SF Drabble #118 “Soft Sell”

“What do you mean, ‘underperforming’?”

“Mrs. Eddy, your son is lagging behind the other students in math as well as reading comprehension. In addition, his class participation indicator is comparatively low.”

“And your solution is to… what?”

“We believe genetic modification therapy would benefit your son.”

“You want me to alter his genes so he’ll be better at math and reading?”

“Genetic modification therapy can also have positive effects on self-confidence, which would improve class participation.”

“But… he won’t be my son!”

“He will be a better son, Mrs. Eddy. Wouldn’t that make you happy? Wouldn’t that make him happy?”

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