‘I’ve to take a final call on this’, he contemplated as he pressed  “end call” on mobile screen. Removing the lab coat, throwing it on the back of chair, he reached for car key on table. A loud thud of the closing door reverberated across the lab, as he made his way out. Rushing to empty parking lot, he was soon behind the wheels.

As the car started charting its way on straight road ahead, the meandering thoughts took him hostage. There was hardly any traffic. He was not surprised, for it was Sunday. He heaved a sigh. His project on cloning was at a crucial stage, demanding his close scrutiny. He had virtually locked himself inside the lab since he had reported for work on Friday.

‘Time now to send Junior to hostel. I can’t leave my project at crucial stage to be at his beck and call, every time. He must understand that. Agreed that I need long hours at lab. But have I not furnished him with enough engagements and entertainments back at home?’, he reasoned to self. As the storm picked up in his mind, he shook his head in frustration.

‘Sending him to hostel, will defeat the very purpose of having him in my life. I will miss the golden chance of observing his growth phase.’ This opposing thread of thought was enough to afflict his beleaguered mind.

He returned to present only when he stopped the car in front of the closed shutter of the garage. Victimised at the hands of harrowing thoughts, he had driven the car mechanically.  Parking it inside the garage, he stretched his hands and pulled up his sleeves.

As he was about to step out of the car, he saw Junior running to him.

‘Vishnu, why did you not come early?’ said Junior hugging and clinging to his waist tightly. Junior always called him by his first name. Rather, it was Vishnu himself, who had taught it to him. The nanny came running behind Junior and was panting, as she stopped a few feet away from both of them.

‘He saw the car entering garage and then dashed through the front door before I could stop him’, said she with a drag. She stepped ahead with intention to take Junior away.

Raising his hand, Vishnu signaled her to stop. The anger brewing in his mind was oozing through his eyes. Loosening Junior’s grip on his waist, with his feisty hands, he kneeled down and held Junior at arm’s length. Now his eyes were at same level with that of Junior.

The little brown eyes were welled up to the brim. Before Vishnu could reprimand, Junior asked, “Where is my family? Who is my family?” A bolt of lightning struck Vishnu. He was lost for words. Junior held Vishnu by his shoulders and shook his robust frame with feeble force, repeating the question with teary eyes.

Vishnu was crest fallen. He couldn’t look into the eyes that sought explanation from him, for which he had none. Junior by then had hugged Vishnu. Tears from his eyes now were raining on his shoulders.

“During our last class at school, everyone told the names of their mother and father. Teacher said that everybody has family. Where is mine? I have to stick the photos of my parents in the activity book. I have to take it to school tomorrow”, stated Junior sobbing.

“I am your family Junior. I’m your mother and father both”, replied Vishnu, while picking up Junior in his arms. Vishnu was astonished at his own reply. He felt a sudden rush of compassion that he had never felt before. Anger had vanished without making any footfall on the scene.

Junior’s face brightened. The clouds of gloom cleared from the little mind as if they had never hovered around there. The sparkle returned to his eyes. A broad smile flashed on his face. Vishnu witnessed sea change of emotions on Junior’s face, reminding him of his younger days.

‘Did I not look exactly the same as Junior, in younger days? Am I not responsible for Junior’s life that includes emotional well-being?’, he brooded. He recollected the days when he would hold his father’s hand and go with him for a walk in the woods on most of the Sundays of the autumn months. The riot of colours that every tree offered often left little Vishnu spellbound.

He heard the voice of his father in his head, “Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold

Being a genetic scientist, Vishnu had successfully created a clone of himself. It had fetched him name and fame. He had named his clone, ‘Junior’. For him Junior was just another experiment that he wished to observe from closer quarters. While he was blinded by his passion for genetics, he had lost the touch of humanity, of compassion and of love. Today however, was the day of reckoning. He decided to give life a second chance… for him and for Junior, both.

“Lets go for a walk in woods Junior”, he said ruffling Junior’s hair!

