"So today in [blocked] we will be learning about [blocked], " the teacher began. I looked at the screen. Innocuous words were still visible, but a good portion of the screen had been rendered blurry by the machine attached to my temples. Pictures displayed on the screen were completely blacked out... or at least I assumed they were pictures.
"Everyone please open your textbooks to page 152. Start at the heading [blocked]"
I looked at the book. Would opening it even be worth it? Most of it would be hidden from my vision anyway... I sighed and opened to the page the teacher said.
I looked at the blurry page and sighed again. The teacher picked a student to read aloud... she never picked me.
The boy behind me stood up. He read in a smooth voice... Or I pretended he did as the machine made him sound stuttery and sputtery by blocking almost every other word.
I began to daydream when a faint beeping sound caught my attention. I looked around. Everyone was paying attention to their books or to the person behind me. Suddenly a sharp pain attacked my temples. I almost cried out it hurt so badly.
When I could finally look up and open my eyes, I noticed something very different. The classroom wasn't blurry anymore. I looked down at the page the machine had restricted from my view.
"In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea."
I had no idea what it meant... But I did know this... I had to find a way to get this machine off me.