Written for the Friday Fictioneers. A story, about the pitfalls of avarice, begins after the photo.
Genre: Speculative Fiction/Humor
Tully was a scientific reporter, but mostly an opportunist.
Following Doctor Bosco through the lab, he knew immediately that some particular seashells were rare, and would fetch a lot of money. Surreptitiously, he snatched one just as Bosco turned. Tully dared not be caught. Thinking fast, he swallowed the shell.
Bosco selected a similar shell. “These came from the Challenger Deep,” he said. “They look like seashells, but they’re actually eggs.”
“Yep. They require strong acid, like stomach acid, to hatch into 30+ Polychaete Worms.
Tully gulped. “How big?”
“Huge. Eventually reaching 12 feet long…”
“I know!” exclaimed Bosco. “Amazing isn’t it?”
The Challenger Deep is the deepest known point in the Earth’s seabed hydrosphere: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenger_Deep
Polychaete Worm: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polychaete
Each week, The Friday Fictioneers go on fishing trips for beers, barbeque, and literary amusements. We write flash fiction from a freshly caught photo, and cook it up upon the coals of imagination. Great picture, Douglas! Join us if you like to party! Look here for more stories based upon the photo above: http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/17-october-2014/