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Joseph stopped a few steps into the lab, the scuffing of his feet unusual against the normally pristine floor of the room.

"Sean, why is there sand all over the floor?"

His lab partner's head poked out from behind the pile of boxes obscuring a bench top on the other side of the room.

"Hey Joseph, you've got to come see this. It's making things out of sand."

Joseph worked his way around the maze of tables and stools that had been haphazardly dragged out of the way to form a clearing at the center of the lab. As he neared his partner, he could make out piles of what looked like...

"Glass. It's making glass things out of sand, actually. I'm not sure what the pattern is, maybe it's all some kind of history lesson. Some of these appear to be knives, or swords and such. Some might be armor pieces, like this helmet." Sean hoisted a large translucent dome shaped roughly like a helmet, but half again as large as either of them could fill with their own head. "The guy that wore this must have been a real fat head." Sean laughed at his own joke, setting the helmet back on the floor, careful to avoid the numerous spines and fins that raked backwards along its top. "Damn near cut my hand off on one of those," he said, pointing to a dorsal fin like protrusion, then to a bloodied gauze bandage wrapped around his forearm, "freakishly sharp. Strong too, I dropped it when it cut me, didn't so much as scratch."

Joseph stepped completely into the cleared space and studied the small strobing ball of light on the floor at its center.

"What is that, exactly, and where did it come from?" he asked, walking slowly around the object, careful to avoid the artifacts scattered around it.

"I was working on the thinning space problem, and had the test rig up and operating within spec when that dropped out of thin air onto the counter. It knocked over some of the samples, and when I scattered cat litter to clean them up, it started enveloping the litter and making things. The first thing was that spherical piece over there, " he pointed to a opalescent ball with a dark smear down the middle of the side facing them, "I poured more, but it just pulsed at me." I tried a bunch of different things, salt, sugar. Sweeping compound got a minor reaction, but it wasn't until I dumped the sand from the old ant farm that it made something again. It made one of those knives, and then pulsed at me like crazy until I gave it more sand.

Joseph watched as Sean dragged a plastic bag of children's play sand from a stack in the corner of the room, splitting the bottom open with a utility knife and letting it spill out, adding to the pile already on the floor. The glowing ball sat motionless, pulsing with a light almost too bright to look directly at.

"I'm not sure what it wants to make next. There's five bags, thirty kilos apiece, that's a hundred and fifty kilos of sand already. I've only got a couple more left and then I'll have to go back to the hardware store for more."

Joseph stuffed his hands deep into his lab coat pockets, absently shuffling his feet on the sandy floor as Sean tossed the empty bag aside and walked back to the pile for another. Niether of them noticed the smear on the opalescent sphere narrow from the bench on which it sat, nor the long form that was taking shape on the floor at their feet.
From Wikipedia: Flash Fiction - 'Flash fiction differs from vignettes in that the works contain the classic story elements: protagonist, conflict, obstacles or complications, and resolution. However, unlike a traditional short story, the limited word length often forces some of these elements to be unwritten, that is, hinted at or implied in the written storyline.'

In the case of 365tomorrows - Flash Fiction is a story of ideally 500 words, and new in the 3rd year a 600 word maximum.

Everyone has fun making things, I'm no different. One has to wonder what motivates the making sometimes...
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:iconthatguy-ovurthurrson:
Thatguy-Ovurthurrson Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
whatsitmakingwhatsitmakingWHATSITMAKING?!? i cant figure it out...
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:iconsrsmith:
SRSmith Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010   Writer
I don't suppose what it's making is friendly.
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LadyCrimson Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
gave me the Twilight Zone tinglies near the end
It just seems a little odd that they would live the creature free and continue feeding it raw material...
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:iconsrsmith:
SRSmith Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010   Writer
Thanks! I think as long as people are getting things for nothing, they're less likely to concern themselves with the potential danger.
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AutumnClarity Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
It surprises me that Sean (and perhaps Joseph too) can be so unguarded, so unfazed by a random ball of light appearing from thin air. It makes me curious about the world they live in, whether it is hostile or peaceful. After all, it is rather silly to keep ‘feeding’ and foreign life force when you are not sure of its intentions, and it has the capacity to harm.
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010   Writer
There are a couple of traits, perhaps stereotypes that I'm leaning on here. The first is that scientists, if given a problem to solve or a mystery of a scientific nature, will poke and prod, testing theories in the attempt find the answer without necessarily thinking about consequence. The other is the more universal tendency for people to be greedy. If you pour sand in a hole and out pops ancient and valuable looking artifacts, when do you stop pouring? Maybe you can get one more... just one more, just one more...

Agreeably though, it is a bit of a stretch. :-)

Thanks for the feedback.
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DannyBlue Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Hobbyist
This one is very cool man. I really enjoyed it.
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:iconsrsmith:
SRSmith Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010   Writer
Thanks!
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:iconjdrainville:
jdrainville Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Eep. I don't think I'd trust a sentient orb with that many sharp and pointy objects. :D
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SRSmith Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010   Writer
It doesn't seem wise, does it?
Thanks for the comment and :+fav:!
:-)
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