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Playing God

Here we are with another week’s Friday Fictioneers, the weekly photo prompt hosted by Rochelle over at Addicted to Purple. This week’s photo, which inspires our 100-ish word stories, was contributed by fellow fictioneerer Douglas M. MacIlroy.

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Copyright Douglas M. MacIlroy

 

Professor Drake smiled as his team celebrated. Inside the tank hundreds of insects buzzed, painstakingly cloned from the DNA of a single specimen entombed in amber for millions of years.

“Science fiction no longer!” he proclaimed to his applauding staff.

Unseen, one of the insects escaped the tank and flew into an air duct.


 

Drake lay on the floor of his lab, listening to the silence of a world populated by seven billion corpses. How did the dinosaurs really die out? he wondered as his last breath rattled through his lungs. A meteorite, or the bite of a simple insect?

  1. December 17, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    This is my worst nightmare. You nailed it.

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  2. December 17, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Eek! Creepy picture and the story definitely goes along with it.

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    • December 18, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      Very creepy picture, I thought it deserved a creepy story!

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  3. December 17, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Oh, that was good!

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  4. NotAPunkRocker
    December 17, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Wowsa! This is like the alternate ending to “The Thing”, you never know when or if it will end.

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    • December 18, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      I’m sure I’ve seen The Thing, though I can’t remember the ending. Scary stuff all the same.

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  5. December 17, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Ali, Wow! Let’s hope that never happens. Let’s hope a few people are immune. O_o Well written and scary as heck. 🙂 — Susan

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    • December 18, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      It’s pretty frightening to think about this happening. Fingers crossed it doesn’t! Maybe there will be a few survivors to rebuild the human race.

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  6. December 17, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    yikes, frighteningly realistic! I can’t believe Drake’s the last survivor of the plague he caused though – fate is a mysterious thing.

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    • December 18, 2014 at 12:39 pm

      Yes, he got to see everything he’d (inadvertently) caused before succumbing himself. As if he didn’t feel bad enough about it already 🙂

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  7. December 17, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Memories of The Stand.

    DJ

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    • December 18, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      Yep (I looked it up on Wikipedia!).

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  8. December 17, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    YIKES…I think we’re taking over by insecs..the fleas are all over me 😀 Pawkisses 🙂 ❤

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    • December 18, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      Ooh noo – get some flea spray and get rid of those pesky things 😦

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  9. December 17, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    I don’t EVEN want to know what comes next. To me, cloning is a very, very bad idea.

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    • December 18, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      I certainly don’t see anything good coming out of cloning entire animals.

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  10. Lyn
    December 17, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Bloody scientist! Who knows what they’re up to behind closed doors. Gonna have nightmares tonight. Great story, D-man 🙂

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    • December 18, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      For all we know, this could be happening somewhere right now 😦
      Glad you liked it!

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  11. December 18, 2014 at 4:15 am

    LOL! Ewww! Love it! 😀

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  12. December 18, 2014 at 7:50 am

    That’s what you get for messing with nature. Well done.

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    • December 18, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      Yes, leave well enough alone would be my motto.

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  13. December 18, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Dear Ali,

    That was the big EEW. Creepy and very well written.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • December 18, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      A creepy story for a creepy picture 🙂
      Thanks!
      Ali

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  14. December 18, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Dear Draliman,

    Perfectly conceived, brilliantly written and executed. This was a a great tale that could easily be a novel. Well done.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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    • December 18, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      Dear Doug,
      Thank you! I had a few other ideas through the day but when this one occurred to me it pretty much wrote itself.
      I’m so glad you enjoyed it (and thanks for the inspirational picture).
      Ali

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  15. December 18, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    This is why genetic researchers need to stick to glowing potatoes… at least it would be totally cool if we got wiped off the face of the earth by an army of glowing tubers!

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    • December 18, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      I’ll store that idea for a future story! In Kim Harrison’s “Hollows” series the world is nearly wiped out by a genetically modified tomato…

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  16. December 19, 2014 at 12:20 am

    nice touch,,, I do expect will backfire?

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  17. December 19, 2014 at 12:36 am

    darn, murphy’s law strikes again!

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  18. December 19, 2014 at 12:38 am

    This wasn’t one of my nightmares, until today… when I read that one of hte insects escaped I knew something was going wrong, even if still hundreds were locked!

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    • December 19, 2014 at 9:35 am

      It’s that “uh-oh” moment. It only takes one!
      It’s been a few weeks since I last wiped out the entire population so it was past due 🙂

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  19. December 19, 2014 at 6:06 am

    Perplexing question and a great story this week! I always think we’re going to do it to ourselves, and it will be unintended. Well done.

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    • December 19, 2014 at 9:36 am

      I also reckon it will be an accidental “mishap” if it happens. Glad you liked it!

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  20. December 19, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Oh .. this was something that nightmares are made of.. and yes it might not have been a meteorite.

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    • December 20, 2014 at 6:20 am

      I’m always worried that someone’s new pathogen will get loose, and I believe just recently they found a virus millions of years old frozen in the ice. Yeeks!

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  21. December 20, 2014 at 5:50 am

    Creepy crawlies! Putting air ducts on my list of things to worry about one night when I can’t get to sleep.
    This wasn great, doc!
    Ellespeth

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    • December 20, 2014 at 6:20 am

      Time to tape up those air ducts and get loads of tinned food and bottled water in!

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  22. December 20, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    What a frightening thought you’ve conjured. Taps into our fears that we really are a fragile species on a fragile planet. Any small thing could tip the balance.

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    • December 21, 2014 at 6:13 am

      It is a very delicate balance we have here on Earth.

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  23. December 21, 2014 at 2:35 am

    Perfect draliman! IMO You could’ve ended with the one flying into the air duct. That was a great provoking visual. Until next week…

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    • December 21, 2014 at 6:15 am

      Glad you liked it!
      Very true, that would have been quite a teaser ending.

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  24. December 22, 2014 at 11:22 am

    That is scary. I can imagine the swarm coming to get us.

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    • December 22, 2014 at 11:26 am

      It’s a frightening thought. And they’re small enough to get in almost anywhere…

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  25. December 31, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    A very thought provoking, very scary tale ~ Thanks for the inspirational pleasure ~

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    • December 31, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      I sometimes wonder if there are groups of scientists doing this very thing in hidden labs. Glad you enjoyed it!

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  26. December 31, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    I am sure there are my friend one slip as you have so eloquently descibed is all it takes. Thanks again ~

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