The image below is from Victor Moriyama at the New York Times and has been chosen by Fandango for his flash fiction challenge this week.For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows people seen in individual units through the large windows of a multi-unit apartment building.
Six eyes focused on the images in the windows.
They were mostly single people, few having visitors, some never leaving the confines of their rooms.
They went about their every day business, unaware they were being watched 24/7.
‘Are you sure they can’t see us?’
‘Yes. They honestly have no idea.’
The scientists flicked a couple of switches and night closed in. Their human subjects adjusted accordingly by retiring to bed, some to sleep, some to read, some to share themselves with others.
They were just lab rats bred for the programme in a set of gilded cages, unaware that their ‘reality’ was no more than an illusion.