The morning of January 1st 2020 a deep sleep fell upon the earth for twenty-four hours. The world had stopped turning. At the dawn of the next day, everyone awoke and started the day as if nothing had happened.
It wasn’t long before the influx of reports from all the media sources fill the airways. Reports from Primary Care Physician, Hospitals, and Police Stations hit the news and social media sites, “A number of men have reported to have a slight pain in their mid section with a name burned into their skin”. The internet was a buzz with all the pictures of the affected men, most of whom were single men twenty-one and older.
A scientist came forward with a theory concerning an anomaly that he noticed with the atomic clock. His initial investigation revealed a loss of electronic frequency which could only be the result of the earth failing to rotate once. As if the earth had stopped for approximately twenty-four hours. All the great minds challenged his theory as impossible, but it wasn’t long before other scientists concluded that the earth had missed a rotation. The CDC was enlisted to research the outbreak of the names burned into males skin. The worlds best met in secrecy to extensively investigate all of the available information.
Jackson awoke with a pain. He rolled off the bed to the floor. Still half asleep he stumbled to the bathroom with a nauseating feeling. As soon as he entered the room he dropped to his knees and reached out for the toilet to pray to the porcelain gods..
“Never again will I drink... I promise lord get me thru this and I will never pick up another drink… PLEASE!!!!”.
He quickly thought back to the many times he had found himself in this position. He stayed there praying for thirty minutes but nothing happened. He stood up and headed to the sink to splashed water on his face.
“You really gotta get a handle on this shit.” staring into the mirror again he feeling the pain from his side. Quickly placing his hand there he felt a lump. He raised his shirt to reveal a burn where a closer look revealed the name of a woman. He stumbled back a few steps rubbing on the name as if it were dirt that could be wiped away. He rubbed and rubbed looking around the bathroom for something else to help him wipe. Nothing he tried would remove the name. The pain that could only be described as a contraction caused him to buckle over.. He couldn’t believe that this was happening. Trying to think back.. he could not come up with anything as to how this could have happened…
“How did this shit happen.. Was I that drunk.. Who did this to me? Who's name is this”. Then it came to him..”JOE!!!!!”…
Jackson ran to his phone to call his best friend in anger. “Hey Joe why in da hell did you let someone burn me?”.. “What the hell are you talking about man?”. Joe answered not having the slightest idea what Jackson was talking about. Jackson asked Joe to recount the events from last night.
"Jackson I don't know what's wrong with you but we didn't do anything crazy.. Just the usual drinking at the strip joint and me carrying your drunk ass home. I watched you stumble into the house and I left. What's wrong man??" Joe laughed.
“Yo.. I gotta go I will call you later--" “Jackson.. Jackson.…” The line went dead leaving Joe looking at the phone. "I'm not sure what's wrong with that dude!"..
Jackson hung up the phone and headed back to the bathroom to inspect the burn closely. The burn was healed as if it had been there for years. Again he felt a contraction from the burn. He tried his best to retrace his steps from the night before. How could he have let this happen. While getting dressed he grabbed his phone and tried to make an appointment with his primary care physician.
“Good Morning Primary Care how can I help you”.. Answered the voice of a young lady.
“Good morning this is Tariq Jackson and I need an appointment today; its an emergency”…
”Hello Mr. Jackson.. We have been slammed this morning with calls for appointments. Are you calling about a mysterious burn on your side with the name of a woman?”.
“YES.. HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT???.” Jackson yelled into the phone.
Not affected by Jacksons tone or loudness the young lady responded,“We are receiving calls from most of our male patients with this same issue.” “Please come to the office as soon as possible.” " I must warn you to be patient as we are trying to see everyone as requested by the Dr.”
“Ok.. thanks for the heads up.” Jackson hung up the phone, hurried to get dress, and headed out the door. While heading out the door he realized that Joe didn't mention anything so he called Joe back.. ”Jackson are you ok bro.. why did you hang up—?” Joe was interrupted by Jackson. “Did you wake up with a burn on your side?" “What the hell are you talking about Jackson?” “Answer the question Joe!” “No man.. I don't have anything on my side." "Sorry Joe but I need to cut this short again. I will call you later." "Jackson don't hang up---" Jackson hung up the phone. While leaving his building. Out the corner of his eye he noticed a dude standing outside. Above him in second story window a girl was yelling and at the same time throwing stuff which looked like the dudes clothes. He wanted to stop and be nosy but he had his own problems so he kept walking dodging the falling clothes. He made it to his car and headed to his appointment.
