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THE SCIENTIST WHO TURNED INTO A MONSTER ( PART 7)

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Shafeeq and Ajmal had just managed to end the call and were about to step out when the police made their way in. Inspector Shashank and his men arrested both Shafeeq and Ajmal. They confiscated the gadgets from them.

During interrogation, Inspector Shashank probed them, ” Do you confess to killing Dr. Harshwardhan and wiping out his entire family? There’s no use denying your involvement in the heinous crime because we have proof of your crime. Now, don’t waste my time and start talking. Don’t force me to use my baton.” Shafeeq and Ajmal preferred dying rather than ratting out their boss, Ahmed. Just then, Ajmal thought of using Harsh’s idea and said, ” Sir, you need not tell us twice. We are ready to confess to our crimes. Both of us are working for….. ” There was a pause as Shafeeq glared at Ajmal, indicating him to shut up. Ajmal ignored his warning and said, ” Our boss is none other than the great scientist, Dr. Sunny Sharma.”
Shafeeq grinned at him as Ajmal winked back.

Inspector Shashank Khare had high regards for Sunny as he had always contributed a generous part of his income for social welfare programs. He lost his temper and yelled, “What rubbish! It looks like you are both under the influence of alcohol and spewing out nonsense. ” Shafeeq said, “If you don’t believe me, then why don’t you check his bank account? He is working for a terrorist group and planning to launch a bomb blast in New Delhi. He is inventing strange gadgets which rips apart the human bodies and sends their mutilated corpses to an unknown dimension. In fact, Dr. Harshwardhan owed him money after losing heavily in gambling for quite a long time. Sunny threatened him to ruin him and his family if he didn’t pay back within a week. He hired us to do the dirty deed for him and paid us quite a huge sum. He taught us how to operate his gadgets. And here we are! “

Inspector Shashank found it hard to believe their fabricated story. He contacted one of his trusted men to check whether there was any discrepancy in his bank account. Shashank had a huge shock awaiting him as the two terrorists’ claim turned out to be true. There was a huge fund transfer that was traced back to an anonymous source. A few hours later, there was a Flash news that declared a bomb blast near Connaught Place in New Delhi, killing at least 50 people.

It was simply too much for Shashank. His hero turned out to be a traitor. How could anyone betray his own motherland? He was furious. The next day, The Police Department in Mumbai convened a meeting and they got the search warrant to raid his lab and house. They called his assistant, Lavanya, who claimed that the scientist was innocent as he was in Nainital for the past one week and couldn’t have committed such a heinous crime. The lab was perfectly clean. They didn’t have enough evidence that could link Sunny to the crime. Shashank was frustrated. He got the details of Sunny’s residence in Nainital.

He immediately left for Nainital with a few trusted men to conduct an inquiry.

Meanwhile, Ahmed had learned of the arrest of his accomplices and was proud that they had implemented Harsh’s suggestion. He had listened to their interrogation as they had bugs planted on their bodies. Immediately, he had called one of his gang members in Delhi. They had kidnapped and murdered an army cadet and sent their own recruit in his place. Mohsin, a twenty year old, misguided youth was an IT expert, who cracked the secret code and entered easily. It was he who had contacted his friend to plant the bomb in the busy market area.

Sunny was having his breakfast by the poolside table when he noticed Inspector Shashank and Sub Inspector Govind marching towards him. He smiled and extended his hand to greet them. He said, ” Good morning, Inspector! What can I do for you?” The Inspector brought out the handcuffs and said, “‘I am sorry, Dr. Sunny Sharma. You are under arrest for being the mastermind behind thebgruesome murders of Dr. Harshwardhan and his family. The assassins, Shafeeq, and Ajmal have named you as their boss. Your bank account shows an unexplained money transfer to the tune of 1 crore rupees. What do you have to say in your defense? “

Dr. Sunny was shocked beyond words. He couldn’t believe that his best buddy and his family died because of him. He looked petrified and then snapped out of reverie. He said, ” Look, there’s been a huge misunderstanding. First of all, I don’t know any Shafeeq Or Ajmal. They are probably trying to frame me for a crime that they had committed. ” He then told them that three people had always stalked him and how they had forcefully snatched those gadgets from him. He had successfully thwarted their attempts to plant a bomb in Mumbai and had no other option but to send them to the black hole. Shafeeq and Ajmal might be the members of the same group, planning to avenge the death of their comrades. He had indeed met his friend Dr. Harshwardhan before leaving for Nainital and entrusted his gadgets to him. After that, he had no idea as to the incidents that took place after his departure from Mumbai.

Shashank wanted to believe him but his duty as an officer demanded the proof of his innocence. Right now, things were looking very bleak for Sunny as the circumstantial evidence pointed him as the criminal. Inspector Shashank said, ” Sir, I have been your great admirer and wish to believe you. Can you give us any evidence to prove your innocence? “

Sunny was silent for a while and then he suddenly smiled. He said, ” Yes, I can prove what actually happened. When you arrested those fellows, you must have recovered my gadgets from them. Do you have it with you? ” Shashank nodded and answered, ” Yes. ‘we were going to show it you, had you denied your involvement in the whole affair! ” He took out the pendant and the remote. He asked them to follow him to his room.

