24hrFFC 04: Night of The Gibbon

Posted: 15 March 2013 in 24hrFFC, fast fiction, fiction, writing
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Title: Night Of The Gibbon
Word: electro-encephalograph
Challenger: Jon Holmes
Length: 200 words exactly

The electro-encephalograph was the final straw.

Until then, the city government had wilfully ignored the strange goings on at the university, despite complaints from some, and threats from others. But when the apes starting breaking out of their cages at night, specifically to use the brain imaging devices, city councillors began to debate. And discuss. And defend their previous approach.

Then there came the night when the gibbons took over the hospital.

The first emergency meeting of the city council took place that Thursday. Telephone contact with the hospital administrators was lost during the meeting. The gibbons had discovered the MRI machine by then, and on the same night, had learned to appreciate positron emission tomography. And the brain. And scalpels.

The second, more heated, meeting of the city council took place the following Monday, just hours before biaxial wrist movement allowed the apes to open operating theatres. And arm themselves. Nothing after that should have been a surprise.

It only took them three sets of elections to vote us out. And now the city’s run by them. The gibbons.

Things are much the same, to be honest. Less corruption, more bananas. (To be fair, that was their campaign slogan.)

© Lee Barnett, 2013

This is the fourth story in The Twenty-Four Hour Fast Fiction Challenge. There will be twenty others… Sponsor me to complete them!

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