2 B R 0 2 B by Kurt Vonnegut

Everything was perfectly swell.

There were no prisons, no slums, no insane asylums, no cripples, no poverty, no wars.

All diseases were conquered. So was old age.

Death, barring accidents, was an adventure for volunteers.

The population of the United States was stabilized at forty-million souls.

One bright morning in the Chicago Lying-in Hospital, a man named Edward K. Wehling, Jr., waited for his wife to give birth. He was the only man waiting. Not many people were born a day any more.
Wehling was fifty-six, a mere stripling in a population whose average age was one hundred and twenty-nine.

X-rays had revealed that his wife was going to have triplets. The children would be his first.
Young Wehling was hunched in his chair, his head in his hand. He was so rumpled, so still and colorless as to be virtually invisible. His camouflage was perfect, since the waiting room had a disorderly and demoralized air, too. Chairs and ashtrays had been moved away from the walls. The floor was paved with spattered dropcloths.

The room was being redecorated. It was being redecorated as a memorial to a man who had volunteered to die.

A sardonic old man, about two hundred years old, sat on a stepladder, painting a mural he did not like. Back in the days when people aged visibly, his age would have been guessed at thirty-five or so. Aging had touched him that much before the cure for aging was found.

Introducing the Weekly Read

Here at The Dying Book Affair, we are all about a love of reading. A true, passionate affair with books, stories and all things literary. But not everyone has the same amount of time in their busy day-to-day adventures to pick up a book. But we will not let that stop the reading! So, every Wednesday will now be Short Story Wednesday and there will be a brand new #weeklyread available. 

Now your reading will not have to be a time-intensive commitment but rather can be a spur-of-the-moment pleasure. Each short story will be presented in its entirety and each Wednesday will bring a new story.

So get excited for next Wednesday and our first #weeklyread. And enjoy!
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