As he pulled up to the doctors office there was a light crowd of people. He had never seen anything like it. Usually no one is standing outside. As he made his way through the crown passed he felt the stares. Someone in the crowd, “Yo my man.. what name is on your side?” Jackson looked around but could not pinpoint where is came from so he kept walking and entered the waiting room. The room was full with mostly men. He patiently waited until he could reach the desk and sign in.
“Good Morning. Sorry for the crowd but there is something strange going on with a lot of men. Are you here because you have a name burn on your side and are experiencing a slight pain?” The young lady behind the desk asked. ”Yes..”
“Please sign-in and you will be called as soon as possible.” "Please be patient as you can see there are a lot of men waiting to be seen by the doctor."
Jackson moved away from the counter as others behind him waited to sign-in. He looked around at all the guys wondering if all of them had names burned on their sides. Again he felt a contraction. The office was filled with an awkward air. A young man sitting near Jackson grimaced.. “Hey bro are you alright?” Jackson asked..
“Sorry Sir this pain is a bit much for me” The young man looked to be in his late twenties, well dressed, but obviously in a lot of pain.
“Yo my name is Tariq but everyone calls me Jackson” “Hello Jackson I’m Sam” “Do you have a name burned on your side Sam?” Jackson asked in a whisper.
“Yes.. Most of the dudes in here have a name burned on their side and are experiencing a pain from time to time.” Sam tried to keep his voice soft.
“Damn..All these dudes.... Are there any women affected ?” Jackson replied with concern. Sam explained to Jackson that from what he was able to gather it seemed that only men were affected. The woman there are girlfriends, sisters, etc… none of them have the burn. Sam overheard two girls talking.. one was upset that her boyfriend had a burn another woman’s name and the other woman was there to support her brother. The doctor had seem a lot of men and was only able to prescribe pain medication for the pain but wasn't able to do anything but take note of the burns.
“Mr. Jackson!!” The nurse called out standing near a door behind the sign-in counter.. “Nice meeting you Sam thanks of the info.. Take care of yourself.” Jackson stood. “No problem.. you too Jackson.”.. Jackson walked past the sign-in desk following the nurse who led him into a room.
“Please have a seat here in room A. Please roll up you sleeve so that I can take you vitals." The nurse asked politely but seemingly in a rush. “Hey do you know what’s going on?” Jackson asked trying not to interrupt her taking his vitals.
“No not really.. I only know that guys are coming in with burned names on their sides and pain. The doctor will be in shortly to tell you more." The nurse left immediately after jotting down Jackson's vitals. Moments later the doctor entered the room with the same nurse in tow. “Nice to see you again Mr. Jackson I see you received a burn mark of a name on you side. Are you also experiencing a pain?” “ Yes Doc and I don’t know how it got there”. “Let me have a look at your side.. Interesting? You have a woman’s name." The doctor said with an air of surprise in his voice.
“Why did you say it like that doc?” Jackson asked with a confused look. “Well.. I have seem several men this morning and some of them have a man's name and others a woman's name. I can state the obvious but it's not conclusive. This is all just very interesting." The doctor looked up from inspecting the burn. He explained to Jackson very little is making sense. The burns all healed as if they had been there for some time. Everyone is reporting that they woke up with the burns. No woman have come forward and only men twenty-one and up have been affect at this point.
“What are my options?” Jackson quietly asked the doctor. “Right now all that we can do is prescribe medication for the pain. Unfortunately we can only capture as much information as possible. Please come back and see me if there are any changes or the pain worsens. Sorry that I can't do anything more at this time." "Thanks doc I will let you know if anything changes."
The nurse escorts Jackson towards the waiting room.”Jackson you are free to go since you do not want the pain medication. As mentioned by the doctor please let us know if you see or feel any changes. We will also contact you if we receive additional information.”
As they are walking out they notice that everyone is staring at the T.V. Jackson saw that Sam was still there,”Hey Sam what’s going on” “They are reporting that a flood of men from the age of twenty-one have had names burned on their sides and are experiencing pain in the area of the burn. These men have either a woman’s or a man’s name. They are receiving information from all over the world but haven't a clue why this is happening. Scientist have also concluded that the earth lost a rotation with equates to twenty-four hours. Something about the atomic clock but I really didn't understand that part.“ Sam seemed nervous. "Thanks Sam for the information." Jackson turned and started to walk to the door. "Hey Jackson.. Who's name do you have on your side is it someone you know." "No. I don't know a person with this name." Jackson replied while he continued to walk out the doors.. Sam turned his attention back to the television.
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