October Writing Prompt
Bonni Rambatan

The Message

When I got home that night, I noticed the smiling jack-o-lantern in my front yard was crushed. “What the hell?” I looked further ahead and noticed my front door was ajar. I rushed into the room, and smell of freshly mashed pumpkin hit me immediately. I was shocked not by the festive smell but rather by what I saw. Giant letters scratched on my newly painted white walls with some sort of dark orange paint, which I assumed was from the smashed jack-o-lantern in my front yard. It reads:


At first I cannot make sense of these letters. They seem to be randomly put together as a means to piss me off. Damn those neighborhood delinquents. I murmured. However, the scientist in me took over and allowed me to focus my attention to figure out the grotesque combination of letters on my wall: what are they and what do they mean?

Suddenly, I saw the repeating occurrences of only 4 English letters: A, T, G, and C in the scramble. I realized these four letters also make up the entire bases that form DNA. Can they hide a secretive DNA sequence of novelty? I started deciphering the letters in triads to read out the encoded amino acid sequence:


That’s still meaningless; the sequence was too short to form any viable protein. Then it downed on me, maybe it had nothing to do with biochemistry, but rather intended to use my specialty to solve the puzzle and get to the ultimate message. To make out words, I replaced each amino acid with their corresponding one letter abbreviation, and the message appeared:


“U’re right. What the fuck does it mean, on what account am I right?” I am a college teacher, I sucks at researching. In addition, I am a molecular evolution biologist, where I rarely do any wet lab work, only theoretical stuff. THEORETICAL, that’s right, I did have a new hypothesis on human evolution — the Suicide Evolution (S.E.). The theory of S.E. is generated by examining large amount of epidemiological and biological data, where I hypothesized humans are evolved to extinct, a self-driven process. Throughout history, we built machines to improve out lives, and now we the humans are rendered useless; we discovered and exploited chemical synthesis, and now we are addicted to drugs and poisoned by; we found anti-microbial, and now we are dying from drug resistant bugs; we eat protein powder and work out continually to get stronger and bigger body, but left my mind to be the most gullible as evident in cults/terrorists and many restless mental disorders; we like to think we are better than the rest of being by having faith and belief, and yet religion and politics killed more of us than any other barbaric animals in the history.

I collapsed onto the pumpkin littered floor like my soul was sucked out of me. I am no longer care who wrote the message because I know the god’s secret and I have been right: we will die, NO, we will extinct. I undress myself on the floor in nostalgia and threw my pants towards to the sofa, and a piece of paper fell out. The ventilation from central air conditioning carried it like a flying dandelion, and on it:

Quetiapine Fumarate

2 time/day, a tablet/time, total 3 months

- Dr. A. T. Abernathy.