Laser Beam Ice Cream

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A kitchen mishap leads to the accidental invention of the most powerful ice cream in the world.

This story is from Year 8, The Year of Revisitation
I revisit one of the stories I’ve already written, and write a new standalone story connected to or inspired by the existing one through a character, a place, an object, a continuation of events (okay, sequel), and so on.


What if eating ice cream could give you powers? Ah, cartoon logic. Gotta love it. I first explored the concept of imbuing food—well, a consumable product—with extraordinary abilities in a story called “Transpogum,” in which a few inventors attempt to make a chewing gum that allows a person to teleport. I just can’t let go of the notion of gaining cool powers by eating fun foods. But I also can’t help exploring what could go wrong…

[Video Description: Trailer. Duration, 31 seconds. No sound. Digital image. Foreground bottom, a bowl with three scoops of ice cream. The center scoop has little lightning bolts surrounding it. Behind the bowl are three figures. Center, from waist up is a smiling young man facing forward, with his curled hands on his hips. To his left is a young woman from waist up in three-quarters profile, her head tilted up. A beam of light shoots from her eyes. She holds the first two fingers of her left hand to her temple. To the young man’s right is a black-and-white dog, seated, who is also looking up and shooting beams of light from his eyes. He wears a collar with the name “Percival” on it. The words “Short Story” and “Genre: Science Fiction” are displayed in front of the image. The words recede and are replaced by quotes from the story, appearing then fading phrase by phrase, at the left, then right, then the middle. “I’ve done it, Percival. I’ve really done it.” “Alas, for I am weary and in need of sweet sustenance.” “Have you ever heard of laser therapy? It’s basically using low levels of light to help speed up our bodies’ natural healing process.” The story title appears at the end. Website URL is displayed at the very bottom throughout.]


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