He connected the pendant to his laptop and rewound the time of recording. Shashank, Govind, and Sunny watched the tale of horror unfold. Sunny couldn’t believe his own eyes. Harsh had broken his trust and ended up losing his life. Sunny knew that he was taking a big risk by leaving his gadgets with Harsh. He had modified it with an inbuilt miniature camera to record everything.

Watch out for the next episode for more thrill and adventure.

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THE SCIENTIST WHO TURNED INTO A MONSTER ( PART 6): A SHORT STORY BY ME

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Anamika was too scared to open the door. Her sons, Mayank and Ayan, thought of calling the police but they had no time as the intruders forcibly broke open the door. “Who are you?” asked Ayan, mustering his courage, ” What do you want? Aren’t you ashamed of barging in to threaten a recently widowed woman? ” One of the men sneered and said, ” We are so mannerless. We forgot to introduce ourselves. We are your father’s friends, Shafeeq and Ajmal. He is missing you in heaven or hell. So, we have come to fulfill his last wish.”

The brothers were furious and tried to defend their mother by launching an attack on the terrorists. But one of them took out a remote control from his pocket and pressed a button. It opened a vortex and they overpowered Harsh’s sons to push them into the black hole where their bodies were ripped apart and Anamika let out an ear piercing scream. The men threw her into the vortex and pressed the remote again to close it. Finally, they made the whole family disappear without a trace and Sunny would be ending up in Jail for the crimes committed by them.

They were so ecstatic over the success of their plan that they failed to notice a young woman watching their misdeed, hiding behind one of the doors. She was so scared that she could hardly breathe. Smita could not believe whatever she had seen. They went out laughing like maniacs.

Meanwhile, Sunny was enjoying his vacation in Nainital. He had no idea that he had lost a friend who turned out to be a traitor. He enjoyed the sightseeing tour for the day and returned to his room in the guest house by evening. He had been staying there for nearly five days. He had not yet spoken to Harsh to check on him. He dialled Harsh’s number which was switched off. ” He must be a busy man, ” chuckled Sunny and thought of calling him later.

Inspector Shashank Khare tried calling Harshavardhan’s wife and sons. But none of them picked their mobiles. ” Strange,” he thought, “Why is no one answering his or her mobile?” He took a couple of men with him and went to Harsh’s house after sending Harsh’s body for postmortem. He rang the doorbell but no one responded. He tried to knock but the door was slightly ajar. He was alarmed. Had these people something to do with Harsh’s death? But why would they kill Harsh? And why have they fled the city if they were innocent? He was cautious to wear gloves before entering in. He and his men were surprised to find that there was no sign of vandalism or foul play. Everything was in order and in a pristine condition. One of his men saw a pair of legs sticking out from the kitchen door. ” Sir, ” he yelled as Shashank and the other constable rushed towards him. The constable who had found Harsh’s domestic help, Smita, said, ” She’s alive. I think she witnessed something too scary and fainted.” He fetched a glass of water and sprinkled over her face. She opened her eyes and appeared to be in a complete shock. Shashank helped her sit on the nearest chair. He asked Constable Ajit to prepare tea for all. He made her feel comfortable and take a deep breath. As soon as they had tea, Smita told them an unbelievable tale of two men clicking on a remote and some door like thing opening and her employees getting ripped apart down the black hole. Shashank said, ” Miss Smita, thank you for your help. But I think you might have had a concussion. This science fiction story that you told me is hardly believable.” Smita smiled feebly, ” It’s not your fault, Saheb ( Sir). Anyone in your place would come to the same conclusion. I found it difficult to believe my own eyes. But I can prove my statement. There’s a CCTV installed in the living room. You are welcome to check the footage.”

Inspector Shashank switched on Ayan’s laptop and started viewing the footage from early morning 5.30 AM. They forwarded the recording to 8.30 AM. They witnessed the usual family drama of breaking down on hearing the news of Harsh’s death. Around 9 AM, they perked up after watching two goons forcing their way in and pointing the guns at the family. Shashank stopped the recording to watch their faces and took a screenshot in his phone. He would issue an APB for the deadly duo. Their faces reeked of evilness. But Inspector Shashank and his men had not anticipated the subsequent scenes which had them almost petrified. Smita was telling the truth. Shashank resisted the urge to puke after witnessing three humans getting torn into pieces and ending up in a black hole. The hole closed after one of the men pressed the button.

Inspector Shashank was furious, ” How the hell did they end up with that gadget like thing? I have a good mind to arrest the irresponsible idiot of a scientist who left his invention lying around carelessly? ” He asked Ajit to check the social media accounts and the call records of the entire family. He was determined to interrogate the person responsible for a family getting wiped out.

Shafeeq and Ajmal headed to a nearby pub to celebrate the success of their mission. Their boss, Ahmed called them and said, ” Where the hell are you? ” Shafeeq grinned like an idiot and said, ” We are at Minerva Pub to celebrate the successful elimination of our enemies family.” Ahmed lashed out at him, ” Both of you get back your sorry asses over here or else I would be forced to shoot you dead. Do you have to be so conspicuous and get arrested by the police? ” ” But, boss” protested Shakeel,” We didn’t leave behind any evidence that could be linked to us. Not even our fingerprints. So, how could we get arrested?”

