Chemist of the Galactic Order

Avatar Author: Princess Binky Lemontwist (LoA) I am the Guardian of the Ink Wells and Head Flight Attendant of Our Strange and Wonderful House. Read Bio

Steam, smoke, and vapors billowed out of the hundreds of pots, bowls, and cauldrons that were suspended over a stream of bubbling lava that led from one dark hole in one wall to the other side of the room where the stream disappeared through another hole.

“You think we can turn on the fan?” The apprentice asked while she sweated in her thermal suit that didn’t seem to be helping much.

The mad scientist who was scurrying from his cabinets full of chemicals and ingredients to his various boiling, simmering, and burning concoctions ignored her.

“Sir? I don’t think this amount of heat is healthy for our bodies.” The apprentice said as she went to one of the freezers and stuffed some dry ice into the inside pockets of her suit.

The scientist growled, “You want to be a Chemist of the Galactic Order? You need to stop worrying about your health or you won’t make any breakthroughs. Now hush and pay attention to me.”

“But-” The girl started.

“But nothing! If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen!”

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Comments (5 so far!)

  1. Avatar Emilou

    I am intrigued as to the story behind the Galactic order… :)
    Great story. I liked the way you interpreted the saying.

  2. Avatar Tad Winslow

    Honestly, I didn’t like the cliche you close with. I thought it added a layer of humor that doesn’t belong… a kind of hokey humor.
    However, with that out of the way, I read the entire thing, and that means something. It means that I liked it enough to finish. The extreme situation drew me in, and your intense descriptions matched the scientist’s strong conviction—making an exciting scene. Not only that, but the relationship between the two characters is pretty engaging—interesting to wonder if she is going to reject the scientist’s risky teaching and map her own path or fall in line and do as he does—her decision will reveal part of who she is as a person.

  3. Avatar Princess Binky Lemontwist (LoA)

    Only reason I put that cliche line is because of the challenge I entered this in. I took that cliche line as my starting point and try to make a very literal yet very extreme view of that cliche saying.

  4. Avatar Princess Binky Lemontwist (LoA)

    If I had just written this for pleasure instead if for a challenge, I would have ended it differently. Thanks for your feedback! :D

  5. Avatar Tad Winslow

    Oh dear lord… totally missed the challenge part… *blushes. Makes sense. haha