Friday, May 23, 2008

Drabble: Occupational Hazzard

Occupational Hazard

"There’s been an accident."

Four dismissive little words, but I knew it had to be really, seriously bad for them to come in person. Otherwise they’d just have called.

"Will you be taking custody?"

"Y, yes."

He showed me the box, a row of holes along its top edge.

"The process is irreversible?"

"Sadly, yes. The de-shrinkage process works fine on bulk cargo, but wreaks havoc on cellular membranes. Your wife would be dead on arrival. But she can still live a mostly normal life, though, as long as feed her, change her water, and clean the cage regularly."

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