Ahmed replied, ” Do you have a TV inside the pub? ” There was one and a breaking news featuring their faces was clearly visible. Shafeeq and Ajmal were in trouble. The police had somehow managed to discover their involvement.

Watch out for the next episode where you can expect lots of excitement and thrill to keep you glued to your seats.

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THE SCIENTIST WHO TURNED INTO A MONSTER ( PART FOUR): A SHORT STORY BY ME.

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Harsh decided to take maximum advantage of the gadget as long as it was still with him. He decided to try his luck at gambling, especially with rummy. Harsh used the mind reader part of the gadget and won nearly 10,000β‚Ή on his first day at the casino.

Unaware of his friend misusing the gadget, Sunny got ready for his trip to Nainital. He called Lavanya and gave her instructions to do some documentation work in the lab. He told her that she could work part time and take rest of the day off until he came back. Then, he called Harsh and chatted with him until he finally took the Uber to leave Mumbai.

It was like the Satan tempting the follower of Jesus. Harsh also started using hypnotizer at home to make his family dance to his tunes. The poor folks had no idea that they were being manipulated by Harsh. He had completely killed his conscience. He kept on winning all the games and made nearly a whopping fortune of 10 lakh rupees. And then, the inevitable happened. The people from the income tax department raided his house. But he used the hypnotizer to make them leave without seizing his assets. The news of his newfound power spread like a wildfire.

Of course, the terrorist group, JEJ, also got the wind of Harsh’s incredible powers. They were already furious on losing their key members, Zeenat, Asif and Rauf. They had promised to punish the offender with a fate worse than death. The group leader, Ahmed, sent his most trusted men, Shafeeq and Ajmal, to kidnap Harsh.

Unaware of the deadly fate awaiting him, Harsh spent more time in the casino than practising his profession. Shafeeq and Ajmal had the photo of their intended victim. They started stalking him to find out about his habits and whereabouts in order to plan a perfect kidnap. It was 19th November, 2022. Harsh had closed his clinic much earlier, leaving his regular patients fuming over his lack of interest and dedication towards his profession. As a result, he started losing his patients but that didn’t stop him from gambling.

Two beefy guys closed in on him and covered his mouth with a handkerchief dipped in chloroform. Shafeeq carried him while Ajmal opened the car. He dumped Harsh on the backseat and drove away.
It was 8 PM. Dr. Harshwardhan would usually be back by 6.30 PM. Anamika was getting worried. She called her sons, Ayan and Mayank, who tried to convince her that probably their father was still in a casino. Anamika had dinner and went to sleep. When she woke up, she was shocked to find Harsh still missing. Harsh always informed her if he would be late or not coming home. Anamika checked her mobile. There was no call. This time, she persuaded her sons to take her to the police station to file a missing person report. After filing the complaint, Anamika decided to call his friends, who claimed that it was more than a week, than they had seen him.

Harsh was still unconscious when the ruffians dragged him to their hideout. Ahmed sprinkled water on Harsh to revive him. The greedy doctor was feeling nauseous and he puked on the spot. Ahmed grimaced while his ruffians were quite repulsed even to touch him. But fearing the wrath of their boss, they slapped him hard to bring him back to consciousness.

” Uh, ” groaned Harsh, ” Where am I? What happened to me? ” Ahmed gave an evil laugh, ” I am so sorry. Where are my manners? ‘I forgot to introduce myself. I am Ahmed, the chief of JEJ. I am sure you must have heard of our infamous group.” Harsh was wide awake now. He knew all about JEJ and its activities. Sunny had already warned him to be careful but he chose to be greedy and was right on the path of a horrible death. He cursed Sunny for creating death traps. He trembled and said, ” P…. Pardon me. Why have you brought me here? I never caused you or your group any harm.” Ahmed replied, ” Is it so? Do you remember these people?” He showed the pictures of his slain soldiers. Harsh shook his head, ” ‘I have never seen them in my whole life.” Ahmed punched him on the face and droplets of blood streamed down his nose. ” Quiet! ” He thundered, ” Your gadgets brought about the death of my bravest soldiers. Do you think I am going to let you go alive after the loss you caused me? ” ” But, ” pleaded Harsh, ” ‘I didn’t invent this. I am a doctor and not a scientist. The gadget was invented by my good friend, Dr.Sunny, who’s vacationing in Nainital.” Ahmed barked, ” Not so fast, Mr.Genius. I think you are pulling my leg. How do you operate the gadget, if you are not the inventor? ” Harsh replied, ” Sunny taught me how to use it. I was quite foolish to succumb to its charm.” Ahmed seemed to be lost in thoughts as his comrades were quite sure that Harsh was lying to save his skin.

Harsh had a brainstorm. He could kill two birds with a stone. Suddenly, he stopped shivering and grinned at Ahmed. The latter was surprised to find the change in his demeanor. ” What the hell are you grinning at? Aren’t you afraid of losing your life?” he yelled. Harsh said, ” Believe me. I have a fantastic idea that could turn us into millionaires and you could also avenge the death of your comrades from Sunny.” Ahmed’s ruffians advised him not to fall for his trap. But Ahmed was quite intrigued by what Harsh had to say. So, what would happen next? Will Harsh succeed in his mission to escape from the terrorists? Is Sunny going to end up dead? Watch out for the upcoming episode to find out more about the sinister plan that’s going to take place.

