FRIDAY FICTIONEERS: What does it look like?

Dr. Lantha’s misadventures continue…

Copyright – EL Appleby

Copyright – EL Appleby

“Have you seen…well, it’s a bit of a… well, it’s hard to describe really…” Dr. Lantha struggled to give the police officer a description.

“What does it look like? Height, weight, unique features?” the officer prodded.

“What would you say, Otto?” Dr. Lantha desperately looked to his chimpanzee lab assistant for some help. Otto just shook his head, wanting no further part in this malady.

“What color is it?” the officer continued.

“Well…you see… the hind end is stripped…like a zebra.” Dr. Lantha described as Otto rolled his eyes.

“A zebra?” the officer questioned, not looking up from his notepad.

—Sci-fi: 100 words—

You can check out the rest of Dr. Lantha’s misadventures by clicking on Dr. Lantha in the Category list on my blog’s side bar. They are pieces that I am now working to editing together into a complete longer story. 


Ghoulish Flash Fiction A to Z: Creature X (Pop Culture)

The Creature Walks Among Us

The Creature Walks Among Us (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Come Otto, let’s check on the creature. This will determine if our experiment is a success.” Dr Lantha prodded.

Otto rolled his eyes. When did it become our experiment? When the creature was found to be uncontrollable? Or when it was born to begin with? Otto opened the door the laboratory to find it in shambles yet again. The door to the cage the creature had been kept in was open wide with the creature nowhere to be seen.

“No!” Dr. Lantha screamed from his knees in dismay.

“I am not cleaning up this mess again,” Otto commanded.

—–98 words—–

Today’s haunting is inspired by the pop-culture classic, creature X

Trifextra Week Sixty-One: Another Lab Explosion

The beaker exploded into a cloud of amber smoke launching glass shards. As they ran from the lab to safety Otto shouted, “I think you’ve bit off more than you can chew Doctor!”

—–33 words—–


A continuation of Dr. Lantha’s Experiment for Trifextra: Week Sixty-One

This weekend we’re asking for exactly 33 words including an idiom somewhere within.  Examples of idioms include – add fuel to the fire or wear your heart on your sleeve.  You can find more examples and a definition of idiom here.  Good luck!


Dr. Lantha Nearly Forgets

The amber liquid filled jar in Dr. Lantha’s lab hummed to life.

“Oh my goodness! I nearly forgot,” Dr. Lantha shouted drawing Otto’s attention away from bubbling and fizzing beaker.

Otto quizically looked at Dr. Lantha as if asking, “What did you forget?”

Reading his chimp lab assistant’s mind, Dr. Lantha replied, “I need to make myself presentable! Otto, please grab the necessary equipment for a haircut and a shave and meet me in the lavatory. Quickly please!”

Otto covered his face with his hands and shook his head in disbelief. What in the world did Dr. Lantha grow in that now humming, liquid filled jar?


If you were expecting to find out what hatched from Dr. Lantha’s experiment based on reader’s choice today, you have one more week to cast your vote as there was a tie. Poll will now close on February 19th, so choose wisely.


100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups – Week#77

“oh my goodness! I nearly forgot”


After the sonic boom had destroyed his laboratory, including this season’s experiments, Dr. Lantha nursed the lone remaining liquid filled jar like a possessive mother bird through the hot summer months. He fawned and fussed over it day and night, adjusting temperature and light. Otto thought he was going to have to send for help, until one crisp, clear autumn day something began to bubble beneath the surface of amber liquid. Otto reached for the bubbling jar with the adorable, puzzled face that only a chimp can make.

“Soon Otto, soon,” Dr. Lantha answered giddily before Otto could touch his most prized possession.


Today’s Daily Prompt: Choose Your Adventure ask’s us to write a story or post with an open ending, and let the readers invent the conclusion. I’ve written today’s 100 word story + 3 word prompt “beneath the surface” from the remains of Dr. Lantha’s laboratory, but I’m letting you pick what will hatch from his surviving experiment. The poll will close in 1 week. Stayed  tuned for upcoming tales of Dr. Lantha’s lab based on your input.


Dr. Lantha’s Lab Get’s Rocked: Sonic Boom

Sonic Boom

The sonic boom shook the laboratory, but that wasn’t the sound that what had Dr. Lantha frantically scurrying towards the lab. The sound of beakers, filled whole with amber colored liquid, shattering as they hit the floor caused Dr. Lantha to tear path of upended gurneys and body parts with a lace of odd stitching to the lab. Upon arrival he found this season’s crop of experiments had been destroyed by the blast in a split second. Tension filled the lab as the animals trampled trough the sticky goo to see if anything had been spared. Otto, the lab assistant/chimp noted the blast was a near miss; one beaker resting high upon the top shelf was spared. This joyous news brought tender tears to Dr. Lantha’s eyes. All was not lost.