This morning I woke disoriented as the sun shone brightly through a window that wasn’t my own. In a bed that didn’t belong to me. Next to me lie a small being. As he stirred, he let out a ferocious shriek. Soon, there was banging on the door. The small one must have alerted the others to my waking.
There were two others to be exact. A larger being that the one that woke me, and an even larger one- my size. I asked them how I got here, but I couldn’t understand their replies. They were speaking a language different from my own- or they pretended not to understand me. They each took turns wrapping their arms around my middle, despite my efforts to break their hold on me.
At first, I thought by their tones that they were being cordial. Then, their voices seemed to grow demanding. What did they want from me?
Without being able to understand their wishes, I tried to guess- what do all beings need? I offered up what I assume was sustenance that I had found in a cupboard. The beings rejoiced and began to devour it vigorously. They masticated at great volume – for two reasons, I have determined. The first reason must have been to daze me. My ears rang with the force. The second, and perhaps the primary reason, appeared to be to drown out my cries for help.
It’s clear that the beings must have brought me here, but why? What do my captors want? Am I their slave? If I am indentured, I wonder how long they will keep me here. There is no apparent exit.
For now, though it pains me, I will attempt to stay in their good graces. I will offer my captors things which they can ingest. I only hope the sustenance will not cause them to grow stronger and larger. They will surely defeat me then. I have to be strategic to survive here.
They appear to be aggressive at times – growling at one another. I do hope they should not turn on me. I must try to meet their demands and gain their trust.
The beings appear to be distracted now by a glowing box. The box seems to be speaking to them. Perhaps it is my ally – holding their attention so that I may attempt communication with the outside world? This silence seems to be a rare treat – as I have yet to experience it until this point. I thought their vocal sounds would go on forever.
The large ones have made it clear that I am to be in the small being’s possession at all times. I know that this is so the others can be alerted by his alarm squeals if I attempt an escape.
I must go – they have caught me sitting alone with my thoughts and it seems this is forbidden!
Good news! There is another captive here – she has just arrived! She tells me that they allow her to leave once a day to gather their currency and socialize with other captives. She claims to have earned these privileges through many years of loyal service. I can only hope that it won’t take me as long to be rewarded with the same advantages – should I be forced to stay.