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“Have a seat in the booth,” the tech said, “and we’ll begin the Entanglement process.”
I winced. That’s not what they usually called it. This was a scientist for sure, lacking in bedside manner. I wondered if she’d even been Entangled like the others. Usually they call it Empathy Fixing, or Unified Mentality. Something a little more positive.
“Will it hurt?” I asked, showing my fear in an effort to get a drop of sympathy out of her.
“No, it’s just disorienting,” she said, rewarding me with a fraction of a smile. Was she even telling the truth? I couldn't tell.
I didn’t want this job. Things used to be so simple: the three of us together in a small house, drawing small pay, living simply. But when mom got sick, and Martha lost her leg, what could we do? Odd jobs didn’t pay the bills anymore. I had to join a corporation. They were the only ones willing to train someone with my lack of experience, and they paid very well, but for a reason. People didn’t want their minds messed with.
It’s only a little mood stabilizer, or so the pamphlet in my hands said.
A random element (i.e. a single unhappy worker) can knock many other workers out of sync. With Empathy Fixing, everything you do is done together. You become a functional part of a whole, all pulling together in the same direction. Think of how much we can accomplish together!
Empathy Fixing makes you more pleasant to work with, and you will feel more connected to the people around you. People report a greater feeling of agreeableness after this process. They enjoy work more and their stress levels are reduced.
We are so excited to have you join the OneCorp Community!
OneCorp: It’s not just a job. It’s a way of life.
Hands shaking, I sat down in the booth, placed my head between the two cold metal rods, shut my eyes, and counted my breaths.
Without a word of warning, the tech flipped a switch.
A hum build up in my head. Soon my brain was spinning, spinning. I closed my eyes, I opened them, but I couldn’t focus. I gripped the armrest with all my strength and thought of Martha, her dark blue eyes, face pale from pain, insisting on cooking dinner for us despite her injury. The way she lit up when I walked in. She never asked for anything, but she was relying on me.
Just when a headache started to build up in my temples, the tech turned the switch back off. The machine quieted down and my mind settled back into place like a jigsaw puzzle coming together. Reality and relief flooded back into me.
“That was it?”
“That was it,” she said. She gave me another one of those fraction-smiles. This time, though, it was different. I felt her ease. In fact, all my ridiculous fears were gone, dissipated like so much smoke. And I knew just how she felt. She was glad that I was glad. Of course she’d had her empathy fixed. She was exactly like me.
“I’m not nervous at all now,” I said.
She nodded. “It’s amazing.” She got to remove people’s fear all day. What a great job.
Maybe mine would be as great. I was actually looking forward to this job now. Martha was waiting for me at home, but… it was nice here. I might even work late tonight.