“Dr. Mettels, as my great-great-grandfather told you when he was the chair of this committee, you have not discovered the cure for death!” said the current chair of the International Science Verification Committee.
Dr. Mettels sighed. It would probably take another 85 years to convince the world that she had.
G.D. Konstantine is a Toronto design engineer, maker, and writer.
Blood worked in refining the ritual: I stopped aging!
However, I repent these sins.
Now the only life I take is my own, ensuring the ceremony dies with me. One virtuous short life is worth a hundred long lives of evil.
Goodbye, world I have known longer than anyone else.
Fr. Kevin Pentalow is an Orthodox Catholic priest and a published writer and poet. He contributes many articles to local papers, international blogs, and magazines. Through his writing he won the NPR short fiction award of 2002, among other accolades. Reverend Pentalow is also a high-level Scottish rite freemason and has written extensively for masonic publications. He is also a well-respected icon painter, a musician, known for his diverse music projects.
My grandmother says, “Words are your air and, to keep breathing, your pen must move forward. Immortality exists only on paper.”
I’ve paused before, but never stopped. Still, my hand tires. After endless inked pages, words lose their gravity. So I pen the last letters that mean anything anymore: goodbye.
Salena Casha’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bete Noire, The Adroit Journal, Fifty-Word Stories and others. Her picture book will be published by MeeGenius Books this summer. Follow her on twitter: @salaylay_c.