Mendel’s Menagerie

This was a prompt by Rochelle at Friday Fictioneers. In 100 words, write a story about the selected photograph. Check her out for some fun in collaborations!


Copyright E L Appleby

My eyes failed me as I disembarked the helicopter. I walked over to a menagerie of lands. With one foot on the beach and the other in an orchard, I beheld trees weighed down by apples, bananas, avocados, lemons – all on the same plant.

“You’re the reporter interviewing Dr. Mendel,” a guard startled me. “Wait here.”

I wandered into the jungle. Bewildered, I met a beast assembled from many animals like swatches on a quilt.

“Get out of here!” he warned. “His next specimen is man collected!”

“How can you speak?!” I inquired.

“I’ve a parrot’s voice box,” he replied.


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28 Responses to Mendel’s Menagerie

  1. I want one. Omg…..that is the coolest thing ever.

  2. Holy Island of Dr. Moreau! That is a cool story …

  3. Run..Forrest..Run! Great post!

  4. Dear Shainbird,

    I see you decided to jump in. Glad you did! A cute, if not frightening story. Welcome.



  5. Kwadwo says:

    A parrot’s voice box? Man, how many animals is this creature made out of?

  6. elmowrites says:

    *shudder* I think he should heed the warning and run. Interesting and scary take on the picture.

  7. elappleby says:

    that’s quite creepy – makes you wonder though since we’re pretty close to being able to do this sort of thing now…

  8. Heh, whop knows, maybe it would be an improvement. 😉

  9. Hannah says:

    Funny but also a little worrying; interesting mixture!

  10. Sounds a bit like the Borg, assimilating all different types of creatures.

  11. neenslewy says:

    I like the way you have considered how it sounds.

  12. kz says:

    oh man, just like the Island of Dr. Moreau. creepy! and i hope the reporter got out in time. great story 🙂

  13. Creepy and scary.. wonder which part you’d be?

  14. Hey, that would be a great gag as you are having the time of your life for a night on the town. Loving to see who might be watching & listen to what they say afterwards.

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