Reception, Part III

Continued from Part II.

Although the doctor’s answer about Roy’s condition was not what he wanted, it did at least free him from the fear of the unknown. Roy returned to school, and his father attempted to teach him how to see the positive aspects of his condition. He excelled musically, being continuously exposed to many different styles. His general knowledge was excellent, and an early pursuit of the physics behind his condition set up his later skills in engineering.

But no tuition could overrule the fact that Roy lived in a world of noise. A constant cacophony followed his every move, keeping him from sleep, deep concentration and contemplation. His teenage quests to find places of countryside with poor reception or to cover his head with various metallic materials to disrupt the signal all met with failure. He could quote the most frequently played radio adverts with perfect intonation, yet was denied the pleasure of an engrossing book or the subtleties of cultural experience. So constantly was he interrupted, stimulated and advertised to that he found himself quite unable to grasp rudimentary adult skills, and as a young man found himself constantly lonely, overweight and in debt.

When school ended it seemed to Roy that his one chance to escape his own destiny had arrived. He borrowed some money from his family, jumped on a plane and headed for the most remote region that took his fancy – the deep jungle of South Hrothenia.

To be continued…

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