I write urban science-fantasy for both adults and young people. Novels set in the real world where strange things happen. In the Beast of Seabourne, the backdrop is an ordinary school like the one I went to, where the science demonstrations were always really good value because of the potential for disaster. There was at least a 50 percent chance of a fire alarm going off. So it’s only natural to bring such reminiscences into the world of the story.
In front of Oz, Tracy Roper clapped her hands to her ears. Everyone looked at Skelton, who stood frozen, measuring cylinder in one hand and a glass vial foaming gently in the other. He seemed paralysed by the sight of the burning light housing. Then reflex kicked in, and he swung towards the fire extinguisher, colliding with the lab tech who’d already taken it off the wall.
Two things happened at once. The extinguisher flew out of the lab tech’s hands and clanged jarringly to the floor, while the measuring cylinder that Skelton was holding spilled forward, jettisoning green foamy liquid in a graceful arc right towards the light housing. There were a tremendous flash and a burst of firecracker pops as the oxygen-laden foam ignited.
You may think I make this stuff up, but there is a wealth of evidence out there to prove my point. Here is one of my all time favourites from you tube.
Ah, science teachers in lab coats! What more can I say.
The Beast of Seabourne is #2 in the artefact series.