Neil stood for a moment in awe of what he had just done. If it was possible for him to move his own body the same way he controlled the objects outside of himself, was there any limit to what he could do? Neil let both of his arms go limp at his sides and thought back to how he felt as the tree was coming down. He had to separate the sensation of moving his arm by contracting his muscles, and moving his arm with the raw energy of his mind.
Without contracting the muscles in his arms, Neil commanded them to raise up and stretch out to his sides. The feeling was bizarre. He felt weightless. He could rotate all of his joints in ways that he couldn’t through the use of his nervous system. He could apply force in any direction he wanted with any part of his body.
Neil crouched down into a ball, as if he were about to jump. Instead of pushing off the ground with his thighs, Neil pushed his bone structure with his mind with a greater force than his legs would have been capable of. He leaped almost ten feet into the air.
While falling back towards the ground, he realized that the impact from such a height could break a bone or dislocate an ankle. He lifted up on his body and slowed his descent to a soft cushioned landing. He felt almost no force as he touched back down onto the soft earth. He considered that if he could apply force to make himself jump that high, could he simply lift himself off the ground? Could Neil actually make himself fly?
The thought of this idea was incredible. His heart started pounding at the mere possibility of it. There was only one way to find out. Neil stood straight up and glanced up towards the sky. He put his entire body under the influence of his mind all at once. He slowly commanded it to lift off the ground just like the dumbbell, and Neil felt himself getting lighter as the force holding him to the earth slowly dissipated.
Neil felt the sensation that his feet were dangling. He looked down, and was astonished by what he saw. He was almost six inches off the ground with absolutely nothing supporting his weight other than the power of his mind.
Neil started laughing again. He was living everyone’s childhood dream. He was actually flying.
Superhuman Nature is Brandon Overall's first novel. It was written and published during his first deployment to Afghanistan as a 2nd Lieutenant in late 2013.
Neil Hitchens was a senior ROTC Cadet in college. He was just weeks away from graduating and becoming an Officer in the United States Army, until a strange dream set off a chain of events that would twist his life into something he could have never prepared for.
In the days following his dream, several strange happenings occurred that he began to suspect were the result of his own actions. Before long, he discovered that he had the ability to control the world around him with his mind.
What started out as an unpredictable ability quickly evolved into an extraordinary power that had the capacity to change the world. It didn't take long for the government to find out what Neil could do.
They knew having such limitless potential on the side of the US Military could give them limitless political influence, and they would stop at nothing to get Neil to do their bidding. They would find out what happens when you back a dangerous animal into a corner.
Neil spent his whole life believing he would amount to greatness, but he never expected how greatness could corrupt even the most innocent of minds.
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Genre – Science Fiction
Rating – PG-13
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