Drabble Day – Dust

The challenge is to write a drabble (a 100 word story – give or take five words) based on the theme of “Dust”.

Here’s mine…



Professor Pulvere stood in front of the rig at the back of his laboratory. He was sweating, the authorities were getting close. Luckily, he had been about to test his invention; so why not on himself? If it worked he’d be transported to a parallel world and would be safe.


He fired up the contraption, a ghostly luminosity filling the air. The sirens were screaming just outside, and so he dived into the shimmering light.


In another lab, immeasurably distant, but just a jump away, a cloud of dust materialised; just in time for the late night janitor to sweep it away.



About dmlbooks

Dennis M. Lane is a British writer who left the shores of the UK in 1986 and hasn’t looked back since; he has now lived in South Africa for eleven years. His first poetry collection “8 Million Stories” was published in November 2010, followed by the collection of science fiction poetry and short stories “The Poring Dark” in September 2012 (two of the poems have been nominated for the 2013 Rhysling Award and another for the Dwarf Stars Award), his first novel “Talatu” in March 2013, and “The King’s Jewel” the first book in the five novel “Helix Key” series in August 2013. He is currently working on Helix Key Book 2 and a second collection of short stories (entitled "The Unmedicated"). When not writing, Dennis enjoys narrating and voice acting and recently set up Dramatic Voice Productions in order to take his interest further. To relax Dennis watches old movies from his extensive DVD collection, his three loves being science fiction B movies, Hong Kong martial arts, and anime. He has been presenting “A Review from the Jacaranda City” since May 2011 and has looked at classic old movies from “On The Beach” to “Creature from the Black Lagoon”.
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5 Responses to Drabble Day – Dust

  1. Ryan says:

    ah! nice twist at the end. guess they’ll have a *really* difficult time finding him now.

  2. lynnette-net says:

    hahaa yeah! search the dust! 😀 lovely one!

  3. Aheïla says:

    Awesome twist! You set a strong atmosphere in very few words and wrapped it up nicely.
    For a first time doing my challenge, you certainly pulled it off. I hope you’ll stick around so we can read more from you.

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