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THE SCIENTIST WHO TURNED INTO A MONSTER ( PART THREE)

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Sunny contacted his good friend cum family doctor, Harshawardhan, over the phone and said, ” Hi Harsh! I am planning to take a vacation for a month. But I can’t leave my inventions unguarded. ‘I don’t know whom to trust. Would you help me out? “
Harsh replied, ” Anytime for you. What would you like me to do? ” Sunny requested him to keep his inventions ( the gadgets and the remote) until he came back. Harsh replied,”Don’t worry, my friend. I will guard your inventions with my life. Drop in anytime you like. You are such a workaholic. You deserve a break. So, take your own sweet time to come back.”

Sunny was obviously touched by his kind gesture. However, he knew the risks associated with his inventions. So, he already had four copies along with the originals safely locked in his bank locker. He decided to create a few more, just to be sure.
Exactly a week later, Sunny paid a visit to his pal with the pendant ( the dual purpose gadget) and the remote (to open the vortex into the black hole in the space). He explained how to operate them to Harshawardhan who was more excited than a toddler. Before taking his leave, Sunny added, “I wish to warn you about the dangers associated with my inventions. I recently survived a bid on my life which is the main reason of my taking a break. Better keep it at home or in your bank locker or a safe. If the terrorists get any wind of my inventions, they will use it to destroy our country.” Harsh assured him of safeguarding the gadgets.

Sunny and Harsh had coffee together before the scientist left for his trip. Harsh wanted to try using both the mind reader as well as the hypnotizer. He smiled as he thought of testing the gadget on his family. He had a wife, Anamika ( a housewife)and his sons, Ayan, and Mayank were pursuing their degrees in engineering and medicine respectively. The rest of the day was uneventful.

Sunny changed the security code of his laboratory and forwarded the password to Lavanya after texting her to check on the lab, occasionally. Then, he went home and packed his suitcase.

Meanwhile, Harsh finished his work for the day and drove home. He rang the door bell. Their domestic help, Smita, opened the door. ” Namaste, Saab,” she greeted him. Harsh asked, ” Namaste, What’s my wife doing?” Smita seemed to hesitate. Harsh thought it was a great chance to test the gadget. He pressed the yellow button and waited for Smita’s response. He chuckled as he could read her thoughts. Smita thought, ” Memsaab has asked me not to tell him about her shopping. I will tell him she’s gone to a temple. ” She said, ” Memsaab told me that she was going to visit Sai Baba temple to participate in the Aarti ( Hymns). The dinner is ready, Saab.”

Harsh took pity on her and accepted her lie without further discussion. He freshened up and asked Smita to give him tea first. He would have dinner with his wife. Anamika came home by 9 PM. However, instead of Smita, Harsh opened the door. Anamika looked surprised, ” Why did you open the door? Where’s Smita? ” Harsh replied, ” Leave the poor girl alone. It’s not a big deal. By the way, have you got the Prasaad? She told me about your temple visit.” Harsh pressed the yellow button again and listened to her thoughts, ” Thank God, Smita had a good sense not to tell him that ‘I had swiped his credit card and got myself some great deals. ‘I had the good sense to keep my shopping bags inside luggage compartment of the car. ‘I will ask Ayan to pick them up.”

Harsh waved his hand in front of her face and said, ” Earth to Anamika? I asked you for the Prasaad( an offering made to God). Cat got your tongue? ” Anamika said, ” Oh my God! I seemed to have dropped it accidentally on my way home.” Harsh refrained himself from commenting and let her in.

Later, they had dinner together. Anamika assisted Smita to clear the dining table and the kitchen befor joining Harsh in the living room. He asked her,” So, which temple did you visit?” Anamika replied, ” Durga temple.” Harsh replied, ” But Smita told me you were visiting Sai Baba temple.” Anamika came up with another lie, ” Yes, Baba temple too. I and my friend, Anjali, first visited Sai Baba Temple and then to Durga Temple.” Harsh raised his eyebrow, ” Oh, You mean The Big Bazaar Shopping Mall. That’s your idea of a temple right? ” Anamika was scared, ” B…. But how did you know? Did Smita snitch on me? ” Harsh hit back, ” I am sick of your filthy lies. Don’t you blame the poor woman. She was desperately trying to save your skin. ‘I have never opposed your shopping extravaganza. I only advised you to exercise self-control on the amount of money, you squander away on unnecessary items. I can’t accept your lies.” Anamika apologized to him. He melted away at the sight of his wife shedding a tear. He decided to check the hypnotizer as well. He pressed the red button and said, ” Now, ‘I want you to hand over your credit cards and also to get me hot cocoa.”

Anamika was in a state of trance. She got up and went to prepare hot cocoa. She handed him a cup. Then, she opened her purse and handed over her credit card to him. Harsh was ecstatic. He thought he had struck gold with the gadgets and mentally thanked Sunny for entrusting him with the responsibility of keeping his invention safe. At the same time, he also had a crooked idea forming in his mind to take the maximum advantage of the gadgets. But then his conscience pricked him. He felt like he was in a cartoon show with an angel and a devil sitting on each of his shoulder and confusing him over what to do if Sunny cancelled his trip and asked him to return his inventions.

Watch out for the next episode for a dangerous twist in the tale.

