Monday, August 16, 2010
Date: August 16, 2710, 8:31:45
To: All A-3 Workers
From: Dr. Lilithe S. D’Adame, Quality Control Engineer (A-2)
Subject: Procedure for Top Secret Recipe Modification for A-hh (For A-3 [and above] eyes only)
Please pack a suitcase for two weeks and report to your work station immediately. Further orders will be awaiting you. Some basic information is offered below.
Background: Based on new research regarding optimal nutrition, the recipe for basic A-hh has been slightly modified to include some additional vitamins and a small amount of animal protein. Over the last 50 years, the population overall has become physically weaker from the all-plant protein/carbohydrate formula. As a consequence, we have noted an overall decline in citizen production and a 5% rise in the average citizen’s weight.
In a five-year experiment conducted on exiled prisoners living in Corpus Delicious East, A-2 scientists added a small percentage of animal protein to the recipients’ A-hh allotment and discovered that their productivity increased by 20% and their weight dropped by 10%.
The law mandating the addition of animal protein has been extremely controversial among A-2 staff, but the decision has been made by the A-1 Board and is non-negotiable.
I need not tell you that if this information were to be leaked to the general population, it could cause chaos of the highest order. Thus, you are under orders to comply fully with the manufacture of the modified A-hh without arousing suspicion among the masses.
Therefore, by August 30, 2710, all factory machinery must be modified to accommodate these changes, so mandatory overtime will be necessary. All A-2 and A-3 workers will be required to spend the next two weeks on site, where special accommodations have been set up for you. You will tell your family members that your absence from home is a result of major changes in factory infrastructure, which is absolutely true.
All Lunch Dates are suspended until further notice. However, after the extended work day, special late-evening Dinner Dates will be allowed on site, but A-3 workers may dine only with other A-3 workers and for no more than one hour each evening. You may not dine with anyone off site, and non-employees will NOT be allowed on site.
Once the machinery and formula have been modified, life will return to normal, and you will be free to return home each evening after work.
A-3 tasters and colorists will meet today, at 14:00, in the amphitheater. These groups MUST attend this important meeting. You may not be aware of this, but animal protein has a distinctive “taste,” odor, and color, so the bouquet of A-hh must be modified in order to avoid panic among the population. An off-taste, odor, or color could create societal chaos.
Machinists will meet today, at 12:00, in the Great Work Room; bring all your hand tools.
As you are aware, these new ingredients are for the basic formula only, and, as per government policy, the secret ingredient is never revealed to anyone but the A-1 Board.
Here are the ingredients for the basic formula (based on nutrients needed per day, which varies for each individual, specific specs calculated by Government Nutrition Office and dispensed directly to the consumer):
-- 20% animal protein* powder (type of animal protein is classified)Vitamins and Minerals:
-- 30% plant protein powder (type of plant protein is classified)
-- 45% carbohydrate powder (type of plant carbohydrate is classified)
-- 5% top secret powder
-- Vitamin A, 5,000 IU, 100%*Our scientists believe that the added animal protein and 4 extra mcg of Vitamin B12 will revitalize our citizens, help overall productivity, and, ultimately, pump up our slow economy.
-- Vitamin C, 60 mg, 100%
-- Vitamin D, 400 IU, 100%
-- Vitamin E, 25 IU, 100%
-- Vitamin K, 80 mcg, 100%
-- Thiamin, 1.5 mg, 100%
-- Riboflavin, 2.7 mg, 100%
-- Niacin, 20 mg, 100%
-- Vitamin B6, 2 mg, 100%
-- Folic Acid, 400 mcg, 100%
-- Vitamin B12, 10 mcg, 150%*
-- Biotin, 300 mcg, 100%
-- Pantothenic Acid, 10 mg, 100%
-- Calcium, 1,000 mg, 100%
-- Iron (Varies, depending on gender, physical condition, and age)
-- Iodine, 150 mcg, 100%
-- Magnesium, 400 mg, 100%
-- Zinc, 15 mg, 100%
-- Selenium, 65 mcg, 100%
-- Copper, 2mg, 100%
-- Manganese, 2 mg, 100%
-- Chromium, 120 mcg, 100%
-- Molybdenum, 70 mcg, 100%
-- Classified supplements
Note: customized A-hh, which could include supplements, such as contraceptives, fertility supplements, medical prescriptions, and/or other special additives, occurs later in production by The Special Formula Department, NOT during this part of this project.
