2009 Tag(s): "short story" fiction literature "science fiction" fantasy
The only thing that I have in common with these people is geographical coordinates but, forsome odd reason, they like me.? ?They want me to be their friend: eat with them, drink withthem, laugh with them.? As they talk to me, I smile and nod all the while thinking “I don’tlike you”.? I wish so much that I could say it to their faces, but I’m way too polite andinstead excuse myself by saying something to the effect of “see you around”, which prettymuch guarantees more future social contacts with these people — that I don’t like.
I admit I’m a little anti-social, but I do have one best Friend by the name of Madra.? She’sthe type of being that you can bear your soul to without worrying about being judged.? Shepassively listens, she doesn’t try to give unwanted advice, and she’s always there when Ineed her.? Her only vice is food; when she’s hungry she’ll bite you.?? I don’t consider thisa flaw but rather an imperfection which enhances her personality.
I often invite Madra to my place of employment when I must work late while everyone else goeshome.? If any of the superior scientist knew of this arrangement they would certainly reprimandme for my insubordination, but how would they know?? As soon as the clock strikes six there’sa mad dash for the door, leaving me the tedious work that must be completed by the nextmorning.
I used to think that I was being treated like the bottom of a totem pole but not anymore.??During these off hours I get to experiment and hone my craft as a geneticist without theseniors looking over my shoulder.? With Madra there to keep me company, I work more efficientlybecause I am then able to justify my proceedings to her.? I talk as I work and through thisaction, I’ve almost completely eliminated human error.
Of course, Madra has no clue to what my constant babblings might mean but she bears it all instride.? On occasion she barks a blind remark of approval just to let me know that she’slistening. That’s the kind of friend that she is; willing and ready to help in any waypossible.? I’d like to imagine that for her it isn’t all boring.? I know that she enjoys mycompany as much as I enjoy hers and being stuck here with me has to be better than spending anevening completely alone at home.
There’s always so much work here at the lab.? We have evolved into a species that no longerassociate love and love making into the reproductive equation.? I remember reading about thebaby booms of the 21 st Century, and being amazed that back then the only requirements neededto create offspring was a healthy man and a healthy woman.? Although the old procedure stillworks, people valuing cost as a status symbol, pay us to do the work for them.? It is notuncommon to overhear a conversation among proud parents concerning the cost of theirchildren’s birth.? Their complaints of high cost, however, are something of a backdoor used tocover the pretentiousness of bragging about their wealth.? Whoever said that love makes theworld go around was quite wrong as one can plainly see that money has taken precedent.
Having been a mother many times over, in the sense that I’ve literally helped in the creationprocess of many children, I now have a burning wish to make my own bundle of joy.? I supposethis desire was inevitable due to being exposed so often to the cute, soft, cuddly nature ofbabies themselves and my being a woman.
Driven by this desire and the ticking of my biological clock, I began to examine my options.?My first option is to do it the old fashioned way; one man, one woman, in complete eroticbliss.? My main problem there, as I am a healthy woman, is that I’m lacking in malecompanionship.? Perhaps this is because I’m anti-social or could it be that I’m consideredhomely?? I’ve never put much emphasis on clothes, hair, make-up or shoes, but maybe I shouldhave at least put forth a tiny effort towards my outward appearance.
I’ve been told by past lovers that I’m a beautiful woman underneath my clothing and scoldedfor not having an interest in sharing this beauty with the rest of the world.? I might havetaken the advice had I not been so stubborn but now it is too late to go on the man hunt.? Itwould seem that ‘doing it the old fashion way’ requires the luxury of time which I no longerhave.
My only other option involves completing the three part equation which includes egg, semen, andsurrogate.? If I were a thief I would have access to all the necessary components at a veryreasonable price, but since my conscience forbids me of such a thing, I have to dig deep to thevery bottom of my half empty pockets.
I could save money by using my own supply of eggs but it would be a very difficult task,indeed, to perform the extraction on myself.? I’m not keen on the idea of asking for theassistance of another doctor because it would raise too many questions that I’m not yetwilling to answer.? This leaves me no choice but to buy the egg from an acceptable donor.
There are two kinds of surrogates: machine and living.? If I had my own private lab, a machinesurrogate would be the optimal choice.? I would have an influence of the external and internalstimuli during the gestation period.? The baby would hear my voice and I would be certain thatit has proper nutrition.
To secure my privacy, in such a personal matter, I have chosen to purchase both egg and semenfrom two of the lesser annoying candidates that I’ve interviewed.? The price, however, haddepleted my funds insufficient for the purchase of a living surrogate.? This left me distraughtwith worry.? The embryo cannot be implanted inside me for the same reason that I could not usemy own egg.? It would simply be impossible for me to perform the procedure on myself.
After much thought and deliberation, my only hope was to turn to my dear friend Madra.
19 Years Later
“Mom!? Mom!? I need your help with this stupid application!”
“Why are you yelling?? I’m standing right here”.
“Oh, I didn’t see you.”
“What is the problem? It’s a standard application.? You’ve been sitting at this table for anhour and you didn’t even fill out your name.”
I almost took the college application from him, but I restrained myself.? My son, asintelligent, handsome, and masculine as he was, was thoroughly lazy.? This laziness made him amaster of invention. He often used creativity, deception, and his superior intellect to eitherlighten or weasel his way out of work completely.
“Sorry, I’m not falling for that – I’m too stupid to fill out my own application –trick.”
He looked at me and gave me that sly smile of his and wrote his name neatly across the top ofthe application.
“Well, will you at least sit with me then?”
“I’d love to.? I’ve been meaning to talk to you about the A B C’s of your birth.”
“Mom, I know.? I’m adopted yada yada?… ” he said cutting me off.
“Um, not quite” I said a little too abruptly for the delicate conversation which was about totake place.? I did, however, win his complete attention.
“What do you mean?”
“The adoption part was true in the sense that you are not my biological son, but I lied when Itold you that your surrogate was machine.”
“Why does that make me nervous?”
I didn’t answer.? I wasn’t exactly sure how to tell him.? I got up, went to the liquorcabinet and poured him a strong drink.? I walked back to the table and placed it before him.
“Now, I’m really nervous.” ?He took a little sip and braced himself.
“Oh no, you can’t change the subject now.” He said not quite understanding what I was tryingto tell him.
“I’m not trying to change the subject.”? I looked at him with begging eyes.? I didn’t wantto have to say it out loud.
“Oh my God!” he exclaimed.? “That’s not possible!” He turned his attention to an old photoof himself and Madra that was hung on the wall.? The picture was taken when he was five yearsold.? It captured a playful moment in whi