The Room – Chapter 1


Two small newborns, Sandra, and William rocked and swayed from side to side in their beds. The room they occupied was white from floor to ceiling and void of any fixtures. A mechanical arm reached down holding a bottle and fed each in turn. Somewhere off in the distance voices could be heard conversing in the kind of topics one would normally hear on a radio.


Time went on and by the age of two, the children were transported to a playpen in a nearby room. Here, they had various toys that kept them amused. A short time later the two children were introduced to a screen that displayed real and animated visuals accompanied by various sounds and voices. Most commonly, objects were shown in the centre of the screen and were usually surrounded by a black or white backdrop. It wasn’t long before the children began to speak short sentences: mimicking the voices they heard.


Soon after, ‘Grey’, entered into their lives.


Grey was a ‘voice’ that spoke to them personally and could be heard from the screen and hidden speakers placed around the room.


This voice became their virtual father. As the children grew, they came to know him not only as their father but also as their teacher and companion.

Years passed and during this time Grey nurtured and fostered their intellectual faculties through virtual games and conversation.


The two children turned into young adults and from this time they began to experience events that turned their lives upside down.

Sandra and William lived in a small home, made up of five rooms. This place, their home, was the only place that they had ever known. They did not have any knowledge of what was outside the walls that surrounded them.


As terrifying as that might sound to the ordinary person, this was not a phenomenal fact in the two adolescents’ worlds. Although William and Sandra grew up surrounded by only white walls, they were not frightened by what they did not know.

Their home was quite large, and
it gave the pair a lot of room to

move around. The structure contained sleeping quarters, a dining room, a hygiene area where they bathed, and washed, along with various study areas. The structure also provided them with food, water, reading materials and stationery, all of which were shuttled to wall compartments via pipes in the walls.