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“Eat this. It’ll activate after about 30 minutes.” She holds out an irregular wedge of a waxy hard cheese, vat-grown for sure. It makes him think of clean, white linoleum.

“There’s what, like, nanites in there?” he asks.

“Let’s just say ‘an active ingredient.’”

He shakes his head. “Tell me.”

“It’s a chemical agent and active biological culture that’ll interact with your, you know, your brain.”

“So I eat this thing and I’ll speak Mandarin?”

“Among other things — heightened immune system, increased agility and empathy. Basic viral delivery for a personal systemic boost. Oh, and memories.”

“Memory enhancement?”


“Oh,” he says. “Because, right… of course it would give me memories. Whose memories?”

“Just prefab.”

“That’s more normal.” He points at one of several gray flecks in the wedge. “What’s that?”

“It’s a fucking nanite, all right? A cluster of nanites. Eat it or we can’t go.”

He takes the wedge, puts it in his mouth, chews, swallows.

“Now let’s talk side effects,” she says.

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  1. Avatar wordwill

    I was instructed on Twitter to write a story about technofromage and this is what I got in the 15 minutes I gave this exercise.

  2. Avatar Yuriy Zubovski

    I really hope it gets Seq’d, I really want to know what the side affects are.

    I’m not sure if I’m a fan of the present tense, but it doesn’t ruin the story in this case.

  3. Avatar wordwill

    Truth be told, while I dig the present tense, I use it here because it takes fewer characters overall.

  4. Avatar lastsyllable

    Side effects include headache, nausea, muscle spasms, and an inexplicable desire to flip out and kill people.

    Very cool start!

  5. Avatar Wilson A.

    I sure hope he isn’t lactose intolerant. That’ll just make the side effects that much worse!

  6. Avatar crescentdreams

    Love the last line! Interesting idea.. getting instructions/inspiration via Twitter.

  7. Avatar jesteram

    I realized quite belatedly that I never commented on this, even though I picked up the story myself two sequels hence. For stemming such a ridiculous genesis, I think this piece turned out very well.

    I particularly like the woman’s voice (“your, you know, your brain”) and the nanites.

  8. Avatar astronouth7303

    There’s always side effects.

  9. Avatar boxofun

    Great writing! Love the casual tone, and that last line!

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