A Utopian Birth
By Jacob Yeo Xian Ping, 14S36 &
Tan Yong Chuan Harry, 14A15
(Dr Francois Westwood introduced the new Utopian reproduction
to reduce the time taken for a Utopian baby to grow and develop – from 9
months to only 1 full day…)
Galaxy 101, Planet Utopia
Date: 1st January 2001
Time: 12:00 AM
(…This new reproduction requires the couple to go to the New
Family Laboratory (NFL) to have their sperms and eggs extracted from
their reproductive systems. A selection test is carried out to choose a
sperm and egg for pregnancy. After that, the chosen sperm and egg are
examined to identify the new Utopian baby’s gender. Then, the sperm
and egg are placed in a test tube containing Time Liquid to allow them to
I felt a spark of life surge through my body, as if 2
ingredients had combined to create an explosion. The next thing
I knew, I was in a wet medium with many tiny numbers
suspended around me…
1 7 12
3 6 11
4 5 8
These numbers charged at me with astounding energy and
I felt each number make its way into my body. As each
number entered me, I felt an excruciating pain sweep through
(…Once a zygote is formed, the particles of the Time Liquid will
travel through the semi-permeable membrane of the zygote to
determine the time it takes to grow into a fully developed Utopian
Finally, I saw a combination of letters and numbers stare
back at me.
(…The Time Liquid quickens the development of a Utopian baby
from 9 months to 1 full day…)
I was sucked up into a gigantic syringe-like vacuum
cleaner, which led me into a dark room with a little light
shining from a corner. The next moment, I was shot out of
that room into pitch-black darkness.
Instead of fearing the dark, I was quite used to it. It
seemed like I belonged there once.
Then, the strangest thing happened to me…
I started to
I seemed to multiply automatically for a long time, and I
continued doing so as I absorbed some delicious syrup, but
what was I drinking?
However, the pain was excruciating! As I split from a
single cell into many cells, I felt as if I was carrying a heavy
burden on my shoulders. The pain was enough to kill me, but I
could not die. I had too much life in me to die in that pitchback
(…The zygote is then planted into the female’s womb, a bag
containing a liquid rich in nutrients, where it is suspended in the womb
and starts to undergo cell division. The zygote feeds on the liquid and
develops into a foetus directly through quickened cell division…)
Date: 1st January 2001
Time: 01:30 AM
It had been around 1 and a 1/2 hours since I had that
spark of life surge through me. Since the moment I had been
shot into pitch-black darkness, I had been dividing myself nonstop
and slurping down the delicious juice that hung around
me. I felt myself grow a little bigger and my resistance to
the pain increased gradually as I multiplied.
Out of the darkness…
A beam of light shone throughout the unknown area I
was in. Stunned, I blinked to get used to the change in light
Did I just blink? I found myself in an enclosed room.
Spotting a fairly shiny surface on the wall of the room, I
tried to move closer to the surface, and found that I had a
little tail to propel myself forward. Staring into the improvised
mirror, I saw that I had 2 beautiful eyes, and not just that…
I started to develop ears, a nose, lips, arms and legs.
I was changing form.
In the corner of the mirror, I saw a tiny organism
moving closer towards me. He had the appearance of a bundle
of cut-off string and was producing a luminous light from his
body that brightened the room.
“Hi there, heard that there’s a guest so I decided to
travel down here to pay you a visit!”
“Hi, my name’s… well… I don’t have a name, maybe I
could know yours?” I realised that I didn’t have a name.
“Nerf the nerve cell’s my name, transmitting messages to
Professor Brain’s my game!”
“Nerf… that’s a nice name!”
“Perhaps I could call you ‘kiddo’?”
I held out my hand, which was undeveloped, to shake
his, only to realise that he was only strings and no hands. I
blushed, embarrassed at my mistake to offer a handshake.
Withdrawing my hand, we continued to chat.
“So, you work here?”
“Yup! But please, don’t tell Professor Brain I’m here. He’ll
kill me if he ever finds out I’m slacking at work!”
“Wait, who’s Professor Brain?”
“He’s the control centre of the body you’re visiting. He
gives the orders, and we carry them out. Boy, isn’t he bossy!”
“What do you mean by ‘we’?”
“Oh right, I almost forgot you’re new to this place. Here,
there’re many of us working to run this place. We have
different strengths and weaknesses. Take Reddy the red blood
cell for example. He’s inwardly curvy to carry more oxygen to
keep us alive, but he doesn’t last long. 4 months from birth
and he’ll pass away…”
Nerf looked away for a while, his smile upside down.
