Apr 06 2018

G #AtoZChallenge Googahlack #Fiction #SFF


AtoZChallenge Theme 2018 J Lenni Dorner #SpeculativeFiction
26 parts of a Speculative Fiction story by J Lenni Dorner



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My head is throbbing. At least it’s dark in here.

Where is here?

This isn’t my couch in the basement, because there’s no bunched cushion lump under my back. It can’t be my bed, because it’s too small. And this isn’t my lawn chair. It’s far too dark and quiet for this to be my backyard.

I sit up and feel around for some hair-of-the-dog. There are no bottles nearby. Nor are there any gravestones. At least I’m not sleeping thirty-seven rows down between the second and third stones again.

I clamor to my feet, but fall flat on my face.

“What in the harbor?” My right ankle is wrapped with what looks like seaweed that glows when I move. I check for a way to get it off.

“Don’t touch.” A dimly lit gloved hand lands on mine. A veil streaked with dim light covers a head that shakes back and forth.

“Who are you? Where am I?”

Swirls that seem bioluminescent radiate from twirling fabric, outlining feminine looking curves. The light fades as the wearer settles beside me. The position is intimate, our bodies entwined like lovers relishing the moments after sex.

I scoot away.

“Do I offend you?”

Her voice is charming. The accent is one I haven’t heard before. Just a hint of the one my wife had though.

“I’m uncomfortable because I don’t know you, I don’t know where I am, and I don’t know what’s wrapped around my leg.”

Her gloves glow as she takes my hand.

“I am your trophy.”

I pull away. “Yeah, the trophies I have at home are made of metal. They don’t talk, glow, or cuddle. And none of them are the size of a person. Try again.”

“You won me, Attie of Earth. You defeated Googahlack. That is how you hurt your ankle. I applied healing worms while you slept.”

I rub my head. “Googahlack? Healing worms? Look, I need some coffee and aspirin, Miss… what’d you say your name is?”

“What are coffee and aspirin?”

“Hell. This is Hell. Funny, thought it’d hotter. So, are you a demon?”

Sobbing sounds assault my ears. Her fabric lights up as she moves. She flees several feet away before her fabric’s light fades to dark.

If there were an award show for upsetting females, I’d win every year.

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  1. Wow. You’ve painted the scene really well.
    Love the post 🙂

    Keep Smiling,
    Lakshmi
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    1. Thank you.
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  2. Not sure I have a favorite. Let me think on it a bit.
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    1. No one said fireflies yet.
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      1. Yes of course! I was thinking too hard about extraterrestrial to think about earthly luminaries 🙂
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  3. Jellyfish, of course 🙂 Great story. Love the last line.
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  4. I’m not into light up creatures of any sort. But I loved your last line!!
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    1. More creepy ahead for you then. 😉
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      1. Bwa-ha-ha! Bring it on! I shall close my eyes and plug my ears whilst humming “these are a few of my favorite things….”
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  5. I’m afraid I’d act rudely as well once I heard about the worms applied to my body. Just call me squeamish screamish. Loving this story – well, except for the parts I don’t. 🙂

    Jellyfish get my favorite bioluminescent vote.

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  6. Great first week, look forward to more next week and seeing where Attie ends up next.
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    1. Thanks.
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  7. Loved the ending. Will be looking up your earlier stories.
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  8. Love it, I appreciate sci-fi, and this one is very well written. enjoyed reading it thoroughly.
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  9. Hm, I don’t have much experience with luminescent creatures – and I know I certainly wouldn’t want to wake up to find one around my ankle! (I’m also curious that everything in this new world seems to be luminescent…)
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