This is my #Post1/ #Week4 for #MyFriendAlexa by Blogchatter. My previous posts so far…
#Post 1/#Week 1: Forlorn Notes #Post 2/ #Week2: Happy Surprise
#Post 1/#Week2: Bringing Up a Teen #Post 2/Week 2: See You soon
#Post 1/#Week3: Two Pairs of Mittens #Post 2/#Week3: Mirror Mirror On The Wall
Linking this post to #FridayReflections by Shalini R of KohleyedMe and Corinne Rodrigues of Everydaygyaan


Abhijit Ray · September 22, 2018 at 6:44 pm

Nice science fiction. Cloning a full human. Thinking ahead of time!

    Anagha Yatin · September 22, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Hahaha…thats my pet peeve Abhijit.
    Thanks for visiting and appreciating.

The Words Kraft · September 22, 2018 at 7:25 pm

Our continous rat race for gold or silver has made the world a terrible place. With war and crime being the prime highlights. Wisdom is something that has been pushed down our priority lists. Alas !!

    Anagha Yatin · September 23, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Our senses are frozen by the greed. Thawing happens only when one affronts crucial situations. Now a day every other human being is well educated, well informed but the knowledge component is decreasing rapidly.
    Thanks for visiting and sharing your profound thought.

Sonia Chatterjee · September 22, 2018 at 11:41 pm

I’m speechless. This is such a brilliant piece of science fiction. You are a wordsmith my dear.

    Anagha Yatin · September 23, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Thanks Sonia for kind appreciation. I value it a lot. Thanks for visiting.

Anks · September 22, 2018 at 11:50 pm

Loved this. Rarely does science fiction address the humane aspect of the experiments. You have brought it out beautifully!

    Anagha Yatin · September 23, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Thank you for dropping by and for the uplifting remarks.

Meenakshi Param · September 23, 2018 at 12:57 pm

You have given a wonderful twist to this story by bringing in the angle of ‘Science with humanity’. A weaver of magical words, you are,Ana !

Priya · September 24, 2018 at 8:24 am

Simply awesome, Anagha. Such vivid description. I love to read a good sci-fi . And emotional one is like cherry on the cake.

    Anagha Yatin · September 26, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Thanks Priya.

rashimital · September 24, 2018 at 10:30 am

Your post reminded and has again inspired me that perhaps I should get back to fiction writing too. It’s been long and some thoughts have started brewing. Thanks Anagha. 🙂

    Anagha Yatin · September 26, 2018 at 10:51 am

    I am waiting for your tales…I hope you come back ASAP!

neerajme · September 24, 2018 at 11:16 am

Wow…the post is at its creative best!

    Anagha Yatin · September 26, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Thank you Neeraj

Sajid Akhter · September 24, 2018 at 11:33 am

Hi Anagha,

I must say very well written. Your post is awesome, I would like to congratulate you for the kind of words and expressions you have used in this post. Very engaging and worth reading every bit.

Thanks for sharing, have great day. 🙂

    Anagha Yatin · September 26, 2018 at 10:54 am

    Overwhelmed! Thanks for the encouraging remarks. Have a great week ahead.

jaya1966 · September 24, 2018 at 4:41 pm

That was a touching story Anagha! The twist at the end was great! Imagine being lost and searching for your identity when you are a young child! Great story!

    Anagha Yatin · September 26, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Thanks Jay.

Sachin Baikar · September 24, 2018 at 9:27 pm

OmG, this is something really exceptional writing ? Anagha. Very heart touching and impressive one ? Thanks for sharing ?

    Anagha Yatin · September 26, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Thank you Sachin for appreciation!

Sanjota Purohit · September 25, 2018 at 12:27 am

This reminds me of Black mirror episode! What an advanced thinking Anagha! Good one.

    Anagha Yatin · September 26, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Recently I came across a post on must watch netflix series. It had “Black Mirror” as one of the listed series. Going by the description on the post, I felt I should be watching it. Thanks you reminded me of it again.
    Thanks for visiting.

deepa joshi · September 25, 2018 at 10:09 am

As usual very interesting and impressive…keep writing

    Anagha Yatin · September 26, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Thank you Deepa for the constant support! It means a lot to me.

