Time for the Friday Fictioneers with another prompt from our Fairy Blog Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.
The task is to write a story: beginning, middle, and end, in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the Froggy. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.
This one jumped at me… didn’t want to give me time to think about alternatives, just was nagging, nagging… and the title song didn’t behave any better. What can you do when a story is nagging?
“Over there, in the water. What is it?”
“A chair. They threw a chair away. Just like that. Into the lake.”
“Unbelievable. Leaving their garbage left and right, letting it fall where they stood. Animals.”
“Yes, they behaved like locusts. A plague on the planet. Unable or unwilling to control their breeding, swarming when overcrowded, exploiting all resources, destroying everything, wherever they went…”
“Right. They were living by instinct, not reason. The few still around aren’t any different.”
“We’ll do better.”
“Locusts are a delicacy.”
“So I hear. What do you think, how far will the similarity go?”
Since this doesn’t seem to be as crystal clear as it is to me: The speakers are two beings on a planet who talk about beings (possibly humans) on the same planet who were there before them, some earlier ones are still around. It’s up to the reader to decide if these new beings are evolved humans, Aliens, robots, evolved cockroaches… and according to your interpretation there may or may not be cannibalsim involved. To speak with Rochelle: “Chomp, chomp…”
(80 words–this week is fail 😉 )
The title comes from Manfred Mann’s Earth Band.
Featured image: “CSIRO ScienceImage 7007 Plague locusts on the move” by CSIRO. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:CSIRO_ScienceImage_7007_Plague_locusts_on_the_move.jpg#/media/File:CSIRO_ScienceImage_7007_Plague_locusts_on_the_move.jpg
Most commonly called grasshoppers, species in the family Acrididae vary greatly in shape, size and colouring, but all possess large hind legs well developed for jumping. They have short antennae, a short ovipositor and well-developed wings. Grasshoppers are active during the day and can produce sound by rubbing a row of pegs located on the hind legs against part of the forewings. Most species feed on grass (as their name suggest), but other vegetation is also consumed including leaves, stems and even dead eucalyptus leaves. The name locust is given to those species that are known to build up in large numbers. Locust swarms then migrate across vast areas causing almost complete destruction to all green vegetation, especially agricultural crops. The Australian plague locust is a native species of Australia and is one of the most economically important species in Australia. At times this species is known to build up in great numbers forming swarms that migrate across central and eastern Australia eating their way through almost anything green. This species can be recognised by the black patch on the tip of the hind wing and the red colouring on its hind leg. The body of female Australian plague locusts is usually green, but when swarming is brownish in colour.