short stories

Choices

The lifestyle you have chosen does not not exist in the republic. 

He heard those words as he was arrested. He heard them as he was locked away without trial. He heard them over and over again, although he did not choose to.

He did not choose the sleep deprivation. He did not choose the beatings. He did not choose the searing electric shocks that were passed through his brain.

The lifestyle you have chosen does not not exist in the republic.

He lay in pain and despair. Starved of more than food, he knew he would only get out if changed, but he did not know how. The way he loved Anton did not feel like a choice.  

He wondered where his family were. If the republic knew  how men like him were being treated.  They did. They chose not to listen. 

The lifestyle you have chosen does not not exist in the republic.

So neither do yo.

via Daily Prompt: Lifestyle

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