Neil and Bryan spent a couple hours playing games together, gloating when they won, and calling the other a cheap bastard when they lost. It was about 8 o’clock by the time Alex came home and joined in on the beer drinking. It was only a Thursday evening, but no one had any classes until at least noon the next day, so Thursdays were officially changed to Thirsty Thursday. The rule was, if you didn’t go to bed without proving that you were drunk, you had to do the dishes for the whole weekend. No one had broken the rule in about two months.
The three enjoyed several beers and they each partially enjoyed a glass of cheap, pre-made Long Island Iced-tea out of a jug they bought at the store. As he drank, Neil’s tongue began to loosen. He told Bryan and Alex about the dream and about the weird things that happened to him that day.
“Holy shit Hitchenator, you’re turning into Spider-man!” Neil hated the name Hitchenator, but was too drunk to care.
“No, you idiot. Spider-man got bit by a radioactive spider.” Exclaimed Alex, as if Bryan’s comment was meant to be taken seriously, “I think Neil would have told us if that happened. Maybe you’re starting to get schizophrenia and you’re just imagining shit. You should get yourself checked out.”
“I’m not crazy, seriously. The shampoo bottle and the water fountain I was alone for, but the clock thing everyone saw. There’s no way that part was a coincidence. I almost felt like…like I made it happen.” Even as he said it, Neil realized how ridiculous it sounded. How could he possibly make something like that happen?
“Haven’t you seen A Beautiful Mind? It can seem perfectly real and still be a hallucination. Seriously man, that’s not a good sign. You should really talk to a doctor if you really think you somehow made all that stuff happen with your mind or something.” Alex said, and Bryan nodded in agreement.
Neil started to feel frustrated. Of course he wasn’t crazy. Why wouldn’t they agree with him? His temper started to rise at the thought of his best friends not believing what he was saying. If they wouldn’t believe him, who would? All of that talk, and perhaps all of the alcohol, was starting to give him a headache. He thought back to that dream again, the one that felt so real…
“I said I’m NOT CRAZY!” Neil slammed his beer bottle down on the coffee table, and as he did, he was startled by a deafening sound in front of him. He looked up, and saw the source of the noise. The screen on the TV in front of him was completely shattered, and smoke rose from the back of the set.
Superhuman Nature is Brandon Overall's first novel. It was written and published during his first deployment to Afghanistan as a 2nd Lieutenant in late 2013.
Neil Hitchens was a senior ROTC Cadet in college. He was just weeks away from graduating and becoming an Officer in the United States Army, until a strange dream set off a chain of events that would twist his life into something he could have never prepared for.
In the days following his dream, several strange happenings occurred that he began to suspect were the result of his own actions. Before long, he discovered that he had the ability to control the world around him with his mind.
What started out as an unpredictable ability quickly evolved into an extraordinary power that had the capacity to change the world. It didn't take long for the government to find out what Neil could do.
They knew having such limitless potential on the side of the US Military could give them limitless political influence, and they would stop at nothing to get Neil to do their bidding. They would find out what happens when you back a dangerous animal into a corner.
Neil spent his whole life believing he would amount to greatness, but he never expected how greatness could corrupt even the most innocent of minds.
Genre – Science Fiction
Rating – PG-13
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