Trifecta: Pretty Piece of Flesh

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.

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This piece was written in response to this week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge prompt:

BRAND (noun)
1a : a charred piece of wood
b : firebrand
c : something (as lightning) that resembles a firebrand
2: sword
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.

Remember:
  • 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.

Stay positive & love your life!

-Melissa

Today:

Listening to:  Exes Of Evil – Smile

Drinking:  Sugar-free Red Bull

Eating:  Spinach salad

Random fact:  I have three tattoos.

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23 thoughts on “Trifecta: Pretty Piece of Flesh

  1. I really like the world you’ve created here. Very creative. Also, I love the last line.

  2. Really moving. I love this imaginative description of just how far we will go to take care of the people we love. Great job.

  3. This is awesome! You really pull the reader into this other world. The last sentence is the perfect ending. Well done!

    • 🙂 Thanks for the comment. Hearing feedback is what drove me to this weekly challenge share and what will keep me coming back. Fiction is totally new to me and it feels good to spread my writing wings.

  4. I really enjoy this. It’s true. There is always a willingness to do whatever we can (within reason) to help those we love. The tenderness she has for Cordus at the end of the piece is beautiful.

  5. Love it! A very interesting world with intriguing currency and trade. I absolutely love the last line.
    -Alicia Audrey

  6. Woo, beautiful, and the futuristic vocabulary you’ve invented seems so natural. Just a really cool premise, really well executed!

  7. Pingback: Trifecta 91: Brand | Rob's Surf Report

  8. This is an interesting little world you built in 333 words. I like it.

  9. Like others, I love that last line; and the echo of the start in the end- others avoiding her, then her holding him.

  10. Yeah, great last line for sure. Nice!

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