Neil made the walk home after a wet, but fulfilling session of PT. He always felt something rewarding knowing he had just run five miles while most people were still in their beds sleeping.
Neil’s workout uniform was soaked from the rain, so it was a relief to change out of it and get into the shower. The shower was another place that Neil enjoyed a chance to collect his thoughts. It was one of the few places he could go to be completely at peace. Sometimes he would get carried away and would be notified by the banging of his roommate’s fist on the door that an hour was too long for a shower.
That day, Neil thought about the strange dream he had before waking up for PT. Why did it feel so real? The most vivid of Neil’s dreams usually came after popping a couple melatonin tablets to help him sleep, but he hadn’t taken any the night before. It felt more like a memory than a dream.
The warm water from the showerhead flowed over his body, calming him, as he thought about the pencil floating in the air in front of him during the dream. His eyes were closed with this image in his head as he reached out with his hand to grab the shampoo bottle. Before he could fully extend his arm out to grab the bottle, he heard a loud crashing sound that could only mean something from the shower must have fallen and created a noise on the decibel level of a car crash.
Neil opened his eyes and yelled “Shit!”, so that his friends that he had just woken up in the house would know that the noise was an accident.
He looked down and saw the shampoo bottle he was reaching for lying on the floor at his feet. His mind struggled to make sense of what had just happened. How did he knock the bottle over? He was positive that he didn’t touch the bottle before it fell. Neil decided he was too tired to care and picked up the bottle anyways. The rest of the shower went as planned, and Neil went downstairs to grab breakfast before heading off to his first class of the day.
Superhuman Nature is Brandon Overall's first novel. It was written and published during his first deployment to Afghanistan as a 2nd Lieutenant in late 2013.
Neil Hitchens was a senior ROTC Cadet in college. He was just weeks away from graduating and becoming an Officer in the United States Army, until a strange dream set off a chain of events that would twist his life into something he could have never prepared for.
In the days following his dream, several strange happenings occurred that he began to suspect were the result of his own actions. Before long, he discovered that he had the ability to control the world around him with his mind.
What started out as an unpredictable ability quickly evolved into an extraordinary power that had the capacity to change the world. It didn't take long for the government to find out what Neil could do.
They knew having such limitless potential on the side of the US Military could give them limitless political influence, and they would stop at nothing to get Neil to do their bidding. They would find out what happens when you back a dangerous animal into a corner.
Neil spent his whole life believing he would amount to greatness, but he never expected how greatness could corrupt even the most innocent of minds.
Genre – Science Fiction
Rating – PG-13
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