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Concerning Sachar
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I wrote this to Anonymous' prompt "A story about a society where only one sibling is ever allowed to have children." It runs to 382 words.

“We chose Luddy to have the children to avoid this problem,” said Nyix angrily. “She’s supposed to the best gene structure of us all. Or is the problem developmental or teratogenic instead of genetic?”

“Developmental from nutritional deficiency,” replied his sibling, Crux, briskly. “Someone diverted Luddy’s vitamin supplements. Ackers’ family is just as annoyed as we are – they picked him for the same reason we picked her.”

“So, who do we have to thank for baby Sachar’s neural tube defect?” Nyix cracked his knuckles. “Is it someone I can beat up on our nephew’s behalf?”

“His other grandmother,” Crux drummed her fingers on the table. “She claims that she ‘assumed’ all the supplements in the household’s rations were for her because up until now she’s been the only reproducing female there. They went straight into her personal stash so Luddy didn’t even know they’d been delivered and so assumed she didn’t need any.” She sighed and went on, “Yes, Claril is pregnant again but Ackers, his siblings and their father are getting her checked for dementia, not that she’s co-operating.”

“Why would she?” Nyix shook his head, “That’d be an end to her citizenship privileges.”

“As opposed to losing them for deliberately sabotaging another’s pregnancy,” pointed out Crux. “They’re hoping that the examination will prove she’s got one of the environmentally caused dementias.”

“As opposed to a genetically based one or an inheritable psychopathy? I’m sure they do,” observed Nyix. “As do I for Sachar and his future siblings’ sakes. Can anything be done to help him with his current problems?”

“He’s already getting physical therapy treatments,” Crux replied. “Fogit itself is seeing him – apparently one of Ackers’ siblings, Quobar I think, pulled in some favours. Of course, Sachar’s also on the list to be considered for electronic enhancement – they’ve standard adaptations for some particular neural tube defect-caused problems.”

Nyix grunted approvingly and then ventured delicately, “One hears that a new group with biological expertise has been located. Could there be something there?”

Crux’ face shut down and she answered repressively, “I don’t know where you hear these things, Nyix, or why you think I could answer such questions if there were any truth to what you hear.”

Nyix just grinned at her and was glad he knew his sibling so well.



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This is clearly a world DEEPLY concerned with genetics!

Why yes, they have a number of issues in that direction. :)

The precise issues may vary depending on who you are talking to.

There are several "oh dear" points in this one. Which one in particular worries you?

Yes? Basic nutrition, genetic damage, the baby, intra-family politics, inter-family politics, inter-group politics ...

It would be fair to call them stressed.

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