BrainsickQuick-witted Philosophy professor, Abby, never thought she’d get psychosurgery, but after a failed suicide attempt and a disturbing offer from her elderly neighbor, Abby comes to believe that a lobotomy would help cure her depression, which is not rooted in a genetic flaw or a traumatic event, but is the result of a severe and hopeless disappointed with her life.
As Abby’s surgery date approaches, Abby’s friends and family grow increasingly concerned that Abby will actually go through with the lobotomy. They have to convince her that a lobotomy would likely cripple her forever, destroying not only her sharp wit and intelligence but also the people who love her. Abby has to convince them that it is her only chance at happiness. Otherwise, they'll institutionalize her before she has a chance to save her own life.
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We drive through the retirement village where the palm trees tower over the elderly like a taunt; they only grow taller, sturdier with age. My heart feels like it’s sliding through someone’s fingers, flopping against my ribcage like a fish. It's how those retirees must have felt when they were visiting. It's the feeling you get from knowing you’re headed to the place you'll go to die.
I turn to Thomas, unwilling to look outside a second longer. This whole area looks like the incestuous offspring of very hygienic parents. I don't want to picture myself here. “Thomas, if I get lobotomy syndrome, can I still have sex? Or, since I’d be mentally incapacitated, could I never really give my consent?”
Thomas's eyes relax into slits, and his face looks like it belongs on the head of a snake. I take this as a sign that my question is particularly thought provoking, though I know better than to inquire into the nature of the particular thoughts provoked.