Re: We’ll call it “Practice”
Thanks for the criticism so far everyone. Just as an FYI I don’t have the habit to reread what I write so sorry if it seems a little…. *shrug
I’m going to post the rest of what I wrote from back in July so…… Here it is!
“Sarah! Have seen my shoe?!” yelled Sam digging through various areas of Sarah’s house.
“Sam, your really lucky my mom and dad are heavy sleepers, otherwise they’ll be pissed.” responded Sarah.
“If they weren’t, we might not have woken up in a bed last night.”
“I can’t believe you left the key our apartment with Marcus.”
“I didn’t know he would forget to give it back to me.”
“He was high on ecstacy, Samuel, people like that tend to forget.”
“Here it is, it was with Fang, luckily he’s still a puppy otherwise I’d be out without a shoe” said Sam taking the shoe from the little weiner dog. “And I know that Sarah.”
“Come on, before we go to Uncle Ashy at Lafyette, we better get the key from Marcus.” said Sarah as she headed for the garage.
As Sam and Sarah drove off to Marcus’s house in Sarah’s Toyota Corolla, Sam asked, " What exactly did your uncle invite us to anyway?"
“I told its something for plants” said Sarah.
“He didn’t tell you anything else?”
“No, but he did tell me its going to revoultionize science and he kept he from the public for nearly a year now”
“Sarah, why didn’t you say that earlier? “Something for plants” did not seem nearly as interesting then what you just said”
“Oh did it not, did what I just say piqued your interest at all?”
“………… Good point.”
After getting the apartment keys, Sam and Sarah headed to Lafyette Labratories where Ashton Valente, Sarah’s uncle, worked as bio-engineer. The couple entered the lobby, looking for Dr. Valente.
“Sarah!” yelled Dr. Valente
“Uncle Ashy!” yelled Sarah as she embraced him in a hug.
“How’s my favorite niece?” said Dr. Valente as he lifted his niece up with the hug
“Uncle! I’m your only niece!”
“I know that, little missy.” said Dr. Valente as he set her down.
“How are you doing Dr. Valente?” said Sam pulling out his hand for a handshake.
“Sammy, I told you to call me Ashton, we know each other well enough now right?” said Dr. Valente as he gripped Sam’s hand. “And you also know your still not stonger than me,” he strained as he gripped Sam’s hand harder.
Both men grinded their teeth as they tested their strength. It is here you can see the size difference with Sam being 5’4 and Ashton being 5’10.
“Just because your bigger doesn’t mean you better!” growled Sam.
“Ah that leads me to why I brought you both here today!” said Ashton as threw Sam aside, clearly showing his strength.
“My new concoction will revolutionize the growth industry as we know it!”
“Nice segueway, Uncle Ashy” said Sarah as she hooked her arm around Ashton’s.
“Yeah, ngh, nice segueway” said Sam as he gathered himself.
Ashton led Sam and Sarah into his lab where an experiment was setup. On the table sat many test tubes and beakers, and a lone plant which stuck out from the rather monotone-ish decor.
“Sam, Sarah before you is a tomato plant, it has a current height of one foot,” explained Ashton. “I have designed a special formula that will allow it to gain half of its current height.”
A hand shot up into the air. “What do you mean by gain its height, and also exactly half its height?” asked Sam.
“I’m going to answer both your questions in order, Samuel.” explained Ashton. “You see, I had an inspiration, there are many starving countries out there, and I wanted to help, so I wanted to make food more abundant. Then, I thought why not make the food bigger. So I worked and worked, till a finally made a conclusive concoction.” said Ashton. He picked up a vial and said, “Lady and gent, behold ‘Growth Serum!’ With this I’ll be able to grow plants to half their size, give a take a few inches or two.”
Ashton, then took the vial and poured a couple of drops on the plant. “This will take awhile, do you guys want to get something to eat?”
“Sure!” both exclaimed.
Thirty minutes later, the group walked into Ashton’s lab with stomaches full of sandwiches and chips.
“And then I said - Holy Crap!!” shouted Sam
“You said that, your mom must have been pissed,” said Sarah.
“No, look at the plant!”
“What happened did it grow?” said Ashton breaking from the group.
“Not exactly” said Sam.
As it turned out, the tomato plant did change size, but instead of growing it shrunk. It had lost half its height, not gained half its height.
“My experiment!! Noooo! Where did I go wrong?” yelled Ashton.
“Uncle Ashy, its okay it did change its size didn’t it” said Sarah trying to comfort Ashton.
“But at what cost, what am I going to do?”
“You know, what you can do is try again and then maybe you can make this guy grow back to its original height,” explained Sam. “I mean you already have the formula, just retrace and redo your steps. Its either that or you make the world’s smallest tomato, but then again it would look like a cherry tomato.”
