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dVerse — Prosery #3 — Juvie

Lying supine in the back of the ambulance, Marga smiled as she approached her region’s Rejuvenation Center. Juvie, as it was affectionately called, had been the final destination for most for almost 100 years now.

Rolled out on the gurney with her entourage of IV tubes and bottles, Marga caught a glimpse of sky for the last time with her cataract-filmed eyes.

Cheerful technicians lifted Marga’s now-gaunt frame and laid her on the rolling surgical table. Within minutes the sedative was added to the IV mixture and she lost consciousness.

The motto of Juvie was, “You will love again the stranger who was your self.”

Marga would soon walk out with her new ideal body. Her mind would continue, but all trauma would be erased through a process called mental chelation.

Music and poetry had become history but were still enjoyed to some extent.

[144 words]


Kim is today’s host of dVerse.  Kim says:
The special thing about Prosery is that we give you a complete line from a poem, which must be included somewhere in your story, within the 144-word limit.  For the third Prosery, I’d like you to write a story that includes the following line from ‘Love After Love’, a poem by Derek Walcott:

You will love again the stranger who was your self’.

47 thoughts on “dVerse — Prosery #3 — Juvie

  1. Don’t I wish. It’s so hard to have a young mind in an old body and not be able to find the energy to do what you want. But then again, I do love where I am in life and wouldn’t want to let go of any thing I’ve learned along the way.

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    1. As there is no such thing as a free ride, I wonder if the price of the new body (humankinds’ ability to create new poetry and music) is worth it? I think not. I also put “most” people choose the centers, as there will be some who choose the natural path to keep the humanity of humankind alive.


  2. I believe that so far, we’ve all hit the 144 word target exactly – well done, Jade. I like the way you’ve played around with the word ‘juvie’, Jade! I thought at first that you’d written about a juvenile delinquent, but your prosery has a hint of science fiction. I wouldn’t like to live in a world with Rejuvenation Centres and where music and poetry were history.

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    1. Yes it does and I share your dilemma. By the time I get to a place where I’ll have to choose hopefully I’ll have it sorted. Thank you very much for your comment and glad you liked it, Na’ama.

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  3. Dystopian, indeed–a new body, a fresh start, but a memory wipe; I’d pass on it. I already believe in reincarnation, which is the Zen version of this Sci-Fi beauty–1984 + plus I-ROBOT, with a touch of SOLYENT GREEN.

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    1. Bjorn is that a book? A movie? I just watched a Robert Rodriguez movie, “Alita: Battle Angel” which I think is based on manga, where all parts of the androids can be replaced except for their brain and spinal cord. Humans can have some/most of themselves replaced with bionics.


      1. I liked it. It’s not a comedy. It’s about what happens if you fall in love and the relationship goes south but there’s a way to have all memories of that relationship eradicated. It’s actually pretty thoughtful. Kate Ainsley is in it too.

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