MICROFICTION: VICTORIANA

‘Itís true,’ Alice conceded. ‘I can climb from a room into its mirror image. But however would my ability be useful to this Dr Van Helsing?’

* * *

‘This “Time Traveller” had the means, then. But whom did the dinosaurs’ extinction benefit?’
‘Watson, have you encountered Prof Challenger?’

* * *

The drug taken, I misgave. Jekyll had had but one inner self awaiting release. I, compounded from the corpses of many, might be outnumbered.

* * *

As the war of worlds rages they wait beneath. Surface-dwellers or invaders, the victors will be weary. The Vril-ya will win the coming race.

* * *

‘Our dear Albert is gone, yet you are young always. Watch for a sojourner in futurity, Lady Orlando. Tell him that we command his services.’

* * *

‘Could he, or his taint, have survived 800,000 years? Yet the Morlocks fear daylight, and feed on the living. Van Helsing will be dismayed.’

* * *

Transit the globe in a mere 42 minutes in the Brunel Antipodean Gravity Tube! (NB Passengers are advised to insure against dinosaur attack.)

* * *

‘Miss Havisham was an amateur. Henry Higgins, a dilettante. To make someone a real lady,’ the Baron avers, ‘you must start with the basics.’

* * *

‘You!’ gasped Edward Hyde, cringing. ‘But – how?’
‘We have our friend to thank for that,’ noted Henry Jekyll, nodding at the Time-Traveller.

* * *


Victoriana Kaiju Special
(sequence of five, 22 May 2009):

‘Miss Liddell, it’s a 40-foot Megalosaurus! On Holborn Hill! And you propose to fight it off with nothing but a bottle labelled “DRINK ME”?’

‘Miss Liddell’s bravery notwithstanding, other crises call on us. A monstrous albino whale is locked in combat with a kraken in the Thames.’

‘A gigantic hound has been prowling Bloomsbury, while as we speak a creature described as “burbling and manxome” is ravaging Oxford Street.’

‘The Holborn Lizard hails from neither the Jurassic Era nor Challenger’s Plateau, nor yet from the Centre of the – am I boring you, Watson?’

‘I can only conclude that the Emperor of Japan has allied himself with a scientific specialist in monsters. I detect Moreau’s hand in this.’



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