Joe2stories

Stories from a Dublin Scientist

Welcome party

Grotesque face looking up the stairs

“Come on down!” it said “It’s great”

Image affiliation: Unknown

The Omen Suite by Jerry Goldsmith

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Written for The Grammar Ghoul Press Shapeshifting 13 Challenge number 13 number 73.

 

Mission Ready

“Hey you!” Marc shouted, at a student clumsily holding a strand of Mylar “Careful!”

Across the field, scores of volunteers worked together trying to fold a square kilometre of fabric into a space the size of a washing machine.

It wasn’t going to be easy but the solar sail would be ready.

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Written for the Grammar Ghoul Press Shapeshifting 13 Challenge number 72.

Design Flaw

“These nanotech space suits are brilliant.” Said Commander Kaine, “They just wrap around you.”

“One thing!” He warned, “Don’t ever touch someone else while it’s growing.”

surreal-mars-art

Unknown Affiliation

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Written for The Grammar Ghoul Press Shapeshifting thirteen Challenge Number 70.

The Slate

At the familiar thump from outside, Robert filled a glass with stout. Sure enough; in came Larry, dressed like unwashed laundry and reeking of moonshine. The pint was presented and Robert asked, “On The Slate?” his leniency wearing thin.

“No Bob!” Larry said, Pulling out  a wad of cash “I’ve been lucky.”

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Written for The Grammar Ghoul Press Shapeshifting 13 Challenge number 68.

Family

Although born an orphan and living the unsettled life, Malcolm had an inherent desire for companionship.

Not trusting people, he looked, instead, to his books.

Throughout his travels they kept him company. Educated him. Their stories warmed lonely nights.

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Written for the Grammar Ghoul Press Shapeshifting 13 Challenge number 67.

The Perfect Moment

A glorious sunset, Champagne in the cooler and the ring in his pocket. Fred had chosen the perfect moment.

“Fred.” She said first, “This isn’t working.”

With Mark in Railroad Park

Image Credit: Tony Lovell

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Written for The Grammar Ghoul Press Shapeshifting Challenge Number 66.

Ooops!

The fault reached the sky, which tore.

Must be stronger than I thought

"I think I've done something stupid."

Image Credit Alastair Magnaldo

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Written for the Grammar Ghoul Press Shapeshifting 13 Challenge Number 65.

Miscalculation

I buzzed my paramour in and poured some wine. Two minutes later she entered in a stunning red dress and walked over to kiss me.

A foot from me she stopped, face contorting in disgust and exclaimed “What is that smell? It’s awful!”

I knew then my cologne was a bad choice.

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Written for the Grammar Ghoul Press Shapeshifting 13 challenge number 64.

A better way

“As you know.” Azrael, chief demon, began, “Used to keep here at 4000 degrees. But people got used to it. Now, just 80, randomly dropping to -10. The Boss thought of it after time in a New York apartment.”
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Written for the Grammar Ghoul Press shapeshifting 13 challenge number 63.

Reunion

“Left it open” I said and closed the door, “Stupid!”

“Don’t knock yourself” Came a familiar voice, “It was locked.”

“But! But!” I stuttered “You’re dead!”

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Written for the Grammar Ghoul Press Shapeshifting 13 Challenge number 62.