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THE SCIENTIST WHO TURNED INTO A MONSTER ( PART TWO): A SCI-FI SHORT STORY BY ME.

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Sunny decided to find out more about this deadly trio. He opted to let them be on his trail while he sneaked out an opportunity to take their pictures. He would forward the picture to Ashwin Mehta, his good friend, working as an IT expert for the Police Department.

He completed the lab work for the day and locked it with a pass code and impenetrable security. He cast a casual glance around missing only to find the car missing. He waited for sometime and after ensuring that they were gone, he made his way home, occasionally glancing for any car trailing behind him. He thought, ” They are probably bored after the surveillance and might be in a club.” He didn’t give it much thought and fell sound asleep, not realizing the possibility of imminent danger from the terrorists.

“Ding.Ding…….. ” His mobile rang shrilly, waking Sunny at 6 : 30 AM. ” Damn it! ” he cursed, ” He had forgotten to set his alarm and was nearly an hour late.” He picked up the call. “Good morning, sir,” said Lavanya, his assistant, ” ‘I just called to inform you that I have handed over your inventions to the secret agents from the Government for safekeeping as per your instructions.”

” You, What?” thundered Sunny. Lavanya was scared. Yet, she continued, ” Sir, three people from RAW came to me and showed their identity cards along with your authorization letter. ‘I handed the project only after checking your signature.” Sunny was furious. He yelled, ” You should have called me before handing over my pet projects. They are not government agents but crooks. They have been following me for the past one week. Who knows they might belong to a terrorist group? If my intention fall into wrong hands, it could spell disaster for the whole country. Did you at least note their car registration number or their appearance?” Lavanya was in tears when she replied in negative. Sunny’s heart melted and he consoled her, ” ‘I am sorry I should not have yelled at you. I am not concerned with the loss of project but concerned about our national security. Don’t worry. I will think of something.”

Sunny had already anticipated the possibility of theft. He had already made 4 replicas of his original inventions. Fortunately, he had locked them away safely in his private bank account. Those thieves were only carrying the replicas but they were as good and effective as the original. Sunny had placed trackers in them.

He got up and after having a shower and breakfast, went to his laboratory. He always wore the hypnotizer cum mind reading gadget around his neck ( one of the replicas).
He asked Lavanya to get coffee for herself and him. He turned on his computer and opened the necessary file and clicked on the tracking icon. It showed that the thugs were on the outskirts of Mumbai city. He clenched his fist as he considered his options to prevent them from getting away with their crime.

Meanwhile, Zeenat, the lady terrorist was in an upbeat mood ,as her partners in crime, Rauf and Asif were grinning ear to ear. Rauf said, ” Excellent, Zeenat. That was an incredible idea. Who needs the bloody scientist when we could get his dream project? ‘I wasn’t looking forward to another kidnapping and murder, because ‘we have enough blood in our hands.” Zeenat replied, ” That’s exactly what I was thinking. Boss might be angry for not killing the guy but I will try to convince him. Who knows we might need his help in future? ” They stopped outside a restaurant to have their breakfast and tea.

Sunny could operate his gadgets using his computer. Now that he tracked them, he was thinking whether it was advisable to send them to the black hole by opening the vortex. He shook his head and muttered, ” Nah! It’s too risky. Besides, an innocent bystander might also be sucked inside the vortex along with these idiots.” He put his computer on sleep mode as Lavanya came back with two mugs of coffees. He gave her some assignment and after she went to her desk, he took a sip of his coffee. ” Ah! Caffeine is what I needed,” he said to himself, ” Now I can get my grey cells working.” He finished his coffee as an idea struck him. Sunny had another special talent. He had a photographic memory. He remembered the faces of the trio and immediately started sketching in his drawing pad. As soon as he finished his drawing, he called Lavanya to show them the pics of the thieves. She was astonished as these were the same people who had hoodwinked her. She said, ” You got it right, boss! These are the same people who pretended to be the agents working for RAW.”
Sunny thanked her with a smile and immediately forwarded the sketch to his friend, Ashwin, from the police department.

He was pacing restlessly, waiting for Ashwin’s call. An hour later, Ashwin said excitedly, ” Sunny, Good news for you. They are wanted by the Interpol for their involvement in terroristic activities. They are Zeenat, Rauf and Asif.” But before Ashwin could probe further, Sunny disconnected the call. ” Terrorists, eh?” he thought, ” Then, they have no rights to live.” He got down to business immediately. He had pre-programmed his inventions with self-destructive mode. He tracked their location to Mumbai -Pune highway. He ensured that they were going through sparsely populated or a desolate location. Then, he programmed his inventions ( replicas) to turn destroy themselves as he fit a mini-bomb inside each gadget.

Boom! There was a thunderous explosion and the terrorists along with their vehicles were blown to smithereens. Sunny smiled as he got the last message ” Mission accomplished.” Sunny heaved a sigh of relief but another worry started plaguing him. The terrorist group would certainly come to know about the loss of their comrades. They would be back to avenge their deaths. And it would be mission dangerous. He started sweating profusely as he realized that his life was in great danger. But what’s done could not be undone.

Watch out for the next episode to find out whether Sunny’s fears materialize. Would he be hunted down? A more harrowing tale of deception and treachery follows. Do not miss out this one.