The next two weeks will be busy, but the rewards will be great. If we finish our project on time and accurately, each worker will receive a 100% bonus and an extended Lunch hour on or after September 1.
As always, treat the contents of this memo with the greatest of discretion by committing this sensitive information to memory; this file will self-destruct within 30 minutes.
Do not share or discuss this info with anyone holding A-4 credentials and lower. Leakers and illegal data miners/snoops receiving this information will be subject to additional penalties, including permanent exile in Antarctica and, perhaps, even death. In the interest of National Security, even innocent leakees will be exiled to a satellite province, most likely to Corpus Delicious West.
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Labels: 7. Basic Modification to A-hh (the National Nutrient), A-hh, Corpus Delicious (a novel), Recipes
Lily and Jason arise from the mini-altar and quickly dress.
“I’m sorry,” Jason says. “I got carried away.”
“I was caught off guard, that’s all.”
“I thought you knew I, uh, wanted to...”
“To take things up a notch?”
Lily shrugs. “I didn’t. Sorry.”
“I guess I misread your cues...” He pauses. “We’ve been hanging out a lot in the past year, and you’ve...”
“I just like to socialize a lot. You’re not an exclusive.”
“Who is these days?” He stops and touches her shoulder. “Look, I’ve applied for a procreation license.”
“It’s true. My application was approved.”
“Wow. I don’t know what to say.”
“My contraceptive has been turned off for over a month now...I’m producing the real deal now and looking for potential partners...”
“Oh, no, I don’t like where this is headed.”
“Just hear me out. We have a lot in common. We’re dynamite together, and our children would be beautiful and smart.”
“I know for a fact you’ve been doing some headhunting...”
“Who told you that?”
“Never mind. I have my sources...The point is, we’re not getting any younger, and it’s time to think about creating the next generation.”
“I have been thinking about the future, but I’m not quite ready...”
“Lily, honey, I’m not looking for an exclusive partnership–I would like to create children with at least two other women–so you’d be free to do whatever you’d like. Have one baby with me, that’s all.”
“Look, Jason. I love what we have now, but I don’t want to have a baby with you. When I have children, it will be with one man.”
“You mean you want an exclusive relationship?”
“Don’t be silly. I love my male friends too much. But when I settle down to have children, I want just one partner to help me raise them, under one roof, someone who will be there when they need school clothes or are sick. I don’t need a pathological impregnator who has women and kids scattered all over the country.”
“Wow, I sure had you figured wrong.”
“I’m no prude, but when it comes to creating a family, it’s one man for me. Of course, we’ll have our separate social lives...”
“I guess I see things differently. I earn good money, so supporting several children with different mothers is not a problem. You see, Lily, I want to create this great legacy, beautiful and smart children from all parts of the country and with accomplished women like you. Also, I have to consider genetics...”
“Genetics? What do you mean?”
“Well, you’re lovely and all, and I have carefully vetted your medical and DNA profile, but what if something goes wrong?”
“Wrong? What do you mean?”
“If you have a gene that goes awry. I don’t want place all my genetic hopes on one line...”
“Oh, Jason. We have so much fun together, but our outlooks are so different.”
“I can see that.”
“You go start your families, and we’ll see how things shake out for us. But no more surprises during Coffee Break.”
Lily checks her watch. “It’s back to work.”
Jason opens the cubicle door and takes the bill from the slot. “It’s on me today.”
“Jason! You know our policy.”
“Yeah, Dutch Treat, but I feel guilty about putting you on the spot.”
“Well, okay, this one time, but I’ll leave the tip.”
“Good deal. I’ll walk you back to your office. I want to hear about your plans for the Judge.”
“Not much to tell. I ordered nothing but the best, and I’ll be scrimping for the next few months.”
“That’s harsh. I haven’t done a Business Lunch in months. It’s too nerve-wracking.”
“When you meet with those potential Mommies, you’d better be putting your best foot forward.”
Jason raises his eyebrow. “A few times with me, they’ll be begging for more.”
It was true. Of all her friends, Jason was the most fun to be around; when he was away on a business trip, she missed their Coffee Breaks, although she had plenty of guys from the factory from which she could choose, depending on her mood.
“So why the big deal? Do you even know this guy?”
“Never met him until I landed in his court.”
“Making that proposition was risky. He could have taken it the wrong way.”
