A Scientist’s Discovery

“I don’t really mind working through the bombings, as a matter of fact, I think I’m closer to a breakthrough.”

He never told me what the breakthrough was, it was the last time I spoke to him. He had been working alone at the Laos lab facility for the past 3 years.

I remember my visit to his place about a year ago. He seemed quite content. He had taken up gardening along with reading as a hobby and creepers covered the leftover space on the bookshelves.

My friend stopped calling me two weeks ago. He wasn’t at home and his house’s been overgrown with plants.


Today Pegman is in Laos. Join us as we look for the missing scientist. The photo prompt has been given by Penny Gadd at the Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

22 responses to “A Scientist’s Discovery”

  1. Hi Bernadette! Great story. I think you meant to post this on the Friday Fictioneer linkup but I came across it on the What Pegman Saw linkup instead. You may want to add your story here https://fresh.inlinkz.com/party/f19717c7e95a49e1bcf0366bf8220ddf so that the Fictioneers can find it.

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    1. Hi Karen, actually I had written the story for both prompts. The setting of the story is supposed to be in Laos during the 60s.

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      1. Oh of course. Excellent! Great to see you.

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  2. Consumed by plants? Or something worse, I wonder where has he gone.

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  3. Great spin on the prompt, Bernadette

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  4. Great write. Great intrigue too.

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  5. Interesting story and interesting that you set it in Laos (one of the most beautiful, enigmatic countries I’ve ever travelled in).

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  6. Well, I hope it wasn’t a bomb going off, Maybe he’s on holiday. A mystereee

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    1. That’s what a lot of people think. Someone told me the other day that he probably got scared and ran off.

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  7. A triffid take! 🙂

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  8. Original take on the prompt. Well done!

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  9. Seymour and his kin got hungry?

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    1. Could be, but I guess we’ll never know. Thanks for reading.

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  10. Sad, the bombings didn’t get him, the plants did! Nicely done.

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