We Live in the Blue Ruin

A story about a world with no pain, and no memory of what came before

A photo of Shibuya crossing with faces blotted out with ink.
Photo: Rika Hayashi/Getty Images

1. The Preliminaries

You are permitted 20 things from the old life before the move. Fingers count. Single eyelashes count. A breath does not. Breathing is a given. Antiseptic is forbidden. Bones, you can have those. Don’t bother…