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The pig carcass filled most of the stainless tub where the delivery men had laid it. Freshly slaughtered, but not butchered, it had taken four of them to lift it there. None of them spoke to Rinnovi, only pausing for him to sign for the animal before they left.

On the way to the door, one of the men pointed at the stickers affixed to virtually every item in the house; black typewritten names and addresses on white shipping labels. The leader of the group nudged him and shook his head 'no', before hurrying him out the door.

Rinnovi poured a scotch, and turned on the kitchen vid display, his own visage peering back at him with a smile. He froze the frame, leaving the remote on the island beside the second stainless tub.

"Osiris, prepare to renew." He spoke aloud to the empty room.

"Preparations underway." The voice, angel soft and faintly Irish filled the room seemingly from everywhere at once. Both of the tubs began to fill with a steaming viscous liquid, spattering against the steel, and slowly enveloping the cooling pig.

In the morning, he knew he'd awake and remember nothing of this. He'd find the remote, curiosity would lead him to play the journal he'd recorded of his work over the past year.

January would be spent shipping pieces from his house, following the instructions laid out on the labels attached to them. Physical things acquired over the past year would hold no value or interest to him come morning, and so they would be gifted to those friends who stood by him.

The first of January would be Rinnovi's forty first birthday. It would also be the twenty sixth time he'd been reborn as a forty one year old. Restored once more to a version of himself a year younger, from a pattern captured over a quarter century ago. Perhaps this time, this year, he'd get it right.  

He took one last walk through the rooms of his home. In his office, laid out on screens and strewn across whiteboards and table tops, a years progress towards unlocking the gene-code of his own existence. Another years failure to solve the riddle of his hard coded untimely demise.

This year, surely, a reinvigorated him would solve the puzzle, find the key. Perhaps one day he'd see his forty second birthday.

Returning to the kitchen, preparations complete, Rinnovi placed his empty glass on the counter and paused a moment to pat the now submerged swine. However bad he felt for the animal, using a pig for genetic building blocks was much safer and easier than finding fresh human cadavers. Fewer questions; far less expensive.

"Ok Osiris, let's try this again."

"As you wish, I'll re-brief you in the morning. Goodbye Rinnovi." The voice soothing, the tone, a hint of sadness.

He poured himself another scotch, this time lacing the drink with powerful sedatives and paralytics, and dropping his bathrobe over the back of a kitchen chair, climbed into the bath of warm liquid. He downed the drink quickly, putting the glass on the counter before slowly slipping beneath the surface. He could feel the chemicals take away control, feel his lungs slowly fill with fluid as the air escaped. The lights of the room dimmed as his eyes unfocused. By the time the nano-tech started reverting to his backup, he could no longer feel anything at all.

Tomorrow, a new day, a new man, a new chance.

As his consciousness dissolved, he thought of his son, frozen beneath his home. A boy waiting for a father to undo the error of his creation.

Perhaps he could make it safe for his son to age again this year.
From Wikipedia: Flash Fiction - 'Flash fiction differs from vignettes in that the works contain the classic story elements: protagonist, conflict, obstacles or complications, and resolution. However, unlike a traditional short story, the limited word length often forces some of these elements to be unwritten, that is, hinted at or implied in the written storyline.'

In the case of 365tomorrows - Flash Fiction is a story of ideally 500 words, and new in the 3rd year a 600 word maximum.

For everyone, a New Year brings a fresh start, a chance to undo past wrongs, or make amends. To begin anew. What if we could truly start the year again, as many times is it takes to get it right. What would become of us?
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Renew by `SRSmith What do you get when you combine science fiction, groundhog day and Christmas? SRSmith has the answer in this alternative Christmas flash fic! ( Featured by BeccaJS )

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raylia Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Excellent, fascinating, very well written. :)
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012   Writer
Thanks very much!
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raylia Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're very welcome.
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Geordieness Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Brilliantly written and well-executed concept. The DD was well deserved.
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012   Writer
Thank you, very much appreciated!
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SilverNGoldWings Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Good job on the DD
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012   Writer
Thanks!
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SilverNGoldWings Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
No problem
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TheCuttlefishCaptain Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I always get happy when I see your work getting a DD! Congrats yet again :)
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012   Writer
Makes me happy too!
:-)
Thanks as always for your support!
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TheCuttlefishCaptain Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Anytime!~
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catluvr2 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Congrats on the DD! :+favlove:
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012   Writer
Thank you!
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the well deserved DD! :santa:
Merry Christmas!
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012   Writer
Thanks very much!
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleassure! :santa:
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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Man! This is razor sharp. I'm afraid I can only reiterate the comments from others when I say that your story was immediately arresting and intriguing. I would love to read more of this, as I would other stories of yours.

