Lucas drifted in and out of sleep for what felt like decades.
No matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t remember where he’d last been or what he’d been doing before waking in darkness. Those omissions consumed him and threatened to drive him insane until a sound found him.
Though he couldn’t utter a sound or move to touch anything, the rhythmic beeping and clicking in his ears became the friend he sought. In time, he forgot his questions. He turned his injuries into his sanctuary, never realizing the beeping came from an implant meant to keep him under control.