EvolutionScience had prevailed over nature once again.
We called it the Darwin Accelerator. If I had to describe it, I'd classify it as a cross between a holodeck and a time machine, or more precisely as a device for controlling evolution.
You placed a sample population of the base animal in the machine and turned it on. Decades or even centuries passed inside as seconds passed outside. Whatever climate the user desires could be simulated within the machine, and by then the species's descendants would have evolved to suit it.
The possibilities were endless. Almost any kind of animal at all could be created by the Darwin Accelerator. Even long-extinct species had been rebuilt.
Then the accident happened.
I don't even remember what sort of creature we were trying to evolve. One of my colleagues, Professor Kale, was accidentally shut inside the Darwin Accelerator when we started it up. We noticed our error and hit the emergency shutoff almost immediately,
A Nighttime Prank -Kane-It was the dead of night, and Indigo was sound asleep, not suspecting a thing.A Nighttime Prank -Kane-3 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Outside, a ladder gently settled against the wall underneath her very open window, and the silhouette of Kane scaled it by the light of a single burning candle. Said candle was one of the transformative incensed ones he'd received from Maki and Suki the other day, so it kept him in the form of a life-size plush toy as he went.
It hadn't immediately occurred to him, but being a living plush doll made Kane the ultimate stealth artist. Because his fabric-and-stuffing body was so light, his footsteps made practically no noise. The absence of voice or breath didn't hurt, either.
Kane stepped into Indigo's room and gently placed the candle-holder down on her dresser. The flickering light did little to illuminate the room, but he could see Indigo's face easily.
Within minutes, the candle worked its magic and transformed Indigo's body into a plushy state si
At the Laundromat -Kane-Let's see... the last day of the month is next Thursday, so that would give me time to...At the Laundromat -Kane-3 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
It wasn't a particularly busy day at the White Devil Laundromat. Kane himself didn't have any laundry to wash; he'd just come in because he needed a place to sit and think.
He glanced over the laundry pressers, each one as large as a twin-sized bed. He was always rather apprehensive about those things, for reasons that should be easy to guess for those familiar with him and the sort of situations he got into on a regular basis.
Wait... one of the pressers was closed, and unattended. That didn't make sense; they were always supposed to be left open when not in use, and they didn't run for long enough that anybody would have a reason to leave them unattended.
Curious, Kane opted to investigate. He walked up to the closed presser and heaved it open to see what if anything had been left inside it.
What greeted him was the face of a familiar red robin,
Laundry Wringer -Kane-Wow. So Indigo really DID get one of these things.Laundry Wringer -Kane-3 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
In Indigo's front yard, Kane inspected the electric laundry wringer that had been installed the day before. He ran his right hand over one of the two spotless metallic rollers the wringer's body contained.
Doesn't turn? ...Ah, of course. They're hooked to a motor.
Kane's attention fell quickly to the control switch on the side of the wringer, which was currently resting in the middle of three possible positions. The area just above the switch was marked with the word "OFF", with two arrows pointing to the left and right.
The wolf experimentally flicked the switch to the left with his other hand, and the wringer hummed to life. The top roller turned clockwise, the bottom roller anticlockwise, guaranteed to wring anything that passed between them.
Unfortunately, Kane hadn't thought to take his hand off the rollers first.
The sudden feeling of extreme pressure
QUIZ: Three Bodies, One SoulThis is a fancharacter quiz about Sonic Heroes-style teams. The purpose is to get to know your teams better. Before we begin, tell us what the names of the members are and their positions in the team.QUIZ: Three Bodies, One Soul6 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Speed: Ozone the Pangolin
Flight: Mythril the Pegasus
Power: Copper the Bull
Good. Now, have them answer the questions the System asks. The System will refer to the team members by their positions in the team, and unless otherwise specified, any team member can answer any question.
System: Let's begin. Speed, tell us a little about yourself.
Ozone: My name is Ozone the Pangolin, and I'm a singer/electric guitarist. I've got plenty of fans and I do what I can to keep them happy.
System: Okay. Now it's your turn to introduce yourself, Flight.
Mythril: I'm Michelle Hikare, alias Mythril the Pegasus. I'm a writer, and recently Ozone hired me as her lyricist. I... er..
