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It had no eyes to see, but it knew we were there. Screams! 12/30/19.
For Science

It had no eyes to see, but it knew we were there. At least that was the impression I got from that gelatinous blob we had been given the task of analysing and observing.

It had been brought in the previous night in total secrecy. Apart from the guys that did the capturing and carrying, and The Boss, we were almost certainly the only ones that knew of its existence.

Oh, we can't forget the guy that discovered it sitting out in his yard, but I know he'll have no memories of this large unsightly blob. A quick jab with a needle and he'd feel the sudden need to sleep; once he wakened he'd have forgotten the entire experience.

No, this was hush-hush, top secret stuff, just like all the other 'alien' finds that had made their way to the lab. Once inside, they were not going to be getting out again, and for the most part they seemed to be dead on arrival. We'd carry out post mortem examinations but it was not quite the same as having a live specimen like Mr Blobby here.

Karl walked over to the tank that contained the ugly mass of jelly. He twisted a dial, and there was a hiss as some gas or other entered the tank, changing the constituents of the air inside. I watched for changes but it did not seem to be bothered in any way.

Next we tried light, shining a bright lamp directly onto its surface. It just sat there, occasionally pulsating, just as it had been doing all along. We left it under the glare for a few minutes before suddenly plunging it into blackness. If the change made it as disorientated as it did me, there was no sign. It should have been invisible, but it gave off some kind of glow that I can only describe as a putrid green aura. Even in the total darkness I could see it pulsating like a beating heart with arrhythmia.

I couldn't shake the feeling that it was observing us, just as much as the other way around. Setting the light back to normal, Karl began to approach the tank.

"I'm not sure that's a good idea," I said, reaching out to grab hold of my lab partner's arm.

"What? Why?" Karl shook my hand free.

"I don't know, man. I've just got a feeling that it's watching and waiting."

"Watching and waiting for what? It's a blob. What's it going to do, pounce on me?" Karl shook his head. "You're a scientist, I'm a scientist; we're not interested in 'feelings' but 'observations', remember."

"I'm telling you. It's watching us." I shrugged. "Your funeral," I continued, feeling more than a little stung by his careless dismissal of my warning.

"Maybe you're in the wrong career," Karl retaliated.

As he moved nearer to the tank I could sense the blob was tensing up. The pulsations became that bit more frequent and less deep than before. That lump of jelly was showing every sign that it was becoming excited by his approach.

Karl did not stop until he was right beside the tank. He bent down. "This creature, thing, whatever, does not have eyes. It cannot be watching. Karl placed his palm on the clear plastic and that blob, I'm telling you, it launched itself and clung to the inside of the tank, with only the surface separating it from his palm.

"Move back," I hissed, but Karl stayed where he was, bending down to look.

He had to see the changes it was going through. Karl tried to pull his hand back but it was as though it was glued in place, while the thing inside was puckering up and opening out. It looked like some sort of mouth was opening. I turned on the camera but stayed back.

"Quit messing, Karl and back off from it."

"I can't," he said, and for the first time since I'd met him I detected a slight note of panic in his voice.

Whiplash quick, something shot out from the mouth and hit the side of the tank. It cracked! That should not be able to happen, these cases are meant to be indestructible and yet one tap and there was the start of a hole. I hit the panic button, and suddenly we were surrounded by flashing lights and wailing sirens.

I still saw it though. It struck again, this jelly thing, and pierced straight into Karl's hand. There was a sucking, slurping sound and Karl began to deflate in front of my eyes. The thing, it was sucking all his blood and who knows what else right out of him, leaving him as nothing more than a heap of blood and bone.

I had been frozen in place, too horrified to make a move. I had to think of myself, for it was certainly too late to think any more about Karl.

I looked at the blob, now much bigger. It contracted then expanded with a popping noise. What was it doing? If I wasn't being a scientist, I'd say it was challenging me to make a run for it. Hell, I'd quit being a scientist if it meant I was going to live to see another day. Sweat began to trickle down the side of my face as I waited for the moment...

Praying that I'd given no clues of what I was about to do, I turned and bolted towards the door, not caring as I banged into counters and sent expensive equipment flying. I got to the door and slammed my hand on the sensor. Nothing! It didn't move, and then I realised that I was trapped. Not only that, but I had done it myself when I'd hit the alarm.

I turned round, looking for somewhere to hide, but it was never going to give me the chance. It was flying towards me, this gigantic blob, mouth open and ready to give me what was going to be one lethal kiss.


(1007 words)

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