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FF – Bye Bye Bees

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. It’s another rerun but for a few months before my day. It was requested by C. E. Ayr and the photo was contributed by Janet Webb.

It’s a picture of a wasps’ nest, but my story is about bees because it’s more topical :-).

To read this week’s other stories, click on the blue froggy.


Copyright Janet Webb

Copyright Janet Webb

 

Gathering their forces, the Bees of Wisdom entered their honeycomb Spaceship of Life. The Bee of Wayfinding locked in the course and buzzed his readiness to the Queen. The Bee of Tools and Construction reported “status green”.

The Queen gave the command, the Bee of Power Deliveranceย engaged the thrusters and the Spaceship of Life lifted off and headed for worlds unknown.

The Bees inside looked sadly down at their former home, ravaged and destroyed by the two-legged mammals – once a beautiful blue marble hanging in space, now a toxic grey-green, no longer fit for Man nor Bee.

 

  1. August 17, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    A great piece of microfiction, but also very saddening.

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    • August 18, 2016 at 7:26 am

      Thanks, yes, a sad state of affairs.

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  2. August 17, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Alas… I can see this happening (at least partly)

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    • August 18, 2016 at 7:26 am

      Me too. Maybe not the bit with the spaceship.

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  3. August 17, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Well woven, enjoyed this.

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  4. August 17, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    The bee of reading liked this

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  5. August 17, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    And who can blame them? But I haven’t seen the mother ship arriving yet around here. I also have seen almost no bees at all.

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    • August 18, 2016 at 7:28 am

      They all left during the night while you were asleep.

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  6. August 17, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Sad, but true. Bees are disappearing at an alarming rate!

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    • August 18, 2016 at 7:29 am

      They are. I’ve seen a few this year but I’m sure when I was a kid there were more of them around.

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  7. August 17, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Very clever bees, I hope they find a new planet full of flowers. Great story, sad but hopefully not prophetic.

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    • August 18, 2016 at 7:29 am

      I hope they do too. And I also hope this story is not prophetic! I’m glad you liked it.

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  8. August 17, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    We are slowly chasing everything away.

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  9. August 18, 2016 at 5:53 am

    The bees make a much prettier mothership than the local wasps do. The bees also do not build their motherships on the inside of my garage door where its easier for me to fire my spray….. er, lasers to take them out. Stupid wasps…. let them stay here and die with the rest of us!

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    • August 18, 2016 at 7:31 am

      Yeah, I had a feeling if I wrote the story about wasps there would be no sympathy. What do wasps actually do apart from being annoying anyway?

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  10. August 18, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Dear Ali,

    Smart bees. I wonder where they’re going. Can we go with them? Stingingly good last line.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • August 18, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      I’ve always thought bees know more than they’re letting on. And have spaceships ๐Ÿ™‚
      I’m glad you liked it!
      Ali

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  11. August 18, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Great last line ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  12. August 18, 2016 at 10:53 am

    I really liked this. It was so sweet and so sad. And so worrying. Well done. Oh! I see I now have to fill in a form in order to comment today. Well, seeing as it’s you… just this once.

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    • August 18, 2016 at 11:40 am

      Thanks, it was meant to be all those things :-). I’m glad you enjoyed it!
      Ooh noo, you should only have to fill in a form if you’re not logged into WP I thought. Sorry about that, but thanks for doing it! Maybe the WP team have “improved” things again.

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  13. August 18, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Oooh… For some reason, I kept thinking of George Orwell’S 1984 while reading this. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • August 18, 2016 at 11:41 am

      The bees have been watching. And now they’re off!

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  14. August 18, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Sad story, Ali. ๐Ÿ˜ I always knew bees were smart. Good writing. ๐Ÿ™‚ — Suzanne

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    • August 18, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      I’m glad you liked it even though it was a bit sad at the end. Bees are very smart, I think!

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  15. August 18, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Very sad that the two legged mammals destroyed their home! Great story Alli!

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    • August 18, 2016 at 5:39 pm

      Yes. Those two legged mammals could do with a good talking to before it’s too late ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
      I’m glad you enjoyed my story!

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  16. August 19, 2016 at 12:41 am

    I hate to be repetitious because I know I have said this before, but I am amazed at how much you can say with so few words. A good story should stay with the reader and this is one that is memorable. Personally, I found it amusing. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  17. August 19, 2016 at 3:12 am

    No more honey for us…I know, I know, that’s a very egocentric point of view (that’s how we humans have made Earth inhabitable in the first place). What a sad but brilliant story!

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    • August 19, 2016 at 7:17 am

      Some other world will soon be getting the benefit of the bees’ honey ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  18. August 19, 2016 at 3:57 am

    i’m hoping it was just a bad dream.

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    • August 19, 2016 at 7:23 am

      Me too. I’m sure I saw a little hive-shaped spaceship lifting off last night, though…

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  19. August 19, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Beautiful environmental anthology!
    Wonderful imagination!

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    • August 19, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      Thanks! I don’t know where I come up with these ๐Ÿ™‚
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  20. August 20, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Surprisingly powerful for such a short piece. On a deep level, bees dying is a sign of failed crops and food shortages, our impact on the environment is so huge.

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    • August 21, 2016 at 6:49 am

      Thanks! Yes, I thought it was time I wrote something about the lack of bees around these days. It’s a vicious circle, I fear – fewer crops and flowers means fewer bees means fewer crops and flowers…
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  21. August 22, 2016 at 4:04 am

    I love this. As you say, it’s topical – the reduction in bee numbers is another self-inflicted tragedy for the ‘two-legend mammals’. I’m glad your bees are making it to safety, and I just love the roles you’ve assigned them. Very good – a quirky tone, until the last line, to deliver a very sad message.

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  22. August 22, 2016 at 5:20 am

    Not fit for man or bee…well that says it all!

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  23. August 25, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Quite a sad and disturbing theme in this one – and very well told. The falling numbers of bees is alarming but habitat destruction continues. I love the idea of the hive-shaped spaceship heading for ‘worlds unknown’.

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    • September 5, 2016 at 10:47 am

      Yes, the poor things are running out of places to live. A spaceship is the only option ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  24. August 27, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    I hope the bees find a new planet, far away from those two-legged mammals. The decline of the bees is worrying, though I haven’t noticed a shortage of them around here – the meadow attracts a lot! Great story. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • August 28, 2016 at 5:37 am

      Although I was out and about more as a kid, I’m sure that there were far more bees and wasps around in the 70s. If my parents had the windows open the house would be full of them.
      I’m sure there’s millions around that lovely meadow you visit, though ๐Ÿ™‚

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