“What’s wrong, Nerf?” I asked, curious about his sudden
“What? Oh, I just remembered my dear Evangeline. She
was a steady worker for a skin cell. Then one day, I heard
from the ears and eyes that she was to be amputated just
because of that cold-blooded skin cancer! She was sacrificed
to save us all…”
After ending the conversation on Evangeline, Nerf told me
stories about the place that I was going to be temporarily. He
told me about Baddy the Bacteria, who tried to harm him and
his other nerve cell partner named “Nick”, but was eaten by
Wafer the white blood cell, who knew Reddy as a close friend
due to the fact that they shared the same blood vessel. He
told me about Mr Bone Marrow who complained that he was
not getting enough iron. He told me that Granny Ear Drum was
hard on hearing, so she got a hearing aid on her birthday. I
just swam around him, listening to all his fascinating stories
and getting used to my new name ‘kiddo’.
Date: 1st January 2001
Time: 05:00 PM
An ear-piercing alarm resounded throughout the room.
Nerf was shocked too.
“What’s wrong, Nick?” Nerf shouted, facing upwards.
“Emergency! Miss Heart’s having a hard time pumping
blood!” another voice resounded throughout the room.
Turning back to me, Nerf explained, “Kiddo, we’re
encountering a heart attack, which leads to cardiac arrest! We
all die if Miss Heart stops for 5 minutes. Ace the artery got
clogged with too much fat. I need to accompany Nick to tell
“How long does it take before Miss Heart experiences
“Around 6 hours for a Utopian. All we can do is to
provide the Prolonging Antibiotics to loosen the fat. Meanwhile,
focus on multiplying. You need to grow.”
I knew what he meant by “you need to grow”.
He immediately disappeared into some wire-like structures
For the next few hours I focused on dividing myself. I
remembered what Nerf had told me. I was going to become a
Utopian baby and leave this room known as a womb, and it
belonged to my guardian angel called “Mother”. Perhaps I
could help Mother, if I gained some strength from multiplying.
Date: 1st January 2001
Time: 11:00 PM
Soon, Nerf hurried back weakly.
“Sorry… kiddo… Miss Heart… stopped…”
I was shocked. Soon, the womb grew darker, and so did
Nerf. The body was dying.
“I… can’t wait… to see… Evangeline…” Nerf panted
My Mother was dying, and so was Nerf. If I could make
Miss Heart pump again, I could save everyone, but how?
Then, it happened. The darkness in the womb reminded
me of where I came from. I felt motivated and continued to
multiply. Suddenly, I clenched my fully-developed fist and
banged it on the wall of the womb…
I created a vibration that swept throughout the body.
From where I was, I could hear the sound of a heart beating.
Nerf lit up again.
“You saved us, kiddo! Your vibration shocked Miss Heart
into pumping again!”
I could also hear voices outside the body.
“Maria, you’re alive! Quick, the baby’s
“I’m so glad to see you, Dexter…”
Maria and Dexter.
I heard a voice above me.
“Time to send the signal!” Professor Brain exclaimed.
“Yes, Professor!” Nerf replied. Immediately, he
disappeared into the wire-like structures again.
(…After 23 hours, the foetus knocks on the wall of the womb to
create a vibration, which travels through the body up to the brain,
telling the brain to send out radiation waves, which is detected by the
NFL. The NFL identification machine starts to create a memory space
for the incoming Utopian baby. The couple rushes to the NFL to give
their new, incoming child a first name, which is saved in the memory
Date: 1st January 2001
Time: 11:59 PM
The womb started to contract and I started to move
downwards. A bright hole opened below me. I was going to
leave. Just then, Nerf arrived with a message.
“Wait! Professor Brain wants to thank you for saving
Miss Heart. I also heard from the ears that your name’s
“Tommy Johnson… I love it!”
Finally, a name to call my own…
“Well, Nice knowing you, Tommy…
“I’ll miss you, Nerf!”
My last words resounded throughout the womb. As I was
pushed downwards, I spotted a teardrop in Nerf’s eye, which
reflected his light. The light from the hole was beautiful as it
bathed me while I was pushed out of the womb…
(…By the 24th hour, the Utopian baby will be transported out of
the female’s womb through a series of wave-like muscular contractions
created by the womb, which will push the baby out through its opening.)