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StrataIf I fall in the forest and nobody is around to hear me, will I make a sound?
Of course I will. Air will be moved, and that's really all that sound is, isn't it? Whether or not any eardrums are around to be vibrated by that movement of air is completely irrelevant to the existence of the moving air itself.
I am a tree, and I live in the rainforest. I have lived here for a long time.
I came from humble beginningsI started as a small seed that was carried along the misty rainforest wind and shot into the soft ground like a torpedo, scattering dirt and microorganisms in all directions. Animals stamped my little seed world further into the soil and I began to develop my first roots. I don't remember much of those early days.
When I first sprouted into the above-ground world, opened my leaves and began breathing carbon dioxide, the world seemed like a monstrously huge place to me. Everything was so new and so green and so bright, even way down on the forest floor where I lived, and ev
Study HM-01: Neighbors -Part3-The tests they ran on Linus that evening really took a lot out of himmore so than usual. All other tests aside, his arm hurt from multiple injection sitesthe phlebotomist that they had that time was new to the field, and she had missed his vein twice when doing blood work. "I could have done a better job myself," he muttered, looking at his bruised arm and marveling at how easy it was to see his veins, even without tying his arm.
The doctors had also altered his medication slightly, and it had given him an insane headache by the time they had finished measuring its effectiveness through various probes and scans. He steadied himself against the wall as he made his way back to his room, thanking his lucky stars that he knew the place well enough to navigate it while half-in and half-out.
By the time he had gotten out of the testing room, he could barely focus on watching where he was going on his way back to his room, let alone remember to go into Room 110 to say hello
Study HM-01: Neighbors -Part2-"Are you gonna eat that?"
Ellen glanced to the sidehe was pointing to the tray that she had just said moments ago looked bland and disgusting.
"Uh... no. No, probably not. You're telling me you actually want that?"
"Yeah, surewhy not?" he said and took the tray.
"I'll tell you why not," Ellen said and pointed a finger. "Because it's disgusting. It's bland. Absolutely gross. So why?"
"I don't think it's that bad," he said and put it aside. "I've had better, but it's not inedible..."
Yes it is, Ellen thought, and with that changed the subject.
"You know, you don't look very much like a candy striper, Linus," she said and smiled at him playfully.
He tilted his head to the side. "What's a candy striper?"
Ellen appeared taken aback. "You don't know what a candy striper is? Wow. They're people who walk around hospitals in red and white uniforms and assist the doctors and nurses. Sheesh, dont'cha ever watch TV?"
"I don't have a TV in my room," Linus rep
Study HM-01: Neighbors -Part1-"God, this is so BORING!"
Ellen tapped her fingers against the edge of the hospital bed which she found herself confined to after she had her foot surgery. Everyone in her family had gone home and left her alone for the time being, and she was not incredibly accustomed to entertaining herself since she lived in a neighborhood where something always seemed to be going on at someone-or-other's house, so there was always somewhere to be.
"Boring, boring, boring!" she chanted to herself as she pressed a button on the remote to the tune of each respective "boring", trying to change the channel on the TV.
Ellen shook the remote and held it up to eye level, examining the light on the front. "The damn batteries are dead," she muttered to herself as she opened the battery compartment. "Maybe I ought to page someone about that..."
Eh, they've probably got more important things to do, she thought. What do you wanna bet they'll say "sure, we can get you some batteries for that" and not c
Study HM-01: Early Morning
The sunlight poured in through the window and made the white walls of the room look even whiter. It was all too much white, and he closed his eyes in an attempt to block out some of it. He had a usual tendency to wake up before the sun is fully out, but that particular morning must have been a little differentsomething made him more inclined to sleep in.
Even with closed eyes, he still perceived the light of the world. There was something about the morning that he just likedit was before anyone came into his room to give him any updates on anything that had happened the previous night, and these updates were of things that he was hardly ever interested in. The place usually wound down late at night, and nothing concerning him happened very often while he was asleep.
Surrendering to the fact that he was at least physically awake now, he opened his eyes a crack and surveyed the incoming visual information. A window with blinds over it and white light streaming through the cra
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