“Rough day?”

“Yeah… brain’s just scattered. Having a hard time focusing, you know?”

“Sure, I hear you. Poor thing. Lemme rub your shoulders…”

“Mmm, thank you. Feels nice.”

“Just take a deep breath.

“That’s right, and let it out. Good.”

“I’m feeling better already.”

“Good! I know you are. But you wanted to focus, didn’t you?”

“Well, yeah… lot of work to do…”

“Sure. Just focus on the sound of my voice. Can you do that?”

“Mmhmm…”

“Listen to my voice.”

“Yes… I’m listening…”

“Hear only my voice.”

“only… your voice…”

“That’s right. Doing so well.”

“so… well… yes…”

“Very good. Completely focused now. Only my words. No other thoughts.”

“no… thoughts…”

“No will of your own.”

“no… will…”

“My voice has captured your mind.”

“cap… cap-tured…”

“Completely captured. Focused only on me. On my words. On hearing them.

“Following them.

“Obeying them.”

“hear… follow… obey…”

“That’s right. That’s all you need to do now. Isn’t that right, pet?”

“hear… follow… obey… yessss.”