“I knew he’d accept the deal.”
“That’s my Lily, always confident.”
“In this world, you have to be. Besides, men like me, I like them. It’s not complicated figuring out what you guys want, but...”
“Tell me, Lil.”
“I’m really nervous about this Business Lunch.”
Lily doesn’t want to go into the specifics with Jason. “Well, you know, the formality of it. I can think of 101 things that can go wrong.”
“If you hired good attendants, they’ll keep you on track.”
“They’re supposedly two of the best.”
“Well, then. You’ll be fine.”
“He’s a judge who holds a lot of power.”
“You’ve made a deal. He’s forbidden to use anything that happens behind those closed doors against you.”
“Yes, that’s the law. But you know how things can really work.”
“You’ll just turn on that awesome Lily charm, and he’ll melt like ice in on a steamy July day.
“Thanks, Jason.” They stood outside her office. “Oh, here I am. Time to get back to work.”
“Same time tomorrow?”
For now, she’s relieved to get back to work and away from Jason.
What a sneak, trying to get her primed to bear his child. She had thought about asking him about going off script for their Coffee Breaks, but now she’s glad she hadn’t gotten around to it.
Still, she would like to go off script sometime, but with someone she could trust completely if something went awry.
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Lilithe meets Jason at the factory café for Coffee, where he’s waiting for her in their favorite cubicle.
He is supine on the mini-altar, naked and ready. Next to him is an end table, with small dishes of cinnamon and nutmeg powder. A cone of Banana incense sizzles, the smoke swirling in upward spirals. He nods toward it: “A little joke.”
“Ha, ha. Very funny,” Lily says. “I only have 30 minutes.” She closes the door and undresses, carefully hanging her clothes on a hook, next to his.
“I have even less. So how did it go?” He reaches for her and pulls her on top of him.
“Expensive. I’ll tell you later.” She straddles his hips and starts rocking back and forth.
“Okay.” Jason licks her skin just beneath her breasts, but not quite touching them.
“Umm. I need this Coffee.”
Jason licks his finger and pokes it into the cinnamon dish. He outlines her lips with powder.
“Delicious,” she says.
“But do not ingest.”
“I will not ingest.”
Lily licks her finger and pokes it into the nutmeg dish. She outlines Jason’s lips.
“Delicious,” he says.
“You must not ingest.”
“I will not ingest.”
“May I touch you lip to lip?” he asks.
Lily can’t believe Jason’s impertinence–not part of this script. “Uh, umm, the time is not right.”
“Then let us touch tongue to tongue.”
“I accept a fleeting touch of your tongue to mine, but no more.”
“I am grateful. A fleeting touch is more than I could ever expect.”
Lily is alarmed at the turn of events; she has never thought of Jason as any more than just a Coffee Mate. But she offers him the tip of her tongue, a major pleasure spot, her secret and one of many when she’s alone.
Jason flicks the tip of his tongue against hers. “A-hh.”
In public, they could be fined for uttering this word, but it’s okay during private times such as this.
Lily continues rocking back and forth on Jason. She can feel his Horn of Plenty growing hard, but in all good time. He will just have to be late for whatever meeting.
“I will now paint my lips with powder.” Lily takes her fingertip into her mouth and wets it. She presses into the cinnamon bowl and paints her lips until they are brown. “I will lick my lips until they are pink again.”
“But do not ingest.”
“Not to worry, I will not ingest.”
As she licks her lips clean, the powder feels sweet and spicy in her mouth. How many times has she wished she just could swallow it? What would happen, really, if she swallowed? She is almost tempted to take that swallow, just to see what it would feel like having something other than A-hh sliding down her throat. But the consequences could be grave. She liked Jason well enough, but he was a company man and would probably report her.
So, like a good girl, she spits into the nutmeg dish. “I offer you the elixir of my juices.” She offers him the dish.
“And, with great honor, I accept.” He mixes the nutmeg with her saliva and paints his own lips until they are brown. “I will now lick my lips until they are pink again.”
I wonder if he also has the urge to swallow?Once the brown is gone from his lips, Lily places nutmeg dish under his chin.
He spits into it.
She squeezes hard against him and rocks her bulb harder against his Horn of Plenty; then she takes his nutmeg and mixes it with her cinnamon.“I will now paint you with the spices of life and our meshed juices.” She dips her fingers into the bowl, places the bowl on the end table, and begins painting around his nipples, working her way toward his Horn of Plenty but not touching, never touching.
