From the Final Journal of Dr. Prospero Faustgrim
by Austin Shirey
It is finished.
She is complete.
Her skin will draw sustenance from the scorching sun, like a desert plant; her lungs will sift oxygen from polluted air, like a whale sifts krill.
I do not expect that anyone will believe my visions–though I am sure that is what they are. And I do not expect to be labeled anything other than a maniac; for such is the price of true vision.
But if humanity survives the coming cataclysms, it shall be because of what I have accomplished here, tonight, in creating her.
“Behold, I have done a new thing.”
About the Author:
Austin Shirey has been telling stories ever since he first read The Hobbit as a kid. If he’s not writing, he’s probably reading or enjoying time with his wife and daughter in Northern Virginia. He has fiction forthcoming this summer in Stonecoast Review and The Dribble Drabble Review.