The Plan – Friday Fictioneers, July 2022

Copyright Bill

“It just isn’t working.”

“I know.”

His dirt-ingrained fingers rake through his grizzled grey hair.

“The fertiliser’s feckin’ useless these days, so the crops can’t thrive… and while they’re sanitising insecticides to the point where they no longer work, pests are becoming hardier than ever.”

“I know.”

“We’re saving the planet… I get that… but who for?  There’ll be no food… unless we start to eat insects.”

They listen to the skittering of god-knows-what on the roof, and the furtive scratching of mandibles beneath the door. 

He starts to sob.

“And the insects… they know that.”

You hear a lot of talk about eating insects these days, don’t you? Just sayin’… Thanks to Rochelle for leading Friday Fictioneers every week, we’re all very grateful for what you do.

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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47 Responses to The Plan – Friday Fictioneers, July 2022

  1. michael1148humphris says:

    Critters deep fried, not for me. However there might be a place for cockroach soup. In the bin. But your story I right enjoyed. It is full of favour

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    Tasty, nutrititious, with a crisp crunch. And so easily farmed.

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  3. Dear Sandra,

    Perhaps if the insects are chocolate covered. Or deep fried. People eat just about anything if it’s deep fried. 😉 I fear the only thing the pesticides are killing is the human race. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  4. Anita says:

    Pesticides & insecticides will no longer be needed!
    Insect-farming is a trend.
    Some nations have been eating insects for quite some time.

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  5. Vartika says:

    Insects are real threat and they really know this..This is true. I enjoyed your story

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  6. Iain Kelly says:

    Of course, they’ll be here long after we’ve gone.

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  7. Free range, sustainable, what’s not to like?

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  8. msjadeli says:

    Oh that last line! I wish it wasn’t true…

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  9. Dale says:

    Methinks they have a whole ‘nother reason to worry about the insects… Now I feel all creepy crawly over my skin!

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  10. Not a good omen for our future.

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  11. R.M. Carlson says:

    Loved your take on the prompt!

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  12. Forestwood says:

    Insects will rule the world when we are long gone. There is nothing worse than lying in bed listening to the scutter of cockroaches or seeing those large leaf devouring grasshoppers decimate plants. It is hard to be kind to the earth but we must try. Great story that says so much.

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  13. Bill says:

    A chilling story, Sandra. In the end, they will win. 🙂

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  14. They listen to the skittering of god-knows-what on the roof. Well, that line certainly made my skin crawl. Well done.

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  15. James McEwan says:

    Ah Sandra, a dystopian world indeed. where monster insects devour us all.

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  16. I once ate dried chocolate ants. I didn’t know it until afterwards.
    I wretched as much as I could but nothing. I guess I
    must have chewed them real well. LOL
    I hope it doesn’t come to this but one never knows.
    Interesting thoughts with a bit of UGH on eating insects.
    Isadora 😎

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  17. What a great story, Sandra, the all-too-plausible doom of it. I especially loved the creepiness of the last line. I could see this as a great thriller movie.

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  18. poetisatinta says:

    That is such a great piece – sounds like the start of a really good horror novel or movie!

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  19. GHLearner says:

    Hehe, that was great. Here they come, makes you wonder who’ll eat whom. Kill too many of a sort, and they’ll form resistance. Nature knows that, the chemical industry does, too, but they only care for the money. About eating insects: I’ve seen a documentary about startups that produce dog and cat food from insect protein. Not a bad idea if you ask me. And youngsters may have less of a problem with insect protein. Me, gulp, no, I’d rather go vegan.

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    • Sandra says:

      Yes, I’ve seen one or two articles about insect pet food. My new cat has a number of food allergies, generally I think to the proteins in regular food. I may find myself resorting to that line. Thanks for reading.

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  20. granonine says:

    This could be a great set-up for a horror story. Really well done.

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  21. authorfleurl says:

    Those reality tv shows that are supposedly deep in the jungle with cameramen all around them…they eat bugs. I can’t see it catching on though. But I can definitely see the potential for a horror story with this. Well done.

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