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Simulacrum ...Part 2 ...Diana Reborn
<br><br><center>*I must get my soul back from you; I am killing my flesh without it.*
― Sylvia Plath</center>


<br><br><center>![Dreams.jpg](https://cdn.steemitimages.com/DQmdRgZtUNmoGqrfF5MTVhxL8At7V2XppN14AJmGh44gyzT/Dreams.jpg)</center>




<br><br> Karol studied the work of an 18th century mechanician named Jacques de Vaucanson who made automata that could eat, breathe and have blood circulating through their arteries.

Karol also discovered a process to make a life-like transparent skin that blushed and sweated—and he made eyes that cried real tears.

On my part, I endowed Diana’s simulacrum with her health history, her allergies and her likes and dislikes.

When we were finished, we both gazed in astonishment at what we created.

<br><br> “My God, George—its Diana reborn.”

“But I haven’t even animated her yet.”

Karol began trembling all over.

“What’s wrong—are you unwell?”

Karol was pale and shaking.

“I’m terrified to my very soul, George. I cannot be here when she comes alive.”

<br><br> I could scarcely believe my ears.

“But you said yourself she’d have no soul.”

He shook his head vigorously. “I did—but that was before I saw her living likeness. Oh George, what have we done?”

I gave him a brittle smile. “You, my friend, are the materialist—you deny the existence of spirit—and yet, look how you quake with fear.”

<br><br> He used a chair to support himself and gripped it si tightly his knuckles turned white.

“Why are you so frightened?” I demanded.

“I quake to look upon her likeness.”

“What did Macbeth’s wife tell him? The sleeping and the dead are but as pictures. It’s the eye of childhood that fears a painted devil.”

“Call me childish, if you wish, but I won’t stay and see her in my nightmares.”

“Don’t be foolish Karol—it’s our life’s work.”

“It’s a damnable work,” he called back as he exited the door.

<br><br> I shook my head in disbelief.

Infirm of purpose, I snickered to myself.

I loaded the program, activated the computer and stepped back to watch.

She began to breathe. I watched her bosom rise and fall. Her cheeks began to colour and her eyelashes fluttered.

The eyelids opened and we stood locked in each other’s gaze.

<br><br><center>© 2020, John J Geddes. All rights reserved</center>

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