Plus 2

“Excuse me, nurse? I’m here with Patient THX 1140, and he seems to have taken leave of his senses.”

“What makes you say that?”

“Well, his senses are scattered here all over the floor, and there’s no sign of him.”

“Hmmm. That IS concerning.”

“Concerning what?”

“It’s concerning, that’s all.”

“Concerning what? Concerning Henry?”

“No, that’s ‘Regarding Henry’ with Harrison Ford. And Patient THX 1140 is not named Henry.”

“Of course not, he’s named THX 1140 — it’s a Lucas homage.”

“Lucas Skywalker?”

“No, that’s someone else entirely.”

“Oh! The horse of a different color you’ve heard tell about?”

“Now you’re in Oz.”

“Wouldn’t you be?”

“No, I’d eat ivy, too. Wouldn’t you?”

“Oh, get that boy under control.”


“Why?! Because control is what it’s all about.”

“You’re a control freak?”

“No, you are.”

“No, you are.”

“No, you are.”

“Well, one of us is.”

“Or both.”

“Or neither.”

“You’re talking to yourself as if you’re two people.”



“Id, ego, superego.”

“You’re a Jung man, then.”

“No, actually I’m officially old now.”

“What the actual F—”

“Now, now, now!”

“Here and now?”

“Just now. That’s all we have.”

“Got that right.”

“Left right left.”

“How did we get here?”

“Wouldn’t you like to know?”


Published by WarrenBluhm

Wordsmith and podcaster, Warren is a reporter, editor and storyteller who lives near the shores of Green Bay with his wife, two golden retrievers, Dejah and Summer, and Blackberry, an insistent cat. Author of It's Going to Be All Right, Echoes of Freedom Past, Full, Refuse to be Afraid, Gladness is Infectious, 24 flashes, How to Play a Blue Guitar, Myke Phoenix: The Complete Novelettes, A Bridge at Crossroads, The Imaginary Bomb, A Scream of Consciousness, and The Imaginary Revolution.

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