Natalia Gantz, perhaps the richest woman in the world, gazed into the microscope. “Alright, doctor,” she sneered. “What am I looking at?”
Doctor Bengtsdotter sighed privately. “This is a plant frozen in the normal way. See the ice crystals? They rupture cell walls. That’s why nothing survives being frozen…under normal conditions.”
“So?” Natalia lit a cigarette.
“There’s no smoking in this hospital, ma’am.”
Her look said she could buy the hospital with her pocket change.
Bengtsdotter continued, “Our cryogenic procedure doesn’t create ice crystals. We employ a blood system like the Arctic Frog’s, which can be frozen and survive unaffected.”
“Sounds repugnant,” she gagged. “Can it kill me?”
“Unlikely, but your current brain cancer will kill you for certain.”
Natalia dropped the lit cigarette on the floor. “I’m exhausted. Make it so, Bertram.”
As Natalia wandered off, glaring at anyone in her path, Bertram sat with the doctor.
“There may be bad side effects to the personality,” warned Bengtsdotter to Bertram.
Bertram sighed in Natalia’s direction. “That’s alright, doctor. I doubt anyone would notice.”
Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/fffaw-challenge-week-of-may-16-2017/
The Arctic Frog really can survive being frozen: http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2013/08/21/how-the-alaska-wood-frog-survives-being-frozen/