#FF — Like a King


PHOTO PROMPT © Trish Nankeville

Harald lived with his family over the fence. Wise Queen Martha chose Gene’s yard. Gene was a gardener who enjoyed bringing new cultivars home. He squeezed them into the already overflowing beds from spring until fall; a dazzling array of colors and fragrances.

When Gene planted cushion hakea, Harald went to work. His pouches sagging, he barely made it over the fence and home. Staggering in, it took his last bit of energy to dance the news to his dronemates. Harald felt like a king – then collapsed, dead of exhaustion. The pollen was unloaded and taken to the nursery.

[100 words]


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44 Comments Add yours

  1. I love that top image. Can’t help but imagine what that would taste like if it were a fruit. 😋

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I bet very sweet and tasty 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Neil 🙂

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  2. Dear Lisa,

    So Harald is a bee? Poor guy. He really expended himself for his family. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, yes he is, and yes he did. Such is the life of a drone. Thank you very much.
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  3. trishsplace says:

    Life and death from the bee’s perspective. Nice one.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Trish. If that’s your picture, very nice one!

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  4. Sadje says:

    What a unique tale Li. The bees do work very hard.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Sadje, yes they do ❤

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re most welcome

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  5. memadtwo says:

    Each species has its good and bad points. (K)

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  6. Poor bees, they work so hard then we steal their honey.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I know! Beekeepers are only supposed to take half (per the excellent documentary, “Honeyland”) but I wonder how many adhere to it?

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  7. trentpmcd says:

    We shall have honey tonight! Long Live the Queen!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Great comment. Thanks, Trent.

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  8. Iain Kelly says:

    His sacrifice will not go unnoticed!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Would that we humans have such dedication to each other’s welfare (short of dropping dead.)

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  9. granonine says:

    Very clever, Lisa. Poor Harald, doing what bees do 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Linda, thanks much ❤

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  10. Bill says:

    Birds fly, fish swim, bees busy. 🙂 Well done, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Bill, thanks much 🙂

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  11. plaridel says:

    what an ending. it stung.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      An underappreciated, thankless life, sacrificed for his family. I agree.

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  12. Badfinger (Max) says:

    If I was a bee…I would go straight to that picture

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I would too. Every tip of every spike full of pollen.

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  13. Sandra Crook says:

    Harald has done his job and is entitled to rest in peace now.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sandra, yes, may he rest in peace ❤

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  14. Dale says:

    A bee’s life is a serious one! What pay dirt to have found Gene’s yard and let his fellow workers know. Wonderful take, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Dale. His queen was wise in choosing the location of their hive.

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      1. Dale says:

        Yes, she was…

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  15. elmowrites says:

    Poor Harald, but at least he died full and happy. Many of us would dream of such an end.

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  16. This reads like an adorable fairytale for kids.
    A nice teaching tool for kids to enjoy about the
    life of a bee.
    Isadora 😎

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Isadora!

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  17. leedeamali says:

    vert fun read, plus you do a great job of having multiple characters within a complete story in 100 words. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you so much.

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  18. James McEwan says:

    The hierarchy of bees never ceases to amaze me. You captured their life in a skilful way in your writing by drawing me into their world.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      James, thank you very much. Glad you enjoyed the story.

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  19. Laurie Bell says:

    Poor Harold… but he did what he needed to do.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, he did. Thank you, Laurie.

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