September 17th 2151
It is Carmichael's 10th birthday and the day he can become a complete person. Despite how much he'd been waiting for this day he was pretty nervous. Questions were bouncing around in his brain as he sat and waited in the waiting room.
What was his other half going to be like?
Would he be similar? Different?
Would he have blonde hair as well or a different hair color?
Too many questions, too much nervousness being caused by them.
"Patient Carmichael?" the nurse called from the door leading into the joining area.
Carmichael got up and followed the nurse. Both of her heads smiled down at him, reassuring him that everything was going to be just fine. She led him to another room and had him enter.
"The doctor will be with you in a few minutes. Take this time to get aquatinted with yourself." The door closed.
Carmichael looked around and saw a boy the same age as him sitting on a chair. This boy had brown hair and was almost the same skin color as him.
The boy looked up and noticed Carmichael, "Oh, so you're my other half?" He seemed to be just as nervous.
Carmichael sat down next to the boy, "Looks to be that way. I'm Carmichael, what's your name?"
"Hanson. You have a pretty unusual name."
"My parents were thinking of a name that would be good for when this day came."
The boys laughed at that and started talking. Apparently they had quite a bit in common. Similar film tastes. Had read the same books. Even listened to the same music.
After about ten minutes the nurse came back, "The doctor will see you now."
The nurse led the two boys down the hall and into one of the joining rooms. The room was divided into two separate rooms, the joining area and the locker/prep room. The boys were greeted by the doctor in the locker room.
"Well now, I hope you boys are ready" the doctor said out of his left mouth.
"Before we begin just remove your clothes and put them in the basket provided" the doctor said from his right mouth.
The boys did as the doctor said before being led into the joining room and laid down on the joining tables. The doctor and nurse checked the equipment and hooked up a blood recirculation to the boys, injected the anesthesia and covered their mouths with oxygen masks. Within a few minutes both boys were out like a lamp.
"Begin the joining," the doctor said.
The doctor was an old hand at doing joinings, having done hundreds since his own decades earlier, and knew the safest way to keep vital losses to a minimum.
First he needed to get rid of the unnecessary limbs. He started by removing Carmichael's left arm and leg followed by Hanson's right arm and leg. Next he opened the area from the shoulder to hip to start removing the skin, bone and muscle that needed removing. Once that was done he had the tables brought together for he was ready to work on the organs. He first bisected the hearts and joined them together without losing a drop of blood. The next organ was the lungs in which he removed half of each before joining them together. He did the same for every organ after that before going on to join the blood vessels. That was delicate work, but with having two pairs of eyes he didn't miss a single one.
The doctor started sewing up the chest area before moving on to the genitals. They were always tricky but boys were far easier to work on since everything was outside. He sliced the genitals cleanly in half and started sewing them immediately until he had sewn all the way to where he had stopped earlier.
Very carefully the doctor and nurse flipped the boys over and he started sewing from the butt all the way up to the shoulder area. Now came the last incisions. The doctor cut two small incision wounds at the base of each skull and inserted the neurological chips before sewing the incisions up.
The doctor and nurse bandaged the sewn areas, carefully packing the groin area to insure proper healing, and they were done.
September 21st 2151
It's been four days since the joining. Carmichael and Hanson were kept in a medical coma to insure no sudden movements caused any undoing of the stitches. Everyday the nurse would come in and change the bandages to make sure no infections set in while also checking to see how close it was until the skin was smooth. Amazing what medical wonders could be done in the 22nd century.
Once the nurse came in and was satisfied with the healing process she got the boys prepared for awakening.
An hour passed before the boys woke up. They looked at each other and smiled.
The nurse came in with a food tray and smiled a lovely double smile at the boys, "Good to see you up and attum. You're ready for the next step of your joining, but I'm sure you must be hungry."
The boys put their hands to their stomach and felt a small rumble."Yes ma'am," they both said. They hurriedly ate the food, not really caring who ate what since it was going to the same place anyway. Satisfied that they'd eaten enough the nurse took the tray away and said on her way out, "You'll find clothes in the drawers next to the bed. Once you're fully dressed I'll take you to the joining therapist."
