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FF – League of Science

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Ted Strutz.

Copyright Ted Strutz

 

The group of esteemed scientists laughed scornfully.

“By God, man, you’ll never achieve membership of the World Science League with that thing!”

“I beg to differ, Sir,” smiled Ignacious, initiating his machine. Gears ground. Wheels spun.

“By good Queen Victoria, what is it man?!”

Their derision, however, gave way to wide eyes as the wheels rotated, matching their brain waves. A disc flew off, neatly decapitating Dr Munsch of Oxford. The others, hypnotised, hardly noticed even as they too fell.

“I propose myself for membership of the League!” giggled Ignacious manically. “Any objections?” He eyed the carnage. “No? Then, carried!”

 

  1. December 27, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    hahaha That’s one way to win an election! 😀

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  2. December 27, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    That’s a cut above the average tale!

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  3. December 27, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Yes, but now it’s a one-person league.

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    • December 28, 2017 at 8:15 am

      I don’t think he cares. And now he can fill it with flunkies!

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  4. December 27, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    Danger: Mad scientist at work. 🙂

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    • December 28, 2017 at 8:16 am

      He should have put up signs 🙂

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  5. December 27, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Mad science

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    • December 28, 2017 at 8:16 am

      It’s his speciality!

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      • Lyn
        December 28, 2017 at 10:37 am

        LOL mad science seems to be your speciality too, Ali 😀

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      • December 28, 2017 at 12:56 pm

        Yeah, I’m totally nuts, me 🙂

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  6. December 27, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    They all went to the big wheel in the sky. Rust in pieces, not-so-extraordinary gentlemen! 🙂

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  7. December 28, 2017 at 4:10 am

    He’s now truly in a league of his own. Good writing, Ali. 😀 — Suzanne

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  8. December 28, 2017 at 8:07 am

    One way to silence the critics.

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    • December 28, 2017 at 8:17 am

      They were never going to let him in, they brought it on themselves.

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  9. December 28, 2017 at 8:16 am

    That’s one intimidating ( lethal) personality.
    Great take on the prompt and wonderfully written, Draliman 🙂

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    • December 28, 2017 at 8:18 am

      He’s a bit nuts, I think. I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  10. December 28, 2017 at 8:38 am

    I think this is how every James Bond villain got their start. Now to use that contraption on the owner of a remote island…

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    • December 28, 2017 at 8:42 am

      Preferably a remote island with a dormant volcano, ideal for secrets lairs and such.

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  11. December 28, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Dear Ali,

    I’m speechless. But, then, so are they. Grisly way to get into the league I’d say. I don’t know who’s madder–the scientist or the writer. And we wouldn’t want it any other way. Good one.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • December 28, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      The poor chap tried the normal channels. It’s not his fault he’s crazy!
      I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂
      Ali

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  12. December 28, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Hahaha – brilliant! “Neatly decapitating”? Um … there’s nothing tidy about decapitation, mate. 😁

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    • December 29, 2017 at 7:54 am

      Well, there was a bit of arterial spray but it’s not like it was a hack job or anything 🙂

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  13. December 28, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Ha ha ha ha ha. So wicked. Loved it.

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  14. December 28, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Ignacious is the perfect name for him! I can just picture him 🙂

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    • December 29, 2017 at 7:55 am

      It’s one of those names which sets the period and the person 🙂

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  15. December 28, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Hahahahaha! That’s one way to gain membership! That will show them to laugh at his murder machine! LOL! Great story, Ali!

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  16. December 28, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Ew. Who gets to clean up that mess?

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    • December 29, 2017 at 7:56 am

      Not him, ‘cos he’s in charge now. He’ll hire a flunky 🙂

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  17. December 28, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Oof! That was a grizzly one! 🙂

    I’m going to resume writing stories with FF in the New Year.
    Happy Christmas!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • December 29, 2017 at 7:56 am

      There’s bits everywhere 🙂
      Hope you had a nice Christmas!

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  18. December 28, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Ignatious is such a robust name… first time I came across it was in John Kennedy Toole’s excellent novel The Confederacy of Dunces. That story, like this, is riotously funny.