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THE SCIENTIST WHO TURNED INTO A MONSTER ( PART 1): A SCI-FI SHORT STORY BY ME.

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I am sharing this short story from my old blog published in October 2021, as I am planning to continue the story now. I know it’s late but better late than never. I will continue this story for a few weeks and would love to have your feedback.

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Dr. Sunny Sharma, an eminent robotic scientist, was euphoric over his latest inventions. He finished testing his dream project with his assistant, Lavanya Mehta. He asked her to enter the name of the person whom she wanted to hypnotize in the computer that was connected to the gadget. The gadget looked like a wristwatch without straps. He uploaded the photo of the guy who was supposed to be hypnotized and asked Lavanya to type her wish.


As soon as she finished entering her desire, the laptop screen displayed a message “Data successfully uploaded.” Sunny disconnected the gadget from the laptop. He placed it around Lavanya’s neck in the form of a silver chain. He said, ” Call your boyfriend and ask him for a date. Just make sure that he touches you so that the gadget starts working.”
“Ok, Boss,” she grinned at him and took out her mobile. Her boyfriend, Anand Kumar, was the son of a billionaire but a miser. He made Lavanya pay for their dates, citing gender equality as a reason. She wanted him to buy her expensive designer clothes. Sunny dismissed her after giving her the rest of the day off. He commented,” You will update me on the status of our experiment. Do you understand? Or else I will make you work on Sunday as well.” She replied, ” Aye, Aye, Captain! You know that I am always trustworthy.” She left him alone and went to meet Anand after confirming their date.
Sunny’s hypnotizing gadget served a dual purpose. It was the blend of hypnotism with mind reading. He had kept two tiny buttons, red and yellow, on either side of the gadget. Pressing the red button activated hypnotism, while the yellow one was meant for mind reading.


He closed the door behind Lavanya and resumed work on an exciting project. Sunny felt famished after working for fourteen hours nonstop for the past two days. He decided to go home. When he exited the building, he received a call from Lavanya.
” It’s working, It’s working!” she squealed in delight, almost tearing his eardrums.
” Why don’t you calm down a bit and tell me about your experience?” he questioned her gently. She replied,” I followed your instructions. I held his hand, and lo behold! He seemed to be captivated by my voice. I asked him to take me out shopping. He didn’t refuse this time. We ended up buying a cartload of expensive clothes.” Lavanya took off the chain and handed it back to Sunny.


Sunny commented,” Great. I am very happy for you. Listen to me carefully. Stop gloating over your generous boyfriend because he is going to be a miser again from tomorrow. Be prepared for a heated argument or a possible breakup.” Lavanya was taken aback. She regained her composure and asked,” Why didn’t you tell me before? Oh, God! Now I have to come up with some valid reason to cover my ass.” Sunny ended the call and entered a restaurant across the road.
After finishing his dinner, Sunny returned to the office garage and picked up his red Chevrolet. He was unaware of a deep blue convertible following him. He reached his bungalow in Pali Hills. Sunny parked his car in the garage and unlocked the main door. His pursuers watched him entering his house.


They discussed how to approach him and use his service for their benefit. They weren’t ordinary people. They belonged to a terrorist organization. The woman in a blue mini skirt and white shirt said, ” I hope he falls for my charm. I have memorized my part so well that I want to try it out right now.”
“Don’t be an idiot,” scolded her partner,” We have to take things slowly. Let’s observe him for at least a month. It’s important to gain his trust.” The car sped away with its occupants.
Sunny had a weird dream. He was busy in his laboratory when a group of terrorists stormed in and held him hostage. They demanded his latest invention, but he refused to submit to their wishes. One of the terrorists tried to shoot him. He tripped on purpose to dodge the bullet and pressed a panic button on his table. A vortex opened up in front of him instead of the arrival of the police. He pushed the terrorists one by one into the vortex that sucked them into a black hole.


He woke up with a start. After finishing his breakfast of idlis with coriander chutney, he had a quick shower and left for his lab. He hummed a little tune after having a brilliant idea to improvise his project. He had thought of devising a remote control that could open the way to a parallel universe. This dream changed his plans. He wanted to send all the antisocial elements to the black hole. The dreadful criminals would be ripped apart as a punishment for their heinous crimes.


Sunny closed the doors of his lab and drew over the curtains to avoid the prying eyes from glancing at his experiment. He wanted to work alone that day. He texted Lavanya to take a day off and pamper herself. He resumed working on the remote by redesigning some components.


His pursuers and the future kidnappers were on a stakeout outside his lab. They were already bored, and it was just a little past breakfast time. The mysterious woman took out some sandwiches from the food parcel and shared them with her partners.


Sunny took a break to have his breakfast with tea. He noticed the car while entering the restaurant opposite his lab but pretended to ignore it. They watched him before discussing their evil plan of action.


No sooner did Sunny step out of the restaurant than a speeding car moved towards him, almost running him over. A pretty damsel threw herself at him to get him out of harm’s way. He mumbled a quick thanks without even casting a glance at her. She felt insulted while her companions couldn’t help snickering. ” Is that all you want to say?” she asked coyly, ” Wouldn’t you like to have a cup of coffee with me?”


