#FFFC 121 — Swarm

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Inert, stiff shadows, arrogant in their perceived dominion over all of everything on the planet, raised their electronic devices and popped off flashes of the swirling life in the giant tank. Little did they realize that they were orbiting earth, confined in pods, cables running in and out of their paralyzed forms. The jack input in their foreheads beamed the pleasant images in. The jack output sucked the electricity from the firing synapses as they watched the images.

The scurrying insectoid maintenance crew watched gauges with their multiple eyes making sure flow remained in the optimum range. They couldn’t afford to have the warming eggs and larvae too hot or too cool.

Soon they wouldn’t need to kidnap random humans from the surface of the planet to power their mobile nests. Their numbers were reaching critical mass for swarm and a full-scale invasion would commence.

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Fandango is the host of Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.

26 Comments Add yours

  1. ghostmmnc says:

    oooh Creepy! Disturbing to think this could happen! 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Barbara, I stole the idea from The Matrix but I’m sure the swarms of insects I’ve seen this year influenced it also 🙂 Thank you.

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  2. Ohhh. That’s disturbingly scary. Great story, Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Shweta!

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  3. Images like this of people at aquariums always make picture humans as underwater dwellers. How nice to think that sea creatures wouldn’t eat us up and fast, even if the bottom of the ocean is where we called home.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, Gia. Maybe one day we will return to Atlantis!

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  4. Sadje says:

    A frightening story Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I know! Hoping it’s just fiction…

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      1. Sadje says:

        Oh yes! 😅

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  5. Fandango says:

    Are we in the Matrix?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, except the captors are insects not machines. Which scenario do you think would be more horrific?

      Like

  6. Fandango says:

    Are we in The Matrix, Li?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Uh huh only Mr. Smith is Mr. Preying Mantis.

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  7. memadtwo says:

    You do have a way with apocalyptic visions. Let’s keep this one fiction. (K)

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  8. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Love your scifi stories Lisa…the endings are not usually good for humans but that is probably true to life.
    Sorry I’m so far behind Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you enjoyed the story and please no worries on the reading ok?

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        Ok Ok….I haven’t been able to keep up lately…Hope you are having a good Sunday

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        1. msjadeli says:

          It’s cooler here today (only 80) which makes a big and better difference. I hope you are also.

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          1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

            It’s 92 today…Martha and I went out for a few minutes and in we came quickly.

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            1. msjadeli says:

              Have you ever shaved your dogs in the summer? How about a kiddy pool? Right now I’m about ready to go run in the sprinkler!

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              1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

                We did and were told by breeders don’t do it because Saints are so fair skinned…. Go RUN!

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                1. msjadeli says:

                  Ah! Ok! I can hear the kids next door yelling like they are running through a sprinkler.

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  9. budhathokiasmin997526 says:

    Nice

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