February 14th, 2018

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Poem: "Always Repay the Cost"

This poem is spillover from the December 6, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from DW user Curiosity. It also fills the "surgery" square in my 7-16-16 card for the Hurt/Comfort Bingo fest and the "WILD CARD: Come Healing" square in my 12-1-16 card for the iPod Shuffle Music fest.  This poem belongs to the Dr. Infanta and Antimatter & Stalwart Stan threads of the Polychrome Heroics series.  It follows the poems "More Anxious to Agree" and "Never Carry Them Forward," so read those first.

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them.  The rate is $.50/line, so $5 will reveal 10 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses.
So far sponsors include: DW user Librarygeek, kestrels_nest, DW user Technoshaman, ng_moonmoth

FULLY FUNDED
650 lines, Buy It Now = $325
Amount donated = $230.50
Verses posted = 136 of 197

Amount remaining to fund fully = $94.50
Amount needed to fund next verse = $1
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $2


Warning: This poem contains some touchy topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers.  It features an expected death (which does not actually occur), a hospital visit, anticipatory grief, superhero/supervillain relationship challenges, bioethical issues, requesting help from a supervillain, messy medical details, several people donating lifeyears to save a friend, expected memory loss of the accident as a side effect of treatment, sharing secrets, negotiating secrecy, and other angst. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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