Side Effects

Photo by: loniangraphics

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.”
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Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/fffaw-challenge-week-of-may-16-2017/

Author’s Notes:

The Arctic Frog really can survive being frozen: http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2013/08/21/how-the-alaska-wood-frog-survives-being-frozen/

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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31 Responses to Side Effects

  1. James says:

    Side effects? I imagined a half-human/half-frog at first.

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  2. Excellent story! Yeah…money and entitlement. Ouch. I wonder if there’s another side effect that makes them go ‘ribbit’ randomly and start hopping about when at important social gatherings?

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  3. Iain Kelly says:

    Ha, they could always leave her frozen.

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  4. Potentially dangerous side effect:
    She wakes up a few years later, after a successful cancer surgery, and she’s so thankful to be alive she goes around hugging everyone and giving away free trips to Hawaii. They all die of shock. πŸ˜‰

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  5. Lyn says:

    Maybe in her case — because she’s already bad to the bone — the side effects will reverse everything along with the cancer. Stranger things have happened πŸ˜€

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  6. Joy Pixley says:

    Sounds like the side effect of an altered personality might be a bonus, at least to the people around her! Assuming any of them actually decide to wake her up, that is.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Good point. Given what her personality is now, a radical departure from it might be a good thing. Then again, I suspect she hasn’t earned any loyalty from Bertram. He might just “lose” the key to her chamber in a garbage dump. πŸ˜‰ Thanks Joy! πŸ™‚

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  7. yarnspinnerr says:

    The arctic frog take is simply superb. Enjoyed this piece.

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  8. I doubt anyone notice any bad side effects either since she is such a rude snooty woman! Hahaha! Great story!

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  9. michael1148humphris says:

    I am told on good authority that the artic frogs are not happy at lending their technology in this case.

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  10. luckyjc007 says:

    Who knows, the side affects may enhance the ones she already has and add a bit of novelty to them. A change of any kind may be welcomed!

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  11. Well, yes, some things can’t be fixed, and some just are what they are.
    The Snow
    Annie at ~McGuffy’s Reader~

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  12. If the side effects involve croaking…

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