“I guess I could try again,” said Ashton
“Oh, Uncle Ashy, let’s go outside and get some fresh air,” said Sarah.
“Oh, go on ahead Sarah, I gotta tie my shoe,” said Sam.
Sarah nodded and dragged Ashton outside. As Sam bent down, his back hit the table causing the vial containing the Growth Serum to fall from its position against the plant. The liquid inside poured onto the table and headed for the edge where Sam was tying his shoe. The liquid dripped off the edge and onto Sam’s back, which he did not seem to notice.
After Sam had finished tying his shoe, Sarah had already gotten their car started and was talking to Ashton.
“I thought you guys were just getting some fresh air,” stated Sam.
“Well, I thought I’d get started on my project right away, but I didn’t want to bother you two,” explained Ashton.
“You took awhile to tie your shoe, so I got the car started,” said Sarah.
“I may have taken awhile, but that still doesn’t take away from the fact that my shoe is awesomely tied, take a look” said Sam flaunting his shoe.
“Whatever, your only saying that because you got new shoes,” said Sarah.
“Spoil sport, let’s go home.”
“Alright, I’ll be seeing you, bye” said Ashton, as Sam got in the car.
“Sarah, its about 11:24 am, let’s get home so I can start getting the rest of the stuff out of the car,” said Sam.
(A couple days earlier, Sam and Sarah got an apartment together and just started moving their stuff in.)
The couple arrived at the house at 11:34 am, Sarah rushed to get the door unlocked while Sam gathered the rest of their stuff from the car. As Sarah put the key in the door, she was greeted by a woman and two kids.
“Hello, there” said the woman.
“Uh, hi,” said Sarah.
“You must be the new tendant next door, my name April,” said the woman. April looked to be in her late 30’s wearing a T-shirt and shorts.
“Hello, April, my name is Sarah,” said Sarah. She then noticed the two kids she had with her.
“Kids don’t be shy, Sarah, this is May and Jude,” stated April. May appeared to be a six year old girl with brown hair, put into a ponytail wearing a Dora the Explorer shirt, dirty pants, and slip on shoes. Her shirt had several small woodchips in it indicating they might have been at the park playground. While Jude, a young toddler wore a stripped shirt tucked into his shorts, and he was barefoot, which would probably meant he only spent playtime in the sandbox.
“Hi Sarah,” said May.
“Ngh…” said Jude waving at Sarah.
“Looking at these two, were you, by any chance at the playground?” asked Sarah.
“Why yes we were,” responded April “We came back home so that these two can take a bath and a nap.”
“But mommy, I don’t wanna take a nap!” May complained.
“You have to, you got so much energy, I just want you to calm down,” said April. “Say good bye to Sarah, and let’s get you ready for bath time.” The kids waved goodbye while Sarah waved back. April then took the kids inside the apratment next door.
“I should take a bath, too that lab stinked!” Sarah said to herself as she opened the door. Sarah held the door open with her shoe and started to fill the tub.
Meanwhile, Sam finished transferring everything from the car to the bottom of the stairs. He began to notice that his pants were beginning to bag a bit. As he carried the box into the room he heard Sarah humming in the bathroom.
“Sarah! I got two more boxes coming up the stairs,” yelled Sam.
By 11:41 Sam had put the last box away and closing the door, Sam decided to lay down on the couch, failing to notice his pants did not join him on the couch. Sam sighed and the decided to take a nap.
Sarah hummed a song as she finished dressing from her bath. She noticed rain pouring outside, and that it was now 12:04. She then opened the door to find three boxes, Sam being nowhere to be seen. She looked to find Sam’s pants, Sarah then glanced over to find Sam in a blanket of his own shirt.
“AHHHHHH, Sam what happened to you?!?!” yelled Sarah with a fright.
“What is it Sarah?” asked Sam. Sam the reached to rub his eye only to find his shirt in hand. “What the……?” Sam then stood up to find that his shirt was now covering most of his body.
“O……M…….G” said Sam “What happened to me?”
“You must have touched Uncle Ashy’s growth thingy!”
“But how?” asked Sam. “Look at me!” Sam said as he spun on the couch.
“I don’t know, but we have to call Ashton.”
“Right! Wait, he said it’ll take him more then a month to make a new growth thingy”
“How did you know that?”
“He told me while you were tying your shoe.”
“Oh, uhhhh, how tall am I now?”
“I don’t know let me find a tape measure or something” said Sarah. As Sarah began to fumble around in the boxes of their stuff, Sam rushed to the bathroom to look at his new body. Sam began to experience slight nausea at the now tall structures he used to stand over. Sam entered the bathroom to find that he could not reach the counter.