Mabel’s Mission

An essay by Mabel Foster, as provided by K. Esta
Art by Leigh Legler

Unfortunately for most mad scientists in this world–sorry I shouldn’t say “mad.” That’s what I keep hearing everyone else around here call you. I know some of you don’t like it, and rightfully so, it isn’t very nice.

How about … capricious? I think it’s fair to say that’s an accurate description. Unfortunately for most capricious scientists in this world, most people don’t have the stomach to handle the consequences of, shall we say, especially bold experiments. They simply don’t understand that a certain latitude is required to cultivate genius and reap the rewards.

Thus, in this world, many of you are relegated to basements, abandoned buildings, or, worst of all, the underworld of derelict subway tunnels and sewer systems to carry out your brilliant work. Sadly, this also means that most of you will never reach your full, and glorious, potential.

Well, imagine a world where capricious scientists, such as yourselves, have free reign. I just so happen to come from such a world. Honestly, I am from another world.  I came here to hide from my boss. I don’t mean that he intends to murder me or anything, but he gave me a job to do and I failed. Well, I sort of failed. We’ll get to that.

Mabel's Mission

To read the rest of this story, check out the Mad Scientist Journal: Spring 2013 collection.

Mabel Foster grew up in the seaside laboratory of Dr. Dick Handcock on the planet Earthranus — which is very much like Earth except that it’s not like Earth at all. Like most originals, her early education consisted of the basics, such as: The Do’s and Don’ts of Volatile Chemicals and Radioactive Materials, Quake and Flood Survival, and Violent Test Subject Protocol, with an extra focus on Exotic Sea Creature DNA Manipulation. She loves sweets of all kinds, though her favorite dessert is Bananas Foster.

K. Esta is a fan of Sci Fi in all forms, but has been known to play with other genres as well. After studying mechanical engineering and geology, working as an aerospace engineer for a few years, and dabbling in other things, K has decided that writing is much more fun. K’s serialised dystopian novel Dosterra can be found at the genre fiction site JukePop Serials:, and K’s short fiction has appeared in Every Day Fiction. All K’s work can be viewed or accessed via

Leigh’s professional title is “illustrator,” but that’s just a nice word for “monster-maker,” in this case. More information about them can be found at

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