In an old Chinatown lab, Arleigh said, “This Universal Translator is incredible.”
A turkey wandering the lab said, “Gobble-gobble.”
The translator beeped and intoned, “More food!”
Preston held up a device. “That’s nothing. This Genifier will switch on the ancient genes of any organism. Soon we’ll have a bigger, fat and juicy turkey for Thanksgiving. Now the setting.”
“Not for 65-million,” warned Arleigh. “We don’t want a T-Rex.”
“Do I look stupid? 20-million, of course.”
“Wait, there’s still…”
In the turkey’s place stood an eight-foot tall Terror Bird. It gazed at them and squawked.
The translator intoned, “Mmm. Fat and juicy!”
Written for the Friday Fictioneers: https://rochellewisoff.com/2021/11/24/26-november-2021/
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates it.
Terror Birds: “Phorusrhacids, colloquially known as terror birds, are an extinct clade of large carnivorous flightless birds that were one of the largest species of apex predators in South America during the Cenozoic era; their conventionally accepted temporal range covers from 62 to 1.8 million years (Ma) ago…They ranged in height from 1 to 3 m (3 to 10 ft).”