The boys gingerly swung their legs out of bed and carefully stood up. Their legs wobbled a little as they stood there. They took one step and fell down on their bottom.
"Might be best not to do that right now," Hanson said. Carmichael nodded in agreement.
They crawled to the dresser, grabbed the clothes inside and crawled back to the bed. They coordinated very carefully to get their underwear and pants on before pulling the shirt over their heads and pulling up the socks.
A couple minutes passed before the nurse came back with a wheelchair. She helped them into the chair and glided them down the hall to the joining therapy room.
The therapist looked much like a drill sergeant in appearance but the clothes, a shirt depicting a teddy bear hugging a sun, contrasted that so much.
"So, you are the latest joined pair, no? You may call me Dr. Ted." He said this alternating between both mouths as he finished a sentence.
"Don't worry, despite how he looks Dr. Ted is a very sweet and patient man," the nurse whispered to the boys before speaking up enough for Ted to hear, "Take your time now Teddy, newly wakers."
When the nurse left Dr. Ted crouched down in front of the boys and spoke, "Do you know what you are here for?"
The boys shook their heads.
"While you are with me I have to make sure you get fully synchronized. We'll take that a little at a time the first being to get you walking properly." Dr. Ted grabbed the wheelchair and glided it over to some rails, "Now grab hold of the rails. Don't be afraid to fall, everyone has trouble getting a hang of it."
Very carefully the boys got up and grabbed the rails, trying to keep their legs from wobbling. Dr. Ted walked to the other end of the rails, "Now try to make your way over to here. It will take some time but be patient and don't get mad when you fall. Just pick yourself back up and try again."
The boys took one step and then another, slowly making their way along the rails to where Dr. Ted was waiting and giving words of encouragement on how well they were doing.
Once they reached the end Dr. Ted said, "Good, good. Now try going back the other way and once you reach the end turn back around. Once I am satisfied that you can walk perfectly we'll move onto the next step."
The boys did as the doctor said. Each time going down the rails took less time than the time before. On the fourteenth circuit they were practically running down the course without using the rails.
"Good, good. Now this next part requires you to sit down," the doctor said as he led them over to a yoga mat. "Now comes what is considered the hard part for some. Now you've got to get your minds synched so that you can start thinking as one instead of two."
"But how do we so that?" Carmichael asked.
"That is something you have to discover for yourself, but I will give you directions to follow so that it'll be easier to achieve. Now close your eyes, all four of them, and take deep breaths. No not alternating, do it in harmony. Breathe together. Good that's good."
The boys listened to every word Dr. Ted said, correcting themselves if they started to stray. After a while it seemed like they were never going to achieve the oneness he was talking about. Then without warning it happened. Carmichael could hear out of Hanson's ears, feel the air being warmed by his nose and feel the light touching his skin. The same feelings were going on with Hanson as well, hearing and smelling what Carmichael was. Almost immediately their minds started to meld into that of a single being. Memories, thoughts, interests even how to play video games.
"I think it's worked." the boy said with both mouths once he opened his eyes.
"Let's test it to make sure. Now use your left head to look at the chart to your left. Turn your right head in the opposite direction. Looking at the chart read the top line."
"M, T, E" the boy said with both mouths.
"Looks like I'll have to do the final part. Boy look at me, we need to have it so your not talking with both of your mouths at the same time. Now do the same as last time but concentrate on speaking just with your right mouth."
"M, T, E" the boy said again, but with a noticeable worbling in his voices.
"Next line please."
"L, T, I, N" his voices were now out of synce but alternated between the letters.
"Next line now."
"X, Z, F, A, K" the boy almost gasped as he realized he said all the letters using just his right mouth.
"Okay, just to make sure you are able to do it without really thinking about it look at the poster you can see with your right head and tell me what is on it using just your left mouth."
"I see, a bird perched on a tree. There is a, meadow? Yes a meadow filled with flowers. At the bottom it says, WOULDN'T YOU LIKE TO LIVE HERE?" the boy said using just his left mouth.
Dr. Ted gave the boy a hug for a job well done. "Now before you can leave I just want to hear one thing. Can you tell me what your name is?"
"Car""son" the boy said alternating with both of his mouths. "My name""is Carson."