I have had this Brainstormer app installed for quite a while, but I haven’t bothered to do much with it. Let’s see what I can manage to do with this prompt…
Alicwas sitting in the hallway, trying to get some last-minute studying done before her professor’s office hours. The subject, for the moment, was microbiology. Head bent forward and hair falling into her face, she looked over the hand-drawn pictures bacterial culture slides from the previous class meeting’s lab. In the textbook, everything seemed so cut-and-dry, but the lab exams didn’t make much sense. She was here to do a make-up lab exam since she had had to go to a funeral the day of the previous one. Professor Smith still wasn’t here, but she didn’t mind. It meant a few more minutes to etch her notes into her memory and, quite honestly, the man creeped her out a bit.
She turned the page of her notes, the rustle of copied pictures a flurry as she went through them, trying to pinpoint the ones she was having trouble with. She buckled down some more when she found the right place in her notes and leaned even further into her studies. It seemed like she’d been staring at the differences between two unfairly similar bacterial colonies for hours when she heard the jingle of keys next to her left ear. Startled, she shot up to find Dr. Smith unlocking the door to his office without acknowledging her presence whatsoever. She cleared her throat. “Ahm, Dr. Smith?”
If she had been surprised at his sudden arrival, she didn’t know what to call his reaction. He nearly jumped out of his skin, his typically sallow complexion deepening to a beet red mottled with white as he gasped. “Who!–” he took a moment to survey his surroundings, only just noticing her presence at his office. “Al… Alberta. Yes. I am so sorry. You were here to turn in a paper, correct?” he said in his soft, simpering voice as he tried to smooth out his lab coat.
“Alicia and it’s a lab test.” She rolled her eyes. She wasn’t particularly angry that he’d forgotten her. The guy had hundreds of students… but Alberta? He could have, at least, kept the name guess to this millennium.
He blinked his wide, creepy eyes and studied her for a moment, looking somewhat lost. “Ah, well, yes. Lab test. I have all of the specimens in my lab, here, and you can take it while I finish up an experiment set-up for another class.” He nodded to himself repeatedly, as if comforting himself.
“Okay. That sounds good. Whenever you’re ready.” she tried to smooth over the social awkwardness as best she could. Dr. Smith opened up his office door and gestured for her to go inside. She placed her notes, last vestiges of hope of passing this crazy exam, on another table and waited for him to give directions.
“Ah, yes. Just write the name of the specimens or answers to the questions on a sheet of paper. All of them are numbered. There are fifty questions.” he arched his eyebrows encouragingly.
Thus prepared, she grabbed her piece of paper and pencil and began to work. Before long, she had finished and had a marginally decent chance of passing, or so she thought. Without any chance of improving her scores by sitting around, she finally gave up and looked around for Dr. Smith to turn in her sheet of paper. She didn’t see him in the immediate vicinity of the lab space she was working in, but she heard a sound coming from behind the door to another part of the Professor’s facility, so she headed toward it.
As she came closer to the door, the sound became very loud and sounded almost like a chainsaw. She peeked through the crack in the door to see Dr. Smith huddled over something and wearing a face mask. Beside him, sat a tank of what smelled like preservative. She squinted her eyes, trying to see closer, and gasped as she recognized a human hand floating around in the tank. Stunned, she stepped backwards and bumped into a lab table. Terrified that he’d heard her movements, she ran full-speed toward the door of his office, grabbing her bag on the way out.
As the door swung shut upon her exit, the lettering on the door spelled: Dr. Miles Smith, Professor of Microbiology and Pathology.”