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Edition 9: Better Than Everything by Malon Edwards

flag USThe technology of the future can realize the dreams of today, but we have to be careful that we don’t mistake them for nightmares. In this story Malon Edwards paints a vivid future where a form of immortality has been achieved, but it comes at a terrible price in the face of one of humanity’s most fundamental emotions, love. GH

“So, I’ve been thinking,” I start, and then stop because this is the conversation we’ve been avoiding most of her life.

But Jae Lyn doesn’t miss a beat. “You keep doing that, and you’re going to break something.”

She smiles and that dimple at the left corner of her mouth on her chin peeks out at me. More than anything, I’ll miss kissing it.

No. I can’t think like that.

I take a carton of apple-cranberry juice out of the refrigerator, pour us both a glass, and proceed to wipe that smile right off her face.

“You can’t die.”


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