Tuesday, July 14, 2015

DB


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements ;)

What if you came home and discovered a dead body in your house? And the person looked exactly like you?

I know, there's one obvious answer: call the police. But then what? Let's assume that you don't know who this person is, how they got there, or if they (or you) was the target.

20 comments:

  1. I would start my own investigation into this person to find out her true identity and where she same from.

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  2. Call the police, take a DNA sample, grab some clothes, clear out my bank account, take theDNA sample to place that does that sort of stuff, and go into hiding.

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  3. I'd get over to the neighbors' and call the police. It's definitely wise not to be alone. I'd try to surround myself with as many people as possible in case they try again.

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  4. Scary stuff...I would probably run while calling cops at the same time!

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  5. I'd probably wonder if I was dreaming at first, and then probably get the heck out of there as soon as I could and call the police.

    betty

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  6. I'd think I'd do what Susan said. What a great start to a book!

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  7. That would be a great way to start a book...but what would the truth be? You're in another dimension? You're a ghost? Something even more complex?

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    1. Well, as I didn't specify, it could be anything really.

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  8. I think that's the point at which I might realize my dual-dimensional experimentation had paid off...that or I actually accomplished time travel. I'd take either one.

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  9. I'd call up my mom and ask, "Is there something you've been hiding from me all these years? Like the fact that I have a TWIN SISTER?! Oh, and by the way, I have some bad news..."

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    1. Ah, the old twins separated at birth trick...

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  10. I would be looking for some alien pod plants in the basement first. Obviously call the police but then take pictures of her and the whole area and take some of her hair for dna. I would be looking around to find any clues. This is how I think I would want to be. I might just see the body, freak out, call 911 and wait until the police get there and tell them WTF is going on

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  11. Body Snatchers! Or is it doppelgängers??? Either way, I'd call the police and get the heck out of dodge. Then I'd try to figure it out from a safe distance. I'm no good to either of us if he/she gets me, too.

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  12. Honestly, I wonder how long it would take someone to realise the body looked exactly like them. I mean, there's the shock and then the fact that when you're not expecting to see someone somewhere, it can take a minute or two to recognise them....

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    1. That's a good question. Would you realize the person looks like you? I hadn't considered that.

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