Where the Stars are Strange

Only a Game

12. Dr. Jim Watkins (2)

He looked at Jarro McCourt's smiling face and asked himself what ever she was doing in the game at the moment. About half an hour ago it had been pretty obvious, what exactly she had been doing, and he had felt a sudden, inexplicable burst of jealousy.

He was not a neurologist or something fancy like that, but a very junior member of one of the emergency rooms of the large hospitals in London. He was not very well paid, so when his superior had asked, who would take this additional job on Saturdays – the research and the glory, a new dimension not only of computer game but of knowledge about the human mind, he had agreed.

And now he was watching the monitors of the test runs of this new computer game and this pretty girl shagging some figments of her imagination.

How sick can this world get?

He had tried the game himself, doing a short game of Star Trek. He had been a smashing Mr. Riker, and the game had felt as real as anything. It had certainly been more interesting to play than to watch other people play…

But, oh well, he was very well payed for the few hours watching the test runs, and it was easy work, just watching the monitors, checking pulse, blood pressure and stuff like that.

He looked back at the smiling face of Ms. McCourt.

He would take a heart. He WOULD ask her out to dinner.
Now he smiled himself, imagining a lovely dinner and joking about the game, teasing her a little about what she had experienced. Promising to be even better in real life…
No, he told himself, reining in his fantasy. That would not do at all!
But he would gather up his nerve and ask her out. He would do that, he promised himself.

He left the room to look at another test person.

This is a work of fan fiction, written because the author has an abiding love for the works of J R R Tolkien. The characters, settings, places, and languages used in this work are the property of the Tolkien Estate, Tolkien Enterprises, and possibly New Line Cinema, except for certain original characters who belong to the author of the said work. The author will not receive any money or other remuneration for presenting the work on this archive site. The work is the intellectual property of the author, is available solely for the enjoyment of Henneth Annûn Story Archive readers, and may not be copied or redistributed by any means without the explicit written consent of the author.

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Author: JunoMagic

Status: General

Completion: Complete

Rating: Adult

Last Updated: 10/15/06

Original Post: 10/13/04

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