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220. Magic Potion: Asking John  
21:45:00, March 4th, 2008
John Henry Holliday, DDS
Not medicine.
Not Doktor Maximus Markuse’s Anodyne Cordial with tincture of mercury.
Not laudanum.

A magic potion

John muses.

It is another way to ask the question: What do you wish in this world? Stand in the room alone, naked and warm from the bath, arms spread. Feel your own self and the air on your body. Potions change you; they do not change the world. Not health – that is medicine.

John stands as asked, turns slowly, alone, not to show or to display but to feel, to move, to become simply present and aware of himself. Experimentally he lifts his feet, stretches to his toes, sways his outstretched arms. His head is full of people. Everything can be taken from him but their memory. It is all that matters. Memory and the tiny hope of Heaven. There he stands.

Perfect memory then?

But John’s memory is better than perfect. Fever breaks down the barriers to feeling and to dream and the people in his head live and change as he talks to them there.

John, what about hope? You don’t dare ask for anything. What would your life be if you hoped?

“It is the most frightening thing there is.”

I thought you most feared hurting your friends.

“Today it is hope. I can’t think about the other today.”

All right. What if you drank a potion that gave you hope? What would happen? What would it be to you?

“I can’t even imagine.” And John puts on his clothes, all thirty buttons.

Name: John H. Holliday, DDS.
Fandom: History.
Word Count: 254
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6:02:56, March 5th, 2008 (UTC)
A Servant to Time and Consequence
I really love this. It's very brief but very to-the-point. Little details like the way he moves or the thirty buttons are completely interesting to me.

John is an absolutely fascinating character!

I adore you both!
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6:10:10, March 5th, 2008 (UTC)
John Henry Holliday, DDS: napolean cake from dien
Wow! Thank you so much! And it was so small!
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6:14:03, March 5th, 2008 (UTC)
A Servant to Time and Consequence
That's the sign of an excellent writer. You don't need a lot of words to make an impact!

I absolutely love the way this is written. It's very different, tackling it in a questioning way. I love that!
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6:37:15, March 5th, 2008 (UTC)
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you are a freaking amazing writer. srsly. :D
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6:12:04, March 7th, 2008 (UTC)
John Henry Holliday, DDS: 20 and all the world ahead
Oh, thank you so much. It is good to see Sugar back!
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23:39:55, March 5th, 2008 (UTC)
Hope is.

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4:32:59, March 6th, 2008 (UTC)
Theodore 'Hickey' Hickman: Straight out honest
You really oughtta give it a try, Doc. Not to be pushy, or anything, but it's worth it.

((OOC: Very nice, yo.))
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6:13:01, March 7th, 2008 (UTC)
John Henry Holliday, DDS
"Hickey... Part of me wants it, but isn't it pipe dreams?"
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6:54:40, March 7th, 2008 (UTC)
Theodore 'Hickey' Hickman: Considering
Not if you've got it in you to do it, Doc. It's a good question, hell of a good question, but what you've gotta know is that hoping isn't the same thing as kidding yourself. You've just got to know what you can hope for, what you really want and need and can somehow get to. I mean, hope can turn into a pipe dream if you let it get away for too long, if you just sit at a bar, drunk all your life, and think it's gotta happen... That's--I guess that's the danger of hope, Doc, but it's better to try.

I've seen guys do all kinds of horrible things to themselves, but I'm still holding out hope that they'll make it through. Because I know they can, Doc, see? They've messed up in the past, sure, and nobody'll ever be perfect, but if they can just get past their pipe dreams, they'll be better off than ever.

What I'm saying is, you can hope for something without any sort of pipe dream. Those're distractions and, hell, Doc, I know you can keep away from those all right. Give it a try.
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