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Clockwork

By Jade Buohler

Mystery / Scifi

Prologue

Interview on Nunco Live Channel:

Ms. Stapleton, is it true that your company and the government have intertwined for a brand new project, dealing with technological resurrection?

In a way, yes. We are interested in simply taking a mere corpse and restoring it to its life once again. It's a new version of reproduction, really. It is an attempt to add living, moving, and frankly real cells to a dead being. And hopefully, yes, resurrect it.

Couldn't this be fatal to a test subject?

Mildly. You see, because we are using advanced technology with mechanically placed organisms to bring back the subject from beyond the grave, if you will, it can have both minor and major effects. For example, the cells could mutate, giving the mechanism far greater senses in both feeling and emotion, whereas it could also falter in sustaining the life force; if this happens, the subject will need to be charged on a regular basis. Not to mention the fact that most test subjects haven't had the ability to pass the first stage, which is merely reawakening the corpse.

Charged?

Yes, as in: physically induced with a high rate of power, snapping the module back into life, and boosting its energy greatly. It is just like sleep to us; the more you have, the stronger you are, and the more you feel both fulfilled and satisfied.

What sort of test subjects will you be using?

I'm afraid I cannot fully answer such a question.

Rumor has it, you're already moving on to human trials.

I will neither admit to that statement, nor deny it. I will simply say: I believe it could be a phenomenal opportunity for the human race, if we were able to bring the dead back to life. Think about? Never having to worry about losing a family member or loved one.

But, they won't be the same will they? I mean, won't they be…mechanical?

It would depend on the death. Cancer? Wherever the cancer was located, could be easily imported with a metal substance, and dose of our mechanical organisms, restoring the body to full health, along with only minor differences, perhaps living without simple sustenance like food or drink, or sleep of course, or they could merely be the same as they were before. Perhaps the subject died from a car accident. Several lacerations to the head, and arm, or a leg; they would be replaced with a metallic compound, fixing every imperfection or flaw.

So, we'd have a nation of cyborgs?

I suppose you could call it that, yes.


Comments on Nunco's Daily Board:

~Anonymous:

This woman is ridiculous. This is a threat to humanity. If we were supposed to bring people back from the dead, it would have happened by now. I don't know about you but I wouldn't want my supposed-to-be deceased grandmother walking around with a metal eye that glows, and a leg that clinks and clanks with each step.

~Danielle2724 to Anonymous:

I think it is rather fascinating. Think of it, though. Anyone you love, back, and able to stay forever. Why wouldn't you want that?

~Anonymous to Danielle2724:

Are you kidding me? Laws would change, physics would be altered.We would have far to many people on the Earth. The population in each state, country, town – whatever! – would grow at a steady rate, and wouldn't stop. Our population is far too big as it is, and soon the rest of the world would be boarding at least 1.357 billion, same at China.Why the hell would you want one billion people in a town?

~Danielle2724 to Anonymous:

You don't know that that would happen!Who's to say our population would boost too high?

~Anonymous to Danielle2724:

Don't be an idiot! Come on! Everyone would want their family members resurrected, back in their life.Soon the surface of the Earth would be covered in these abominations we attempt to call human.

~Danielle2724 to Anonymous:

They could always raise the price of resurrection. Perhaps make it an incredibly high pay to bring back a person of interest to you.

~Anonymous to Danielle2724:

They wouldn't get away with that. People would give both the government and this crazy lady hell, saying it's not fair that they have the power of God and all that jazz, and won't share it. I mean, dude, they'll probably ban reproduction from the Earth.

~Gorgfangirl82 to Danielle2724 and Anonymous:

You both present really valuable opinions. Just argue somewhere else, mmkay? ;)


Speech by a Jacqui Stapleton, printed into the Daily Feedings Newspaper at 2:03, Sunday Morning:

I have found that many of you oppose the idea of both human and animal resurrection. Yes, it has its flaws, but it also has its benefits. Therefore, with this speech, I address those of you who have gratefully accepted this compromise, and scientific method miraculously unraveled. I will devote an enormous amount of both time and effort to make sure I produce this project to its full potential. It is a notion of progress in the history of humanity. Yes, these subjects, whomever we test on, will be part machine, but they will also hold the key to the dead. Imagine the things we could discover. What is beyond the grave? Is there a heaven, a hell, a God? Is it merely a black hole, sucking you in, reducing your life force? All our unanswerable questions will finally become explainable and eventually prove their answers right below our very nose. Much work has gone, and will go, into this, so I expect the best from you all in the manner of acceptance. I am not a villain trying to take over the world, or consume our fine planet with newly, mechanical Cyborg species. I simply want answers. I am a scientist, a philosopher, a pathologist. I merely want to crack the code that is life, and death, and need everybody's fine will power and intense motivation and inspiration. Give me this privilege, please. And I will give you something you will never believe, regret, or disapprove of.

I now find that it is the right time to inform you all, those who are reading this, or listening to this, that we have now found a test subject. A human being willing to cooperate with the experiment, I prefer to call it my special project, even as a mere corpse. I know many of you will find this rash and inexplicable, but I assure you, all is planned out, all is illuminated specifically, and all is well prepared. I feel that you will appreciate this frankly mastered way of science, without thinking of the scalpels, or brains that went into it, and simply thinking of the greatness achieved by designing this immaculate product of mere metal and mechanics.

Thank you for your time.My name is Jacqui Stapleton, and I am satisfied with my work and study in human life, even if half of the world is not.

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