Sunny appeared to be flustered. He snapped, “I don’t want to waste my time and money on a glamorous money-sucking doll like you. Why don’t you find a rich dope willing to go bankrupt for you?” The lady was agitated. She yelled back, ” You are an ungrateful, arrogant snob. I don’t think you are a man enough to acknowledge the presence of a beautiful girl. Wait a minute! Now I get it. You are gay, aren’t you?” Sunny clenched his teeth before hitting out,” Just shut up, you chatterbox! I am sure that even your tongue is pleading for a rest. Take this money for your help. Please do me a favor by going away out of my sight.”
He thrust a 500β‚Ή in her hand, leaving her open-mouthed in shock.
He turned away to continue with his experiment. He worked relentlessly well past lunch hour. His dream project was almost over. He had redesigned the remote and wanted to test it. He picked up a cockroach crawling near his workstation and pressed the button on the remote. A vortex opened up near the door, revealing a very dark space. He threw the poor insect and watched it getting sucked into the black hole.


He smiled at the success of his invention. He wanted to seek revenge from those who had wronged him. When he wound up his work and stepped out of his lab, he noticed the same car that he had seen in the morning. He had found his new scapegoats for the dangerous experiment. His would-be kidnappers didn’t realize that they were no threat to him. A sinister smile played upon his lips as he mulled over their fates.

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ECHO : THE DIALECTIC OF AGONY. VOLUME 3

KENT WAYNE

A Book Review

This is an amazing book by Kent Wayne. It’s about the trials and tribulations encountered by the protagonist, Atriya, who is a Crusader, working for the Enforcement Department, in order to survive in an oppressive regime. The story begins with a glance into the near future when humans left the earth to settle in a similar planet, Echo.

Since then, business and government have come together to form the regime, often known as the Regime. The military and the police are now combined into the Department of Enforcement. For millennia, a conflict has existed between the Regime and the rebels known as the Dissidents.

The Moon City of Ascension, a futuristic metropolis,adorned with spectacular architecture is home to society’s elite. Buildings branch and whirl like vines and trees on Ascension.

These creations would not be able to stand without the aid of a gravity-manipulating device known as the Gravity Artifice. The majority of inhabitants on Echo are employed in energy refineries and live in the six biggest cities on the planet. Crime, hardship, and despair are rampant throughout the scapes. These megalopolises are encircled by The Wastes, enormous tracts of desolate terrain. The Wastes is populated by a large number of cannibals and scavengers and represents humanity’s return to its prehistoric roots. Within the Department of Enforcement, there is a top-tier soldier-police organisation called The Crusaders. Crusaders have a linkup, a piece of cybernetic apparatus. An operator’s ability to engage in combat is significantly increased by the device that attaches to their spine. Crusaders fight their enemy while doing acrobatic manoeuvres across the battlefield, unlike conventional warriors.

A Jury member is cruelly crippled in Volume 1 by Crusader Kishchan Atriya, who practises an extreme form of Orthodoxy, Echo’s dominant religion. His mentor and master of hand-to-hand combat, Verus, heals his wounds using a magical energy she refers to as kaia. She tells Atriya that Mandala City, a purported Dissident bastion that has evaded the Regime for decades, is where she developed this skill. Atriya’s altercation with the Jury has consequences, and he must decide whether to volunteer for a Specter mission into Cityscape 4, a deadly hub of Dissident activity, or work for the man he injured and will undoubtedly try to kill.

He gets designated as the lead Crusader on a raid into Cityscape 87 before he has a chance to decide whether to accept or reject this mission. He learns shortly after the briefing on the raid that the officers in charge of the assault are actually Jury, and they have plans to kill him there. Atriya, who is now seriously hurt, accepts the mission in Cityscape 4. Atriya is weak after his narrow escape from a certain death in Cityscape 87.

I am fascinated by Atriya’s adventures in his latest mission to Cityscape 4 where he has to secure the arrest of Kali, a dissident wanted by the Enforcers.There are obstacles in his path and his own body undergoes several transformation which is incredible and fantastic. His mentor, Verus, is also on journey to reach the Mandala City on a mission. There are very interesting twists on her journey, which the readers get to enjoy as they read the story. It’s a gripping page turner that provides an insight into the near future on a planet similar to the earth, The Echo. I am very much impressed with the story. I loved the concept of the house responding to the directions of Atriya. A must read science fiction.

Loved this book. Hearty congratulations to Kent Wayne for authoring a super thrilling adventure.

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THE SCIENTIST WHO TURNED INTO A MONSTER.(PART 1)

