I had just finished reading Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde when I learned that the IF Word of the Week was “renewal.” With the story fresh in my mind, I decided to use it as inspiration for the week’s theme.
The mixture, which at first a reddish-blue, began in proportion as the crystals melted to brighten in colour, to effervesce audibly, and to throw off small fumes of vapour. Suddenly, at the same moment, the ebullition ceased and the compound changed to dark purple which faded again more slowly to a watery green. Upon drinking the mixture there was something strange in my sensations, something incredibly new, and from its very novelty, incredibly sweet. I felt younger, lighter, happier in body, and I was conscious of a heady recklessness. I stretched out my hands, exalting in the freshness of the sensations; I felt a renewal as in a breath of new life.
As the story goes, it was all downhill from there.
Happy New Year, and cheers!