Tessa Green Tessa woke with a start. Her first thought was that she was late, but for what she couldn't figure out. She opened her eyes. First she saw the stark steel of the ceiling above her. That was odd, or was it? Tessa tried to figure out where she was. She sat up and looked around. The walls and floor were the same stainless steel of the roof. She sat on the only thing in the room with true color. It was the bed. She had been laying on top of the covers, with her shoes on even. That couldn't be normal. Tessa paused and tried to think how she got into this room. It wasn't familiar... then again where should she have been? She sat on the edge of the bed and stared at her feet. She wore boat shoes with a plaid pattern on them, and long blue jeans. Tessa dug back for a memory of anything she could find. There was nothing. A bit of panic pressed at her mind. She pushed it away reflexively, first she had to deal with the situation then she could panic. Tessa looked around the room closer. There was a large overstuffed dark chair, next to it a small coffee table. On the coffee table were several items. A single playing card, the ace of spades, the death card. Tessa's throat tightened. There was a hole punched into it. A packet of matches, a bit over half of the matches were used. There was no writing, but there was a stamp on it. The only sense Tessa could make of it was the pineapple in many cultures is considered a symbol of hospitality. The small zippered case makes Tessa think that it may be insulin inside the clear bottle. The chemical structure was hand glued onto the bottle. It looks as if it was added after the bottle left the pharmacy. Tessa doesn't know what the symbol is for though. The last item is a small bag with dice in it. Tessa can identify each of the dice without even counting the sides. The symbols mean nothing to her. She picks up the bear, which was sitting on the chair. Tessa sat on the chair and held the bear staring into it's face expecting it to tell her something. It did, she supposed, since tied around it's neck was ribbon much newer than the bear itself. Embroidered into the ribbon is the name Tessa Green. That is the first sensation of self she has. That is her name. She knows that as well as she knows the color of her shoes. The familiarity of the bear draws her to hug it. As she does she notices something hard inside it. Tessa flips the bear over and sees that the stitching on the back is fresh and loose. Tessa pulls at it a bit and notices a bit of white flashing amongst the sawdust that fills the bear. She carefully removes the item, she is about to fix the seam when she realizes what she is holding. A bone. It's small. It could easily be an animal bone, but why would it be in a bear? Tessa drops the bear and bone. Sawdust spilling out. The sound of gears and air causes Tessa to look up from the small mess at her feet. A door she hadn't noticed previously has opened. Outside the door is a group of people walking down a well lit path. The walls and everything are still stainless steel and it is a bit colder than Tessa seems to like best. Tessa decides to follow the crowd rather than stay with the bear and bone. "What's going on?" She asks the first person she sees when she exits her room.