Alright, which game are we playing?” Argon swung open his game cabinet, taking a step back to admire the multicolored boxes. His quiffed blond hair had violet highlights that were perfectly paired with his “save the planet” t-shirt.
“Let’s play something that promotes team work and creative thinking,” Hydrogen said softly from her seat at the window. She glanced outside to admire the springtime view, which consisted of a pollen-covered white picket fence and a half-dead bush.
Copper made a disagreeable sound. “I’m not here to get along with everyone,” he declared, loudly popping his bubblegum bubble from a sprawled position on the carpet. With a grin, he added, “I’m here to win.”
“Don’t we all know it,” Beryllium was the first to respond. She reached over to rustle Copper’s hair, unintentionally sparking his head with static electricity.
Calcium grinned, admiring his handiwork. He’d spent weeks convincing those two they were the perfect match. Despite the fact that they’d ignored his urging until the were ready to see it for themselves, he congratulated himself on a job well done. “I’m up for any game that will make us have to think,” he put in his two cents, straightening his spotless white shirt with a flair.
“Dungeons & Dragons is a great one for that,” Argon replied. He suddenly turned to the group, his eyes alight with passion. “Did you know they played D&D in select episodes of The Big Bang Theory? It was great publicity for the game. I loved it.”
“I think television trivia is extremely fascinating,” Hydrogen said. She glanced at Argon affectionately, but his intense perusal of the game cabinet made him miss it.
“Argy, you’re such a nerd.” Copper sat up, then marched over to the game cabinett.
“Come now, friends, the day grows old,” Calcium encouraged.
As he said this, Helium walked into the room with a tray of appetizers. She appeared to be crestfallen. “What’s wrong with today?” she asked sadly, the cheese cubes she carried trembling.
“Oh, nothing, Heily.” Copper shot Helium a sad smile, in much the style one would use to break bad news to someone gently. “It’s just that… today is dying.”
“How about we play Mafia, Copper?” Argon suggested, leaning on the doorknob with a glare to his friend. “We all know who’d be the first to go.”
“No please, not Mafia.” Beryllium tried to wear a strong face, but everyone knew of her tendency to weep when she got knocked off. Her purple jacket with silver accents rustled as she got up to stand beside Copper.
“Let’s roll some dice and pick a game randomly.” Calcium was ever the peacemaker. He straightened his silver-framed glasses, deciding he wasn’t going to get frustrated at the indecisive group.
“Uno,” Hydrogen suggested randomly. The one-card goal and single-word name made the game perfect for her.
“Ah!” Copper exclaimed triumphantly, snatching a box before Argon could stop him. He read the title: Plague, Inc. “Let’s infect everybody,” he declared, turning a mischievous grin to the group.
“Imagine what that would be like.” Helium popped a cheese cube in her mouth, wincing when she prematurely swallowed it. “What if the entire world was getting infected? That would be so crazy.”
Everyone glanced at each other. No one said a word.
“Let’s play Clue,” Calcium offered to the silence.
Argon nodded, a smile creeping up his lips. “Helium needs one,” he replied.
This made everyone laughed – including Helium.
Heeey thanks for reading!! 🤩 This is the second part of Chemistry Comedy, the cool short story series where I personify the elements in a funny, relatable way. 💚 You can read the first post here!
If you have an element/personality suggestion or a scene idea, I’d love to hear them! These stories are a blast to write and it would make me happy to have your input 😍
Here’s what I used to give the elements personality:
(you don’t have to read this part,
but it helps provide insight into the story!)
- Hydrogen is
- nontoxic (she doesn’t get caught up in drama)
- tasteless (she thought the pollen-covered yard was a nice reflection of spring)
- an atomic weight of 1 (she has a one-track mind and likes one-word sentences).
- has a very low density (she confuses things and can be quite gullible – she hasn’t noticed the pandemic, and she thought today was dying)
- can make people light-headed and silly (she finds simple things funny)
- is a noble gas (so she’s close friends with Hydrogen and Argon, who are also gases).
- is a reddish metal (he has reddish-brown hair)
- reflects red and orange light (gets along well with Argon)
- is an awesome conductor of heat and electricity (gets a huge kick out of gossip and drama).
- Argon is
- nontoxic (doesn’t care for gossip or drama)
- has ‘no confirmed stable compounds at room temp’ (doesn’t make close connections with friends)
- has ‘excited state complexes’ (can be very passionate, especially about meaningful causes, such as saving the planet and sharing his love for D&D).
- is strong but brittle (likes playing games but it makes her sad to lose)
- bonds well with Copper (I might have confused this from Calcium’s properties but oh well)
- is silvery-white (she’s wearing a purple and silver jacket)
- is relatively soft (is kind to Copper and her other friends)
- makes electrical contacts with Copper (she conducted static electricity when she touched Copper’s head)
- is silvery-white (he likes wearing white t-shirts and silver-framed glasses)
- is a great alloying agent (he matched Copper and Beryllium as a couple)
- promotes peace and harmony (calcium helps us to have strong bones and a good immune system)
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