“Bridesicle” is a very unique piece of flash fiction, bordering on science fiction, that has a lot of issues woven into it, on the surface and beneath. Spoiler Alert! The story follows a young woman, Mira, who has died in a car accident, except in the alternative future in which the story takes place people can be kept alive cryogenically in a “dating center.” Mira is woken up—or brought back to life, depending on the way you want to look at it—several times in the story by men that are looking for love. The idea is that if they hit it off then the man can pay for the woman to be brought back to life.
The problem is that Mira is a lesbian, and this is where Will McIntosh has so brilliantly woven in many complex ideas. For starters, before she died in the car accident, Mira was keeping her deceased mother alive in her brain—in the future this can be done, and the people riding along are called Hitchers. Mira reveals to us that her mother’s incessant comments and judgement about her sexuality, from her mind, lead to her causing the wreck that killed her and put her in the dating center. I think what Mr. McIntosh is getting at is that the words of our parents, be it mother of father, stay with us—in our heads, especially negative words and judgements. Mira literally couldn’t escape her mother’s judgement the way homosexuals can’t do so today with parents that do not approve of their sexual orientations.
Another idea that I took away from this flash piece, is that being gay is a lot like being cryogenically frozen. Think about it: if you lived in a world where the only time that you are not being oppressed—in this case Mira is kept dead even though they have the technology for her to be brought back and live a happy life—is when you attract someone of the opposite sex. A lot of young people who do not practice heterosexuality might feel the same way when growing up, which, and this is one of the tragedies of our generation, leads them to commit suicide.