'Headquarters' (Online Fiction), Central Command, Short Stories & Flash Fiction
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“I wouldn’t touch that!”
Timothy’s gloved finger hovered an inch away from the gloopy mess situated in Dr Jessamine Bell’s lab while the boss herself tapped out instructions on the hologram screen behind.
“Is it dangerous?” he asked, retracting his hand and ramming it safely into his lab-coat pocket.
“Haven’t tested it yet. Could just be gunk with severely funky odor.”
Timothy nodded, eyes still fixed on the sample. “They found it topside right?”
“Yeap,” said Jessamine, popping the ‘p’.
“But why bring it back?”
Jessamine shrugged. “Supposedly saved the Director’s life.”
“How?” Timothy asked.
“Stopped her bleeding to death.”

grapevine2bgoo1Photo Credit: Madison Wood


 It’s been a while since I wrote anything for Headquarters so I thought to myself, why not use this prompt as a chance to come up with a couple of new characters and a new idea to move the story along. Now I just have to write the segment which covers the finding of the gunk with severely funky odor


Carol Forrester is a twenty-four year old writer trying to be a better one. Don’t ask her what her hobbies are because the list doesn’t get much beyond, reading, writing and talking about the same. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University and various poems and stories scattered across the net. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry’s. Most recently, her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and her personal blog Writing and Works hosts a mass of writing from across the last five years. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and is always open to writing more and hosting guest bloggers here on Writing and Works. With hopes of publishing a novel in the next five years and perhaps a collection or two of smaller works, Carol Forrester is nothing if not ambitious. Her writing tries to cover every theme in human life and a lot of her work pulls inspiration from her own eccentric family in the rural wonders of Shropshire life.


  1. Carol, Welcome back. Good story. It looks like it’s especially useful stuff, whatever it is. Maybe it was left by an alien to help us people of Earth. Best to be careful though. Well written. 🙂 —Susan

    • Thank you for the lovely comment and indeed, it’s always best to be careful even if something does appear to be absolutely fantastic at first glance.

  2. I don’t want that thing close to my skin, could stop the bleending, but for sure will make a horrible infection!

  3. Dear Carol, I loved “popping the p” – just perfect! I enjoyed your story and that is how most brilliant solutions are found – by accident. Good job! Nan 🙂

  4. Sounds like it had some anticoagulant properties. But, what else? Be careful what you bring into a closed environment. Good one. Lucy

  5. Carol, this is good work you have here, the suspense and plot, this is new and fresh and to be honest I was kinda sad the last few pieces was a bit shorter. I like where your going with this I really do! it made me want to see what was gunna happen next and next you know! I haven’t taken the time to read much of your other post so I could possibly understand if you rmore into another series your starting, but from the looks of it (I was reading other peoples comments as well) we all enjoy this series!

    • Thank you so much, this is really lovely to hear. I will be updating this, but as I said, I’m not sure if I should be taking this older posts and using them to begin again or just building on top. The first draft of Darkened Daughter should be done by September, so I’m going to break from that for a month and try and tackle headquarters with the same sort of fever. I want to have at least 15 posts ready to go up by the start of November in the hopes of turning it into a regular feature. The friend who did the original artwork has even agreed to draw some more pieces for it so I was intending to do a bit of a relaunch style thing, with a set date and a bit of a blog party to celebrate.

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