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First Contact

by on September 6, 2012

This story was written for Trifecta’s weekly prompt, and follows on in the Farthington Milroy story arc, which you can read here.

Farthington Milroy was not unprepared. He had read the appropriate literature. He did not intend to make the mistake of that idiot who brought a creature to life and then frightening it by waving a match at it or some such thing. He had given Frankenmanatee intelligence, and he intended to treat it accordingly, to open a dialogue with it in order to gain mutual understanding, to commune with its very soul. He had a glorious Picardian speech prepared about the inherent value of sentient lifeforms, complete with a fitting reference to Hamlet.Β  He’d written the main points out on flashcards, and even had Winifred standing by with a backup teleprompter.

“Frankenmanatee,” he began, after the lightning had died down and the creature showed some signs of stirring, “my creation, speak to me!”

The creature raised itself clumsily up on its flippers and turned its gaze upon him. Farthington looked into the eyes of Frankenmanatee, and he felt an involuntary shiver. What he saw there was not a soul with which he could commune. What he saw there was the absence of soul, a pure, dead manateean horror.

Unnerved by its cold stare, Farthington did the worst thing he could’ve done: he improvised. “Winifred!” he cried. “Spontaneous musical!”

Winifred was pretty sure that breaking into a spontaneous musical wasn’t in her job description as an Igor, but she gamely launched into one anyway. As it happened, one of her favorites was Oliver!.Β  “Consider yourself at ‘ome!” she began, affecting a cockney accent that was actually quite well done. “Consider yourself one of the family! We’ve taken to you so strong! It’s clear! We’re goin’ to get along!”

The manatee was as unimpressed as McKayla Maroney. It gave a ferocious roar, and lunged for them. Farthington and Winifred both fled in panic, realizing only then that spontaneous musicals, while appropriate in many situations, are never a good idea when confronting a crazed resurrected manatee monster.

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7 Comments
  1. Poor Farthington — so, so wrong! The spontaneous musical made me laugh.

    • I think I carried over the spontaneous musical idea from Trifecta’s three-word weekend prompt. πŸ™‚

  2. I see we are still on a spontaneous musical kick LOL! Good job!

  3. trifectawriting permalink

    Ha ha! I have a sister-in-law who, somehow, detests manatees. For Christmas, I always sponsor a manatee in her name as her gift. If you publish this, I’m sure she’d much prefer this book over that sponsorship. Thanks for linking up.

    • have you, perchance, seen the VeggieTales song “Barbara Manatee”?

      I think your sister-in-law would enjoy it. πŸ˜›

  4. Apparently, the manatee isn’t a fan of spontaneous music πŸ™‚

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