Its 11 O’clock.
Reason sits in the comfortable solitude of the human’s brain.
“Stage 1 complete, and the vessel is prepped for sleep in T minus 7 minutes”
Reason was content, as he clicked numerous buttons on the panel before him, which sent pleasing (well reasoned) images around the human’s brain.
Homework is complete… you forgot to do the graph, but that can be done on the bus… it’s chicken taco day tomorrow.
Reason’s shift was going rather well he thought to himself, and he smiled at the possibility of leaving early. Reason would be congratulated by the central nervous system about how well rested this human vessel was.
Yes, Reason will be well praised in the hypothalamus, that is if he could get the vessel to sleep in the next 7 minutes without any disturbances…
“T minus six minutes until the human-“
“WOAH! WOAH! WOAH! WOAH”
Reason was startled, and fell back from his panel, looking at the now inverted sight of panic who stormed into the control room, flapping her arms in wind milling circles.
“Panic, it’s not your shift until the exam next week!”
“WOAH! WOAH! WOAH! WOAH”
“Panic, I’m kinda bus-“
“WOAH! WOAH! WOAH! WOAH”
“Panic, I have to get this human to sleep”
Sleep!? Sleep!? How can it possibly sleep, when it has forgotten all about that project due on Friday!”
“Panic, stop panicking-“
“Panic, we’ll get it done!” Reason shouted over Panic’s piercing voice, looking in dismay that the vessel had now been stirred… but Reason was determined that he could still meet his deadline.
“We still have 2 days. We’ll make sure the vessel is well rested for tomorrow, ready to work later nights… but unfortunately, I’ll have to give you another shift late Thursday night when the human does the project last minute”
Panic seemed to calm down but still let out small shivery convulsions of the body. Reason breathed a sigh of relief, and sat back down at the panel sending soothing images of a completed project around the vessel’s brain, and how this was very possible. The content smile returned to reason, as he pictured the ‘Emotion of the month’ award that the central nervous system would present to him… he would frame it, and bring it back to his wife and-
“WHAT AN IDIOT!”
Reason sighed, and didn’t even need to turn to know anger had arrived. Reason began to say that his shift didn’t start until the next policy the prime minister puts up, but Anger stopped him.
“DON’T EVEN SAY IT, I KNOW! I’M NOT STUPIDITY!”
Reason had barely noticed Embarrassment who cowered behind Anger’s red flaming body.
“aww no! what was I thinking?” He said, slapping himself in his blushing face.
“YES, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING ?!” exclaimed anger, with tendrils of fire sparking from her hair.
Reason felt himself turning into frustration, as another 15 minutes was added onto the humans estimated sleep time.
“Excuse me!? None of you are meant to be here… now if you would be kind enough to leave, I have work to –“
“CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS BLUSHING FOOL ACTUALLY MADE THE VESSEL FALL OVER? AND WHAT ABOUT THAT TIME HE MADE THE VESSEL TELL THE JOKE THAT NO-ONE LAUGHED AT!?”
“aww no!” embarrassment cried, hiding his pink face in his hands “sooo embarrassing!”
“WHAT AN IDIOT! I’M SO ANGRY AT YOU!”
“Guy’s, you’re all waking the human up!”
“WHAT WERE YOU THINKING YOU FOOL!?”
“aww don’t remind me… sooo embarrassing ”
“ Is this something to panic about!?”
“SHUT UP PANIC!”
“EXCUSE ME!” Reason shouted (although he hates to shout) but he can barely hear himself think in this noise, and couldn’t bear to think about how alert the human would be after all this noise and negative imagery.
“DON’T RAISE YOUR VOICE TO ME!” Anger shouted, advancing on Reason. Reason ignored him, and closed his eyes and began to breathe, and find a logical solution to this catastrophe… after all, he is Reason.
