Herstory

A dystopian science fiction story (Part 1)

Alison McBain
Morning Musings Magazine

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Photo by Omar Lopez on Unsplash

Lori received notification for the first of May. She’d read somewhere that the term May Day was from the French m’aiderhelp me — but wasn’t sure if that was true or another fiction from before the revolution.

May Day gave her a week to prepare, but she couldn’t think of anything else she needed to do. The furniture was already in place, the bedding and clothing washed and stacked in neat rows in the drawers next to the crib. Everything sat shining and new in her spare bedroom, now painted a soft, pale pink.

A sharp cramp rippled down her spine — she’d received a packet of pills each month that was supposed to mask the symptoms of pregnancy and help eliminate possible defects, but each month she furtively washed the pills down the lavatory. She knew that if they found out, her name would be put on a list for readjustment. She’d have to go to counseling for hours on end and watch video after video about the revolution. The thought of seeing those events again, even secondhand, was enough to give her nightmares.

She’d lived through the horror of revolution, and while she’d never been assigned to cleanup detail, no one alive could have avoided seeing the aftermath of the engineered, airborne virus. The bodies just lying on the street or trapped in stationary cars and locked houses…

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Alison McBain
Morning Musings Magazine

Alison McBain is the writer behind Author Versus AI. She writes fiction, nonfiction & poetry, ghostwrites & edits books. http://www.alisonmcbain.com/