Drabble Day – Memory

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

Here’s mine…


Dr. Mälu draws the gene therapy virus into the hypodermic. The treatment, if successful, should bring access to all of the ancestral memories locked inside the, so called, junk DNA.

With a deep breath, he stabs the needle into his arm and presses the plunger…

When Mälu wakes from his fever, he staggers to the opening of the unfamiliar cave he finds himself in. It is blocked by strange ice, smooth, but not cold…

He smashes the ice, cutting his hands, and staggers out into the night. He must find flint to make a weapon, or be defenceless in this strange new land…


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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6 Responses to Drabble Day – Memory

  1. Tara Tyler says:

    Creative, different, inciteful! Glad I read it =)

    • dmlbooks says:

      Thank you Tara.

      I am enjoying the challenge of envisioning a complete story and then boiling it down to just 100 words. Glad you liked this one.

  2. Wow, Brilliant! It took me a moment to realise – the ice is glass? I think his experiment worked, but at the expense of his current modern memories! Very imaginative – I love it! 🙂

    • dmlbooks says:


      What I tried to do was to think what would be strangest to someone with the sensibilities of a Cro Magnon or a Neanderthal and thought that glass would be totally incomprehensible.

  3. mish says:

    Hey DML ~~ my first time swinging by your blog . A great interpretation of the prompt . It lends itself to many possibilities .

    • dmlbooks says:


      What I try to do is write a whole story (although that is difficult with the length restriction). One that, in a different incarnation, could have been written as a short story.

      The challenge really helps to focus one’s mind…

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