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The Emotional Monopoly: One Woman's Journey to Discover the True Cost of Feeling

In a world where emotions are commodities, one woman's addiction to the rush of artificial feelings leads her to question the ethics of a society divided by wealth and privilege.

By Keerthana ThirumalairajPublished about a year ago 5 min read

In the world of EmotiCorp, emotions were a commodity. They could be bought, sold, and traded like any other goods or services. The company had a monopoly on the industry, and they were the only ones who could create, produce, and distribute emotions to the public.

Emotions were created in a massive laboratory, and each one was carefully crafted to elicit a specific feeling or response. Joy, love, fear, anger, sadness, and every other emotion known to man were available for purchase. The more complex emotions, like empathy and compassion, were reserved for the elite, as they required a more refined and sophisticated production process.

EmotiCorp had a strict pricing policy, and emotions were sold on a sliding scale. The more intense the emotion, the higher the cost. For example, a basic emotion like happiness might cost a few dollars, while the more complex emotions could cost thousands of dollars. The wealthiest people in society had access to the full range of emotions, and they could buy and experience any feeling they desired.

The average person could only afford the basic emotions, and even then, it was often a luxury they couldn't afford. They were left to live in a world of muted emotions, unable to experience the full spectrum of human feeling. As a result, there was a growing divide between the wealthy, who could feel anything they wanted, and the poor, who could only dream of what it would be like to experience the full range of emotions.

It was in this world that Katherine found herself. She was a young woman from a working-class family, and she had never experienced anything beyond the basic emotions. She dreamed of one day being able to afford the more complex emotions, but she knew it was a distant dream. She worked long hours at a factory, barely making enough to cover her rent and basic necessities.

One day, Katherine received a mysterious letter in the mail. It was an invitation to EmotiCorp's elite club, where the most complex and sophisticated emotions were available for purchase. Katherine was shocked and confused. She had never heard of the club before, and she had no idea how she had been selected.

Curiosity got the better of her, and she decided to attend the club. She dressed in her best clothes and made her way to the EmotiCorp building. The club was located on the top floor, and it was accessible only by invitation. As she rode the elevator, Katherine's heart raced with excitement and anticipation.

When she arrived at the club, she was greeted by a friendly receptionist. The room was filled with people dressed in expensive clothing, sipping champagne and chatting animatedly. Katherine felt out of place and intimidated, but she was determined to make the most of the opportunity.

She approached the counter where a man in a suit greeted her. "Welcome to the club," he said. "What emotion would you like to experience today?"

Katherine was overwhelmed by the choices. She had never experienced anything beyond the basic emotions before, and the list was extensive. "I'm not sure," she said. "What do you recommend?"

The man smiled. "We have a new emotion we just released. It's called 'euphoria.' It's a complex emotion, and it's one of the most intense experiences we offer. Would you like to try it?"

Katherine nodded eagerly. "Yes, please."

The man led her to a private room, where a technician was waiting for her. The technician injected a small vial of liquid into her arm, and within seconds, Katherine was consumed by a feeling of intense joy and ecstasy. She felt as if she was floating on a cloud, and all her worries and anxieties melted away.

The euphoria lasted for a few hours, and Katherine was left with a feeling of contentment and satisfaction that she had never experienced before. She left the club feeling as if she had just awakened from a dream.

Over the next few weeks, Katherine found herself unable to stop thinking about the euphoria she had experienced. She became obsessed with the idea of experiencing it again, and she started to save every penny she could, cutting back on her expenses and working longer hours.

Eventually, Katherine saved enough money to return to the club. This time, she was able to purchase a more extensive range of emotions, including empathy, compassion, and even love. Each experience was more intense than the last, and Katherine found herself becoming addicted to the rush of emotions.

As she spent more time at the club, Katherine began to notice the darker side of EmotiCorp's business. She saw how the wealthy used their access to emotions to manipulate others, how they would use fear and anger to control their employees and how they would use love to exploit those who were vulnerable.

Katherine started to question the ethics of EmotiCorp's business model, and she began to wonder if emotions were something that should be bought and sold. She realized that by creating a world where emotions were commodities, EmotiCorp had created a society that was deeply divided, where the rich could experience everything and the poor could only dream.

Katherine knew that she could no longer be a part of this world, and she made the difficult decision to leave the club and start a new life. She gave up her addiction to the rush of emotions, and she began to focus on building a life based on real connections with other people, not just artificial feelings.

In the end, Katherine realized that the most significant emotions in life, like love and compassion, couldn't be bought or sold. They were the things that made life worth living, and they were available to everyone, regardless of their wealth or status. She found happiness in the simple things in life, and she was content knowing that she didn't need to buy emotions to feel alive.

ScriptYoung AdultShort StoryFan Fiction

About the Creator

Keerthana Thirumalairaj

An Independent Solitude girl, who recently found the interests in writings and converts Facts and imaginations into writings.

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