“Where is Travis Bogle?” / Memorable Fancies #1161

Travis Bogle, loser and habitual minor criminal, kills a guard in a bungled convenience-store holdup. He is sentenced to 20 years in prison, but is offered the option of being aged 20 years in one calendar month instead, an experimental procedure intended to reduce ballooning prison costs. He agrees, and returns from the aging-tube to his wife Ruth after a month, looking and feeling 64 instead of 44.

Ruth is glad to have her husband back, whatever shape he’s in. But Travis is deeply disturbed, and won’t tell her why. What happened is that, instead of a month of unconsciousness, Travis has experienced 20 years-worth of thinking – thinking – thinking. And has it ended yet, or is he still just – thinking? ……

[A story line from my collection Fragments of the Future: 18 dark and unexpected sci-fi stories. Buy it on Amazon.]

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