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Gordon “Snaptrap” wondered if that was his real name or a pseudonym. He wondered if he was an investigator or a journalist who wanted to keep his real identity concealed. Of course, it no longer mattered because he was enjoying his most recent lobotomy. He was under the knife and loaded with drugs.

Gordon sat in a high-powered dentist chair while a computerized Bum-Bot took control of his brain. It was all for the best. This wasn’t his first lobotomy. Every operation had benefits as well as unpleasant side effects. The Robo-Doc assured Gordon that benefits would outweigh the pain. Gordon briefly recalled inconsolable sobbing, but the pain had subsided considerably since his last lobotomy.

The current operation was given as a bonus. This time the lobotomy would free Gordon from all his doubts, depression, and negativity. Before the lobotomies Gordon was, indeed, an investigator. He had damning evidence of government corruption. All the facts, names and dates, were locked in the safest place he could find: in his mind. Political hacks authorized the “operations.”

At first Gordon disparaged himself for being careless. After the first lobotomy he forgot all the details and no longer blamed himself. He forgot the evidence he hid in his mind. All that remained were flashes of memory: manipulators, roving Proctologists, and military drones.

Gordon was decommissioned — body parts farmed out. His brain was deconstructed. Reality was hijacked, crowd sourced, and replaced.

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2 comments

  1. Phil Polizatto

    Poor Gordon! Turned from a respectable journalist into a bliss ninny! Am I reading too much into this story. I keep finding parallels to what is happening in this country. I did not know lobotomies could be so specific as to target the brain that causes depression or worry. Sounds good. Where do I get one? (hope you are well. Will be seeing you soon!)

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    • leebalanarts

      Thanks Phil… let me know when you are in Palm Springs. I’m fine – still releasing lots of my art to the universe – I want to sell this place as soon as possible. I hope all is well with you and Tim. Take care, Lee

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