Prompt: 031. dinosaurs
1. Scientists clone extinct animals, including dinosaurs.
A. The designer pet industry began with the cloning of beloved animals that had died, then eventually spread to people custom ordering animals that had never existed before or that had gone extinct. Which resulted in the development and spread of mini-dinosaurs with the brains and loyalty of dogs.
One minute nature was respected and normal, and the next there were people walking their Doberman-sized raptors on leashes or letting their miniature saber-tooth tigers sleep on their front porches. Every day new pets were appearing on the market and the demand continued to climb with the price.
2. It was insulting to be called a technological dinosaur by someone young enough to be his grandchild.
A. It was insulting to be called a technological dinosaur by someone young enough to be his grandchild. That it was somewhat true only made the situation worse in his mind.
For the first time, he felt old. And he didn’t like it.
The thought festered in the back of his mind for days, eventually culminating in him experiencing his first midlife crisis.
3. Working in a factory that made plastic dinosaur toys had never been a life plan.
A. Working in a factory that made plastic dinosaur toys had never been a life plan. It was a life derailment. It was the result of too many things happening too close together for the budget to keep up. It was a desperation job.
Yet ten years later, it was the same dull factory walls and the same job day in and day out. It was a soul leaching experience that paid enough money to cover the bills, but not enough to plan for anything better.
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