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Flash Fiction – 12 Hours Part 8 January 14, 2011

Posted by techtigger in flash fiction.
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This micro-fic is part of an ongoing web serial, which will be updated every hour today from noon till midnight, when the regular weekly #fridayflash gets posted.  If you are new to Nox and Grimm, you can Click Here to read from the beginning.

Nox pulled on thick, elbow-length insulated gloves and took a surgeons’ scalpel and a pair of tweezers out of a medical kit. Magnifying goggles and a clear blast shield, with holes to stick her hands through finished her outfit. She reached through the shield and used the tweezers to roll around one of the seeds.  “All righty, Brand. Start taking notes. The surface is covered with fine hairs, and small beads of an opaque liquid. Probably to help it stick to its food source. There are no seams or openings.”  She picked up the scalpel and made a small incision in the pointed end of the seed.  Nox and Brand both flinched as it opened with a POP, shooting tendrils and a fine mist out through the hole. The gloves and shield kept the tendrils off of her, but she waited a full minute to make sure it was not going to do anything else.

“The seed is apparently filled with compressed gas, to project the thorn bearing tendrils into the host. Ingenious, really, the body heat of its host expands the gasses, bursting the seed open and starting the process.”  She pulled one hand back, adjusting the goggles until her eyes looked huge through the magnifying lenses. She reached back in and extended a tendril with the tweezers.  “The tendrils telescope, folding neatly back into the seed. Hollow thorns, and the tendrils are hollow as well.  All are highly elastic. No sign of reproductive mechanisms outside.”  She carefully cut open the seed. “Ah, here we are.  A small fluid sack to feed it until the thorns start pulling in food. An air bladder, that is most likely a suction pump to pull food back inside. It also has a complex organ, covered in particles. I’m guessing that is where it makes new seeds.”

Brand put down his notes as she pulled her hands from the shield.  “Is any of that helpful?” he asked.

Nox pushed the goggles up on her head and grinned. “Oh yes. No time to explain though.  Put that seed back on ice, and hand me those books.”

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1. Sam Adamson - January 14, 2011

Nope, I *really* don’t like the sound of those firethorn seeds.

techtigger - January 14, 2011

they are the perfect way to assassinate someone. No one had thought of a way to get rid of them, once they were inside you. Nasty.

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