Friday, August 2, 2013

Droning On

Copyright - Jennifer Pendergast
Dave hadn’t gathered anywhere near his quota of pollen before stopping to mull over the nagging doubts in his head. According to everything he’d ever read, radiation or not, it simply wasn’t possible for bees to grow as large as he and his hive had. 

In reality, he should be slowly suffocating from his body’s inability to process oxygen. Never mind that, he mused, he shouldn’t even be able to move thanks to having no endoskeleton to support his mass.

But, being the obedient drone he was, Dave shrugged off his concerns and got back to the business of pollen.



This story was written for the weekly Friday Fictioneers flash fiction photo prompt. 

11 comments:

  1. Hilarious. I love the idea of a giant super intelligent bee. (Err.. well I hate it actually, as I don't like insects, but you know what I mean!)

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  2. Fun. Interesting to think how size doesn't necessarily make for strength.

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  3. Clever piece. And he (it?) was probably on a zero hours contract as well.

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  4. Very clever, those drones. Well done.

    Here's mine: http://unexpectedpaths.com/friday-fictioneers/everything-dies/

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  5. I love the idea that Dave is smart enough to know that there's a problem with his size, but not so smart as to know that he's not supposed to be all that smart as to have these sorts of deep thoughts!

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  6. That's what happens when bees bee-gin to think.

    janet

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  7. Dear Jeffrey,

    Drones...describes most of us working for corporate America.

    shalom,

    Rochelle

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  8. Dear Jeffrey,

    Don't confuse the issue with facts, right? And bumble bees shouldn't be able to fly, but do they care? Nice riff on the prompt.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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  9. Science is so pretentious to tell us that what we see working is impossible. The only impossible is what has yet to be tried. Electricity was impossible at one time, as was flying.

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  10. That's one worker bee, just keep plugging away.

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  11. This guy's a thinker. Won't get him very far though, I suspect! Sorry I'm late, still getting through last week's stories...

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