Want to get caught up on “The Guest” before you delve into the latest edition?
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
Random thought: I wonder what I would really do if I had a tank with an odd creature growing in it.