Transplant – Sunday Photo Fiction

Written for Sunday Photo Fiction. A story, about a tour through a research lab and an unusual man, begins after the photo.

Genre: Science Fiction/Humor

Photo by: Alistair Forbes


Air Force General, Barry Lund, led a team of military scientists and accountants into the lab. Waiting before a jar of some indiscriminate material floating in clear liquid, was chief development scientist, Timothy Szerny. Szerny gestured to the jar and said, “Here is the Piece de’ Resistance. A living brain grown in this vat right here in the lab. It’s the Mark III Bifurcated Linearly-Oriented Brain, or BLOB. It has ten times the processing power of a human brain and can easily be integrated into the latest military drone designs.”

“Excellent work,” said Lund. “I’m certain the Air Force would be interested in purchasing the design.”

“Thank you, General. I’d hoped you’d say that.” Szerny turned to the pale-skinned man beside him. “This is Maxwell Grimm, our company lawyer. He’ll be drawing up any contracts and has one ready for your perusal.”

Lund shook the man’s hand and noted the thin-lipped attorney’s hand was clammy. Unpleasant, but not unusual with lawyers in his experience. He turned back to Szerny and said. “You got this project off the ground awfully fast, Mr. Szerny. How did you do it?”

“Easy. We simply used lessons learned from growing living hearts for transplant.”


“Thank you. Yes, some of our employees have undergone transplant surgery with the new hearts and are doing rather well.” He gestured to the lawyer. “Mr. Grimm, here, will be receiving a new heart in about a week.”

“So quick?”

“Have to. He’s already had the old heart removed.”

Lund’s jaw fell open. “No heart? But…here he is standing, apparently alive.”

“Yes, well, as you may know, lawyers rarely use their hearts and thus, don’t technically need them.”
Each week, photographer Alistair Forbes presents an original photo as a writing prompt for flash fiction. This is my second writing challenge where the photo prompt is some amorphous blob. Are you guys coordinating your photos? 🙂 Look here for more exciting stories based upon the photo above:

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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15 Responses to Transplant – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. Al says:

    Haha I love that. Great ending to a great story


  2. Brilliant twist ending! Ah yes, the old lava lamps…undergoing something of a resurgence here in NZ at the moment, funnily enough. Mercifully in better colours than the old 1970s ‘disco age’ variety.


    • EagleAye says:

      Thanks Matthew! I’ve always thought the lava lamps are quite entertaining…while viewing them in the store. I’ve never owned one. They look too much like “kitsch” to me. After collecting loads of kitsch as a child, I’ve developed a more Asian approach of minimalism, and avoid such things…most of the time. I probably own too many coffee mugs as my wife frequently points out, but hey, at least you can use coffee mugs!


  3. Lyn says:

    LOL so the blood-sucking lawyer has no heart. Colour me so surprised 😀 I bet he did a deal to get the new heart for half price – or even free. Time away from your laptop has done nothing to diminish your imagination, Eric 😉


    • EagleAye says:

      Yeah, the ending probably isn’t a big surprise for most folks. Merely a confirmation of what they already knew. 😉 My imagination has been like a fizzy brew, tightly corked. No release, but the pressure slowly building until release. If anything, my trip abroad has only fed this twisted mind more fodder with which it will grow…and grow…

      Thanks so much, Lyn! 😉


  4. Steve Lakey says:

    Good story. The worry is that super-intelligent military drones may decide their creator is their enemy!


  5. Indira says:

    Great story with a great punch. I was missing your stories.


  6. J. Raven says:

    Ah yes – there we go! Excellent!


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