Vanishing Point

In music production terms, we call it a ‘loop’. Feel free to jam on this. The title happens to correspond to the name of a New Order tune but that is a complete coincidence…

He never realized that he was no longer watching. Instead, he was only seeing. His eyes were open but his mind was closed. Sometimes he would stare for very long moments and when he was finished he wouldn’t remember what he was staring at.

“I’m done with this,” she said.

He looked at the towel and shrugged. “OK,” he said.

She walked away and got dressed. Ten minutes later she was gone.

Later, he would be watching himself type. Words would form on a screen. He would be sitting in a place to eat where they sell mostly coffee. He would be using his laptop computer.

“Would you like anything else?” she asked.

“Yes, some more water please,” he said.

The words formed and flowed and he hardly noticed her walk away. He wrote:

He never realized that he was no longer watching but only seeing. His eyes were open but his mind was closed. Sometimes he would stare for very long times. Sometimes, just a moment, and, when finished, he wouldn’t remember what he was staring at.

“Finished,” she said.

He looked at the towel. He shrugged. “OK,” he said.

She walked away and got dressed. Twelve minutes later, she had left.

Later, he would be watching himself type. Words would form on a screen. He would be sitting in a place to eat where they sell mostly coffee. He would be using her laptop.

“Would you like anything else?” she asked.

“Yes, some more water,” he said.

The words formed and flowed. Hardly noticing, he wrote:

He never realized that he was no longer watching but he was only seeing. His eyes were open but his mind was closed. Sometimes he would stare for very long times…

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