Beyond the Western
Deja Vu
Scott A. Gese

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It started innocently enough. One of those weird feelings of having already experienced the present moment. You know, Deja Vu.

Beyond the Western

When it happened to Marvin Walters, he didn’t think much of it. After all, most people have experienced that feeling at least once in their lives.

The problem was, for Martin, it didn’t just end there. This was only the beginning.

He started having the experience more frequently, which soon became an annoyance when it started happening several times a day.

It kept getting worse, to the point where he was having instances of Deja Vu almost every hour.

He felt like he was living two lives simultaneously, Physically in one and experiencing the thoughts of another.

It was now more than an annoyance. He was growing concerned about his mental health. He was thinking he might have some sort of mental disorder, or worse, a brain tumor.

Marvin made an appointment with his doctor. It would be two weeks before he could get in, Until then, he would have to make the best of it.

During the next week unexpected things began to happen.

There was the day he took a trip out to the desert to look for arrowheads. This was something he loved to do. He always felt connected to the desert and finding an elusive arrowhead was a thrill. On this day he found a nice black obsidian one in perfect condition.

When he picked it up, he immediately went into a trance-like state. In his minds eye he could see the full history of this arrowhead.

He saw a young Indian brave sitting in front of his tee-pee chipping away with a stone he used to fashion the arrowhead he now held. He saw the arrowhead lashed onto a wood shaft. The arrow flying through the air and striking the dirt just behind a jackrabbit. The young brave let the arrow lay thinking it was a bad omen to retrieve arrows that missed their target.

When Marvin came back to reality, he was confused. It was interesting, but he didn’t know what to make of this new experience and suddenly didn’t feel like continuing his search. He put the arrowhead into his pocket, walked back to his car and drove home.

Not only was Marvin confused, he was also very curious. It seemed as if the frequent Deja Vu episodes were developing into something more.

Was the episode with the arrowhead a fluke or was there something happening to his mind?

To find out he tried an experiment. There was an antique paperweight sitting on his coffee table. He picked it up and looked at it thoughtfully. Suddenly, he could see a young woman lifting it off a shelf in a crystal shop. He could see the paperweight adorning the office desk of her husband as he read the stock tape from an old style ticker tape machine.

Marvin set the paperweight onto the table and leaned back in his chair.

He realized he was developing a deeper awareness of the things around him. Touching them seemed to be the trigger that set him off.

He needed to give this thing that was happening to him some thought.

He decided to share this experience with a trusted friend. She came right over when Marvin told her he had something very important, maybe even life changing to talk to her about.

When she entered the house, they hugged. Marvin suddenly had a premonition about his friend.

“Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t realize you’ve had a death in your family. Give my condolences to your mother.”

She pulled back and held him at arms length. She examined his face. There was a genuine concern in his eyes. “How did you know my Aunt passed away this morning?”

Without answering the question, Marvin asked her to sit down, poured them each a cup of fresh brewed coffee and began to explain what had been happening to him lately. They both decided this was more than a medical doctor would be able to figure out.

“Too be on the safe side,” suggested the friend. “You should keep your appointment. Let’s rule out anything serious before we try to figure this out any further.”


When Marvin’s doctor entered the exam room, they shook hands. It was an awkward moment as Marvin had an immediate premonition about the man.

The two talked about what had been happening with Marvin. The Dr. seemed interested in the phenomenon. The exam didn’t show any physical problems, which was a relief to Marvin.

As they were finishing up, the Dr. could tell there was still something on his mind. “What are you not telling me?” He asked.

Marvin was hesitant but decided to confide in his Doctor since he seemed interested.

“When we shook hands I had a premonition. You need to get to a hospital. You’re going to have a stroke in your office within the hour. No one will know you’re there.”

The Doctor laughed it off. “I feel just fine, Marvin. I’m sure not all of your thoughts about people come true. If things start getting worse for you, don’t hesitate to make another appointment. I’ll be here.”


One hour later an ambulance pulled up to the clinic. Paramedics rushed in through the front door. “Can you direct us to the patient?”

“Patient, what patient?” Asked the receptionist.

“We had a call to transfer a patient to the hospital. A Dr. Maxwell who had suffered a stroke.”

The receptionist got on the phone and called Dr. Maxwell. “There must be some mistake. I just called his office. He’s on his way out.”

Dr. Maxwell walked out to the lobby where the paramedics waited. “I’m Dr. Maxwell.”

As soon as he introduced himself he grabbed his head and fell to the floor. The paramedics were on him immediately. Dr. Maxwell was having a stroke.

Marvin Walters got up from his seat in the reception area and walked out the door, grateful that Dr. Maxwell was in good hands. He would live to see another day.

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