A food thief stalked the break room at Jefferys Genetics Research Lab. Months of effort to catch him produced no result.
Still, such things always work themselves out.
Dr. Hans Michener typified the absentminded yet brilliant scientist. He studied the rare Martinside Squid. Newly hatched individuals could survive astonishingly high concentrations of acid. Additionally, the paralarvae could, and would, eat almost anything. They made piranha look like rank amateurs.
Michener ate in the break room, petri dish of Martinside egg sacs beside him. As he ate a cup of Hell’s Fury Chili, thousands of tiny squid began to hatch. Michener needed to feed them at once. Thinking fast, he dumped them into the chili. Just then, he received a call. A different test had completed. Absentmindedly, Michener forgot the squid and rushed out.
Milton the security guard slipped into the empty break room. That curiously boiling over cup of chili looked SO enticing…
In the lab, Michener received another call. “Yes? Really? Well, how would I know why Milton is dissolving?”
Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2017/08/14/fffaw-challenge-week-of-august-15-2017/
Martinside Squid are pure fiction, but Humboldt Squid are real and quite terrifying:
“Humboldt squid are among the largest of squids, reaching a mantle length of 1.5 m (4.9 ft). They have a reputation for aggression towards humans, though this behavior may possibly only be manifested during feeding times.”
Paralarvae: the term for baby squid.
Alec Jeffreys: “…was the scientist who invented DNA fingerprinting; a technology that has many applications such as solving crimes, paternity testing, and resolving immigration disputes. It was first used in the courtroom in 1986.”