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Back in May last year I posted a short story: The Fountain Of Youth. I wrote this in the mid 90s, and I published it pretty much as I wrote it then.
Now I have updated it! By adding an epilogue.
It would make most sense to read the whole story, but if you haven’t got time, it’s basically about a guy called Melvyn who finds a trickle of water he believes makes him immortal. It’s also about both his reactions and the reactions of the people around him.
Here’s the epilogue:
Many years later, Melvyn found himself surrounded by people who had their own special water supplies. His relationship with Alice hadn’t lasted—he was with Yvonne now, whom he met at a peace rally. Yvonne hadn’t understood Melvyn’s water at first, but after a while, she thought “why not?!” and she started sharing Melvyn’s supply.
Melvyn and Yvonne had 6 kids, and they brought them up to see themselves as living forever. Yvonne became a successful mommy blogger, giving tips on how to raise children free from fear, and Melvyn got into developing software for running Windows programs on Macs.
Many of Melvyn’s friends had their own special water supplies by now—it was the norm, in fact. It wasn’t that big a deal to them, in the end… they simply thought living forever sounded like a good idea. Even Melvyn’s mother decided to go with the water—her life had been getting better and better and she felt like a kid inside, anyway.
The TV chat show host became known for his excellent TV series where he interviewed interesting people, giving them “enough rope” that they could really share themselves.
I wrote a spiel at the end of The Fountain Of Youth about how I had reservations about discussing the ideas of physical immortality, and I am very grateful for the support a handful of bloggers gave me on that occasion. It meant a lot to me then, and still does.
Now, I’d like to give advance notice that I am over being shy about it, and am quite happy to promote these ideas as much as I can. I think it has something to do with finding other people who I see eye-to-eye with out there in internet land. More to come on those people soon!
Cheers – Robin