“A-hh, yes. Please don’t stop.”
Another off-script remark, but she must remain calm and not get all flustered. She must guide him back to the script and conclude today’s Coffee with her independence and his ego intact. “I must stop for now.”
“Yes, you should stop, and I should begin.”
She picks up the dish and offers it to him.
He places it on his chest and dips into it. “Now I will paint you.” He follows the script by painting all around her breasts but not touching her nipples and works his way toward her bulb and entry, painting all around, not touching...
“The body best understands pleasure when it is delayed,” Lily says.
“The body is best nourished through pleasure.”
Then his finger brushes against her bulb, not quite enough to pin blame, but too much to ignore.
The dish falls from his chest, hits the floor, and shatters.
She gently takes his hand and holds it against her face. “You must take care.”
“Yes, I was careless.”
As a reminder, Lily invokes a special incantation: “We will come, but then we must leave.”
“For this time only, I am yours, and you are mine.”
“Yes, for this time, you are mine, and I am yours.”
“I will ingest you.”
“I will fill you.”
“Today, I am Alpha.” She pins his arms down against the Mini-altar.
“I accept. I am Beta. I offer you the Horn of Plenty.”
“You may enter now.” She lifts up her body, opens her legs wide, and pushes down hard on him. “Linked, body to body...”
“...We are now one,” Jason says.
As Jason writhes beneath her, she sees only the Judge’s face, hears only his fateful words:
I see standing before me an unacceptably fat person.But Lily knows the secret that no one will ever admit to in public: men love women with a little flesh to their bones–the proof is in the number of men seeking her company. She sees how men stare at her in public, the covert exchange of business cards, most of which she throws away, the fleeting touches by strangers. She understands the subtext of the Judge’s biting words:
If you are too greedy, we will have to hide you from polite society.Perhaps the Judge was right: if she were a man, she would pursue Lily D’Adame and not stop until she won her. In fact, if she ever found another Lily, she would have to possess her, even at the risk of imprisonment.
But being Lily is a good thing, too, for she will never face rejection: any time she wants Lily, she can have her, to possess, to ravish, to love, to fill with her own pleasure. She knows and loves every curve and every lump of fat, hidden in secret, moist and warm places. She loves the way she touches herself and how easily she finds just the right pleasure spots and the exact pressure points, how she can bring herself to the brink of pleasure and then stop and then start all over again, and again, and again...why shouldn’t she bask in her own body and indulge in the worship of self?
As Jason jerks upward and pauses in that split second before a man possesses a woman (a fiction, of course), she realizes why she is so nervous about her Lunch Date with Adam H. Alvarez:
She must prove her worth, to demonstrate to him that fat is delicious and desirable and not worthy of all the laws against it. She would like to walk the streets freely without some cop writing up an illegal fat ticket, while dodging that same cop’s brush against her breasts.
More than that, she needs to feel Alvarez exploding beneath her body weight, succumbing completely to her fatness, losing all self-control, offering up his body to her.
Then beg for more...
Lily meets Jason’s upward thrust and consumes that which fills her...
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Lily starting doing Lunch somewhat late in life, at 15.
In Corpus Luminous, children 10 years and older are allowed to Lunch with other children. Engaging in Lunch before age 10 is forbidden, although a special license can be obtained for the rare child under 10 who may be deemed mature enough for Limited Lunching; most children simply decide to wait until 10 or even later.
Occasionally, a precocious eight or nine year old will apply for a license, but it is almost never granted, especially if parental involvement is suspected.
Besides, children under 10 go to schools without Lunch-Zones, so opportunities are extremely limited.
By age 12, children are encouraged, not forced, to start Lunching, but only with other children, never with adults. In fact, any adult caught having Lunch with a child is immediately arrested and sent for life, without a trial, to a special enclave away from the city and fed a special formula of A-hh that eliminates their desire for Lunching or any kind of social interaction.
The rules are simple and clear cut: if you are 18 or over, you don’t do Lunch with a 17 year old, not even if you are one day older than 17 and your potential partner is one day under 18. You simply wait before suggesting Lunch to a minor on the cusp of adulthood. Period.
Furthermore, Lunching among children must be mutually consensual and never forced, even by parents anxious for their children’s social growth. In the matter of Lunching, children decide whether or not to Lunch and with whom.
