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Congratulations to Marianne G. Petrino, Champion of the Science Fiction Microstory Contest

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Jot Russell | 1174 comments Mod
Scent
by Marianne G. Petrino

Madame Yvonne slipped the cobalt glass stopper into the faceted perfume bottle, the lingering scent of ambergris tickling her nostrils. She wrote with an elegant hand a message of love for the recipient of her art: So that you may remove the weeds in your garden, and allow your roses thrive. The truth veiled in her words would find its mark, and keep the real purpose of her perfume hidden. Pleased with her morning’s work, she rang a silver bell.

A tall, slim man, dressed in the house livery of black and silver bowed, gathered the bottle gingerly with gloved hands and exited the walnut paneled library. Madame Yvonne tapped her calculator, the numbers flying under her fingers and her regressions. “Very good,” she whispered. “Thirty percent of the inferiors in the eastern quadrant should be gone in a week.”

She rose smoothly from her oak chair carved with flowers and fishes twisted unnaturally into unwanted combinations. Her electric blue gown brushed softly against the marble tiles as she walked away from her desk. She twirled a lock of her auburn hair, a habit she had never broken. She gazed though the long windows at the hothouses and aquaria dotting her estate on acres as richly green as her eyes. His birthday gift is late, she thought ruefully.

The wealthy had always paid handsomely for her vials of perfumed life matched to their DNA, which granted them longevity and vitality, and many showed her added appreciation in unique gifts. But now, her quantum improvements guaranteed that the pollution of humanity, which had destroyed the resources and beauty of the world, simply vanished. Discreet. That was the best way to describe her contribution. A dab of her special blend on the wrist of a genetic inferior was all it took. In a matter of hours, then in the span of seconds, a being of no value in the overpopulated world, dissolved into a quantum puff: the cat disappeared.

It was important, of course, that not too many people became cosmically unstrung at once. Rumors of the odd depopulation of some rural villages had begun to circulate. Photos of clothing clogged roadways and doorways infiltrated digital streams. However, a firm control of the news by her grateful and dependent clients kept paranormal hysteria at bay by the daily infusions of more material worries for the masses, such as the growing shortages of food and medicine aided by the collision of people and deteriorating weather.

“Madame, a gift from the Maestro has arrived. Shall I send it in?” came the cool tones of her butler, Enrique, over the room intercom.

“Yes, indeed, please do. And send the Maestro a bottle of the 2018.” She chuckled to herself. He would appreciate the sentiment. That was the year the rich had finally come into their own by pilfering most of the resources for themselves, and the illusion of democracy had died.

A tap sounded on the door. Madame Yvonne posed by the windows, an alabaster goddess. “Enter!” she commanded.

A soft growl caressed her ears; her nose filled with his scent. That feral odor! I must bottle it! she thought deliriously as the bipedal felinoid padded toward her, his black stripes rippling with each twitch of his muscles under his orange fur. “Maestro, you have outdone yourself this time!” she exclaimed impressed by his latest biological creation.

The felinoid touched the tip of his leathery nose to hers, sending a bolt of energy through her that brought her to the height of pleasure.

“We are well rid of you,” the felinoid growled softly.

Madame Yvonne gave one shriek as her atoms dispersed.


message 2: by Marianne (new)

Marianne (mariannegpetrino) | 352 comments Thanks, all. That was a surprise :)


message 3: by C. (new)

C. Lloyd Preville (clpreville) | 736 comments Congratulations, Maryanne! That was an awesome story.

-C


message 4: by Marianne (new)

Marianne (mariannegpetrino) | 352 comments Thanks, C. Stories usually work out when I don't think too much about things :)


message 5: by Jack (new)

Jack McDaniel | 244 comments Congrats, Marianne!


message 6: by Marianne (new)

Marianne (mariannegpetrino) | 352 comments Thanks, Jack :)


message 7: by Chris (new)

Chris Nance | 442 comments Way to go Marianne! Great Story! :D


message 8: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Kraftchak (smkraftchak) | 123 comments Congratulations, Marianne! Scent is an outstanding story!


message 9: by Marianne (new)

Marianne (mariannegpetrino) | 352 comments Many thanks, Chris & Sharon :)


message 10: by Paula (new)

Paula | 886 comments Should have come as no surprise, Marianne---this was a wonderful story!


message 11: by Tom (new)

Tom Olbert | 1048 comments Very beautiful imagery and creative settings, Marianne. Congratulations!


message 12: by Marianne (new)

Marianne (mariannegpetrino) | 352 comments Many thanks, Paula & Tom :)


message 13: by G.C. (new)

G.C. Groover | 78 comments Congratulations Marianne! That is a fantastic story, very richly written and a nice surprise at the end.


message 14: by Marianne (new)

Marianne (mariannegpetrino) | 352 comments Thanks, GC :)


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