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The Cure For Aging



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An elderly prisoner tells a bothersome young cellmate about a secret means of escape and a mysterious cure for aging, showing how one leads to the other.

JEREMY, a prison inmate in his 50s, sits on his bunk reading a book when he's interrupted by guards, who toss WALLY into the cell with him. The younger prisoner clearly has a chip on his shoulder and is keen to prove his toughness, but Jeremy doesn't respond to his taunts or threats. Over time, Wally starts going stir-crazy in the cell, so Jeremy distracts him with tales about a doctor he knows who has found an anti-aging procedure that can take years off one's life. He also reveals a dangerous escape route from the prison that few have attempted because of the high risk. Wally makes the attempt, and the WARDEN later visits the cell to tell Jeremy how the escape turned out for his former cellmate.

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The Cure for Aging
An elderly prisoner gets rid of a troublesome young cellmate,
thanks in part to his promise of a "cure" for aging.

The cure for aging revealed…in prison?  That’s what David Pauwels’s short script The Cure for Aging promises, and then delivers.

At a lean eight pages taking place all in one location, Cure grabs the reader immediately and doesn’t let up.  It opens on Jeremy - an old-timer in every sense of the word - alone in his bare cell, content to read his worn paperback. 

In comes Wally, a young hothead loudmouth with attitude to spare, a spiritual cousin to some of the best and worst characters seen in Darabont-King collaborations like The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile.

Over time, Jeremy tries to calm the impetuous Wally down, tries to give him some focus for life on the inside.  But all stir-crazy Wally can think about is the anti-aging procedure Jeremy once heard about on the outside.  

By the time it’s all over, The Cure for Aging will leave you feeling the same way a good episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents or Tales from the Crypt always did. 

With a wicked smile on your face.  

Review by B. S. Carter
Submitted: July 5, 2019
Last Updated: July 12, 2019

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The Writer: David Pauwels

Dave has written and optioned a number of shorts and features, as well as a novel, Who Iced The Snowman? , published by Cozy Cat Press in 2016. His main genre is comedy, but he also leans towards sci-fi and paranoid/conspiratorial thrillers. He performs standup, plays bass, and cycles 300 km per week. Go to bio

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