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Monday, September 26, 2011

Welcome To The Imago Tavern

The place was dead as a windshield. She gave the bar top another pointless mirror polish and then she felt it. After all these years she could still sense when The Season began, not in her loins or her blood, but an echo deep in the lacuna of her exoskeleton.





She lit a smoke, taking a satisfied gander at her retirement plan. She was long past fertile and now she had a different kind of vault to fill. This little hole-in-the-wall had been just the ticket. It was stocked and ready.


Soon it would be crawling with every young bug in the city hopped up on hormones and grass clippings, filling the air with a miasma of pheromones thick enough to choke a lady cockroach and definitely turn one on. With oscitated jaws and frisky antennas, bugs would buy her booze and rub legs across the table until it was time to get to the propagating.



Inevitably there would be one lone fellow left moping after the last pair skittered out. She’d eat him; head first this year. Some call it the way of the wild, but she liked to think it was synchronicity. She hadn’t been wild in ages.

If you're in the Write Campaign and it didn't bug you, please give my little story a thumbs up!

#114 Welcome To The Imago Tavern - HERE

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I hope you enjoyed my entry into the second Write Campain Challenge.  I took all the extra challengs too and boy are my wings tired!

Write a blog post in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, whether flash fiction, non-fiction, humorous blog musings, poem, etc. The blog post should:
· include the word "imago" in the title
· include the following 4 random words: "miasma," "lacuna," "oscitate," "synchronicity,"
If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional and included in the word count), make reference to a mirror in your post.
For those who want an even greater challenge (optional), make your post 200 words EXACTLY


31 comments:

Crystal Cheverie said...

'Kay, I really, reeeeeally don't like bugs... But I LOVED your story! It was tight - just really well put-together and complete, and I liked the macabre humour.

K.T. Hanna said...

At first the starting line confused me, but as I read on, it made me laugh. Fantastic first line.

Great little twist on the challenge and really good usage of the words.

Christine Rains said...

Ha! That was cute. The first line confused me too, but the insect humor came together as it went on. Good job!

A.E. Martin said...

This was really cool I liked how different it was being told from a bug's perspective, the words really fit in with that.

MC Rogerson said...

Brilliant! Great voice - so deadpan.

Laila Knight said...

I love the Imago Tavern. That was well done, so creative. I'll never look at a bug the same again. :)

Jennifer Groepl said...

Love it! Very cheeky and fun!

F.E. Sewell said...

Cute!

This line made me laugh out loud:

"crawling with every young bug in the city hopped up on hormones and grass clippings"

Fairview said...

Ingenious. Very cute!

daniel-r-marvello said...

Nice work! Imaginative and original.

Sarah Pearson said...

This was fun :-)

Jen said...

This is hilarious! Fantastic job. And I love the part about being hopped up on grass clippings. Also, she hadn't been wild in ages.
Mine is #3.

Alleged Author said...

This was an excellent twist!

storytreasury said...

God, I really don't like bugs. But this is a cute story, plus the line about eating some guy head first. LOL If only all the bugs were eaten, head first or otherwise.

Sara Biren said...

Very clever! BTW, I mentioned you for an award over: http://crowriverwriter.blogspot.com/2011/09/catching-up-and-awards.html

Have a great week!

julie fedderson said...

And the moral of the story is to leave before closing time! Loved this, nice take on a buggy bar room.

bridgetstraub.com said...

I love "dead as a windsheild" I think thay's going to be my new catch phrase! Nice job. Mine is #29

Catherine A. Winn said...

Loved your bug story--kept my attention! Didn't enter this time but am enjoying reading the others.

Sheri L. Swift said...

Very nice description and cute! ; )

Claire said...

So much fun. Had to read it a couple of times to really get it, but it was worth it. Nice inclusion of the words, well done. I am #133.

David Powers King said...

You know that saying that guys say sometimes? "Why are you biting my head off?" I think that's a fair idea of where that term came from. Awesome atmosphere you created here.

Great job, Kate! :)

Jessica Therrien said...

That was pretty dang close to perfect. Wow...I'm voting for you :) Thanks for reading mine!

Rachel said...

Great job! I've given you a blog award, stop on by to pick it up :D

http://rachelbeansblog.blogspot.com/2011/09/im-back.html

Angelina C. Hansen said...

Loved it! Didn't bug me at all ^_^

Ciara said...

Okay, my worst fear in life is roaches. *shivers* Great job with the challenge. I'm a new follower from the campaign and #127 in this challenge.

Angela Orlowski-Peart said...

Great twist - love how easily you managed to tell the story from the bug perspective. So fun! I'm gonna vote for your story :-)

Tara Tyler said...

yay for a buggy bar story!
great job, i like that she puts the lonely one out of his misery =)

Sher A. Hart said...

Oh so perfectly set up for that wild ending. This is great. Mind is more a flightly entry, #52. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did yours. If you go through my home page, you'll see my chocolate follower contest.

raelynbarclay said...

Bug pick up bar, LOL. Great use of the challenge words!

Karen deBlieck said...

I loved your original take on the challenge. It was well done and it made me laugh.

#189

Lesann Berry said...

This is great fun - really enjoyed how smooth it is and I love the vibe from the character. Excellent.