|THE FARM (standard:science fiction, 825 words)|
|Author: Danny Raven||Added: Oct 16 2005||Views/Reads: 1842/958||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|If you go down to The Farm today....you won't be coming back !|
THE FARM We're humane about the way we do things on The Farm nowadays. None of the suffering is permitted today which went on in the past – modern anaesthetics have seen to that. All the men and women are anaesthetised now before the capsules containing the seed are fed to them, so take it from me, they don't feel the slightest pain. Not a twinge. Of course, we have to keep them alive while the seeds are growing within them, absorbing all those magical ingredients the body possesses and then, when it's ready, when the young shoot finally bursts through the skin.... well you can imagine the pain if the unfortunate man or woman wasn't anaesthetized ! My God, when I think what it must have been like for them in the past without anaesthetics. They were just forced to swallow the seeds and then strapped down in rows. It was said you could hear the screaming for days. But none of that now. No, it's modern anaesthetics so there's no pain and no screaming. It's better this way really, because we need to keep these men and women, mediums as we like to call them, alive as long as possible – we find we get a better quality of crop that way. So along with the anaesthetics, there are injections of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. I'm telling you, some of these people look better now than they did before they came to The Farm ! So where is The Farm located, you're possibly thinking ? Why has nobody ever found it ? Well it's underground for a start and it's in a very remote desert location. Remote as in nobody ever goes there because there's nothing but sand and rocks and snakes. Not exactly the type of place people would choose to visit, not even the adventurous types, so nobody's going to stumble on it by accident. And how did all this start you're probably wondering ? What do we do with the crops once we harvest them ? Well, like a lot of amazing things, the whole thing happened purely by chance. It resulted from something quite simple really – picnics ! You know what people are like during summer picnics – lying there on the ground with the sun overhead, relaxed, chatting away, enjoying themselves. Some of them might reach out and pull up a stalk of grass or a small shoot and nibble on it – you've probably done it yourself. After one of those picnics, several people reported to a hospital with severe abdominal cramps. Investigations showed a growth in the stomach. No-one, not even the best surgeons in the land knew what it was and sadly all the people died. The post-mortems all revealed the same results – the picknickers must have ingested some kind of seeds and they had rooted in the stomach wall and then started to grow. Purely for research and also out of curiousity, the seeds were allowed to grow fully – and how they flourished ! So one bright spark in the laboratory investigated the small crops and ran some tests on the strange looking sap that oozed down their stalks. He couldn't believe the results ! The sap contained an element (I don't really understand it, it's a bit beyond me) that scientists had been trying unsuccessfully to produce for years. A vital element needed to eliminate that disease which is the curse of the planet – cancer. Amazing, isn't it but it's true ! The incidence of cancer has fallen dramatically in recent times and some areas are now completely free of the disease. The Surgeon General assures me that it will be completely eradicated in about ten more years. Wonderful news, isn't it ! Oh, before I go, one last thing. You're possibly wondering about all those men and women, young and healthy most of them, who become our mediums, who donate their lives and bodies to us here on The Farm. Click here to read the rest of this story (25 more lines)
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