Hold the Forks

“This might not even work,” the student said.
“You’re right, and it’ll be years till the serum’s approved for human trials,” the professor replied.  His hands rattled on the edge of his wheelchair.  “I don’t have that kind of time.”
He grabbed for the syringe and knocked it off the table.  The student picked it up.
“Do it,” the professor said.
The student pushed the needle into the professor’s arm and depressed the plunger.
“We’re having Chinese food tomorrow,” the professor said through the tremors.  “And I’ll be asking for chopsticks this time.”


If you’re ever looking for a challenge, try eating Jell-o with chopsticks.  Anyway…Every Friday, writers from all around the world write 100 word (or thereabouts) flash fiction based on a photo posted that Wednesday on Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ blog.

I welcome constructive criticism; without it I cannot grow as a writer.  The weekly photo that inspired this story is below:


About glossarch

The word "glossarch" doesn't exist. At least, not yet. But let's pretend it does for a second. The first part is "gloss," a word that comes to us from Ancient Greek via Latin and English. It means "language." The second part also comes from Ancient Greek and can mean "having power over." So "glossarch" means simply "language controller." So what am I doing making up words? Well, I made up an entire language once. It's called Angosey. So I'm the Glossarch of Angosey. I'm currently a doctorate student in volcano seismology (a branch of geophysics). I enjoy writing fiction and poetry, launching balloons, programming, and hanging out with my lovely wife! Follow me on Twitter! Writing and language creation: @glossarch Balloons and science: @bovineaerospace
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18 Responses to Hold the Forks

  1. Let’s hope it works for him.

  2. Anita says:

    Oh wow! Chilling tale!
    No one knows what the result will be. But, hope for the best! 🙂

  3. camgal says:

    You gotta believe right? tremoriffic take on the prompt

  4. some people throw caution to the wind to achieve a sense of normalcy.
    Me – I prefer cutting wind…

    Randy (nice piece)

  5. hafong says:

    A real challenge would be to consume soup with chopsticks. Someone did ask me one time how. So then I had to ask, how do you do it with a fork? 🙂


  6. Wonderfully different take.

  7. Danny, I hope he’s now ready to face the challenge. Darkly humorous ans well written. 🙂 —Susan

  8. Nice. Well told story in 100 words. May his tremors stop …

  9. Cutting corners…doesn’t work. I can see him transforming, mutating and becoming Spider-man’s new arch-nemesis. 🙂

  10. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Language Maker: I love your story! I sure hope the professor is alive tomorrow to eat with the chopsticks but it seems he is trying to rush things – and I know that you can’t rush perfection. Besides, the FDA will find out and all heck will be let loose! You are so clever! Nan 🙂

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