I recently came across a site that asked writers to submit “flash” fiction; a complete story in 150 words or less! Very hard to do (at least, for me it is.) The idea is to write something quick, in a flash, which tells a story and can be read (and understood) in a flash. This was my submission; a near future, science fiction story… in a flash:
The Body Enhancement
I lie here, breathing heavy, sweat pouring from my body, but cold. I can’t move. Why can’t I move!? Was it the drugs? No, I don’t do drugs. Wait, something was injected in me, I remember that much. I remember feeling the sharp sting of the needle, and the tiny nanobots swarming through my veins. They were supposed to do something… what was it? Cancer? No. Why can’t I move?
I can still feel them in me, but something is wrong. I’m supposed to feel stronger. That’s it! I’m an athlete! I was trying to enhance my performance (illegal these days… what year is it again, 2038? 39? Nanotech is the new Steroids.) Something went wrong… HORRIBLY WRONG! Every nerve, every tendon is being severed by these vicious little bots, but why? How!? I PAID for this enhancement… unless, I’ve been hacked!