Harvester’s Journal

My name is Kylie and I’m a Harvester. I collect people’s thoughts as one would ceramic penguins. The only difference is I don’t place them on a pressboard shelf somewhere. Instead, they end up in the local Collector where they’re sorted. If they’re good ones–and I always pick good ones, well, mostly anyway–they are picked out by the Handlers. To date, I have 42 hit songs, three nine figure movies and two successful military campaigns.

I sometimes think of all the people out there who had these great ideas and wonder what would of become of them if they were the ones who marketed them, packaged them, sold them. They can’t though. They don’t have the means. It’s sad, but it’s the truth. Instead, I pluck them out. Ripe fruit.

I could always read minds. My first credible memory was from when I was ten months old. I could sense that my mom was going to leave my dad. I didn’t understand at the time but now I know it was because he was a drunk. And he was. Haven’t seen him in twenty years and I don’t want to now. I probed for him once but his mind was silent which usually means they’re dead. Oh well. Another worthless shit gone.

Some think that reading minds would be a great gift, but it’s not. Not at all. If most people knew what others were thinking about them, the world would be in more chaos than it already is. I spend most of my time in the Chrysalis, the quiet room. It’s the only place where the voices stop. Before I was tapped by the Collective, pills and booze were my chrysalis of choice.

There are about fifteen of us Harvesters. I say, about, because we’ve never met each other; our Handlers won’t allow it. I don’t think we can sense other Harvesters because I’ve tried multiple times. But, I know they’re out there. Over the years, I’ve written down their names. The Handlers are smart but they can’t read minds like we can and their thoughts are unguarded from time to time.

Oh shit, gotta go. Where is it? Arkansas. Yep, I think I just caught Taylor Swift’s next hit.

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10 thoughts on “Harvester’s Journal

  1. Ha!😁 Seriously though, there have been numerous times I’ve had an idea about something and then I’ll see it elsewhere. Makes me wonder….(cue eerie music).

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  2. wwwpalfitness

    Very interesting post. I am curious about the 9 figure movies as there are so many and curious why you haven’t harvested any 10 figure movies…I have over 200 movies on my computer and many 9 figure and a few 10 figure. I would’ve figured you might have attained Avatar… 🙂

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  3. gspottedpen

    I love the way you recollect the ontology of your biographical experiences and reading you is like being absorbed with a kind of Nirvanic meditation. Though my father has not left me (now he is no more), I had a very troubled existence with him but yet I owe a lot to him for Hellenizing me. You made my think of my Father through your narrative. Your prose is intense and sometimes it overlaps with poetry. Having read you my day is lifted up. Many thanks. Anand Bose from Kerala.

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