Seeing the Invisible

This weeks prompt is.
October 24, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about bones. It can be any genre or tone. Is it spooky, irreverent, poignant? Go where the prompt leads.

Seeing the Invisible

He thought it would work, he knew the strange, invisible, light, affected a photographic plate, and if it did work, the implications were incredible.
He couldn’t do it himself, he had to operate the generator, so he went to the laboratory door and called for his wife.
“Could you put your hand there, my dear?” he asked.
She held her hand still as the machine buzzed.
An hour later he showed her the picture, Frau Röntgen almost fainted.
“I have seen my death!” she gasped, as she saw the bones of her own hand in the first X-ray photograph.

Anna Röntgen’s hand, the first X-Ray

This story is completely true, when Wilhelm Röntgen first discovered X-Rays he noticed that he seemed to see a shadow of his own bones as he moved objects across the incandescent screen. He couldn’t photograph his own hand so he asked his wife. Anna Röntgen’s reaction was exactly as I described.

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  1. Pingback: Bones Collection « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

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