Rashi Roy · September 25, 2018 at 2:38 pm

Brilliant! Loved your thought process. You weave such fantastic stories with such ease. Keep it up.

    Anagha Yatin · September 26, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Awww… ‘m blushing! Thanks for these encouraging words. Thanks for visiting.

Cries nlaughter · September 25, 2018 at 10:12 pm

Your words are so well knitted .. Like always . Loved it!!

    Anagha Yatin · September 26, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Thanks for visiting and encouraging me.

Dipika Singh · September 25, 2018 at 11:01 pm

Ana, seriously dude!! A full human clone of himself. Awesome, I did not see it coming! Great story.
#MyFriendAlexa #gleefulreads

    Anagha Yatin · September 26, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Thanks buddy…coming it from you it’s a great feeling for me! Thanks for visiting

Varsha Gode · September 25, 2018 at 11:27 pm

Loved this science fiction, you rock girl 🙂
#MyFriendAlexa #vigorousreads

    Anagha Yatin · September 26, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Awww…thank you so much Varsha for uplifting words!

blogitwithsurabhi · September 26, 2018 at 3:39 am

Yet again I am spellbound! This is such an amazing piece of thought. Truly magical!

    Anagha Yatin · September 26, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Thanks Surabhi for visiting. Glad you liked it.

Agnivo Niyogi · September 26, 2018 at 7:46 am

Very interesting theme for a short story. Loved it!

    Anagha Yatin · September 26, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Glad you liked it. Thanks Agnivo for visiting.

sukrisblog · September 26, 2018 at 10:03 am

Brilliant take on science fiction. As usual you have weaved a fabulous story that too of cloning a human!!!

    Anagha Yatin · September 26, 2018 at 11:23 am

    Thanks Sudha for appreciation. It means a lot to me dear!

Haimanti · September 26, 2018 at 10:33 am

Cloning of a human along with a dose of compassion and humanity! Great thought and a different yet wonderful story… I have actually started thinking about the future after reading the story!

    Anagha Yatin · September 26, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Thank you Haimanti for visiting and appreciating.

Rajlakshmi · September 26, 2018 at 1:46 pm

Wonderful storytelling. It’s important to stay in touch in our emotions… After all that’s what makes us human.

    Anagha Yatin · September 26, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Thanks Rajlakshmi for visiting and for kind remark

Damyanti Biswas · September 26, 2018 at 1:55 pm

You do need to lose your soul to gain the world!

    Anagha Yatin · September 26, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    You said it Damayanti. But the world that one gets after loosing the soul is no world at all. Often we then find people high and mighty yet dry!

Lancelot (@Lanzomaniac) · September 26, 2018 at 4:32 pm

Well, I never expected an ending as such. I was more expecting a tragic accident. But never the less, this one’s an amazing post. Loved the sweet ending!

    Anagha Yatin · September 26, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Thanks for visiting. I happy that you liked the way the story ended.

Archana Singh · September 26, 2018 at 6:42 pm

Beautiful story. No matter how much science can progress, we are humans because of our emotions, those will still guide us.

Corinne Rodrigues · September 27, 2018 at 4:36 pm

Oh my goodness, you got me with the ending!

Dr. Surbhi Prapanna · September 27, 2018 at 8:15 pm

I always had a great repect for writers who write fiction. because I just can not write it..and this time you had written a science fiction. amazing..keep up the great work dear. #surbhireads

Manpreet · September 28, 2018 at 12:06 am

Didn’t see the end coming! That’s so cool. Nice work.

Natasha · September 28, 2018 at 11:54 am

Wow Anagha! That is some thought-through writing with the emotions, the science behind the emotions and the “back to the future” theme! Way too good.

You really caught us off guard with that ending. I as a reader kept thinking Junior was his adopted child.

Aditya Mohanty · October 21, 2018 at 10:20 pm

Lovely .

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