The Fortunate

“Explain it again,” she said, looking up at me with those pale green eyes unique to our family. “Please.”

“The physician and the surgeon will make me comfortable first.”

“How will they do that?”

I smiled. “They have special physic. After this, they will take me into the operating theater where they will take out my bad liver and replace it with a good one.”

“Where do they get the good one?”

“From one of the Unfortunate.”

“Don’t they need their livers?”

“Well, yes. But the money the family receives helps everyone.”

“And then they’ll be part of you forever!”

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25 thoughts on “The Fortunate

    1. I was reading an Elmore Leonard novel about a couple who steals kidneys from people and then sells them back. I also watched John Oliver playing a recording of a man telling a woman to sell plasma to pay her debts. This is a combination, I guess! Thanks for stopping by.

  1. Oh, that sent shivers up my spine at the very thought of organ harvesting as a trade. Ugh! Gulp! Very, very disturbing… and I fear in some places maybe even true.

  2. Echoing the comments above. Disturbing. Interesting rationalization. Sounds like a very stratified society, with the fortunate and the unfortunate divided into some kind of castes. The horrors of a society where life has varying degrees of worth.

  3. Really well done, in such a matter of fact voice.
    Ironic that I’m bingeing on “Justified” and one of the characters had his kidneys cut out to be sold… He was most unfortunate.

      1. Raylan Givens is the name of the Deputy Marshall in “Justified”!

        I really do like it (and the flip-side story, as well) ;)

          1. D’oh! How dumb am I?
            I didn’t realise the book is based on the series that was based on a short story… (had to check with da Google)

          2. Definitely will check them out. I actually prefer reading the books after the movie or show. I’m always in for a treat whereas the opposite, my expectations are too high and I end up disappointed.

  4. Unfortunate liver donor can be someone dying of other ailment and liver matches. Since there is only one liver, I doubt anyone, no matter how unfortunate, will donate a the whole liver. May be a part of it. Liver has the ability to regenerate.

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