Born Free

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Born Free

After the virus, only the state sponsored selected elite could procreate, and placed under medical supervision to produce fully formed immune humans.
For us it was a crime.
I collapsed to my knees. Grace was in tears, her body shaking.
‘You’re pregnant?’ I whispered into her ear. She nodded.
‘My cousin said . . .’
‘Yes!’ I held her shoulders. ‘We must go.’
We knew about the family escapees hiding around the north lakes; hunters exterminated those captured on the spot.
That night we navigated our balloon in a northward storm and prayed for our future and unborn baby in the wilderness.

34 responses to “Born Free

  1. A chilling tale. We can only hope the virus currently dominating the news doesn’t come to this!

    Here’s mine!

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  2. The balloon was a lovely touch

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  3. A grim future. We must all be prepared to resist totalitarian governments.

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  4. Excellent, I like the balloon tough.

    A friend took this photo and I liked it knowing some good stories would come. You can see her work here… https://instaology.com/

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  5. Dear James,

    A very frightening tale that seems less and less like fiction. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  6. A chilling look at a future which could so easily come true.

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  7. You have brought up an interesting topic here.

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  8. A darkly dystopian world, I do hope their balloon takes them to a freer place. Well told James.

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  9. The ‘balloon navigation’ took this story to a whole new level. Well done.

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  10. Very clever work. I can not convey stuff as concisely.

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  11. I, too, liked the balloon aspect. What a horrid world to live in!

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  12. A lovely story of hope! The balloon is a great way to escape 🙂

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  13. Wow, great suspense with so few words. Sounds like those who chose to have a second child during the one-child restrictions in China. They would go to the countryside. And, now … a sad day. Your story is excellent!!

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  14. Start to a big story perhaps. I wouldn’t put it past human governments to do something like this if the elements were right. It’s the same spirit as culling the population except in reverse.

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  15. Great scenario James, and topical. Good stuff

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  16. You’ve set the tone so well… what a frightening dystopia! I imagine systematic forced sterilisation will follow.

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  17. This is a wonderful story, beautifully written.

    Like

  18. With all the fear surrounding this current outbreak and the impact it has had on people simply because of possible infections (trapped passengers on cruise ships!), this does not seem that far-fetched.

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  19. Bleak outlook for them. I wish them safe travels.

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  20. terrific piece; very timely; great photo prompt too

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