After Dinner Conversation

Volume 4, Issue 12, December 2023

M.C. Schmidt
Pages 17-35

The Children of Conscious Reunion

Are you duty bound to stop a dubious transaction? In this tale of philosophical short fiction, Ann Marie, a freshly anointed notary’s first client is an elderly woman endeavoring to relinquish her dwelling to “Father,” the enigmatic figurehead of a cult. Ann Marie declines the notary job, as the deed transfer requires both an attesting witness and the beneficiary—neither of which is present. She recounts this incident to a friend. This leads her footsteps to the aged woman’s abode, where a serendipitous encounter with the woman’s son ensues. She leans he has emancipated his mother from the cult’s influence and has forcefully put her into a de-programming facility. However, a looming choice weighs upon him: the possibility of selling her home to fund her transition into a long-term care facility, for her own good.