Congrats on a well-earned DD, sir!! Best Wishes to you and yours this Christmas!! And a Happy New Year!
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012   Writer
Thanks very much, and all the best for Christmas and the New Year too!
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neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how, even though the writing is so sparse, the ending carries a lot of weight. You're on top of the form—I'm sure you hear that, but eh. Still worth saying

With all works like this, I always end up looking for ways to get the word count even lower. I think you could kill some of the descriptors, but the only one I'd definitely remove is "seemingly".
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012   Writer
Thank you, I really enjoyed this piece when I wrote it, and had almost forgotten about it, so this was a nice surprise. Your comment is very much appreciated.
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neurotype Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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MSpaintdog Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man, I sure hope you are saving these [with an eye toward publishing en masse],because the average sci-fi anthology is half at this level,....and half below.Think about it.
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009   Writer
There are definitely plans to shop these for publication, and also to make use of some of the situations, environments and characters in longer, more cohesive works.

I really appreciate the vote of confidence, as do I your reading and commenting.
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exquisiteoath Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009  Student General Artist
This is the same renewal technique you're using elsewhere?

I definitely think that closing out with the son is a heck of a way to go!
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009   Writer
Renewal of the body, or uploading and downloading from different physical selves is a theme that tends to recur in my writing. It's an idea that I'm fascinated with, so I tend to explore it often.

I'm glad the ending worked as well as it seems to, I wasn't sure how that would be received.

Thanks very much for the comment.
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Mantisss Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
Very nice twist...
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009   Writer
Thank you!
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bsitty1 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
Beautifully written, loved every bit of it and it was my first flash fiction piece I read. Loved it.
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009   Writer
Thanks very much, I really appreciate your comment. I'm posting almost exclusively flash fiction here; it's a form I've come to love myself.
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bsitty1 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
I'll definitely read more when I have time!
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009   Writer
Thanks for the devwatch, and I hope you find some more stories you like.
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MaskedVengeance Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
Awesome flash fic, and a worthy winner :) Congrats!
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009   Writer
Thanks very much, both for the comment and the :+fav:!
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MordredLeFay Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very nice!
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009   Writer
Thank you!
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BadFiend Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
Is it just me or are you getting better at the whole ultra-short story thing? This one seems even shorter but with a more coherent story. And while most of your stories take place in very futuristic times, this one seems only a few years away from possible... Anyway, nicely done.
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009   Writer
Thank you. I certainly hope I'm getting better (at least, I hope I'm not getting worse :-))
I really appreciate your comment - Happy New Year!
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WitchbredWarrior Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
Another work, masterfully done. You're so brilliant with flash fic. I really thought Rinnovi was just that vain until the end when it was revealed that he was more self-sacrificing. Excellent play with character motivation.
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009   Writer
Thanks very much, I really appreciate your comment!
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JLithium Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
Me too, and your writing was concise but easy to follow; I knew you were hinting at a new year and a new beginning at the end!
Lovely work.
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008   Writer
Thank you, and Happy New Year!
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faeriecrone Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
That bit at the end caught me off guard. Well done.

Every morning is a new birth.
Every breath is a new birth.
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008   Writer
Thanks very much, and Happy New Year!
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wh0rem0ans Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Oh, how me is this?
I went to beccalicious's DD collection,
saw this offering from you, read it,
and then prepared to write the exact
same comment.
One of the moral restrictions of a seriously poor memory
is the obligation to always be truthful for a liar must remember.
Happy New Now, SRS!
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013   Writer
Hahaha! Fantastic!
Glad you enjoyed it again!
:-)
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wh0rem0ans Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
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faeriecrone Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
HNY SR! :frail:
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