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: