The Report

Social Experiment No. 65: the last attempt by scientists to unravel the limits of the human mind in the age of freedom and the ever expanding universe. Since birth, Eliza Stuart was locked into the four walls of her own fabricated home with only her mother for company. As far as Eliza knows, that is the universe.
'The Report' is small selection of daily reports which have been gathered and collated as the last surviving documents in the experiment, and these slowly reveal Eliza's life, the lies she is fed, and how ultimately, you can never shut off one human mind from the universe. For the Might there be more than this? competition. 3892 words. Cover VERY kindly made for me by Luke J.R :)

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3. January 2 2014

Eliza Stuart         01/07/1997         5’4          White British      IQ 139

 

PROGRESS REPORT

Text book was completed and complaint made about boredom*.

 

Advances: Dinner cooked efficiently with no mistakes: (reference 060713) significant improvement and adaptations to completing several tasks at once. No advances in mathematics due to argument with H. Stuart.

 

Sleeping pattern normal.

Eating habits normal.

 

Conversation: with H. Stuart about quality of textbook (reference 010114) and complaining of boredom*. Significant change in irrational behaviour lead to argument over power control*. Suggested cause is that work being supplied is not challenging. Surprising as no personal advances made further to information supplied (archive 2245).

 

CONCLUSION

Hostile and irrational behaviour shown to only other occupant due to boredom and frustration. Unusual behaviour due to lack of intellectual personal development. No questions asked.

 

*TRANSCRIPT

E: A baby could have read that book!

H: So you liked it then?

E: In my sleep.

H: Tomorrow I’m sure we can find something else. How’s dinner coming along?

E: It doesn’t need cooking for hours! What am I supposed to do now?

H: Did you finish that jumper?

E: Yes. That was weeks ago and I can’t find any more wool.

H: I’ve got some more in the cupboard somewhere.

E: Great! Can I have it then? I’m pretty damn bored if you’ll ask me, especially if the stupid textbook is so easy and I’ve read every other one on the shelf six times!

H: Don’t exaggerate, and there are plenty more books you can do.

E: Wool?

H: Not now, sweetie, I’m busy.

E: And I’m bored! Which cupboard?

H: I don’t know: I’ll have to dig it out from somewhere.

E: You’re hopeless. I can’t start dinner, can’t knit, and I’ve solved every damn maths problem there is!

H: Don’t be so arrogant. There’s always more you can explore.

E: What if I don’t want to? I want my wool, and don’t try to be a damn dictator like you usually are. Which cupboard?

H: Look, just go back to the one you’ve just read and do what you usually do.

E: That was simple maths. It can’t be expanded. Why are all the books so damn stupid?

H: Lose your attitude right now, Eliza. You’re being rude and ungrateful.

E: Ungrateful? I’d be more grateful if you told me where the damn wool was!

H: You don’t deserve it, you’re being so rude. And stop swearing.

E: Mum! You can’t control everything I do! Fine, I’ll go find it myself.

END CONVERSATION.

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