“Embarrassment, those things happened weeks ago… infact that joke was two years ago”
“but still it’s soo-“
“I’m sure no-one even remembers it!” Reason reasoned leaving embarrassment still painfully groaning, but also taking a place next to the twitching Panic in relative silence.
“There’s no need to be angry at anyone… anger won’t help any situation, just calm down”
“BUT THE WORLD IS A MESS, AND THE VESSELS SISTER IS BEING UNREASONABLE AND-“
“And nothing! Go sit down and breathe… worry about being angry in the morning during maths”
Anger grumbled, steam pouring from every orifice, but still she sat down casting venomous looks in Embarrassments direction.
Reason was rushing now, as the vessels sleep delay had increased to 25 minutes… no matter, perhaps he will still be recognised for his admirable ability to cope with such… distractions. He could do it, just keep sending reasoned positive thoughts around the brain to counteract the negative ones from the unannounced emotions.
“Oh what now!?” Reason muttered, holding his pounding head in both hands.
“imagine if- if- the humans parents died. What would I do!? Wahhh”
“OH GO AWAY SADNESS, NO-ONE LIKES YOU” Anger exclaimed, to which Sadness omitted a high pitched whine.
“Sadness, there’s no point in worrying about what you can’t control” Reason stated, but Sadness still continued to cry, with eyes screwed up tight, and great big tears dripping down onto the floor
“Wah! Wah! Wah! But- but- I-I don’t want to be on my own! And what about if the human doesn’t get good grades?! Wahhhh!
“Oh heavens the exams!” Panic shrieked
“Ohh sadness, crying is sooo embarrassing” Whined Embarrassment
“YOU ALL MAKE ME SO ANGRY!” exclaimed Anger
Reason tried to speak, but no matter how loud he spoke, he would not be heard over the Ruckus of emotions.
A small yellow head was trying to jump above the noisy emotions, more exactly trying to jump over Anger, who now had Sadness in a headlock.
“Sorry I’m late!”
Sang the emerging figure, a concerned, but ultimately very happy smile on her face.
“Happiness, where were you? It’s anarchy! The vessel was meant to be asleep an hour ago, and none of these emotions will shut up”
Happiness laughed, trying to send a mesh of happy thoughts to smother the overpowering vision of negative, sad, angry, embarrassing and panic filled thoughts.
Reason was losing his patience, closing his eyes tight dreading the thought of the punishment the central nervous system will give him tomorrow.
Happiness was singing a lulling song into the crowd of confused, negative emotions, but the harmonic sounds bounced harmlessly off them.
Reason felt something in his brain crack, as he felt himself loose all power of the situation. Reason did something he had never done before- he lost his temper.
“EVERYBODY NEEDS TO SHUT THE HECK UP BEFORE I MAKE YOU SHUT UP!”
Immediately, silence smothered the room, and the emotions looks up in confusion.
“NO NEED TO GET ANGRY!” Anger proclaimed releasing sadness from her death grip.
“Don’t-shout- at- meeee. Wahh” Sadness sobbed, peeking at me through tear filled fingers
And with that they all sat down on the floor in silent unison. Reason could hardly believe that his loss of reason had worked! Better yet, he turned back to the monitor and noticed that finally, the human was about to drift off to sleep.
“T minus 1 minute” Reason said, excitement rippling in his voice. He had his finger on the huge red ‘REM sleep’ button, fresh images of finishing early entering his mind when-
“WOAH! WOAH! WOAH! WOAH”
Panic stood up, wind milling her arms in a circle “It’s almost 2 am, if I don’t get to sleep now, I will be way too tired for school… I’ll only get 5 hours sleep!”
“OH PANIC YOU FOOL, YOUR PANICKING MAKES ME ANGRY!“
“ohhh I’m gonna look soooo tired… it will be sooo embarrassing”
“Wahh! Wahh! The human gets over emotional when its hasn’t had enough sleep!”
Reason sat down, and got himself a cup of coffee… it was going to be a long night.