A SCI-Fi SHORT STORY BY ME

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Dr. Sunny Sharma, an eminent robotic scientist, was euphoric over his latest inventions. He finished testing his dream project with his assistant, Lavanya Mehta. He asked her to enter the name of the person whom she wanted to hypnotize in the computer that was connected to the gadget. The gadget looked like a wristwatch without straps. He uploaded the photo of the guy who was supposed to be hypnotized and asked Lavanya to type her wish.
As soon as she finished entering her desire, the laptop screen displayed a message “Data successfully uploaded.” Sunny disconnected the gadget from the laptop. He placed it around Lavanya’s neck in the form of a silver chain. He said, ” Call your boyfriend and ask him for a date. Just make sure that he touches you so that the gadget starts working.”
“Ok, Boss,” she grinned at him and took out her mobile. Her boyfriend, Anand Kumar, was the son of a billionaire but a miser. He made Lavanya pay for their dates, citing gender equality as a reason. She wanted him to buy her expensive designer clothes. Sunny dismissed her after giving her the rest of the day off. He commented,” You will update me on the status of our experiment. Do you understand? Or else I will make you work on Sunday as well.” She replied, ” Aye, Aye, Captain! You know that I am always trustworthy.” She left him alone and went to meet Anand after confirming their date.
Sunny’s hypnotizing gadget served a dual purpose. It was the blend of hypnotism with mind reading. He had kept two tiny buttons, red and yellow, on either side of the gadget. Pressing the red button activated hypnotism, while the yellow one was meant for mind reading.
He closed the door behind Lavanya and resumed work on an exciting project. Sunny felt famished after working for fourteen hours nonstop for the past two days. He decided to go home. When he exited the building, he received a call from Lavanya.
” It’s working, It’s working!” she squealed in delight, almost tearing his eardrums.
” Why don’t you calm down a bit and tell me about your experience?” he questioned her gently. She replied,” I followed your instructions. I held his hand, and lo behold! He seemed to be captivated by my voice. I asked him to take me out shopping. He didn’t refuse this time. We ended up buying a cartload of expensive clothes.”
Sunny commented,” Great. I am very happy for you. Listen to me carefully. Stop gloating over your generous boyfriend because he is going to be a miser again from tomorrow. Be prepared for a heated argument or a possible breakup.” Lavanya was taken aback. She regained her composure and asked,” Why didn’t you tell me before? Oh, God! Now I have to come up with some valid reason to cover my ass.” Sunny ended the call and entered a restaurant across the road.
After finishing his dinner, Sunny returned to the office garage and picked up his red Chevrolet. He was unaware of a deep blue convertible following him. He reached his bungalow in Pali Hills. Sunny parked his car in the garage and unlocked the main door. His pursuers watched him entering his house.
They discussed how to approach him and use his service for their benefit. They weren’t ordinary people. They belonged to a terrorist organization. The woman in a blue mini skirt and white shirt said, ” I hope he falls for my charm. I have memorized my part so well that I want to try it out right now.”
“Don’t be an idiot,” scolded her partner,” We have to take things slowly. Let’s observe him for at least a month. It’s important to gain his trust.” The car sped away with its occupants.
Sunny had a weird dream. He was busy in his laboratory when a group of terrorists stormed in and held him hostage. They demanded his latest invention, but he refused to submit to their wishes. One of the terrorists tried to shoot him. He tripped on purpose to dodge the bullet and pressed a panic button on his table. A vortex opened up in front of him instead of the arrival of the police. He pushed the terrorists one by one into the vortex that sucked them into a black hole.
He woke up with a start. After finishing his breakfast of idlis with coriander chutney, he had a quick shower and left for his lab. He hummed a little tune after having a brilliant idea to improvise his project. He had thought of devising a remote control that could open the way to a parallel universe. This dream changed his plans. He wanted to send all the antisocial elements to the black hole. The dreadful criminals would be ripped apart as a punishment for their heinous crimes.
Sunny closed the doors of his lab and drew over the curtains to avoid the prying eyes from glancing at his experiment. He wanted to work alone that day.
He texted Lavanya to take a day off and pamper herself. He resumed working on the remote by redesigning some components.
His pursuers and the future kidnappers were on a stakeout outside his lab. They were already bored, and it was just a little past breakfast time. The mysterious woman took out some sandwiches from the food parcel and shared them with her partners.
Sunny took a break to have his breakfast with tea. He noticed the car while entering the restaurant opposite his lab but pretended to ignore it. They watched him before discussing their evil plan of action.
No sooner did Sunny step out of the restaurant than a speeding car moved towards him, almost running him over. A pretty damsel threw herself at him to get him out of harm’s way. He mumbled a quick thanks without even casting a glance at her. She felt insulted while her companions couldn’t help snickering. ” Is that all you want to say?” she asked coyly, ” Wouldn’t you like to have a cup of coffee with me?”
Sunny appeared to be flustered. He snapped, “I don’t want to waste my time and money on a glamorous money-sucking doll like you. Why don’t you find a rich dope willing to go bankrupt for you?” The lady was agitated. She yelled back, ” You are an ungrateful, arrogant snob. I don’t think you are a man enough to acknowledge the presence of a beautiful girl. Wait a minute! Now I get it. You are gay, aren’t you?” Sunny clenched his teeth before hitting out,” Just shut up, you chatterbox! I am sure that even your tongue is pleading for a rest. Take this money for your help. Please do me a favor by going away out of my sight.”
He thrust a 500β‚Ή in her hand, leaving her open-mouthed in shock.
He turned away to continue with his experiment. He worked relentlessly well past lunch hour. His dream project was almost over. He had redesigned the remote and wanted to test it. He picked up a cockroach crawling near his workstation and pressed the button on the remote. A vortex opened up near the door, revealing a very dark space. He threw the poor insect and watched it getting sucked into the black hole.
He smiled at the success of his invention. He wanted to seek revenge from those who had wronged him. When he wound up his work and stepped out of his lab, he noticed the same car that he had seen in the morning. He had found his new scapegoats for the dangerous experiment. His would-be kidnappers didn’t realize that they were no threat to him. A sinister smile played upon his lips as he mulled over their fates.