Experiment #259

Infusion Book 1, Part 3

Across town Jim Watkins finished loading the truck and triple checked the paperwork as it drove off to do its round of deliveries. He’d worked his way up from being a loader at the furniture store to the loading dock manager. He stood by himself while the loading men went for a smoke break or to cool off with a soda from the machine.

Wilbur ambled up the drive toward the loading dock. He took his … Read More

Experiment #258

Infusion Book 1, Part 2

Wilbur awoke in a dark, cold room. At first he thought he’d been placed in a coffin, but further inspection revealed cold metal sides. When his fingers explored the panel above his head, pushing lightly, a crack of light opened at his feet. When he pushed further he realized he lay in some kind of drawer. As he pushed his way out he found himself in a stark white room with cold metal accents all … Read More

Experiment #257

Infusion Book 1, Part 1

Wilbur Cranford Dibbs lay sprawled in a hospital bed, dying. Three rounds of chemo and two extreme diets hadn’t fixed his problem, but a new fresh-faced doctor had just come in with one final plan.

“You’re sure this will work?” Mrs. Watkins, Wilbur’s sister asked.

“Very little is certain in medicine,” Dr. Smite said. “There are always complications with new medications, but all the research says it’s promising. Human trials have been mixed, though.” Dr. Smite smiled. … Read More

Experiment #235

The Lesson

Margana aimed her wand. “Morpho Formo!” She yelled. Nothing happened.

The monster lurched toward her with a glint in its eye. It knew its dinner was close at hand. Slobber splattered on the floor.

“Morpho Formo!” she tried again.

The monster roared with horrid laughter. “Your mentor failed you, or rather you’re failing her.”

Margana trembled.

The monster licked its hairy lips. It picked up a chair and tossed it in its gaping jaws. “You call yourself a sorceress. You’ve got … Read More

Experiment #173

Monsters Among Us

Experiment #158

The Ugly Princess Part 10

She looked up to see Guile standing above her, disgust etched in every line of his face. He hacked at her again with the sword. She fumbled backward out of its way.

“Your parents should have drowned you the day you were born,” he said. “Such hours should not be suffered to live.”

The princess inched back on her hands and knees trying to find a weapon or tool or plan of escape.

“I would have followed your … Read More

Experiment #157

The Ugly Princess Part 9

The next morning dawned cold and crisp. Nearly everyone from the Town surrounding the castle came as well as many others from across the kingdom. At the appointed time they were all seated in front of a small platform with three steps leading up to it on one side. All seven of Lilly’s nobles sat on the platform in front of another chair. The chair contained a pillow upon which sat the elegant yet simple … Read More

Experiment #156

The Ugly Princess Part 8

With Galahad’s help Sir Doyle, Roddie, and a couple of bowmen, hit the Count’s baggage train and secured as much food and wine as possible for the feast. The operation went off without a hitch and Galahad’s involvement was never suspected.

Two days later, after Count Riverton’s men had time to get hungry and two counter raids were effectively repulsed, the princess sent out messengers to every nearby town and principality inviting them to a feast. … Read More

Experiment #155

The Ugly Princess Part 7

Galahad did not lay idle in his Uncle’s house but soon annoyed his guards enough and played so much on his aunt’s maternal instincts that he was given free reign of the house. Then he worked tirelessly to frustrate and sabotage his Uncle’s plans. He had been excellent at this even before he’d met Lilly and so it seemed that his spoiled mean streak had simply continued rather than come out with purpose. Even Galahad’s … Read More

Experiment #154

The Ugly Princess Part 6

Galahad had walked right up to one of the guards of the main gate and insulted his mother. The guard at first did nothing for Galahad seemed to be little of a threat. Also that particular guard had been an orphan and never knew his mother nor why he should take offense at her choice of footwear. After a few more accusations and suggestions as to the promiscuous nature of the guard’s mother, the guard … Read More

Experiment #153

The Ugly Princess Part 5

Two long days of hard travel followed with Sir Doyle leading and Roddie alternately bringing up the rear and scouting ahead.

Galahad either whined or wept at every bounce of the horse for the motion made his wounds burn with pain. His pain seemed more pronounced or at least more vocalized when Roddie was away scouting and Sir Doyle was riding a bit ahead. Lilly suffered all of this with the grace of a true princess. … Read More

Experiment #152

The Ugly Princess Part 4

Galahad and Lilly rode for a few hours pretty much in a random direction. At midday they stopped near a large tree and finished the still soggy provisions they’d brought with them.

After the meal they sat for a while uncertain how to proceed. Galahad looked to the mountains on the horizon and cocked his head. He stood up and pointed toward them while mumbling to himself. Then he pointed toward the plain off to his … Read More

Experiment #151

The Ugly Princess Part 3

Galahad and the princess then argued for some minutes over where to go next. The argument was not based so much on a difference of opinion as on the fact that Galahad hadn’t come up with a location even once the escape had begun.

Finally they decided upon going to his Uncle, Count Riverton, who had always been a friend of the princess’ father, but Galahad did not know how to get there from their current … Read More

Experiment #150

The Ugly Princess Part 2

Galahad visited the princess every day, and by the fifth trip he only threw up a little in his mouth. He was beginning to stomach her looks, but she was beginning to stomach him less.

At first she had been pleased to have someone, anyone to talk to, but even in her grand naïveté she began to agree with her father’s assessment.

His visits began to tire her as he tended to bring up his favorite topic … Read More

Experiment #149

The Ugly Princess Part 1

Once upon a time there was a princess so ugly that the king shut her away in a tower. Now it wasn’t so much the king’s fault or a lack of love on his part for he visited her everyday, it was the fact that nearly any one who looked on her felt nauseous.

Most stories like this begin with a slighted fairy who takes revenge on a fair daughter for the offenses of her parents … Read More