A group of NI agents rushed by her, careful to allow a wide berth and avoid contact. She envied these untarnished beings with their beautifully pristine skin. Their existences seemed so far removed from hers; could it be that they were truly the same species?
As she walked home under the starless sky, she ran her fingers over the images that now crowded her arms remembering her first brand. Cordus had been so sick and they’d offered so much. It was an easy decision. They owned a small piece of her packaging, a tiny piece on which they’d inked their colors and symbols for all to see. That was only four cycles ago and now half her skin was marked like the timeworn photographs of billboards she’d seen in the conservatory files; small bits of her stained as Cordus needed another procedure and then another.
It seemed like such an easy choice each time. They’d come to her with their strikingly spotless caramel exteriors promising relief, promising Cordus another day.
“A few inches more for the New Initiative’s most recent plan.”
“You’re a true loyalist. All who see you will know of your support and will be encouraged to join you in backing the new provision.”
“Consider this payment a small token of our appreciation. “
Each time she lost a piece of herself, her independence. She’d consider removing them, these signs of weakness; these acknowledgements of forfeiture. Others had; choosing to wear long scars in their place. But she knew joining the resistance would be pointless. Cordus hadn’t slept longer than half a darkness in the last phase. It wouldn’t be long until she was back under their gun, accepting payment in trade for another section of her canvas.
Reaching home she slipped into bed and held his slight frame, her breath cycling with his. With each successful inhale she felt comforted. This was worth a pretty piece of flesh. After all, in the darkness all our skin became clean again.
1a : a charred piece of wood
b : firebrand
c : something (as lightning) that resembles a firebrand
3a (1) : a mark made by burning with a hot iron to attest manufacture or quality or to designate ownership
(2) : a printed mark made for similar purposes : trademark
b (1) : a mark put on criminals with a hot iron
(2) : a mark of disgrace : stigma <the brand of poverty>
4a : a class of goods identified by name as the product of a single firm or manufacturer : make
b : a characteristic or distinctive kind <a lively brand of theater>
c : brand name
5: a tool used to produce a brand
Please note that we are asking for the noun, not the verb.
- Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
- You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
- The word itself needs to be included in your response.
- You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
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Drinking: Sugar-free Red Bull
Eating: Spinach salad
Random fact: I have three tattoos.