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    • December 29, 2017 at 7:57 am

      “The Confederacy of Dunces” sounds right up my alley, I’ll watch out for it.
      I’m glad you liked my story!

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      • December 29, 2017 at 8:13 am

        It’s a marmite novel. A one of a kind. That was published and won the pulitzer prize after the authors death (suicide if I remember correctly because he couldn’t get the book published); it is amazingly polished.

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      • December 29, 2017 at 8:26 am

        Yes, I looked it up a few minutes ago. His Mum pushed to get it published after his suicide.

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  19. December 28, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    This sounds like the only way to win sometimes… Off with their heads…

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    • December 29, 2017 at 7:59 am

      It’s a well-established method!

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  20. December 28, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    What’s the point of joining a club that no longer exists? He is indeed off his head!

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    • December 29, 2017 at 8:00 am

      Yes, but at least he still has a head 🙂

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  21. Dale
    December 28, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Mad scientist indeed… Till the next one comes along!

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    • December 29, 2017 at 8:02 am

      He’s already had new stationary printed. “The International League of Mad Psychopathic Scientists” is what it’s called now 🙂

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      • Dale
        December 29, 2017 at 1:41 pm

        Makes total sense! 😁

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  22. December 29, 2017 at 3:59 am

    oh, pres. trump will be happy to have one of those. 🙂

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  23. December 29, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Wow, that’s different! Nice one.

    Click to read my FriFic!

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    • December 29, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it!

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  24. December 29, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Ha ha, one way to dispose of any opposition.

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  25. December 29, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Oh my! Am I terribly twisted to think this is truly funny? I actually heard Dr. Munsch of Oxford speaking with a “stiff jaw.” Thank you!!!!!

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    • December 30, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      I thought it was funny too 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!

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  26. December 30, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    As horrible and bloody a story that was, I laughed.

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  27. December 31, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Wait until the other members hear of this. There are other members, I take it? Or has he been canvassing to eliminate the objections, all this while.

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    • December 31, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      If there are other members hopefully they won’t raise any objections to his membership…

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  28. December 31, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Since you invented him, Ignacious will be definitely be appointing you to join him in the World Science League. Just don’t disagree with anything he says. 🙂
    Wishing you a happy new year, Ali.

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    • December 31, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      I’ll toe the line! Happy New Year to you too 🙂

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      • December 31, 2017 at 2:42 pm

        It was -35 here yesterday but has warmed up to -30 this morning. I’m surviving — indoors 😉 — but was hit with an attack out gout in my left knee suddenly last night. Hobble, hobble.

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      • December 31, 2017 at 2:51 pm

        Nasty, I sometimes get gout in my foot. Very painful.
        It’s hovering around +10C here 🙂

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  29. January 2, 2018 at 10:26 am

    A good stab at Victorian narrative. Nice one, Ali!

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    • January 2, 2018 at 12:38 pm

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it!

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  30. January 2, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    That’s one way to get membership 😀

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  31. January 3, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    No competition, at least for the time being… until there’ll be another.
    Wishing you a very happy new year Ali. 🙂

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    • January 3, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      There will always be another…
      Happy New Year to you too 🙂

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  32. January 23, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Great story – Victorian Sci-Fi mood, completed by the evil genius !

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    • January 24, 2018 at 8:12 am

      Thanks! No story is complete without an evil genius 🙂

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  33. February 6, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    That was spectacular, love the mad scientist theme. You know I had a similar dilemma when I was making a blog about the science behind super powers. I think you would find it interesting, maybe you should check it out some time.

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    • February 6, 2018 at 4:49 pm

      Thanks, I will!

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      • February 19, 2018 at 3:09 pm

        Just to let you and other bloggers know, I don’t post anything, I just edit my blog and put something new on it. I’m just telling you this in case your not getting any notifications of anything new I put on my blog. Please don’t forget to let other bloggers know about this so I guess everyone will have to check my blog for something new at least once a week. If you understand, thank you.

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      • February 20, 2018 at 7:43 am

        That is posting really. I got notifications this morning.

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      • February 20, 2018 at 12:15 pm

        Oh ok

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