112. Subcutaneous Implant

I’m in the internet shop.

I Google ‘subcutaneous implants’.

In case you don’t know, subcutaneous means under the skin.

Yeh, I know long words.

I used to memorize words from my Webster’s Dictionary – a monolithic encyclopedia of lexis.

Google gives me a list.

I’ve had this lump behind my ear for about a year.

I know, in Phnom Penh, everyone can hear what I’m saying.

They know everything about me.


Like…when you watch those TV shows about Americans running for State’s Attorney or Governor or President or some other position in office – and you are vetted.

And the media dig up your dirt.

Hang out your dirty laundry for all to see.

They know everything about you.

Well, they know everything about me.

I mean, everything.

Now the question is, who?

Who knows everything?

I mean, I’ve been followed 24/7 for almost 2 years.


They know everything.

Things I’ve only told my counsellor.

Secret things.

They know everything.

How much money I’ve got.

What I spend it on.

What kind of sex I like.

What kind of porn I watch.


And then, I go for surgery to remove a cyst from behind my ear.

And I leave the doctors with a smaller one.

And it’s still there.

Some bloke pushes into my chair.

Yo, I go. WTF?


He’s middle eastern. Wirey. Skinny.

Move your fuken chair in.

WTF? You can get past.

I’ll take you outside and kick the fuk outta you.

I do not give a fuk, I say.

We stare each other out.

He backs down.

Holds his hand out to shake mine.

I shake it.


Welcome to London.

He goes.

Back to my Google search.

I type:

nanotechnology cochlear implants

Click on the first link.

In currently available CIs, the sound signal is also picked up by microphones located in a behind-the-ear unit and it is then processed and transmitted via radio frequency (RF) to a subcutaneous element surgically implanted on the temporal bone.

I re-read:

the sound signal is also picked up by microphones located in a behind-the-ear unit

There we go:


located in a behind-the-ear unit


A car horn beeps loud outside.

Confirmation from Mr. Fox!

Author: Mark Dark

Actor turned Christian missionary turns his back on his Hollywood dreams to combat sex trafficking in Cambodia – and finds himself tangled up in gang culture and a surreal internal world of drugs psychosis. Based on true events.