Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Drabble: Jane Doe

Jane Doe

Maybe the Jane Doe was gene-modified, or a chimera, or maybe the wings were a surgical addition. They clearly weren’t big enough to sustain actual flight, but I’d seen stranger cosmetic body modifications.

Her face was a mask of sweet innocence, the kind rarely seen on the dead, at least before an expensive visit to the mortuary boys. The Johns and Janes Doe we deal with at this end of things tend more towards expressions of pain, fear, or dejection.

I make the first incision, and there’s a whiff of lilacs. Another cosmetic, or my imagination, or something else?

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