I lose large portions of my life when I take Amnitol. The drug comes as a small orange pill, coated in something enameled and sweet-tasting, like Aspirin. Amnitol-administration is regulated procedure for all employees of the Committee for Excellence. I’ve been working for the Committee for the last three-and-a-quarter years. Each week, teams of two Case Workers are sent on a Program. We work on fulfilling the Program’s goals during the four-and-a-half-day work-week and then return immediately home. On Friday at 3:00, we self-administer a dose of Amnitol under the supervision of a qualified professional. Taking the drug allows us to “progress” (as the industry terms it) to the weekend and to be fresh for the following work week. The Amnitol causes us to forget the entirety of the Program we have just completed. It purges short-term memory. Only memories older than four-and-a-half-days are retained. This technique was designed to create a pleasant and privileged life for Committee Members, for it leaves us with memories of weekends only. Theoretically, I should remember my job training, rules, and objectives, but have no memories of ever working. Unfortunately, this is not the case.