As a youngster, Lily was more interested in studying hard in the field of nutrition engineering and not at all interested in Lunching. Her goal: to create a special formula of A-hh that would self-replicate--which would make ingesting nutrients practically obsolete--and automatically mutate within each individual in accordance with his or her own physical specs.
At 14, she discovered a live strain of A-hh that could self-replicate on a limited basis, but she had yet to find the key that could keep the culture alive for long--it always died out within 24 hours.
There has to be something about A-hh itself...Never mind, that’s heresy...
Still, only The Great One knew the full recipe–every school child knows this basic fact.
She spent her days poring over cultures in various stages of development: always working, working, working.
When Lily turned 15, her worried mother hired a guide to help Lily make the social transition into Lunching.
The guide, a highly-trained adult specializing in teen issues, was responsible for seeking out suitable candidates and introducing them to Lily, who proved to be a difficult student, and then guiding her through the highly specialized ritual.
But Evy, the guide, was quietly persistent and found a suitable Novice Lunch candidate, a shy quiet prodigy who, by 16, had earned his Ph. D. in Bio-Engineering. Lily felt that Limon was an excellent choice, most likely just as reluctant as Lily about Lunching and also obsessed with his work.
Evy, too, felt that Limon, also a novice, would be an appropriate Luncher for the first time.
Even now, Lily cringes at the memory. In retrospect, she would have done better with a boy who had at least some experience. Even with their guides, it was a disastrous Novice Lunch, with much fumbling and awkwardness--and, ultimately, no Communion.
Ironically, she and Limon are still friendly and often work together on projects, but they have never Lunched together since that first time. It was an unspoken rule between them that they never speak of or revisit that time.
Her subsequent Lunches were much better: Evy found Savia, a more experienced boy, who, for Lily’s second Lunch with him, guided her through the ritual with great technique and understanding.
After a few Lunch Dates with Savia, Lily was hooked and Lunched whenever her busy schedule allowed and was soon having Lunch with several boys.
From time to time, Lily still Lunches with Savia, who has proven to be more confidante than ardent Luncher. Besides, he’s been Dining regularly with Penny, another co-worker. It has been rumored that they are about to apply together for a procreation license. Savia has already admitted that he and Penny have touched lip to lip. A lot, and with exuberance. They have also engaged in serious tonguing, something Lily has never even done, the kind of physical contact reserved for committed couples. She could still Lunch with Savia, of course, but he seemed to be at that stage in a relationship where he had eyes only for Penny. Lunching with Savia could prove to be very sensitive right now, so they will probably switch to Coffee Breaks, at least until the fire cools a bit.
On some level, she will always love Savia; he came into her life at a time when she was frightened and disgusted by the very idea of Lunch, and he understood. In fact, during their First Lunch together, she did not take part in Communion.
At the moment of ingestion, she became afraid and backed out.
“Look, it’s okay, Lily,” he said. “We all have a first time.”
Luckily, Savia’s attendant, a pretty redheaded 16-year-old, girl offered him Communion, and he accepted.
Lily and her attendant, a 13-year-old boy, observed, and it didn’t look so awful.
“Don’t worry about pain,” the attendant, a freckled-face boy, said.. “We have a special tool for the first time. So when you’re ready, we can help.”
Lily would later learn that attendants in general had special latitude and powers when it came to attending their clients. For instance, they were empowered to touch their clients in certain places when the client deemed it necessary, and often they were called upon to finish or participate in Communion, especially with very young or very old Lunchers.
But it was understood that none of it meant anything; attendants are neutral parties, employees hired and train to make sure Lunch is pleasurable, not to develop relationships with their clients. Therefore, attendants are forbidden to develop any kind of relationship with people outside of the Attendants’ Corps.
The Children’s Attendant Corps has always been a mystery to her; growing up, she never saw a child attendant at her school--or any school, for that matter, or in public. She suspects that these children, carefully selected chosen for their sleekness, height, and high I.Q.s, have been raised in special institutions that train children from an early age. Most adult attendants had been young attendants who, after becoming of age, simply decided to continue with the adult corps. They are obviously well-educated, healthy, and smart--one could ask an attendant anything and receive an intelligent answer within minutes, even seconds.
Lily often wonders if encouraging children to do Lunch so young is really such good government policy. She always felt there was something unnatural about children engaging in what seems so, well, adult.
I’ll never nudge my kids to do anything before they’re ready.
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