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Impulse“June 1, 2041
‘In the past, society had taught the human mind what we call reasoning. This is what allows us to make decisions, and have control over our actions. Without it, our bodies are merely the playthings of our own impulse.’
My name is Andres, and I am of the only generation who still possesses this trait. When the First Ward was developed, society’s main focus was on the Airborne Plague, a shipment of air polluted with shrapnel left over from The Great War. Our ancestors adapted, and the plague became part of our bloodstream, an inescapable ailment whose only cure was the injection of a government-mandated combatant virus to eradicate the remainder of the harmful substance in our veins. The only known medicine with a one hundred percent success rate--all citizens were required to be injected at the age of eighteen. However, the initial patrons injected with the virus began to show a slow decrease in impulse control, turning them into savages within a f
Leaving Southampton She was in the kitchen when he stumbled in noisily, tripping as he went past the shelves and catching the edge of the table to keep himself from falling.
Pretending not to hear the stream of curses that followed, she kept her eyes fixed on the dishes, letting her hand trail in the soapy water. There was a loud scraping of wood against grimy concrete as he drew a chair and collapsed into it. At this she looked up, and after a moment's hesitation, she said, unnecessarily, "You've been drinking."
He clutched his head and said nothing. He hadn't shaved in weeks and stank of sweat and alcohol; he looked much older than his eighteen years.
They sat in silence for a while. Then he announced, loudly, "Fuck."
She didn't bother to tell him off. She just waited. And jumped when he suddenly brought his fist down, hard, onto the table.
"Our lives here are s
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