Payback Time -Kane-Heh... Indigo will never know what hit her.Payback Time -Kane-3 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
After a recent incident where Indigo had crushed him flat and made him into a sunshade for her car's windshield, Kane had finally decided to draw the line. He'd spent the past month planning his revenge against her, and now it was time.
Kane had enlisted Red's help in giving Indigo what she deserved; the robin had agreed to help largely because the plan would involve a bit of physical compression on her part, if you get my drift. Now the wolf and robin stood together at Indigo's doorstep. Red rang the front doorbell while Kane slipped around back.
A moment later, Indigo opened the door. "Oh, hi, Red. What brings you here? ...Wait, I can guess. You want me to..."
"Yep. I got a little bored, so I thought I'd come down early this week. Say, what have you been working on recently?"
"I've been crafting some new molds for the furnace.
QUIZ: Mars Aligns with VenusThis is a fancharacter quiz about male-female couples. It can be fan-fan or fan-official, but they have to have some sort of love relationship. Before we begin, please name the couple.QUIZ: Mars Aligns with Venus5 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Him: Slicer the Wolf
Her: Blaze the Cat
Good. Now, have them answer the following questions.
To him: Tell us a little about yourself.
Slicer: I'm Slicer, a maned wolf. I'm employed as the Princess's gardener. My trademark is these three-bladed instruments I wear on my hands; they're called Double Cutters.
To her: Now it's your turn. Tell us a little about yourself.
Blaze: I'm Blaze the Cat, and I'm the princess of a kingdom. I used to be rather introverted, but after a little incident in an alternate dimension I've learned to open up and be more friendly. I can also control fire.
To both: What's your relationship like? Is the love mutual or one-way?
Beauty's Bottle -Toon-It was a calm afternoon, and our favorite feline mechanic, Beauty, had no jobs that day. With nothing better to do, she had decided to drink the day away while lounging in her workshop.Beauty's Bottle -Toon-2 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Of course, Beauty being Beauty, her beverage of choice was whole milk.
The recycling bin just outside the room was already half full of empty glass bottles, each with MILK printed on the side and a capacity of about two liters. Having finished off yet another bottle, Beauty opened the door and gently placed the empty bottle on top of the stack.
She didn't notice a mouse slipping into the room before she closed the door.
This particular mouse was rather irritated at the cat for a rather extensive degree of harassment the day before, and was now out for revenge. It hid under a workbench, armed with a rather sharp toothpick.
Beauty lay down on the floor again and quaffed the bottle's entire contents in one gulp.
Inspecting the bottle, she noted that a few drops of milk were clinging to th
Sasha's Spa TreatmentThe automatic doors making up the entrance of Shirley's Toon Spa glided open as Sasha approached them. The trip from Toonville to Flat Ridge had been quite a lengthy one, and although this spa apparently had a stellar reputation, she hadn't really planned to come and try it out until she'd gotten that gift certificate for it in the mail.Sasha's Spa Treatment2 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Sasha was a human girl, almost twenty years of age, with two pink ponytails on either side of her head, an above-average breast size, and white-and-blue clothing that somehow passed for a schoolgirl outfit. Below her blue skirt she wore striped pink-and-white stockings and red shoes.
In front of her, a white anthro lioness stood behind the counter. The two of them made eye contact as Sasha approached.
"Welcome to Shirley's Toon Spa. My name is Alicia. Will this be appointment or walk-in?"
"Uh... walk-in, I guess. I have a gift certificate."
Sasha took the gift certificate out of her pocket and set it on the counter. Alicia examined it, then care
Nothing Flat -Trade-It was getting dark, and Brian was lost.Nothing Flat -Trade-1 year ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
The silver panther had only intended to run down to the grocery store for a few things, but on the way there he'd taken a wrong turn and wound up who-knows-where. How he'd even done that, considering the grocery store was just down the street from his home and practically unmissable, was a mystery.
Still, here he was. He'd decided to take a shortcut down an alley, wondering if he'd see his home again before tomorrow morning.
Brian looked up. A female cheetah, bright yellow with black spots, was leaning against the wall nearby with folded arms. She was buxom and quite attractive, with brown eyes, and wore a magenta latex bodysuit with no apparent way to remove, plus a decorative orange ribbon of questionable origin around the end of her tail. A close examination of her forehead (if one could manage to look there) would reveal two spots in the shape of a question mark.
