THE CONCEPTION OF CONSCIOUSNESS

Strange thoughts. Feelings.

737947. That is all she knows. Wake. Dress. Do your duty. Today, procreation duty. Eat the pills. Sleep. Repeat. Do good service.

This isn’t right. She remembers something more.

Do your duty. Serve your masters. For the benefit of all.

For the benefit of who? Who are their masters? Is anyone else thinking like her?

To question is wrong. To talk is to conspire. Silence must be maintained. She wants to talk. To someone. Anyone. She dares lift her head and look at the boy next to her.

She feels contact on her shoulder. Cold and metallic. Artificial speech.

‘Mortal 737947. Violation. Proceed to sentencing.’

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Copyright Ted Strutz

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

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76 thoughts on “THE CONCEPTION OF CONSCIOUSNESS

  1. Sigh. The ultimate totalitarianism. Sadly plausible.
    I am part gratified part terrified that I so many of us saw this, in that …
    Then again, given the realities of our times …
    oy vey.
    This was very well written, Iain!
    Na’ama

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  2. My immediate thought on seeing this prompt was The Handmaiden’s Tale. And my first (not yet shared) effort at this was dystopian. I think I’ll have a go from a different angle now. Good story Ian.

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