Memories of Other Things - 5 - Room 101

by Polydicta

Anthony Burgess' seminal work - 1984.

What if Winston's fear were not quite what O'Brien thought it was?

Warning for particular horror and torture.


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Memories of Other Things - 5 - Room 101


O'Brien regarded Winston.

"You asked me once, what was in Room 101. I told you that you knew the answer already. Everyone knows it. The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world."


"Rats, Winston."

A look of horror came over Winston's face. "Are they properly hungry?"

"Oh yes, " replied O'Brien, "they haven't been fed in six days."

A strange expression came over Winston's face. "Fine. Do it."

O'Brien's face was a picture of horror. No one had ever asked for the final torture to be used.

The cage was fitted to Winston's face.

"Last chance, Winston. Denounce her!"

"Do it and be damned!"

The gate was opened and the hungry rats rushed forward.


Once it was over, and Winston sat, covered in blood, O'Brien felt more than somewhat queasy.

There was a loud belch.

"Hmm, not bad. Certainly better tasting than I was expecting. Better than grey rations, at least. Got any more?"

O'Brien quietly fainted.