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tested by Science

so I used the science prompt for here on Inside a Dog and came up with this story. i’m planning on a part 2 as it’s not even at the climax but i wanted to get something out because I haven’t posted in a while.

 

“Dude, it can’t go wrong, it’s tested by Science.” Matt’s always been a piece of work, but so has everyone else in this darn city. Always trusting ‘Science’, never putting any thought into the fact that ‘Science’ may be wrong. Deciding against saying anything, I watched as Matt jumped of the ledge and towards the Warper, Probably picturing the stupid new restaurant that sells genetically modified blue smashed avocado as his destination. Warpers have always scared me, taking my mental destination of anywhere in The City with one and transporting me there instantly, even if ‘Science’ tested it I’d prefer to walk. But alas, when you travel with Matt the Warper’s the way to go so, ignoring all my inner voices, I too jumped towards the gaping green hole.

 

The restaurant wasn’t all it cracked up to be. Matt made it out to be something new, something fancy, something different, but it turned out like every other restaurant in The City; not a single natural food in sight. The obliteration of natural food was before my life time and before anyone else’s I knew but I know that before my time and way before that food grew in dirt and not in plastic packages like today. Our food is good but sometimes I find my mouth watering for a fresh tomato or the smell of baking cake, not that I know how that actually smells.

“Jordan?” Matt snaps his finger in my face bringing me back to the shiny new restaurant, its walls covered in sleek black tile and the countertops plated in chrome. ‘Huh?’ the smell of chemicals in the air hit me like a ton of brick, I recoiled and crinkled my freckled nose but recovered before Matt realized. ‘Ah, don’t you just love the smell of mixing chemicals in the morning?’ he pointed his nose upwards and made an unnecessarily large sniffing motion flaring his unfortunately large nostrils in the process while I tried not to breathe as much as possible. ‘Yeah, uh, sure’ I tried to use as few syllables as possible so as not to lose all my oxygen at once, ‘can you just order so we can go please?’ I tried to put subtle emphasis on the words you and we trying to convey that I did not in fact want anything and really just wanted to get out of this radiation factory.

Matt can’t take a hint.

I ended up with a blue flavored milkshake, pink chips and an orange burger. Not the most appetizing thing and not the tastiest either. I finally managed to drag Matt away from the shining table we were sitting at and managed to get him halfway to my house before he realized where we were and that he was walking, ‘My feet hurt,’ the complaining began a block away from the restaurant ‘you know there’s a Warper right there?’ This happened every time we past one of the swirling green pools. By the fifth one I gave up, ‘fine,’ I seethed out of gritted teeth before pushing him down the spinning green pit. The plan backfired. Matt grabbed my arm pulling me through with him.

 

There was a whoosh, a flicker, then a laugh. Hang on, a laugh? As much as I hate them, I have traveled through countless Warpers never has there been a laugh but there it was, cutting through the deafening whooshing like a knife. Sudden, thunderous and horrifying but clear as day through the murky green of the Warper. I looked around struggling to move through the swamp of thick sludge directing me to Matt’s house. As my head snapped to the left, there was a shimmer through the khaki fog. The unmistakable glint of a cruel smile hanging in the air much like that of a Cheshire Cat. It was there for a fraction of a second, flashing into existence then vanishing leaving no trace except a final echo of the low, malicious laugh.

 

The laugh haunted me for the next few weeks. After arriving at Matt’s house, I asked him if he had heard it. He looked at me like I was stupid, but every time I entered a Warper a piece more of the terrifying person appeared until it was there in full, drumming its spindly white fingers together, his oddly shining eyes glowing through the dimly lit haze glinting with a smile that sent shivers down my spine. In fact the shivers were everywhere, convulsive, sharp twitches, shuddering throughout my body, immobilizing it if not for the jerks spasming through my muscles. My eyelids began to feel heavy and I started to lose feeling in my limbs. Before I fell into darkness a single sentence entered my mind in a low, raspy and echoing voice:

“I am Science”

 

i hope you enjoyed it there will be a second part soon I promise.

-p

18 comments

rhapsody

Oh damn this is good. I'm obsessed!

12th Oct, 18
poppy

thanks! :)

12th Oct, 18
bookwithbane

You need to continue this into a full on story. If you don't, I will(kidding)!

17th Oct, 18
poppy

Ok, I will I just can't promise how soon it'll be. when I first read your comment I thought it said "if you don't, I will kill you" and then I realized it didn't.(i'm very glad it didn't)
thank-you for reading it.

18th Oct, 18
spacesoda

how do i explain to my teachers that i'm crying because i read such a good story

19th Oct, 18
poppy

Dude, seriously? Thank-you so much

19th Oct, 18
spacesoda

In reply to poppy

You're very welcome!! Keep up the great work!!

20th Oct, 18
poppy

In reply to spacesoda

I'll try! you too, I love your art! I wish I could draw like that.

20th Oct, 18
spacesoda

In reply to poppy

ahh thank you so much!! and really, anyone can draw, as long as you put your mind to it!!

20th Oct, 18
poppy

In reply to spacesoda

You obviously haven't seen me draw yet. : )

20th Oct, 18
spacesoda

In reply to poppy

aww no!! hey i'm sure your art is great, if it's as good as your writing then it would be way better than mine lmao

20th Oct, 18
poppy

In reply to spacesoda

aww thanks! but no. maybe I'll post some just to prove it.

20th Oct, 18
spacesoda

In reply to poppy

yes!! i'd love to see it!!

20th Oct, 18
poppy

In reply to spacesoda

oh no I've really put my foot in it now, haven't I? ok fine, but I've got to find something vaguely presentable first.

20th Oct, 18
spacesoda

In reply to poppy

don't worry!! you don't have to post it if you don't want to haha, it's fine!!

20th Oct, 18
poppy

In reply to spacesoda

haha. I think i'll do it but please don't hate me when you realize how terrible it really is.

20th Oct, 18
spacesoda

In reply to poppy

i'd never hate you!! even though i haven't seen it i'm sure it's great, don't put yourself down!

20th Oct, 18
poppy

In reply to spacesoda

awwww thanks!

20th Oct, 18