It’ll never be the real thing, of course. Yet in some ways it’s even better than the real thing

By Bogdan Dragos

she didn't hide it

No, she held it
in full display in her living room

It was a baby's head
floating in a jar

"I wish I could just
unseal it
and open the eyes,"
she said. "It would
really look infinitely more
beautiful if it had
its eyes open. Maybe I could
snip off the eyelids.
But I'm afraid I won't
be able to
seal the jar
back.
This small wonder has been
taken from a research
lab.
The baby was born dead
so the mother, not a Christian
one I take it, had donated
its body for science.
I too lost a baby, only mine
died before exiting the
womb.
And I had this nerdy boyfriend
at the time. He worked in
the research lab
and stole this
for me.
This is what true love
is like. I tried again and again
to get pregnant with him
afterwards
but it just didn't work. Maybe
my system is damaged
beyond repair now
or maybe his sperm
just wasn't
strong enough. We didn't
consult a specialist
about it.
Now I no longer care that
much.
I have this baby right here
and... it works. I no longer
feel the need
for a living one that grows
under my eyes. I'm fine with
this. It's a girl, by the way.
I feel like one of those
men who buy
sex dolls because they
can't get real women.
It'll never be the
real thing, of course. Yet in
some ways it's even
better than
the real thing.
All in all, I do declare myself
a happy, fulfilled woman
today. I need nothing else.
You don't need
real children
or partners to be happy
in life.
Imagination is the only
requirement. And those who
don't have it
call it craziness. Well, let them
talk. Meanwhile those
of us who have it
are living our lives.
Cheers."

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