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Harrison pressed the buzzer at the night dry cleaners and a voice came over the intercom, “Pick-up or drop-off?”

Drop-off”

Number of items and how many pair of pants?”

17 and 7”

A buzzer sounded and Harrison entered the small shop. The disembodied voice over the intercom belonged to a small, wrinkled, bald man who said, “Bets are hot tonight.” The small man pushed a button under the counter. A click was heard on the door to the right. Harrison stepped through it.

It was like stepping into another world. The only feeling similar to it was when Harrison was preparing to repel off of a helicopter in his old war days. It was loud, lots of voices, and clumps of bodies in motion.

Harrison followed the railing along the sunken “battlefield” while a referee below, wearing a black-and-white striped shirt and a whistle in his mouth gesticulated wildly. He found a gap along the crowded railing and leaned in to see the action.

The combatants were resting, held in their small wooden cages by their “managers,” the men who stood to win or lose a fortune in a night based upon their actions.

The referee yelled, “Next match: Kaiju vs. Kraken!”

The two managers stepped into the arena on opposite sides and gave each other their tough confident look as they bent down to put the cages facing each other, six feet apart. When the referee blew the whistle, each man lifted the five-inch wooden slat door of the cage that contained the tiny gladiators. Trained since fresh from their larval metamorphosis to move at the sound of the whistle, the rhinoceros beetles marched forward to kill or be killed.

The End.

Fandango’s FOWC is referee, the Word of the Day Challenge is similar, and Paula’s 3 Things Challenge words are pants, beetle, intercom

To learn more about this “sport”, go here  and here.  Please note:  I am NOT a proponent of any animal being exploited for human entertainment, even if it is a “lowly” insect.

 

 

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Fandango says:

    Interesting. I had no idea that such matches existed.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It’s not exclusive to Thailand either. I think it is also big in Japan and probably other places where those beetles exist.

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      1. Fandango says:

        Gives me the kreepy-crawlies.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          I don’t like bugs either. These things are huge beetles. “They” say they are harmless to humans. I say keep those things away from me.

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  2. Sadje says:

    A very interesting image came to my mind. Tiny warriors!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. wonderfully evocative give me a whole spectrum of images 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Awesome, JP 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  4. badfinger20 says:

    From a Dry Cleaners to small insect warriors…I didn’t see that coming.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Good, because I didn’t want you to see it coming 😉 You notice there was no picture. I didn’t want to give it away.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. badfinger20 says:

        Yep….you succeeded…wouldn’t have guessed it in a million years.

        Liked by 1 person

  5. I can’t wait for the Hercules beetles, unicorn beetles and the horn beetles to battle each other.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Clash of the Miniature Titans!

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