Written for Sunday Photo Fiction. A story about the future of gorillas begins after the photo.
Genre: Science Fiction/Humor
“How is it going, Doctor? said Rebecca, joining him at the enclosure.
“Better than I expected, Doctor Wolczek,” replied Doctor Bjornsson. “Look at the incredible sculpture the gorillas have made.”
The gorillas, Kono and Kika, had taken a pair of oil drums and sealed them together. Discarded water bottles filled with oddments formed a ring around the barrels.
“That’s amazing, Doctor! You must be very happy with your cerebral enhancement treatments.”
“I am, though I was hoping for enhanced technical ability rather than artistic expression.”
“Well, their assembly skills demonstrate a certain manual skill.”
“True. Excuse me.” Bjornsson reached into his pocket to retrieve his ringing cell phone. Kono charged forward at that moment and snatched the cell phone out of his hand. He ran away with it and sat beside Kika. “Argh!” groaned Bjornsson. “That’s the third one this week!”
“My gosh,” grinned Rebecca. “He was so aggressive. I didn’t expect that.”
“They’re still just animals,” sighed Bjornsson. “But I’m working on that.” The two left the enclosure.
When the humans departed, Kika signed to Kono, “Well done, my mate.”
“The talking box good?” signed Kono.
“Oh yes, it’s pretty.”
Kika signed again. “Plus, I needed one more set of rare-earth magnets from the phone. It’s almost done. Thanks to Alcubierre for the original idea. Sonny White too for taking the warp drive idea forward, but in the end, they both lacked imagination. With our new quantum-thruster, disguised as a sculpture, we’ll be breaking out of here in a few days!”
Every Sunday, Alastair Forbes presents an original photo as a writing prompt. Anyone can join in, and that’s why YOU should join us! Here’s this week’s prompt: http://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/sunday-photo-fiction-december-15th-2013/