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Take cover (Friday Fictioneers)

May 27, 2021
PHOTO PROMPT © Miles Rost

The invasion was underway. Ladybugs in their thousands appearing everywhere one looked. At first it was a laugh, a pleasant smile and “aww, look a ladybeetle.” Quickly it became a swarm and smiles turned to concern. “Mum, one went up my nose!”

Noses, throats, ears… and you couldn’t escape. They filled the air, got in car air vents, through air conditioning units and windows left ajar.

People started dying.

And the ladybugs kept coming.

They were resistant to bugspray.

Dr. Shaa understood where the invasion had come from. The stars.

She tested, she investigated, she spoke up…

No one listened.

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20 Comments
  1. That’s wonderful! Making everyone’s favourite bug a thing of horror. Brilliant, Laurie

  2. The town of Cromer had a ladybird invasion like this once, Everything was red and moving! Horrendous. Good story.

    • OMG really? That’s terrifying !

      • I was a delivery driver then and my white van was red with ladybirds. Here’s a video from that day. Not taken by me mind you.

      • Wow that sounds scary!

      • I’m not too scared of insects but it was pretty awful having them just everywhere! When I showed that night they were falling out of my hair and clothes. Pretty horrendous!

  3. Perhaps there was no one left to listen! Nice one Laurie.

    Here’s mine!

  4. My goodness these invasive viruses get bigger every day, when will we learn?

  5. Dear Laurie,

    There’s nothing more horrifying than when the most innocuous of creatures turns out to be the enemy. Makes me think of Hitchcock’s “The Birds” one of the most terrifying movies of my childhood.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

  6. Same could be said for these cicadas, if you ask me. I remember the last “invasion”. It was a scary time on the farm. I’d never seen the fields so empty as the farmers just didn’t plant anything that year knowing that the locusts would destroy it anyway.

  7. No one ever listenst to those who warn early. This sounds too true for comfort, ‘alien’ species migrating because of thoughtless introduction or a changing climate, or destruction of habitat… we eventually might welcome the ‘real’ aliens.

  8. I guess death by ladybug isn’t that bad of a death, but I can’t think of anything worse either!

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