Apr 25 2017

V #AtoZChallenge Viable Alternative #Fiction #SFF

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My THEME for the A to Z challenge 2017 is an ongoing speculative fiction story featuring telepathy.

Each letter post is titled and inspired by a commonly misused word or phrase.

The story started with All Intents and Purposes.

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Viable Alternative

“The fact is, being around that little girl is dangerous. The depths of this cave and the doors that keep it sealed are dampening her powers. When she’s more mature, perhaps then she can rejoin the world. Of course, with that darkness, she’ll be blind by then. Maybe that’ll help.”

“What kind of monster are you? Ora can’t be left alone down there. She should be at home, with her family, being taught right from wrong. You can’t just lock her up and hope for the best.”

“I can, and I have.”

“That’s foolish. Yes, she’s different. Yes, what makes her different also makes her dangerous to our way of life. But she deserves to be free.” I drag myself upright.

“Her parents are revolutionaries. They want to breed the non-telepaths out. Have you heard of Eve Only?”

I shake my head. “There has to be a way to co-exist. Some viable alternative.”

“Well it wouldn’t be an alternative if it wasn’t viable, now would it? My great nephew not teach you the meaning of words?”

“Mr. Bennett taught me about the concept of the Umwelt. People accept the reality which they are presented. So we present them with a world of Eve and non-Eve people living in harmony. If Ora can do what you claim, planting false memories in everyones minds, then we use that.”

He slaps his knee as he laughs. The sound rumbles off the cave walls. “More exposure of our kind? That’s your suggestion?”

“Better than forcing a child to grow up in a dark cave.”

“I’ve always wondered if someone like us would attempt world brainwashing.”

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What have you always wondered?

by J Lenni Dorner
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    • Juneta on April 25, 2017 at 3:35 PM

    Thanks so much for advertising Storytime Blog Hop looking forward to reading yours. Great addition to your theme. ‘Enjoyed reading. Happy A to Z Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit
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  1. Hope there’s an alternative to her growing up in the locked cave. I need to come back and read all the excerpts serially. After the A-Z is over. This is gripping.

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  2. Either or sounds a lot like there’s not place for compromise… Happy A-to-Z-ing.
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    • FinnBadger on April 26, 2017 at 10:57 AM

    Things are looking a bit grim with only 4 letters to go.

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  3. The plot thickens, indeed. Sounds like there’s a big dilemma at hand.
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  4. Ohh wow! That was an unexpected turn! And slightly terrifying they they’re talking about it so casually – I’m not sure Anah thought this one through heh.
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