Eldon Rook Dust Bunnies – Part 7

Dr. Rook paused and leaned in. “ That is when they began to sing Ahanu!” His eyes were alight. “Ahanu, they were all around me, as I flashed my light around I could see it reflect across their retinas

|Eldon Rook Dust Bunnies|Aaron Blakeley

I am not given to anger, it is really not my cultures way, we have always sought peace and harmony but in this moment my blood boiled … could have been the brandy, “ What do you mean a few times before! Dr. Rook I can barely remember what just happened. I passed out! Yet here I am sitting here because I know deep down inside that I have been convinced what you are doing is important!” I had no idea I thought that, but there it was, “ What just happened sir tell me everything or this native american is walking out the door with your brandy!” Dr. Rook smiled and leaned forward “ as you may have heard ...

Eldon Rook Dust Bunnies – Part 5

Eldon Rook Dust Bunnies – Part 5

|Eldon Rook|Aaron Blakeley

I wish I could say I went into the next month with excitement. All of the stories I heard and the looks of concern from people that knew about Dr. Eldon filled me with dread. When would I finally be shown the darker, shameful side of this man. The side that I seemingly needed to be wary of. As the first month wore on, I began to enjoy the job. Maybe it’s because I did not have any expectation of what was acceptable science or what were respectable avenues to study but Dr. Rooks blind stumbling into new thoughts and theories was inspiring. On one occasion I helped him draw lines on a board with a stick made of gunpowder, ...

Eldon Rook Dust Bunnies – Part 4

Eldon Rook Dust Bunnies – Part 4

|Eldon Rook|Aaron Blakeley

“ Let me show you around the lab. It is a humble place but it’s ours. This main area is the best part of our space. I had it set up to be modular so I could run multiple experiments at the same time. Some of the outcomes of other experiments affect other experiments in ways that could not be anticipated. Which is alway welcome. The room to the left is my office, the room to the right is the supply / cage room. Which reminds me I will need you to take an inventory at some point. Come lets go to my office and talk about your duties.” I took this moment of silence to ask, “ What experiments ...

Eldon Rook Dust Bunnies – Part 3

Eldon Rook Dust Bunnies – Part 3

|Eldon Rook|Aaron Blakeley

On the way to the building Dr. Deacon thanked me profusely while also shaking his head and saying small anecdotes about Dr. Rook and then shaking his head again. The science building was all sterile white or bluish grey hallways and doors with names and numbers, some labeled offices, others private labs and community labs. We made our way through the halls towards a stairwell. As we headed down, Dr. Deacon began to explain “ Dr. Rook has some unorthodox methods, he… tends to try lots of new things and needed a place with direct access to the outside as well as a place that he could stay, on occasion. His lab is actually half of the basement of this ...

Eldon Rook Dust Bunnies – Part 2

Eldon Rook Dust Bunnies – Part 2

|Eldon Rook|Aaron Blakeley

Read Part 1 Here “Really! Uh, okay, we do have some paper work but I feel I should warn you first before you decide. You will be working with Dr. Eldon Rook,” he said leaning slightly forward. “Yes Sir I am aware you mentioned him in class. I can’t help but notice he shares the same name as the science building,” I noted. Dr. Deacon leaned back. “Yes, Dr. Rook is actually the person who donated the money to outfit and remodel the building for our university. Well, his inheritance did and still does. It’s kind of strange, he was a wealthy man around town-always a bit eccentric in his scientific pursuits. He did finish his doctorate but lacked lab ...

Eldon Rook Dust Bunnies – Part 6

Eldon Rook Dust Bunnies – Part 6

|Eldon Rook|Aaron Blakeley

The day finally came when I encountered the experiments and behaviour that should have ran me screaming from Dr. Rooks lab. To this day, even after all I have seen what I saw in that lab still escapes me. Dr. Rook had cleared an entire end of the lab and set up several of his clockwork boxes on wooden pillars–three in a semi circle leaving a space against the wall. Dr. Rook asked me to retrieve a cage from the storage room, explaining that it was a new specimen tied to the rock he had been looking at when we first met. I retrieved the cage but all I can remember seeing inside the cage was the rock and something ...

Eldon Rook Dust Bunnies – Part 1

Eldon Rook Dust Bunnies – Part 1

|Eldon Rook|Aaron Blakeley

“I had always seen things out of the corner of my eye. A shadowy figure who turned out to be a bush with a lamp post behind it, or a cat where none should be that was actually a pile of laundry. It’s that feeling you get when you have had little sleep and your imagination is doing its best to interpret the world while being handicapped by fatigue. Sometimes we are startled and sometimes we ignore it. Maybe, we forget what we have seen?” – Dr. Eldon Rook There is nothing more comforting than watching the sunrise over the reservation. The sun creeping in, sweeping over the land waking up what is left of a culture that most people ...