Tired Ted licked the cookie bits that had stuck to his fingers. He had eaten too many cookies to count. Not that he couldn’t count to high numbers; he just didn’t want to think of how many of the profanely delectable circular treats he had voluntarily placed into his person.
That’s how many.
Tired Ted was tired.
Was he physically tired?
Sure. He had been out and about for the better part of the day, not to mention the worse part of the day.
Was he mentally tired?
Also sure. Ted was in the business of solving problems from complex problems that could affect communities to small problems that were nevertheless important to their bearers. The daily mental strain was designed to challenge and successful at taxing the brainiest of brains.
Was he emotionally tired?
Perhaps. What did this even mean? Were emotions like a muscle that could be strengthened, overworked, or possibly injured? Emotions were a mental phenomenon, controlled by and dwelling in the brain, were they not? Emotions should therefore be logical. Only they absolutely weren’t.
Was Ted emotionally tired?
He didn’t have the energy to complete the thought journey required to even understand what that question meant.
Ted wanted to rest. He wanted to eat more cookies.
So he reclined in his chair. He grabbed more cookies.
And he wondered.
What if he woke up tomorrow and the world wasn’t there?
How would he feel?
Would he be happy? Relieved? Would he feel like he’d been granted freedom from a large, distractingly engaging prison that was in the end, still a prison?
Would he be sad? Disappointed? Would he wistfully think of all that he could have done, all that he wanted to do, the infinite possibilities that were now taunting impossibilities?
Would it be so bad? If the world was gone tomorrow?
Ted could turn off his alarm. He could flip over his pillow and turn onto his side. He could stretch his legs, hold a victorious yawn, and sleep in.
Ted rubbed his sleepy eyes, his exhaustion induced reverie bringing a smile to his face.
He reached for more cookies.
But there were no more.