“Phoenix” is a short story about a young guy who found freedom in a life insurance policy. Here is the first of three episodes.
This is Frank Forster speaking on January 7, 2092. This is a confidential message for Frank Forster.
Frank…if anybody’s around, save this for another time. You’re going to have to make a decision, and you don’t need anybody’s advice except your own.
You’re probably wondering why there’s no video. I turned it off. I’ll explain why later. Just keep listening, Frank, I need you to hear this through to the end without any interruption. Arrange that, okay? I don’t want somebody like Georg dropping in for a cold one in the middle of this. Not that Georg will, ‘cause he’s dead. I assume you heard. God, I hope you did – I’m not trying to be brutal. Yeah, Georg’s dead, permanently…yeah, permanently…and that’s a lot of what this message is about, so pay attention, hamhead! Oops, sorry, sorry, I, uh…Frank, I’m not trying to offend you. I don’t want you to stop listening. Don’t stop listening. Understand that I have strong feelings. You will understand, if you just listen to this. So, if I start to get abusive, just go with it, okay? Do that for me. Shit, do it for yourself. I don’t want to edit this, I’d mess it up. So some parts may be a bit raw, so what? I care about you, Frank, so no bullshit. You’re my future – all the future I’ve got.
I’m going to ask you to do something you won’t like. It’s about life insurance, Frank. I’m going to ask you to cancel your policy. (more…)