Just a single thought and the noise of civilisation was gone. The bliss of silence. No light aircraft droning overhead. Or jet fighters practising cold war manoeuvres. The endless stream of traffic beyond his window had frozen. The neighbor moaning through the wall had in all effect turned into a corpse. His wife's incessant cough cured. The reversing beep of the van parked across the road, setting off every morning at 7.20 - shot to pieces.
Wailing ambulance sirens, that omnipresent curse of city life had been sucked down a black hole.
And what had it taken? Just a deep brain implant. Driven straight through his skull. Now with just once thought command he could turn off the noise.