Written for Trifecta: Week Eighty-Two. Story begins after the image.
Genre: Super Villainy
Word Count: 333
On a wide field in an undisclosed location, four members of SCREAM (Scientists Club for Resurgent Evil Against Mankind) stood before the club’s leader, Dr. Sin. His cybernetic leg whirred and his laser eye tracked across the contestants. “Welcome to the annual weapons trials, gentlemen,” announced Dr. Sin. “This year, the goal is create the biggest bang from the smallest weapon. The two contestants shall…”
“It’s Langley, sir,” said the mousy Langley, adjusting his misaligned, thick glasses.
“I am competing this year too.”
Dr. Sin waved dismissively, “Yes, of course. First up, Professor Malignant. Proceed.”
Malignant sat in his powered chair and grinned evilly. “Observe,” he said, and withdrew a silver pistol, aiming it at a battle tank down field. A flash of light, and the tank was cleanly cut in half.
Heroditus Cain stepped forward. Tubes emerged from his backpack and fed exotic nutrients into his limbs, making them bulge enormously. He hoisted a complex cylinder to his shoulder and fired it at the next tank, cutting a wide swath of destruction through the armored behemoth.
“Excellent!” exclaimed Dr. Sin. This competition is now over. We shall…”
“Not yet, sir,” squeaked Langley. He beamed and held up a vial of pearlescent fluid. “It’s my turn.”
Dr. Sin snatched the vial away and held it in his cybernetic right arm. “This, Lackey?”
“Whatever. This is no evil weapon. This…” He crushed the vial and ooze flowed out, “…is useless! What was it supposed to be?”
“Nanites, sir,” quaked Langley. “Designed to consume metal.”
Dr. Sin gulped as a gray cloud enveloped him. When it cleared, Sin’s metal leg, arm, and laser eye had been eaten away. He sprawled on the ground in a pile of white dust. “You idiot!” He screamed.
“It was meant for the targets, sir,” stammered Langley.
“Impressive,” said Cain. “Clearly, he wins this round.”
Dr. Sin glared at Cain, but grudgingly acquiesced. “Fine! Now help me up, Lackey.”
“It’s Langley, Sir.”
This week’s Trifecta writing challenge is to write a short story or poem between 33 and 333 words long. The third definition of the word, “Club” must be used somewhere in the text.
3a : an association of persons for some common object usually jointly supported and meeting periodically; also : a group identified by some common characteristic (nations in the nuclear club)
b : the meeting place of a club (lunch at the club)
c : an association of persons participating in a plan by which they agree to make regular payments or purchases in order to secure some advantage
d : nightclub
e : an athletic association or team
Here’s a link to this week’s challenge. Any and all are invited to join. http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com/2013/06/trifecta-week-eighty-two.html
You capture the essence of the evil – eeevillll – master villain well – always underestimating the lackeys – i mean Langleys – it’s always their downfall it would seem and it always gives hope to us little guys –
Yes, it’s inevitable that the downfall of eeevilll scientists is linked to underestimating others. The unfortunate Dr. Sin has experienced this time and again. I think I may torture this character again in other stories.
Thanks so much for your thoughts!
Funny! Love the mistaken name 🙂
Thanks so much. I was hoping to amuse and entertain.
What a fun post. Loved all the names, maybe especially Langley.
It’s fun to come up with names for superheros and supervillains. I’m glad you enjoyed them.
Langley huh…are you sure he wasn’t a plant from…Langley 🙂 Another fine amusing and educational tale Mr. Momus. As usual.
Hehe. No connection there, just a Junior Evil Scientist trying to make a name for himself. It’s quite difficult as you can see.
Thanks for stopping in and leaving the kind words. 🙂
This was wonderful. Just goes to prove that you should never underestimate your lackeys…um…Langleys
Haha! Indeed. A few more accidents like that and Dr. Sin will be replacing more body parts!
Ha. This was fun and a good read. and fun names – appropriate for their evil nature
Cool. I’m glad you had fun with it. Thanks for the kind words.
Very funny! I would definitely read more adventures of this group.
Most cool. I’ll definitely think about writing more about them. They were fun. Thanks for the visit and the comments.
haha He’s like one of those kids in school who tries so hard with a science fair project only to end up setting the fire alarms off 😀 This was cute.
Yeah he is. He’s a bit smarter than his fellow members at SCREAM, but they’ll never admit to it.
Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.
Very nice work, sir. I like that Langley had no evil intent. I one’s disdain is a much better reason for one’s undoing.
I think you’re right. It’s more poetic that Dr. Sin suffer by his own hand. He had it coming. Thanks much for reading and for the kind words. I appreciate it.
Really enjoyed this story. Great relationship between Dr. Sin and Langley – so clearly defined. Can we have more of this pair?
I actually had a lot of fun with these two, so the odds are good that you will. Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks much for the encouragement.