Life in Haunter’s Reserve

Joey:  No no no.  You are thinking of it like there’s another dimension where we go to.  It’s nothing like that.

Nirav:  So tell me what it’s like.

Joey:  Ok, I’ll try and be as straightforward as possible, no metaphors or anything.

Nirav: Shoot.

Joey:  So, when you are in the reserve, you see out of Jane’s eyes, feel what she feels.  That’s it.  There isn’t some other place where we all hang out, we are just thousands of people all seeing, hearing, feeling the same thing.

Nirav: Trippy.  All of you?

Joey:  Yeah.

Nirav:  Can you do anything, or is it just the Haunter Show 24/7.

Joey:  You can move her body, if she lets you.  Like, if she wants to play piano, she’ll ask Irene or me who the best piano players are, put one of them in the driver’s seat.  She can take it back at any time, but you get to move as long as she doesn’t object.

Nirav:  That doesn’t happen a lot?

Joey:  No, most of what we get to do is just speak in the rotation.

Nirav:  The rotation?

Joey:  Yeah.  See, when a shade ‘thinks’ really loudly, Jane and the rest of us hear’s it.  It sounds like the voice of the person making the thought.

Nirav: That must be chaotic

Joey:  You’d think, but it’s the furthest thing from it.  Everyone knows that Jane will have to mute us all if it gets to be too much of a racket, so there is a rotation.  Everyone takes their 30 seconds and then it passes to the next person.

Nirav:  How long does that take to go through?

Joey:  Little under a week.

Nirav:  Wow, you only get to communicate for 30 seconds a week?

Joey:  Well, there’s also times like this, when she manifests us.  Being manifested is a lot like being alive.  We have our bodies back, or these facsimiles of them anyway, and we can go around and do what we like.  We treasure these little excursions.

Nirav:  What happens if someone speaks out of order?

Joey:  Jane can mute a shade, which means we don’t hear its thoughts anymore.  She can also expel one of us, in the worst case scenario.

Nirav:  You mean kill one of you?

Joey: Yeah.  It doesn’t happen often though.  People who get muted go out of their way to never experience that again.

Nirav:  That’s pretty harsh.

Joey:  Like I said, it doesn’t happen that often.

Nirav:  Still…

Joey:  I don’t like to dwell on it.  Got any other questions?

Nirav:  Yeah, why do some of you shades have shade objects, and others don’t?  And like, what affects what clothes you are manifested with?

Joey:  It’s a self image thing.  You have all of the objects that are part of your essential image of yourself.  Clothes are the same way.  The image that shows up when Jane projects you is wearing whatever you think of yourself as wearing, when you die.

Nirav:  So do people actually look like they looked when they died, or like they think they looked?

Joey:  I don’t know, actually.  Never really looked into that.

Nirav:  Oh crap,  I gotta go.  Good talking to you man.

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