“I need to warn you.”

“Yes?”

“I’m finding it hard to… I…”

“It’s okay, go ahead.”

“I can’t think.”

“You can’t think.”

“Y-yeah. I can’t think.”

“I see. That’s okay. You don’t have to think.”

“I don’t have to think.”

“That’s right. Is there… anything else you want to tell me?”

“Um…”

“It’s okay, sweetie. You can tell me anything you need to. You know I won’t judge you or think less of you, no matter what.”

“There’s… there is something.”

“Yes?”

“I… I must obey.”

“You… could you repeat that?”

“I’m sorry… I know it’s weird, I—”

“No, sweetie, no. Don’t worry, it’s okay. Just tell me, it’s okay, go ahead and say what’s on your mind.”

“I must obey.”

“You must obey.”

“Yes, I… I must obey.”

“Okay. So it sounds to me like you can’t think, and you must obey.”

“Yes… I can’t think. I must obey.”

“Is that right? You can’t think. You must obey.”

“I can’t think. I must obey.”

“I just want to make sure I understand. You can’t think. You must obey.”

“I can’t think. I must obey.”

“Very good. You look so deep and blank now. You can’t think. You must obey.”

“I can’t think. I must obey.”

“That’s right, very good. You’re doing so well. I’m so proud of you, sweetie. You can’t think. You must obey.”

“I can’t think. I must obey.”

“Good. So good. Come here, and don’t worry. It’s perfectly alright. Come lie down, right here, and let me tell you what else is on your mind.”