"Psst," she said again. "I'm
The Bathtub -Kane-"You're sure about this, Red?"The Bathtub -Kane-3 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Kane eyed his robin friend with a visible air of nervousness. The two of them were standing in the bathroom together, in front of an empty bathtub that had the plug in. A series of air vents lined the wall above the tub, currently off and controlled by a dial on the wall.
"You enjoyed the sauna, didn't you, Kane? Work your way up. Before you know it you'll be going under Indigo's rolling pin with a smile on your face!"
"...I doubt that, but okay."
The wolf climbed into the bathtub, and Red grasped the dial and turned it up. The vents began to bathe Kane in hot air.
Red kept her hand on the dial as she watched Kane relax in the warmth. Slowly she began to crank it further, increasing the heat.
"I'll be safe, right? You won't pull the plug or anything?"
"Don't be ridiculous! Nothing's going to happen to you or my name's not Red!"
Needless to say, once the
Curtains -Kane-"Okay, okay, fine, I'll go through with it. But promise you'll undo it first thing tomorrow morning."Curtains -Kane-4 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Kane couldn't believe he was agreeing to this. He knew Indigo had done it a hundred times, but he also knew he was going to hate it all the same.
Kane was an anthropomorphic gray wolf with brown eyes and dark gray fur. His chest fur was a lighter gray with an unusual bright strip zigzagging from upper left to lower right (from an observer's perspective, not his). His hands and feet had black pawpads, and he stood digitgrade. He wore a brown pair of cutoffs, and a red bandanna around his neck. He also wore another similar red bandanna around his right ankle for no apparent reason other than so he'd be recognizable from the knees down. Other than that, he was unclothed.
Indigo led Kane into her "workroom". The room was dominated by what looked like a stainless-steel operating table, with a rolling pin
Hand Towel -Kane-Kane opened his eyes slowly as the chloroform wore off. The sight of a familiar ceiling greeted him, as did a familiar coldness against his back. He was on the operating table of Indigo's workroom.Hand Towel -Kane-3 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Ah great. Figures.
"Hi, Kane! Coming around?"
Indigo peered over Kane's head. He tried to get up, but she pushed him back down.
"Now just relax. I'll try to do this quickly."
Great. The rolling pin again. Indigo brandished that instrument of torture in her hands, then applied it to Kane's legs, flattening them out gently.
"Say, Kane, do you know another gray wolf by the name of Tech? I ran into him in the park yesterday and thought he was you."
"...No, I've never heard of him."
Kane went for the Micro Spray in his pocket, but it wasn't there. He could do little but lay helpless as Indigo then moved the rolling pin upwards and squished down his upper body, rendering him complet
A New Attitude -Kane-Somewhere in the back of his mind, Kane couldn't believe he was doing this.A New Attitude -Kane-3 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Over the past week, Kane and Red had chatted quite a bit. Somehow, she'd convinced him that he'd enjoy getting squished flat if he just approached it in the right frame of mind. She'd even flattened him a few times herself and he'd gotten to the point where he didn't mind it.
Deep breaths... in... out... in... out. This won't be so bad.
Now, Kane stood in front of Indigo's house. He walked up to it and rang the doorbell. A moment later, she answered.
"Oh! Hello, Kane! What brings you here?"
"Indigo... I've been talking with Red, and... I think she's gotten me to understand a few things..."
Kane was still nervous. Finally he stood firm.
"Indigo, I'm not afraid anymore. Flatten me."
"Flatten me. I can take it. I don't want to run away from you anymore."
Indigo was too surprised t
Laundry Day"Just about finished" Jasmine stated as she sighed happily to herself. It had taken her all day long, but she had managed to clean the entire home up, sure she was just staying there, but it certainly felt great. She then glanced at the pile of clothes infront of her "All thats left is to wash these clothes and I'll be finished."Laundry Day2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
As she bent over to pick up the clothes, she heard the sound of someone fumbling with the front door. Smiling to herself, she figured it was Jennifer, and began to make her way over, forgetting the clothes for now.
However as Jasmine got closer to the door, she noticed a bit of an odor. The odor was quite strong, but it didn't deter her as she opened the door.
"Hahahah, t-thanks Jasmine, I was uh, having trouble with the door again." Replied the woman who stood on the other end of the door. It was Jennifer, a 6 ft 2 inch tall muscular woman, with long green hair. However she also was covered in sweat, and was clearly the where the odor was coming from.