fair trade

Billy could feel age creeping up on him.  Aside from the white, thinning, hair, the frail bones, the slight limp in his left leg, and his overall propensity to catch every flu and cold going around, he sensed that age itself was getting ready to tap him on the shoulder and suggest it might be time to sit out a few rounds.  A few rounds he would have been okay with, but Billy was sure that once he sat down age would never let him stand up and get back in the game.

Luckily, he planned ahead for the occassion, and had plenty of money set aside.  He took a cab into town, tipped the driver because he understand what it was like to scrape by, barely making it, in a customer service job, and then limped into the office.  His joints popped achingly as he pulled open the heavy door, but he shrugged off the pain.  He knew he’d be right as rain very soon.  It was going to take most of his savings, but he had well aware of that ahead of time.  Money was something he would happily part with at the Time Exchange.

When he walked out a few hours later, pain free for the first time in years, his hair was a luminous brown again, his muscle tone had been restored, and he felt every bit as strong as he had after the last time he’d purchased their wonderful full service offer 30 years before.  He knew he had a lot of hard years in front of him, working up to pay for the time exchange again, but he was happy to put in the effort.  Truth be told, he would have paid double for half the time.


Word Count: 292

Another week, and another silly response to the InMonster Writing Prompt:


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12 thoughts on “fair trade

    • I think I’d pay for it at least once… my after the fact question would be: Does the aging happen faster and faster after each time, or is it a complete time/age redo? something to explore later perhaps.

      • An interesting question, it would have to be a time/ago redo, in fact an everything redo, no point having the body a 20 year old and the lung, heart and joints of a 80 year old.

        Although In your story the joints were sorted so I am assuming the full monty.

      • Well, yes, because he opted for the “full service,” implying that there were other choices. But, would the potency wear off faster after each time? And if you are de-aging your mind would you lose memories? And, if you don’t lose memories, how many years before your head is too full? Interesting, interesting…

      • You would be able to delete old memories like in “eternal sunshine”… if the body does indeed age with each treatment then I would probably only opt for the once, although I could imagine something like that getting addictive.

      • very addictive… at some point I might tire of it, but I think it would be a very long time before I did… I saw 1999 roll over to 2000… I wouldn’t mind seeing 2999 roll over to 3000.

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