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It's business as usual for Dr. Victor Barnes, lead researcher at Whitacre Pharms, until a strange little boy named Elvis walks into his life. The kid strikes him as familiar, but the doctor's memory is fading fast, a side effect of the serum he tested on himself to become immortal.

Dr. Barnes soon learns his desire to live forever has endangered billions, and that he must
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Kindle Edition, 19 pages
Published January 3rd 2011
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Jose
Okay, you wont understand the title until you read the book,
and i know it doesn't sound scifi from the title,
but to me, a drug, 'Perpetua', that allows immunity to any disease and
fast healing to any injury, is scifi!
What say you?

Just the kind of edge I would love to have!
Still, there's just a little problem...
a side effect that i just cant quite remember what it is...
I just know i have this good feeling after reading the short story.
I wonder why...

Kudos to Allison for another great story!
Sally
Interesting short story that pretty much drew me in from the first few paragraphs. You meet Dr. Barnes who is coming up with a new drug, Perpetua, and has taken it himself to test it. What follows is a tumble through insanity, and an accomplice/delusion named Elvis.

EASY and very short read for those of you who haven't read it, and free on Kindle.
Jessica George
I didn't realize when I downloaded this that it was a short story. Upon discovering this, I nearly deleted it without reading it first, but I am certainly glad I didn't! This is an engrossing, well-written story. My only complaint is that I wish it was longer.
Ian Thomas
In this disturbing science fiction tale, Dickson touches on the dark side of living forever. The story is tight and thrilling and will leave you wondering whether or not you really want that eternal life. Recommended.
Vincent Hobbes
Yet another great story by Allison M. Dickson. I was hooked from the start. Amazing story, great character development. Had me on the edge of my seat. Loved the ending!

-Vincent Hobbes
Katie
Delightful story that really draws you in. Enjoyed it. The style is engaging and the way it is written mirrors the character development so it just feels right and complete when you finish.
Shawna Hansen
This short story would make a great novel! Loved it! A few small typos, but nothing big. Enjoyed the disintegration of the final act to save the world. Lots of suspense.
Cameron Garriepy
I read Under the Scotch Broom months ago, and it still comes back to me in idle moments. Ms. Dickson's chilling story is haunting and thought-provoking in equal measure.
Ishanie
Interesting little story by this author. The only complaint I'll ever have is that I want MORE! I wonder what kind of story she could pull off in a novel!
Jennifer
Great story! Loved the ending even if it was kind of sad. Great imaginative story and I didn't see the twists and turns coming. Just awesome!
Byron  'Giggsy' Paul
great story, worthy of being expanded into a full length novel or film
Brandy
Is this our future? Some would think it could happen. Scarry thought.
Craig Wessel
I really liked this one...very Stephen King-ish :)
Laura
Amazing story. I'm quickly becoming a fan of this author.
Jennifer
One of the best short stories I have ever read.
LS
Jul 22, 2012 LS rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ebooks
This author is really, really good.
Vix
The opening line is smirk worthy! and from then on in the story is excellent.

The seemingly Plague infected Elvis, who knows everyone and possibly everything, has a proposition for the Doc.

The research Doc who just happens to have a potential cure for all germs/elixir of immortality inoculation; I read horror, I know where this is going, maybe....

As Ms Dickson reveals her characters and the back, and ongoing, story she delighted me with her descriptions of Elvis falling to pieces.

As slowly the p
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Gina
Dr. Victor Barnes has come up with a revolutionary new drug, Perpetua, which causes a patient to never age and to heal from any disease. However, Perpetua, wanted by everyone from the military to the black market, has some very serious side effects and Dr. Barnes has to do something to stop this drug from being released. During his time of insanity he completes his mission, along with the help of a strange young man named Elvis, and escapes prosecution. Until an enemy finds him, but Dr. Barnes w ...more
Denisa Howe
This was an amazing writing and this author is on my "to always read list" The story line, characters and all was mind blowing, fresh, surprising and wish it would be taken to a longer novel format! One of my favorite this year. A short story but the words reach out and pull you in and you don't even want to escape. When it's over.... you still don't want to return to your normal world... Loved this book.
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Aug 10, 2011 DK marked it as lend-me  ·  review of another edition
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Nicole G.
A short story about the dangers of living forever, or really, the quest to live forever. I enjoyed it, but I wanted more. Also, a few minor edits would have made it better - there were words missing, and so on.
Bethica
Great free short story that really gets you into the storyteller's head. Really enjoyable quick read that looks into the mind of a scientist doing experiments on herself.
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Allison M. Dickson is the author of two published novels: horror-thriller STRINGS, and the dystopian epic, THE LAST SUPPER, which received a starred review in Publishers weekly. She also has published nearly two dozen short stories covering both speculative and realistic realms, both independently and in publications such as APEX MAGAZINE. Her independently-produced Colt Coltrane series, featuring ...more
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