This is a work of Science Fiction. The Technology described in this story exists...in its infancy. Stem cells have been implanted with a stretchy, soft, serpentine sheet of nano-electronics. Where this might lead ...no one knows. This story is one possibility.
Normal humans always stared when Kelvin walked in a room. They knew he could hear better than they could (and see, smell, think and feel too) so they didn’t even try to hide their conversations from him. He was a Meshchine. And he wasn’t the only one.
It all started back in the early 2000’s - back then almost everyone thought that we would create cyborgs that had chips in their brains, or AI’s that would grow organic structures to house their “minds”. Futurists envisioned all kinds of Cyborgs, from things that looked like Robots, or Androids, to regular humans with chips implanted into their brains- wireheads in the vernacular of the day. Just plug in and drop out. And they were all wrong.
Kelvin was an ordinary example of what did happen. We grew cyborgs. Yep. From conception to Adult hood nano electronic scaffolding was enfolded right along with the helical DNA it helped monitor. They started with heart cells. On a sheet of stretchable 2D nanoelectric circuits they simply added heart cells. (The technical breakthrough came when they made the sheets of nano-electric serpentine instead of straight lines…that allowed the sheets to form 3D shapes right along with the cells)
These sheets were so soft, flexible and stretchable that they simply developed along with the living cells- forming a mesh. Originally the mesh was designed to teach researchers how stem cells organize into an organ like the heart, kidneys, or lungs. The first few trials let them form organoids - cells that developed with mesh inside them. Nobody, and I mean no body, thought they would continue on for more than ninety days.
They were wrong.
Kelvin ordered his usual…lemon juice. Normal Humans would never understand the jolt that highly acidic foods give a Meshchine. Because the mesh material is in every cell in their body and able to connect all organs (including the brain) to the stimulus of the lemon juice- it is the normal human equivalent of touching a nine volt battery to your wet tongue. But more than the electric shock that travels throughout the body in an instant, touching every mesh connection in every cell- comes the lemon taste in all of its constituent parts. Meshchines can literally “taste” organic bonds as they dissolve, form, or circulate.
Normal women love kissing Meshchines for the that very reason. Meshines have been known to faint from the ecstasy of kissing a normal human female— for all of the hormones released flood from her saliva into the meshwork’s on his tongue. Actually, gender doesn’t matter - for any kiss between a normal human and a Meshchine is a thrill for the Human, and a delight for the Meshchine.
Make no mistake, Meshchines are made …not born. For reason unknown as of yet, Meshchines cannot reproduce with either each other…or with normal humans. The nano-electronic part of the mesh…is not passed down, just the organic DNA. All that is necessary is to inject the embryo with the Mesh flexible soft sheet- and nature does the rest.
Almost every woman gets the shot of “mesh”. Why wouldn’t they? Their child is born with the ability to connect to any computer or the web - it is literally built into their DNA. Every Meshchine is its own WI-FI hot spot! Meshchines do not get sick. They don’t get cancer. They don’t have to guess at what another Meshchine is thinking or feeling…they know. Meshchine Art is so much more subtle, supple, and superior to normal Human Art, that it has its own category: Modern Mesh.
Humans are still in control. Meshchines are a small but visible minority. I wonder tho…how long until Nature does it thing…and normal Humans become a dead end branch. Right now, well, Humans and Meshchines (pardon the pun) mesh well together. But you don’t need a nano-electric weave in your cells to understand the advantages of a Meshchine over a Normal Human.
I heard they are printing some Meshchines now…and skipping the whole “body birth” process completely.