Mutual Ignorance


He woke to the




of water hitting stone floor. The roof leaked a little.

The only light came from a crack under the door. He was cold. He wasn’t entirely sure who he was. He knew he’d been there for a long time and that food would come, through a tiny chute in the door. Not much, but enough to keep him alive. The only way out was through the door, but it never opened.

Outside, a guard tapped her foot in boredom. A key hung on the wall behind her and a clock



ticked away the time.

Soon her shift would be over and she would go home to her family, maybe grab a coffee on her way.

She didn’t know why he was there any more than he did. She was just following instructions. The difference was that she never wondered.


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