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by on July 15, 2012

This was written for Trifecta’s weekend prompt. Enjoy!

 Cyan was a very well-mannered person, and so she was quite acquainted with Franklin’s adage about guests, like fish, smelling after three days. She had been at her present location for five days, and she would have liked very much to leave as etiquette required. Unfortunately, she was in difficulties. More precisely, she was suspended upside-down above a tank full of poisonous jellyfish. Judging by their constant writhing, they didn’t seem much happier about the situation than she was.

The worst of it was that the evil mastermind who’d put her there hadn’t even bothered to stick around to watch. Instead, he had walked away, leaving only a token guard. The mechanism that held her had, since then, been lowering her slowly towards the tank. Cyan calculated that she had ten minutes, more or less.

Then she heard an odd, slinkitty sound. She and the guard looked about, and saw metal Slinky flipping its way down a set of stairs. “Oi!” said the guard, sounding pleased. “I ‘aven’t seen one a’ these since me boyhood in Surrey, romping in the…” he paused. Why was the Slinky beeping?


Through the smoke and wreck that remained of the staircase, Cyan saw Fillmore Streamlet, hands in his pockets, looking bored as ever. “Oh, good, you’re still alive,” he said. “I was beginning to worry.”

“I appreciate your concern,” Cyan said. “Would you mind getting me out of this now?”

Fillmore contemplated the jellyfish. Before he could venture an opinion, there was a sudden cackling burst of laughter. “So, Mister Streamlet, you have arrived! And you have walked right into my trap!”

“Do tell.” Fillmore said. “Let me guess. There’s a nuclear missile launching and I can stop that or save her but not both. Sadistic choice. How cliché. Of course I’ll save the world, so you might as well drop her already.”

“Fine! I shall!”

Cyan plunged towards the jellyfish before she had time to berate Fillmore for his exceptionally unhelpful remark.



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  1. Thanks so much for linking up with Trifecta this weekend. Please remember to come back and vote for your top three posts!

  2. I like the word “slinkitty” to describe the slinky’s sound. I feel bad for Cyan getting dropped in the jellyfish, but I guess that’s what happens when a nuclear attack is planned!

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