What It Feels Like to Die

Originally published in Martian Magazine, Issue 7

“Mama?” Madelyn asked. “What does it feel like to die?”

“It’s like falling asleep. Except when you fall asleep, you wake up in the same place. When you die, you wake up in a Rejuvenator.”

“Is it scary?”

“Not at all. You don’t even remember what happened.”

“You don’t know how you died?”

Madelyn’s mother stepped to the edge of the maglev platform and peered down the tunnel, looking for the next train. “Nope.”

“Not even if someone killed you?”


As the train exploded from the tunnel, Madelyn slipped behind her mother and shoved her onto the tracks.


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