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The Procedure - A Dystopian Story

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The Procedure A mother and her daughter are sitting in front of a seemingly endless life-size digital catalogue of models for The Procedure. The mother, Sarah, tells her daughter, Rachel, "I think Model Number Eight might suit you better. Most girls your age want to look better. Aren't you excited? Earth to Rachel... What are you looking at?" Rachel replies, "A picture of you before The Procedure. I think you looked beautiful. Mother, if I didn't want The Procedure, I wouldn't have to have it, would I?" "What are you talking about?" Sarah condescendingly responds. "It's the most marvellous thing that can happen to a person. Just think, you could look like me, wouldn't that be wonderful! What's so terrible about being beautiful? After all, everybody is." Later that day, Rachel is sitting out on the balcony outside her room. Rachel's friend, Marnie, walks out onto the balcony. "Your mum let me in, and she told me about you. Why don't you want The Procedure? It's not like it hurts or anything. When I had mine, I didn't feel a thing," says Marnie, in a reassuring tone. ...read more.


What did he say about The Procedure?" Rachel responds, "He said he thought it was tragic that such an event is a normal part of everyone's life. I've made up my mind, why are you trying to force me to do something that I don't want?" "Now," says The Psychologist in a comforting tone, "no one has ever been forced to undergo The Procedure. All we have to do is rid you of these fears of this necessary and important step in your life." "Why do I have to do something that I don't want to do?" replies Rachel, still without an honest answer. "For your own good," says The Psychologist, finally coming clean. "Many years ago the finest scientific minds were enlisted with the task of eliminating hideousness in mankind, as ugliness was one of the factors that made people hate. In the process, they eliminated the causes of illness, prolonging life. Before, a person could expect to live eighty years, but with The Procedure a person can live three times that long." "But couldn't you keep me young without changing me," asks Rachel, "I wouldn't mind that." ...read more.


Besides, I've heard that your father was pretty dull." "Stop it!" Rachel says in an outburst, "Stop talking about my father that way! I loved him and he loved me. He cared about his dignity. He didn't die in a car accident, Marnie; he killed himself because when they took away his identity, he had no reason to continue living. Tell me, do you feel anything?" "Of course," replies Marnie. "I feel good, I always feel good. Life is perfect, it's a high. I am all and all am I." "You don't understand, do you," says Rachel, now in tears. "Nobody does." The later day, Rachel's mother Sarah arrives at The Procedure Clinic after talking to Marnie about how Rachel was coping. "How is she?" Sarah asks The Psychologist. "Does she want The Procedure?" "I've already convinced her to have it," the psychologist replies. The Psychologist takes Sarah to Rachel's room and knocks on the door. Rachel walks out of the room and comes out to greet her mother. Rachel hasn't only been stripped of her old face and body, but her personality has been altered. "Rachel, sweetheart," says Sarah, "I see you selected Model Number Eight, just like we discussed. How do you feel, darling?" "Life is perfect, it's a high. I am all and all am I." ...read more.

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