Friday Fictioneers – The Signature, Part 2

I don’t usually do sequels, but so many people asked about what happened next in last week’s story. So here it is. Sorry to those of you who didn’t like the story. I promise not to turn this into a trilogy.

PHOTO PROMPT © Vijaya Sundaram

“If this DNA sequence is a signature, whose signature is it?” Joel hated the implications of Emily’s discovery about the Alpha gene, the gene they’d found in everything from humans to amoebae.

Emily ticked off possibilities on her fingers. “One, a Creator.”

“A deity who spoke Greek?” Joel shook his head, but in confusion, rather than with his characteristic sarcasm.

“If you think that’s weird,” Emily continued, “how about number two? We’re running inside a computer simulation.”

She reckoned this wouldn’t be the best time to tell Joel she lacked the Alpha gene.


Friday fictioneers is a weekly challenge to write a 100-word story in response to a photo prompt. You can find other stories here.

59 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – The Signature, Part 2

  1. Fascinating. I think it’s probably best if Joel doesn’t know about her genes – things are looking eerie enough as it is. Great thread – I’d be tempted to continue.


  2. Even more intriguing than the first. Bravo! I think you put it in your notebook and someday make something nice and long out of it. I’m not hi-jacking your comments again, that’s why I don’t tell you about ‘World on a Wire.’ 🙂

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  3. You see? I just keep coming back for more. Terrific, Neil! The way you ended it left me hanging … which is good. Leave them anting more. You going to make this a series in FF? Ot would be cool.

    Five out of five genetics codes.

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  4. You know of course it’s been found that our reality of things as solid is only our reality. Everything is made of atoms that are constantly moving. It makes us sound like holograms. The woman may be from another dimension. It sounds like “The Outer Limits”. Good writing, Neil. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  5. Oh, I love this premise! You’re tackling something that could well run into a five-hundred page novel. Are you ready to do that?
    Well-written story, and a very clever idea.
    (Forgive my late response, but I’m computer-less. Using my husband’s computer right now. Mine is kaput.)

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