“It has no mouth, no eyes, 720 sexes, and can detect food and digest it?”
The deep rumbling voice of the scientist travels through its cells and it hears, despite having no brain.
“It thrives in temperatures oscillating between 19 and 25 degrees Celsius and in high levels of humidity. Acacia trees, oak bark and chestnut bark are its favourite places to grow,” the voice continues. “It has some amazing characteristics. It can move at a speed of 1.6 inches per hour, heal itself when it’s dissected and solve problems.”
Lying in petri dishes, three to each workstation in the science laboratory, it gives no indication that it is listening and considering every word that is spoken.
“You each have a scalpel and a piece of the slime mold on the table in front of you. We are going to dissect it so that you can see it fuse itself back together again.”
A cacophony of murmured sound vibrates its cells and it senses the students reaching for their scalpels.
With shocking speed, it shoots out long tentacles, each separate piece joining with its fellow blobs lying in their petri dishes. As they bond together through the tentacles, each piece transmits its learning to all the others. It is now ready to act as one unit and digest the flesh and bacteria it finds within its radius.
The joined-up blobs collectively inflate with air and expel it with great force. They propel through the air and attach themselves to the faces of the shocked students. It feeds with enjoyment while working on solving the complex problem of exiting the laboratory and dealing with the resultant changes to its environment.
This short piece was written for Diana Peach’s November writing challenge. You can join in here: https://mythsofthemirror.com/2019/10/31/a-november-writing-challenge/
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