Hypothesis: If a human consciousness can be projected outwards onto inanimate objects, then kinetic ventriloquism must be possible.


Dr. N

I saw his age on the dossier, but it felt different after getting a good look at him. Some part of me was still holding out hope that it was a misprint, that the subject was not actually that young. It unsettled me to some degree, but I suppose I will have to get used to that feeling in this line of work.

However, this child displayed an ability that stupefied all of us. Because none of the other subjects would interact with him during communal hour, he shredded up a fistful of plastic straws and made them into cornhusk dolls. Then, before our very eyes, the dolls began to move on their own. A colleague suggested that this may be the cause of him unlocking more parts of his brain since she was under the assumption that a normal human only uses about 15% of their brain, but no matter how much we tried to correct her, she insisted on doing a brain scan. It yielded no abnormalities, but I think part of us were hoping she was right. We asked him how he does it, but his answers obscure more than they reveal. "They're my friends!" he says. We are at a total loss, but more tests are yet to be run, so we might find something yet. Another colleague noted that the dolls all bore striking resemblances to subjects who were showing traits of abnormal lethargy and irritability despite being in otherwise perfect health. I put forth a motion to look into this specific matter more closely, but it went largely ignored.



We have done test upon test, observation upon observation, and are still stumped as to how the subject is able to manipulate inanimate objects like this. On the bright side, the subject is in very high spirits since we keep "wanting to see his puppet show". He cannot seem to make up his mind on whether the dolls are his friends or if they are puppets, but now that I think about it, I have never seen him this energetic about anything before.

Dr. [REDACTED] found a doll of himself under his desk later that week, but instead of it being a vague resemblance of him, it had a photo of his face. How did the subject get access to a camera? Plus, none of the subjects could have put it there as the testing facility is in a separate building than the offices. He had never been the type to come into work sick, but that day he was uncharacteristically tired and stiff. If subject 5012-OCTV has found a way to get his dolls all the way there, I fear what that means for the rest of us.

In the operating theater of the laboratory lay a boy who couldn't have been older than ten. His eyes darted in every direction, and he couldn't stop laughing. A circle of dolls surrounded him, and he clutched an old camera. A member of the rescue team had to fireman-carry him out, but when they picked him up, he started screaming for them to save his "friends" and motioning towards the dolls on the floor. His request was ignored.

The boy would scarcely let go of the camera for long enough to run any tests on him. It was found that he couldn't walk because of osteomalacia, also known as "the rickets", an abnormal bone weakness caused by insufficient Vitamin D. His left tibia sustained two simple fractures and a few bones in his right foot were also broken. When asked how this happened, he refused to comment. The current theory amongst the rescue team is that he fell down the steps of the operating theater, but that doesn't explain the arrangement of the dolls or the fact that the camera sustained no damage whatsoever.

When placed in rehabilitation, the boy took surprisingly well to music therapy, earning him the nickname "Octavio" from the team. As of now, he has made a full recovery.


beancoloredgrass c. 2023 - ?