“It’s happening again…!” Martha complained as she came out of the elevator to go to her job. She always had a peculiar way of speaking which made other people avoid her. But she doesn’t care anymore. She has concentrated more on her life goals and her career as an insurance adjuster.
But recently she had noticed some strange phenomena that kept her perplexed. She walked towards one of her coworker’s cubicles and leaned forward and said in a lower tone of voice. “It happened again..”.
Jennifer, her coworker, stared back at her with an annoying look on her face. “Huh?” Jennifer murmurs back at her.
“I said it happened again. Just now! The Dejavú ..! You don’t believe me?” Martha insisted still whispering. “ I’m telling you, there is something really weird going on…! The last few times I exited the elevator, the same weird feeling happens , as if I witness the same exact scenario all over again!”
Jennifer looked away, trying to dismiss Martha and looked back at her computer screen nonchalantly. Jennifer has heard this story many times and has actually grown tired of it. “Everybody uses the elevator everyday, Martha, there’s nothing special about seeing similar things when you use the elevator all the time!”
“Not the exact same way I just experienced it. It’s almost as if the same scenario I see and the same thought process I have as I exit the elevator have been repeating itself over and over again !” Their working relationship has been a little rocky. But Martha has been very odd and socially awkward most of her adult life. It has cost her having few meaningful friends in her life.
“Then use the stairs…” Jennifer said with a smirk of her face as she continued to stare at her computer screen.
Realizing she was not getting her coworker’s attention, Martha sighed and turned around and walked towards her desk. She turned on her computer and looked for that website that has interested her. It was a website for individuals who have had experiences that are hard to explain. The same kind of experiences that she has been feeling. Experiences that were related to déjà vous. But she has noticed that they have occurred more frequently.
“My… prodigy… story… “ she uttered as she typed the words on her keyboard. It showed up a mostly dark website with green and black letters, with the same title that she just entered. “Www.myprodigystory.com” was the website she has been visiting lately. Martha felt she could identify with the stories that it entails. She read stories of people from all over the world who have experienced moments of déjà vu and inexplicable phenomena.
The phone rang and she had to interrupt her browsing to attend to her next customer. “Sunshine life insurance , how can I be of your assistance …!” Martha recited the mandatory greeting she was supposed to use every time she answered her work phone.
“Yes, I want to update my policy….” said the voice on the other side of the phone line.
“Sure ! I can help you with that. May I have your policy number please?“
While talking with the customer and looking for ways to assist with the request, Martha could not be completely mindful during her phone conversation. She kept thinking of the website and how interesting her recent odd experiences have been. While listening to her customer wanting to update their life insurance, Martha pondered about the reason why people would still seek for life insurance if nothing guarantees what this life, what this existence is really all about. She would ask herself , “Instead of looking for ways to protect their survivors after they die, why aren’t people more concerned about finding the meaning of their current lives.?” Her job would not keep her away from wondering and searching for the meaning of her life and current peculiar events.
She was wondering even more about her origin and what life was all about. Would these recent Dejavú experiences be a clue to the answer to her never ending questions?
After finishing up the conversation, Martha continued to browse the website. Then she found at the corner a highlighted box that said “Meet local prodigies”. She quickly clicked on the box and saw that there were people living in her area that were also visiting this website. She excitedly clicked on a name and it appeared as James. Martha quickly started chatting with this individual and he responded in a friendly way.
He typed, “Are you also experiencing weird events as if they have been happening repeatedly…?”
Martha almost fell out of her seat and responded , “ Yes! Specially recently! Have you?”
“Yes, as well… !” James typed back immediately.
“What do you think it is?” Martha continued typing as she ignored her phone that was ringing again.
“I’m not sure, but do do you think we can meet somewhere and discuss about this in person? I would love to meet you.”
Martha was first hesitant , but then decided to agree with James’s invitation.
“Are you going to answer the phone?” Jennifer interrupted Martha from across the hallway.
Martha quickly answered the phone while still staring at the screen reading what James was typing next. “Sunshine life insurance , how can I be of your assistance today ?”
Hours later, Martha found herself walking towards a small restaurant. She could not believe that she was about to meet someone with similar experiences as hers. This will be someone who would not make fun of her or ignore her. It would be someone who fully understands and maybe help her find an answer to her questions.
Upon arriving at the small restaurant, Martha saw a guy waving at her from one of the booths. She slowly walked towards him and sat down across from him at the table. He looked tall, thin and friendly. He was wearing thick glasses and had a pen on his shirt pocket. “Are you James?” Martha asked nervously but excited.
“I am James…!” the friendly stranger smiled and nodded. “So have you also been experiencing moments they seem to repeat themselves?“
“Yes I have, and they seem to be happening more and more frequently lately.“ Martha answered with a smile, not sure if the man in front of her knew exactly what she experienced.
“May I ask what exactly has happened to you?” James asked with curiosity.
Martha felt that James was insistent about knowing her experience. She wondered if she would order something to drink first but she was too nervous to ask. “May I know more about you first?” She asked in a timid way.
“ I am just a regular guy who lives by myself in an apartment but has also experienced some repeated scenarios like yourself.“ he said almost like trying to dismiss her question. “Tell me more about your experience and I will share mine.”
Martha paused for a few seconds and decided to share since this was one of her most intriguing moments in her life. “ Well, recently I have been going to work, and when I’m about to exit the elevator to go to my desk, I have this feeling as if I have experienced the same thing again and again.”
“What exactly do you experience?“ James asked with intense curiosity.
“ Well, It’s almost as if I have the same thoughts and then I see the same guy with the same outfit walking to the left when the elevator door opens. This is followed by the ring of a phone from my right and the same exact person answers, when there are about 20 people working on that floor.” Martha shared nervously. “Do you have any idea what this could be..?”
James then pulls up his cell phone, tapped on the screen, and then holds it up to Martha’s face as if showing her something. Martha stared at his cell phone screen trying to figure out what she was supposed to be looking at. Suddenly a bright white light startled Martha. “What was that?” she asked frantically. She looked up at James and was baffled at what she was seeing. James did not look as a real person anymore. He looked like a computerized version of a male figure. His figure was also almost transparent. Everything around her looked surreal. “What is going on? What is happening to you?”
James’s voice came out of his mouth with some static noise , “ You have been subjected to a glitch in the system. We must reboot now to proceed with the program.”
Martha froze for a moment and could not believe what she was hearing and seeing. For a second she thought that she was in a bad dream or that it was a bad joke , “What is this? What is all of this?” She then decided to get up and leave. Martha then ran toward the door and exited the building , just to find herself back inside the building once again. She hysterically turned around and exited again and found herself inside the building a third time. “This can’t be happening!”
James stood up and slowly walked towards Martha. She stood motionless and started to hyperventilate. “Do not be alarmed,” James said in a calm tone of voice as he stood a few feet in front of Martha by the doors. He continued to look like a computerized version of a human figure. This will end quick and you will have no memory of this as soon as the program is rebooted.
Martha covered her ears, closed her eyes and started to scream in horror. All of a sudden she found herself inside her work elevator. The elevator doors in front of her opened and she walked out. She didn’t think anything of it at the moment. It was just like at any other day at work.