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The Delirium

The Delirium

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[1x1] They say that the cure for love will make us safe forever. And we’ve always believed them. Until now. Now everything has changed. Now, we'd rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years smothered by a lie.

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Introduction

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Love: a single word, a wispy thing, a word no bigger or longer than an edge. That's what it is: an edge; a razor. It draws up through the center of your life, cutting everything in two. Before and after. The rest of the world falls away on either side.




It has been sixty-four years since the president and the Consortium identified love as a disease, and forty-three since the scientists perfected a cure.

They didn't understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. You have always looked forward to the day when you'll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

The rash and over-emotional decision making brought on by the disease once ravaged the country, but the President and the Consortium have rid the country of it. At the age of 18, every citizen receives The Procedure, which effectively prevents them from contracting Amor Deliria Nervosa (love) and allows them to be given jobs and paired based on society’s standards. Before that age, opposite genders are carefully kept a great distance from each other and constantly educated on the consequences of the disease.

Many have looked forward to the procedure for years, convinced by the government that love is nothing but a death sentence.

"Love, the deadliest of all deadly things: it kills you both when you have it and when you don't."




ImageEven though the government denies it, there are people who live in the Wilds; the unregulated land that exists between recognized cities and towns. They don't see love as a disease, and they don't believe in a cure. They think it's a kind of cruelty. People are not supposed to know about the Invalids. They're not even supposed to exist; supposedly, all the people who live in the Wilds were destroyed over fifty years ago, during the blitz. However, many existed, and when some people develop the deliria, they somehow find a way to join them.

The Invalids, as we call them, sneak into the nearest city and stage some sort of protest every couple of years. Little do we know, there are many more of them than we think; living among us, pretending to be one of us. We call these people sympathizers; Invalids that have found a way to blend into established communities. This is how Invalids manage to slip in and out of society.

In the Wilds, Invalids have made small little societies of their own. Living in old houses that somehow survived the blitz, hunting, gathering, and sometimes managing to get supplies and information from established communities.

So far, the government has failed to rid the country of the Invalids, and it is the single blemish on the administration, and the system in general. So we don't talk about them. We pretend that the Wilds -and the people who live there- don't even exist. It's rare to hear the word even spoken, except when a suspected sympathizer disappears, or when a young diseased couple is found to have vanished together before a cure can be administered. {Straight from book}

“...love will turn the whole world into something greater than itself.”



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The story is set in Portland, Maine, in an alternate present. Civilization is concentrated in those cities which escaped the severe bombings of decades past. Travel between cities is highly restricted. Electric fences separate the city from the Wilds—unregulated territory which was presumably mostly destroyed by bombs.

The totalitarian government teaches that love is a disease, named Amor Deliria Nervosa, commonly referred to as "the delirium". A surgical cure for the delirium has been developed and is mandatory for citizens 18 years old and over. You looked forward to the procedure for years, convinced by the government that love is a horrible disease that must be destroyed from mankind's system.

However, mere months before the scheduled procedure, an Invalid (a person over 18 who has not taken the Cure and lives in the Wilds) and a Portland citizen meet. The Invalid was born in the Wilds outside the city, and has pretended to be cured in order to live undetected in the city, usually slipping through from time to time. Since they've met each other, the Deliria begins to seep through their veins, disintegrating what they thought was right. Will you stay in Portland for the procedure? Or will you defy the government for love?

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Both people have completely different lives. The Invalids slip past Portland's borders whenever they so feel like it, enjoying the whirlwind of summer, while the citizens live out their normal routines, wondering what's to become of themselves after the cure.

Then the unthinkable happens: they both meet. What if the Deliria begins to bloom inside their blood? Some might run away with their lovers into the Wilds, others might second-guess themselves.... You decide.



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Citizen #1 | Female (3 months until her procedure) | Status: TAKEN by LightningPoint |

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Invalid #1 | Male | Status: TAKEN by Kaaaat |


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