Drabblecast 333 - After the Cure

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Drabblecast 333 - After the Cure

Post by Algernon Sydney is Dead » Sat Aug 02, 2014 11:26 pm

Feature: After the Cure by Carrie Ryan
Drabble: Unrealistic Expectations by Derek Manuel
Genres: Horror
Warning: Violence and explicit language

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Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
I was shot with the cure in the dark. Later, someone would tell me it was a Tuesday, but before the tranq dart I didn't know such a thing existed. It was either day or night, hungry or sated, alive or dead.

Then there was the cure and I was hauled to the Sanitation Center to be processed: our identities to be confirmed, and if forgotten, to be assigned a name, a registration number, date of birth, address.

Read by: Amy Robinson
Episode Art: Soren James
Story first appeared in After: Nineteen Stories of the Apocalypse.


Twabble: “ As the Caution Children approached, my car slowed. Not by my doing - this is but one of the powers of these faceless youth. ” by DookieDan

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Re: Drabblecast 333 - After the Cure

Post by SpareInch » Sun Aug 03, 2014 11:23 am

I don't like Zombie Stories. Is that bad of me?

I just find that so many of them lack any spark. Almost as if they were written by a zombie.

Fortunately, this wasn't a Zombie Story. It was an EX-Zombie Story. :)

I really enjoyed the tipping of the tired, hackneyed old Zombie Trope onto its head, and the way the narrator couldn't decide if the people who had cured her had done her a favour or not.

And a great portrayal of alienation and the feeling of not belonging to one group or another. At 16 or 17 it's so easy to feel like nobody in the whole world knows what it's like to be you.

No point telling teenagers we all do though. They never believe it.
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Re: Drabblecast 333 - After the Cure

Post by dookiedan » Mon Aug 04, 2014 1:38 pm

Loved the line about being so lonely that she almost attempted school. In my naivete I was so expecting suicide. Great writing.

I am also naive enough to not know how to accent an e on the iphone.

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Re: Drabblecast 333 - After the Cure

Post by bounceswoosh » Mon Aug 04, 2014 6:23 pm

I do like zombie stories. Some of them. I liked this one very much, although I wasn't sure why this one in particular got an R from Norm.

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Re: Drabblecast 333 - After the Cure

Post by Lisa3737 » Thu Aug 07, 2014 4:43 pm

An absolutely terrific story with PERFECT narration. Thanks for a great way to spend an hour!

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Re: Drabblecast 333 - After the Cure

Post by tobadzistsini » Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:11 am

The best Drabblecast I've heard all year.

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Re: Drabblecast 333 - After the Cure

Post by Spindaddy » Fri Aug 15, 2014 6:34 pm

I dug this one. I normally am not too big a fan of Zombie stories, but this one was very good and entertaining. I particularly enjoyed the ending as I couldn't tell what exactly was going to happen... it was a very lady and the tiger moment for me and I particularly enjoyed that feeling.

Also, I liked the drabble... for selfish reasons :P
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Re: Drabblecast 333 - After the Cure

Post by Kibitzer » Fri Aug 29, 2014 1:48 am

SpareInch wrote:I don't like Zombie Stories. Is that bad of me?
Nope. They're overdone. Don't like 'em much myself.
SpareInch wrote:Fortunately, this wasn't a Zombie Story. It was an EX-Zombie Story. :)
Exact-ic-ally, and that's why this was awesome. Kind long, but great. Don't believe I've heard anything quite like it.

Although for all I know, this happens every week in "The Walking Dead" or some other zombie show. :)
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Re: Drabblecast 333 - After the Cure

Post by tbaker2500 » Wed Sep 03, 2014 5:18 am

Pretty good story. I saw the whole thing as an allegory for recovering from addiction. Heroin, specifically, popped to mind. It just ran right down the middle with the problems that abound with recovering addicts.
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