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