The Scientist And The Investor – Sunday Photo Fiction

Written for Sunday Photo Fiction. A story about two very different men begins after the photo.

Genre: Science Fiction/Humor

Photo by: Alastair Forbes

The Scientist And The Investor

Waxman entered the high-energy lab and stared in amazement as bolts of energy shot back and forth. He grinned. The raw power left him feeling justified at the enormous expenditure the lab represented. “This is incredible, doctor,” said Waxman. He unbuttoned his $100,000 Alexander Amosu suit. “You’ve made fantastic progress here.”

“What? Oh that.” Doctor Tupleyev snatched away the plasma ball. “I keep that around to impress children.”

Waxman cleared his throat. “I knew that.”

“The real work is in here.” He led Waxman through a doorway. In the next cavernous room, the doctor gestured to a hexagonal chamber 50 yards across. Clear panels were buttressed by powerful girders. Tupleyev absently pushed aside the technician working the control panel before the chamber. He brought up a color-coded display of about 60 color-coded buttons. “I’ve categorized the alternate dimensions by a variety of parameters. Here, they’re organized by the efficacy and size of the fauna.”

“Good. I like efficiency.”

“Efficacy.” He pressed a blue button and the air inside the chamber shimmered. A grassy plain appeared inside the chamber. “Periwinkle blue for minimal fauna presence.”

“Incredible!” cheered Waxman. “I love baby deers!”

Tupleyev sighed. “There are many shades of color, indicating severity: Cobalt Blue, Hunter’s Green…”

“Fire Engine Red,” said Waxman, grinning like a child.

“As usual, red means stop,” admonished Tupleyev.

“In my red Lamborghini, it means go very fast.” He pressed the red button and a dense jungle appeared in the chamber.

“No wait!”

“This too!” Waxman hit the large red button labeled, “Danger: Magnetic Shield Disable,” and he entered the jungle. Within moments, massive crocodilian jaws clamped down on him. He screamed as he was carried off into the distance.

“This is awful!” shrieked the technician.

“A travesty!” agreed Tupleyev.

“What do we do?”

Tupleyev looked at the tech as though at a child. “Recalibrate the proximity detectors, of course. I’m shocked the alarms failed to sound.”

Anyone can join in on the weekly installments of Sunday Photo Fiction. 100-200 words may be written, prompted by one of Alastair Forbes’ original photos. Here’s this week’s prompt:

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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9 Responses to The Scientist And The Investor – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. Al says:

    HAHAHA!!! I really love how the plasma ball was just something to glance at and not the main focal point. Genius 🙂 I was quite happy when money-bags was dragged off. Served him right. As usual, you have surpassed yourself with your humour and the story.


  2. Very well written. The descriptors led smoothly into the dialogue and vice versa. Waxman was stupid enough that I almost started cheering for him. The story also left me wondering what Tupleyev planned for the various dimensions.


    • EagleAye says:

      Thanks Bill! Waxman was a fun character for me. I enjoyed characterizing him as a ditzy dilettante. I hadn’t thought ahead for Tupleyev’s plans. But knowing him, he would probably study the dimensions from a distance for years before making a decisive move. I once knew a geologist who complained a about a co-scientist analyzing pens for a week to decide what’s best. Tupleyev is partly modeled on that guy.

      Thanks for stopping in! Always good to get a critique from you.


  3. J. Milburn says:

    Hahahaha! Why do I get the feeling Waxman inherited his money? Poor scientists having to bow and scrape to those that hold the purse strings, even if they don’t have the slightest clue. Great work and I hope Tupleyev finds another source of funding!


    • EagleAye says:

      Yeah, Waxman is a DBI (Daddy Bought It). I think Tupleyev will have little trouble finding investors after he shows he can open alternate dimensions.

      Thanks much for your comments and the follow!


  4. Indira says:

    Witty tale of two very different men , your stories are very enjoyable.


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