Jack is a walking fossil, a relic of the past. It’s been hundreds of years since humanity died off in the slow plague, and over time the clones have repopulated, altering and perfecting their genes, heightening the telepathic bond they share. But if they’re perfect, why did they create Jack, and what exactly do they want from him?
While Jack longs for acceptance, Althea-310 struggles with the feeling that she’s different than her clone sisters – a dangerous idea when they all share thoughts and emotions. Her fascination with Jack doesn’t help, and if her telepathic bond with her sisters fractures, the consequences could be deadly.
When the town is rocked by a series of attacks, Jack is the first and only suspect, but appearances can be deceiving. The truth might have to do with why he was created in the first place, or with a mysterious journal and letter he finds that ends with a phrase no clone would ever use: “your one and only.”
Adrianne Finlay is the Director of the creative writing program at Upper Iowa University where she teaches English, creative writing and a course on adolescent literature. She received her Ph.D. in English from Binghamton University. Her writing has appeared in Paterson Literary Review, North American Review, The Journal of Popular Culture, and New Linear Perspectives.