Joe2stories

Stories from a Dublin Scientist

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Misplaced

I slipped into the kitchen, water dripping on the floor. “Aha!” I exclaimed, lifting shampoo from the sink. “Never trust squid to pack away groceries properly.”

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Written for the grammar ghoul press shapeshifting thirteen challenge number 87.

Tyrant

A gust of wind.

“You disturbed my reflection?”

The wind said nothing

“Insolence!”

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Written for the Grammar Ghoul Press Shapeshifting 13 Challenge number 86.

 

The Gift of the Gods

The basket came down from the sky, full of coloured lumps.

The high priest took one”We give thanks for this sustenance.” and took a bite.

His face contorted.

“We’re grateful” Someone said, “But why can’t the Gods understand taste?”

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Written for the Grammar Ghoul Press Shapeshifting 13 Challenge number 83.

 

Farewell

“Come closer” I asked and he inched towards the edge, moistened in the spray from the storm surge below.

“Is it safe?” He asked.

I imagined a stiff push, how his arms would flail as if to the grab empty air, I imagined myself waving farewell.

“Of course” I said “Come on”

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Written for the Grammar Ghoul Press Shapeshifting 13 Challenge number 80.

Side Effects

“Have you made the immortality serum?”

“More or less”

“Meaning?”

“It keeps you alive! No doubt about that?”

“What?”

“There’s been a problem maintaining flesh long term.”

“How’s that a problem?”

“Let me show you.”

“I don’t see….Oh!”

Image Copyright Hugo Simberg

Attribution Frederic Chopin

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Written for the Grammar Ghoul Press Shapeshifting 13 Challenge number 75.

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.

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.