“Hello, and welcome to the unveiling of the latest in home-cloning technology. The teams here at the Bio-Industries division of Xerox have been working around the clock for the past eight months to bring you a better and more efficient machine. We are all very excited about this product and we want to share that excitement with all of you.”
“We’ve heard your feedback and listened to your concerns. We want you to know that the mistakes of the past will not be repeated and throughout this process the safety of the general public was foremost in our minds.”
“This time around we’ve added some very strong security measures. We’ve started a DNA database, every person who chooses to clone themselves must opt in to allowing Xerox to track their activities. Each DNA sequence is allowed only 3 clones, twins must be visited by a Xerox Bio-Industries doctor to confirm the identical genetics.”
“We’ve also added a bit of coding to each clone’s DNA sequence to identify them as such. No clone may clone themselves and each clone created will have a patented Crime Prevention Implant. When the clone attempts to kill a human the implant will first attempt to immobilize him. If that fails, it will go directly into self-destruct mode.”
“We hope these features will put your mind at ease. We know that what happened nearly a year ago is fresh and we are all still healing from the tragedy. The victims and their families were, of course, consulted in the redesign and we urge the public to try our product another try and let us prove to you that cloning is the wave of the future and Xerox is the company to bring that future into your homes.”
“Thank you for listening, and happy cloning.”
Author’s note: The plan for this challenge was to post small pieces of fiction that read more like excerpts rather than stories with a true beginning, middle, and end. I think instead, these have turned into something in between, some more, some less. Please bear with me, these are my first attempts at writing fiction. You can find them all under my AtoZ2016 tag.
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