Series One, Episode One, Scene Five

The Procedure — Tag

5 min readOct 15, 2022

The doctor bared his teeth at Tag, in what he guessed was supposed to be a smile. The man wore a white lab coat over a suit that was far too smart to perform surgeries in.

He gestured to a chair. “Take a seat.”

Tag edged his way into the seat. Don’t turn your back. The thought sent prickles down the back of his neck- a sensation he didn’t expect to have until after the procedure.

The doctor, whose name, according to the digital badge on his lapel, was Dr Williams, looked at his tablet. “Taylor Tomachi, aged fifteen years, two hours and three minutes?”

He knows my age even down to the minutes? Tag hoped that the shock didn’t show on his face. “Yeah…”

“Good.” Dr Williams scribbled something down on his tablet.

Tag looked up at the clock. If this was any kind of normal birthday, I’d be having cake right about now.

The doctor scribbled a few more things, and then cleared his throat, “Here you are, Taylor. I need a signature here, and here.” He gestured to two blank spaces.

Tag took the tablet. Although it was the last thing he wanted to do, his hand moved almost automatically. Before he had a chance to realise it, he’d signed.




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