was some contruction noise in the vicinity. "It can also perform electrical mapping of the brain's activity from the visual centre of the brain, which it does by bypassing the eyes and optic nerves, thus projecting images from the subject's brain onto a video monitor."

- Sweet Mary and Jesus! Kirsty crossed herself. Sounds like some "robo-cop" fiction?

- Only ... it's not a fiction ... Mandy sounded ominously and Kirsty disliked it. She continued after checking that Kirsty was all right. "With this visual and audio memory, both can be visualised and analysed." Some guys were singing and shouting outside. "This system can, remotely and non-invasively, detect information by digitally decoding the evoked potentials in 30-50Hz, 5 millwatt electromagnetic emissions from the brain." Mandy paused, sipping some water. She gurgled i and then swallowed, Kirsty faking a smile. "The nerves produce a shifting electrical pattern with a shifting magnetic flux which then puts on a constant amount of electromagnetic waves. There are spikes and patterns which are called evoked potentials in the electromagnetic emission from the brain. The interesting part ..." Kirsty immitated snoring, " ... about this is that the entire exercise is carried out without any physical contact with the subject." Mandy closed the binder and sat beside Kirsty. Do you believe me now? Kirsty was hugging feet with hands.

- And I thought he did it because Maggie refused to go to the movie theater with him? Mandy hugged Kirsty who was already sobbing, shivering uncontrollably.

After she finished, she took a tissue and cleaned her eyes.

- I need to go to the washroom.

Mandy waited, pretending she was adjusting books on the shelf. A train was passing by in the vicinity. Kirsty re-entered and then closed the door behind her. Something sounded unusual, but Mandy did not bother to turn around and check upon it.

- Sorry about the odors. It's from the Grimy. She threw over her back at Kirsty. He sometimes does it aside as a sign of a protest. There was still no answer from Kirsty and she turned around slowly. Suddnely to her utter horror and petrification, she saw Kirsty's hands lifted with what looked like her brother's baseball bat. In the last moments of her consciousness she could see Kirsty's changed, blurred vision and that desperate, oblivious glossy stare, wondering if that unusal odor in her bathroom had something to do with ...

After the shock of hearing her own skull crack under the heavy blow, the pain made Mandy wither deeper and deeper into the cold, endless blackness ...