The Meaning Of

During a discussion about the meaning of life with my friend, we somehow began writing this story. I would write an installment, and then she would, completely making it up as we went. This is the result. Basically, for 70 some years, my friend searches for the grand question and answer to the meaning of life. Finally, after all that time, we come in contact again.

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"I don't even know where to start." She said. I told her from the beginning. Carmen continued, "In my first round of college, I dedicated my free time to figuring out the the question of life. During this time, I lost a lot of contact with my friends and family, but I needed all the time I could get to be able to solve the greatest mystery. Unfortunately, I couldn't solve it, but something caught my eye that could prolong our lives long enough to actually figure it out. In order to figure it out, it would take years upon year to find the question and as humans are time on earth is limited until I started searching for something similar to the fountain of youth. After graduation, I began traveling the world stopping at places that had some of the oldest residents. Once I met the oldest people in the world, I started to run tests on them to see how their body changed over the years and how well they kept them. After getting results, I would compare them all to find one thing that was uncommon on the rest of the world but common with them. Then I tested younger people. It took years of analysis and testing, but I was able to find a chemical change in how their brains changed over time and was able to control the aging of the external and internal body. I was then able to recreate that same chemical..." As she was saying all this, I zone out and try to wrap my head around everything. She was able to recreate a chemical that stunts the aging process. "...I'm able to reverse the aging system by how much of the dose I give to that person. If a 85 year old wants to look like them self at 23, they would give us a picture and we would reverse everything until we reached the same appearance.", said Carmen. I was still confused though. Why would she drag me here? So I asked her. She told me that I needed to know that she found how to stop aging and needs help trying to actually find the question of life now. I asked her, "Why are you in hiding?" She laughed and said, "When you figure out how to reverse aging you don't want everyone getting reversed, kind of like the cancer cure. We don't have enough to fulfill all the demand. The reason why we are in a mountain is because words leak out so we have hide so no one looks for us." It was all starting to make sense now. I asked her what happened to Bianca and Emily and she told me that they were living their lives here in this mountain. Carmen then asked, "Are you willing to leave everything behind to help me?" This question caught me off guard. Did I want too leave my past behind me and pursue a new life? I asked her what will happen if I say no and she doesn't answer. I knew what this meant. She'd have to kill me. I then realized that I already answered her question when I decided to look for her. What have I done? I look up at her in shock and she looked at me, smiled and said "Welcome to your new life."

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