Trifecta: The Guest Part IV

Want to get caught up on “The Guest” before you delve into the latest edition?

Part I

Part II

Part III

This week Trifecta let us choose any word from the 99th page of the Oxford English Dictionary.

**I originally wrote 333 words this week, not realizing that Trifecta asked for 99!   I’d even  managed to use three of the words!  Fail!  That’s what I get for skimming the instructions!  So I cut the first 99 off (for contest consideration), while maintaining the original submission for story continuity reasons.  So for voting purposes, stop at the  line.

And now this week’s Trifecta inspired, continuation of “The Guest”:

“What the heck are those?”  Matt questioned.

“Just quit looking at it.  It hasn’t changed in a week or so.  I think it’s full grown.”

“Yeah, so it’s just some sort of weird algae-looking, pulsing, knobby alien being; nothing to worry about, because it hasn’t grown,” he said rolling his eyes at me.  “Well it may not be any bigger today, but did you not notice the little rod like things fanning out all around it?  They look like something I saw under the microscope in bio-lab back in the day.  Baccili!  Seriously, how do I even remember that?”


I got up and shuffled over to the tank.  “Move, let me look,” I said.  Truth be told, I was actually starting to get a bit bored of our little guest.

“Wow, what are those?” I said my interest again piqued.  “They look like little baby versions of our friend.”

“Fan-freaking-tastic.  So “she” is having babies now?  Let’s flush it.  Seriously, it’s freaky.” he said shutting off the tank lamp. 

“Fine, we’ll clean the tank tomorrow.  Happy?” I said.  “But you’re getting her out.  I’m not going to be a murderer.”

“I’ll happily do it.  Last night I dreamt this thing got out and ate Cubbie.  It creeps me out.”

“It’s a shame we couldn’t figure out what she is. What if she’s some exotic tag-along from an island?  Like, maybe when the breeders captured their original fish, she came over too?  Maybe she’s been dormant for all of these years and our tank somehow awoke her from hibernation.  She could be some rare creature from the Babuyan Islands!”  I exclaimed.

“I don’t care if it’s from the Galapogos Islands and vital to evolution and carrying the answer to the universe its weird mouth.  Because I know it has a mouth and probably teeth too.  I just want it gone.  Tomorrow.  Deal?” he said sticking his hand out.

“Deal,” I said shaking it begrudgingly. 


The story continues Wednesday for the 100 Word Song Challenge.

Stay positive & love your life!



Listening to: Nine Inch Nails – Closer

Eating:   Lima beans

Drinking:  H20

Random thought:  I wonder what I would really do if I had a tank with an odd creature growing in it.


32 thoughts on “Trifecta: The Guest Part IV

  1. AH.. to read instructions is a virtue.. I have misread a few times too… but a great story nontheless…

  2. I loved 99 and 333…the story is interesting and so different from whatever I write (love, loss, heartbreak) that I like to read something like this.

    plus that word was awesome. Good job my new friend. 🙂

    • Thanks so much Kir. You always leave the most encouraging comments. They’re much appreciated!!

      • I appreciate just being able to read your words. I know how much of ourselves we pour into them before we hit publish and I want you to know that I am reading them ..funny, sad, aliens, whatever, your words are important.

        have a nice afternoon

  3. Nice one, I love the different versions

  4. That creature is spooky… nicely written. 🙂

  5. No! They should get rid of it now…it could kill them by morning.

    Too dramatic/paranoid? Maybe. Maybe not… 🙂

  6. Love this:
    sort of weird algae-looking, pulsing, knobby alien being
    Well, love the words. Not it. I don’t think.

  7. It’s multiplying now?! Yeah … um … I don’t think I’m gonna make it to that Halloween party. (Run, Cubbie, run!)

    Great installment. Looking forward to the next one!

  8. I think I have something like that growing in a dish in the back of the fridge.

  9. I crossed the line. I couldn’t help it, and I’m not sorry;)

    More, more, more please!!!

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  11. Great conversation – very believable! I’m going to have to go back and read the rest – I think I missed the earlier installments.

  12. Good story…I have to check out the starting…

  13. Oh,oh,this is getting really scary Melissa-these aliens are so not to be trusted-she better kill them now-who knows what may happen in the dark..?
    :-)Great take on the prompt-loved both the versions-looking forward to reading more.

  14. Any time you get a chance to throw some science into your fiction, I consider quite an accomplishment. Thanks for joining us for our big 99th!

  15. Love that you used baccili, the word intrigued me, but I admit, I’m not smart enough to use it, except in context of my dog’s chronic ear problems.

    Anyway…that thing so needs to go. However, it would fit well into this month’s Syfy programming…..

  16. My hat’s off to you Melissa. You know, if I actually had a hat to take off at this moment. Well, I mean, I do… but it’s all the way over there, sitting on the floor, see? Regardless – nicely done, Grrrl!

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