Lab Trial Ninety-Nine


Laboratory trial ninety-nine: It was bacilliform sample thirty-three. Within hours, the bacteria multiplied unpredictably in petri dishes. Rats fully incubated the “infection” within weeks of birth. No doubts linger, I discovered the source.

This has ramifications of which we never dreamed.  Long ago, a few irradiated bacteria, absorbed by a few lucky plants, worked their way into the food chain. The “disease” unleashed itself upon an unsuspecting world. My research is done now.

But there’s hope. You have to keep your sanity. Survival depends on both willpower and perseverance. Do whatever you must to outlast their teenage years.


Deviating from my normal poetry selections, I took a stab at another story snippet.

Using a word (bacilliform) from the Oxford English Dictionary, I attempted this week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge. Aside from the word, the response had to be limited to 99 words. As an extra bonus, I worked in both the number 99 and 33 into the response.


About ewdupler

Gene is an avid outdoorsman, loves reading and is known to put pen to paper (well, he types) as an amateur poet.
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15 Responses to Lab Trial Ninety-Nine

  1. Quickstepp says:

    I never trust em from the start! It all makes sense now!

  2. howanxious says:

    Oh… now teenagers have got a bad repo. Well-written. 🙂

  3. jannatwrites says:

    Ah, teenage years. Some are afflicted worse than others 🙂

  4. Loved this one – Great word choice.

  5. Haha! Brilliant twist. 🙂

  6. KymmInBarcelona says:

    Fun post. Love (and second) that last line!

  7. Valerie says:

    Willpower and perseverance. Isn’t that the truth!
    This was brilliant!

  8. steph says:

    Good one. Didn’t expect that ending!

  9. Draug419 says:


  10. Christine says:

    I’m just hoping to survive the single-digits. I’ll worry about the teenage years if I make it that far. 🙂

  11. Ha! Very clever. For me, survival depends on perseverance, willpower and alcohol. 🙂

  12. atrm61 says:

    Ha!ha!Well written-the terrors of teenage plague 😉

  13. Haha! Fantastic. I personally think a 10 year old boy is one of the most vile creatures on earth, but it might be worse as they get older. 🙂 Thanks for linking up. Don’t forget to vote.

  14. troy P. says:

    You had up till the end – great job!

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