Playing Doctor (Elysium Short Story)
Booker Larkin has the makings of a child prodigy.
However, with a dead mother and no formal education, he finds himself in an orphanage surrounded by dull and average children.
Except for Benedict Hawk.
Benedict is the only person able to challenge Booker's brilliance. The two form a fast friendship, bonding over their passion for expanding their minds and exploring the macabre. Fascinated by the books they study, their curiosity soon leads them to try their hand at the darker side of science.
The boys embark on a mission to test the boundaries of biology and medicine. Benedict pushes Booker to join him in his questionable experiments, and together, they prove to be an unbeatable team.
Their risky behavior, though, could be what ends their bizarre bond.
Elysium series short story.
Cover art by @MagpieGD