The dials were turned, the switches flipped, the meters were…metering. All was set for the most important experiment of his life; creating life. From nothing more than clay and copper, a shell was created. The shell was filled with wires and engines to help the beast move and with a zap of the lightning filling the sky this perfect evening the biological materials would begin pulsing on their own. He had carefully placed the creature’s brain, at once artificial and natural, into the metal skull and raised the platform.
“It is out of our hands now,” he said to his assistant. The assistant frantically cranked a wheel to take the creature’s body to the top of the laboratory. With luck, lightning would once again change the course of human history.
“Imagine the possibilities. Imagine what future this beast will have. Limitless potential and all we have to do is wait for the right strike,” the scientist said.
“Quite a moment, yes,” the assistant said. He tried to catch his breath; the roof was surprisingly high up and the wheel was difficult to crank.
Thunder rolled and the sky flashed. The platform was designed to propel itself back down if lightning did manage to strike, and it did so with abandon.
“The wheel! Catch the wheel! Slow its fall!” The scientist shouted. The assistant huffed and ran to catch the wheel.
As the platform settled a sight most remarkable filled their eyes. The beast’s legs kicked. Its arms wiggled. The creature, a mess of metal, mud and mayhem sat itself up and smiled at its creators.
“Oh my goodness, look at that smile!” The scientist said.
“You couldn’t have given it my smile?” The assistant taunted.
“Creature, do you hear me?” The scientist asked, ignoring the words of the assistant.
“I am hungry,” the creature said.
“We can get you something to eat in just a moment, we have some work to do first,” the scientist said.
“But I’m hungry now. Do we have cookies?” The creature whined.
“It is far too late for cookies,” the scientist said for the first time in his life.
“Can I have a drink?”
“You may have some water. Would you please grab a glass of water?” The scientist asked of the assistant.
“What do these do?”
In the brief moment the scientist turned to speak to the assistant, the creature had made its way to the dials and meters of the laboratory’s control panel.
“Please don’t touch those, you’ll hurt yourself,” the scientist said.
The creature continued touching and turning everything within reach, and even some parts well beyond its reach.
“Creature. I do not appreciate being ignored,” the scientist tried to sound stern.
The creature started making engine sounds and pretended to be an airplane.
“How do you even know what that sounds like? I don’t remember even showing you an airplane,” the scientist was thouroughly confused.
“I bring water!” The assistant said.
“I don’t want water. I want oil,” the creature replied.
“You didn’t say no to water, so you get water,” the assistant said.
“Ugh!” The creature rebuttled.
“If you want to be like that I will drink the water,” the assistant said.
“NO!” The creature shouted.
“Let’s all take a deep breath,” the scientist said. “Maybe we should just read a book and get ready for tomorrow?”
“I’m going to go color,” the creature said.
The creature walked with confidence and determination to the exit. It knew that if it was stubborn enough, it would win the night.
“Should we stop it?” the assistant asked.
“In a minute. Let it tire itself out. It was such a long day and I am in no mood to fight a being that has no idea of its own strength.”
The long experiment had come to fruition. The results were splendid and spectacular. The scientist and the assistant had very little little idea of what they were getting into.
Thanks for reading!
So what I’m saying here, Doctor Frankenstein is fairly easy to relate to I just wish my kids were afraid of fire too.
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