We Found One


People packed the small lobby of ELF Laboratory and waited for the press conference to begin. An eerie silence fell over the crowd as Dr. Linkworth exited the lab and approached the podium.

“Good evening,” he said, clearing his throat. “It is my pleasure to announce the discovery of a lifetime. He now have uncontrovertible evidence that extraterrestrial lifeforms do exist.”

Gasps and grumbling filled the lobby. Some reporters shook their heads and started to pack their bags — until Dr. Linkworth’s assistant brought out a body strapped to an upright table. Jaws dropped and eyes bulged as the assistant uncovered the body. Some reporters gasped, others turned away from the horror, and one even fainted.

“This specimen is still alive,” Dr. Linkworth began. “If you notice, the species is deformed. They have primitive optical nerves that still require the use of two eyes. Their ears are also quite primitive and they do not possess the ability to speak through telepathy.”

Reporters frantically took down every word as photographers snapped image after image.

“What are they called?”

Dr. Linkworth chuckled and scratched his chin. “When we first retrieved this specimen, he insisted he was a human being before collapsing. Now, this we know cannot be true, since humans are mythical creatures made up by storytellers to scare us.”

This was inspired by the image provided by Rory after he nominated me for the Tell a Story challenge.

Now, I am supposed to nominate three others and provide a new image prompt. I will provide the image, but open it up to any and all readers who may find inspiration in the image.

My Challenge Prompt:


A Child’s Imagination


Through April, May and into June there was no word of John, Ross, Giles and the others.  – Outback Heroes by Evan McHugh

Once Gavin turned into the apartment complex’s main walkway and he immediately knew why Jenny had picked this one. Penny squealed as she rounded the corner and flung her mother’s hand aside. Jenny laughed and hugged Gavin as Penny hugged the lamppost.

“When can I meet Mr. Tumnus?” Penny asked.

This 50-word story was inspired by the photo prompt for this week’s 50 Word Thursday hosted by Tales from the Mind of Kristian.

Recap – 50 Word Thursday 2019 #4

Last Thursday, I posted the following picture and quote and challenged anyone and everyone who found their muse to write a short post based on one of both of the prompts. THANK YOU ALL! It was a fantastic turnout. 🙂

Be sure to stop by Tales from the Mind of Kristian today/Thursday as he posts this week’s challenge. I will see you all here next week for my turn hosting again

50 Word Thursday 2019 #4 Participants:

“Maybe I needed to learn to stay more alert when traveling in a foreign country” – Lisa Bullard, Turn Left at the Cow.

50 Word Thursdays – Unexpected Hedgehogs – A Tale in 250 Words. – Tales from the mind of Kristian

Final Adventure – The Haunted Wordsmith

The Power of Prayer in a Foreign Country: 50 Word Thursday – Help from Heaven

50Word Thurs — The Shiny – Tao Talk

50 Word Thursdays 4 – Michele Jones

50 Word Thursdays #4 – Gringa – Walk a Myelin* My Shoes

50 Words Thursday’s # 4 – Keep it alive

Fifty Word Thursday #4 – JP the Wide-eyed Wanderer