“Mister Helzner. Mister Helzner, can you hear me?”
Tom slowly opened his eyes. At first, all he saw were a variety of dull blurs. After several blinks, the blurs collapsed into the drab ceiling of the lab and the smiling face of Doctor Sara Caplan.
“Doc,” Tom said with a rough throat. “How did I do?”
“Wonderfully. You are the first human to have been in suspended animation for six months.”
Tom closed his eyes and sighed. “Did I miss anything?”
“Well,” Doctor Caplan began, “the corruption trial for Vice-President Keogh is about to begin.”
Tom’s eyes snapped open. “That whole thing is still going on?”
Doctor Caplan shrugged. “The trial was supposed to start a few months ago, but it was delayed so his lawyers could review new evidence and allegations.”
Tom shook his head and groaned. “Put me under for another six months.”
I first published this five years ago on a website that’s no longer around. It began after I saw a headline about new allegations in the Bridgegate Scandal. Given the current political climate, I’m sure a lot of us would choose to just go under for six months to not hear about it.