Upside Down & Inside Out – OK Go
“I’m ready. I want to be a Unique,” Jenny said. After wrestling with the question for weeks, she made her decision. Now, she stood in Ms. Sharp’s lab eager to go through the procedure. Ms. Sharp smiled and patted the Asian girl’s spiky black hair.
“I knew you would. Hop on the table,” the pale woman pointed at the metal and leather examination table. Jenny climbed on the table to lay on her back. Despite feeling confident of her decision, the process itself made her nervous.
(00:25 – 00:35)
Ms. Sharp walked to the control panel to start pressing buttons and flipping switches.
Ms. Sharp held a node up for Jenny.
“I need a container for your new soul, I’m planning to use a standard node. Do you have a custom one you’d prefer to use?” she asked. “I don’t think it matters too much, but I know you’re particular about your equipment.” Jenny nodded the reached into her jacket for a node. She gave the transparent rectangle to Ms. Sharp with a nod.
She accepted the node and walked around to the head of the exam table. She inserted the node into a metal slot built into the table.
“You said it’s gonna hurt, right?” Jenny asked.
“Yes,” she replied. Jenny nodded.
“I’m ready,” she said.
“Are you sure? Do you know what you’re doing?” Ms. Sharp asked. “I know I told you, but you need to see it for yourself.” She pointed at a wall and an image appeared on it.
Jenny saw herself on the monitor. Thousands of herself. Some were older, some were male, but she knew they were all her. They seemed to be contained in a large warehouse.
“What gives you the right to do what you’re about to do?” Ms. Sharp asked Jenny.
She closed her eyes and took a deep breath. Then she opened them again and locked eyes with Ms. Sharp.
“I got here first,” Jenny said firmly. “If I would do it, they would too.”
“‘Atta girl!” Ms. Sharp smiled and touched the girl’s arm for reassurance. “However, it’s one thing to say that,” she shrugged. “… it’s quite another to see it through. I need to be sure you understand the consequences. Tell me what’s going to happen.”
“All my alternate selves are going to die. All of those,” Jenny cocked her head at the while while keeping her focus on Ms. Sharp.
“Look at them, not me,” Ms. Sharp said. Jenny faced the screen.
“All of them are going to be killed. Right now. The rest will probably fall into comas and die. No more of me will be born. I’ll be the only me in any universe,” she said. She felt tears brush her cheeks but she refused to acknowledge them in any way.
“Okay. I’m convinced you know the consequences. Are you ready?”
“Ready,” Jenny said. A tall black portal appeared next to Jenny and Melody, a short woman with short, dark hair walked out.
“Sorry to interrupt, Hey Jen,” Melody smiled and gave the girl a polite wave before turning back to Ms. Sharp. “There’s a concern with the Yggdrasil project, I thought you should know.” Melody handed Ms. Sharp a node, but the rest took place behind Jenny’s view.
“I’m sorry Jenny, this needs my attention right now. Melody can finish the procedure. She knows the equipment as well as I do, and as I mentioned last time she’s already gone through it. Is that okay?” Jenny nodded.
“Okay, no problem. I understand,” Jenny said. She wanted Ms. Sharp to be there with her, but she knew if she postponed it she would chicken out. She trusted Melody and it helped to know she’s gone through it too. Ms. Sharp walked into the portal and disappeared without saying anything else.
“Everything’s ready, it looks like you were about to start. What’d’ya say, Jen?”
“I’m ready,” Jenny stared at the screen even though Ms. Sharp left.
(02:30 – 02:44)
Melody hit the start switch. All at once the duplicates on screen toppled over. They collapsed in a heap and purple energy began to fill the air. The energy was absorbed into the walls and channeled into the the docked node.
(02:45 – 03:15)
“There we go,” Melody said. She hit a second switch and the node popped out of the slot. She pulled it out and handed it to Jenny. “All set.” Jenny accepted the node with a look of confusion.
“That’s it? I thought it would take longer,” she said. Melody shook her head.
“Nope, this is the easy part.”
“Easy part? I thought there was only one part. And Ms. Sharp said it was going to hurt a lot.” Melody’s eyes widened.
“No pain?” she asked. Jenny shook her head.
“Oh I see, that’s why you thought there was only one part. I don’t know why she didn’t tell you about the rest yet,” Melody shrugged.
“We need to remove your soul to make room for that one. That’s the part that hurts.”