Stories for the Children of a Strange World: Insects

Revisiting Stories for the Children of a Strange world in light of technological changes and parallel thinking…

The Lagoon

The following short story is the first chapter of a book called ‘Stories for the Children of a Strange World’. The book is planned to have short stories, such at this, alternate with with a broader narrative told in second person that links them all together. It’s an ambitious book that I hope to be able to finish over the next few years (written a few years ago… still hoping).

Chapter 1 – Insects

My sleep has been a prelude to death not invigoration for life.

Some sticky substance had attached itself to my leg.  It didn’t matter much though because I knew that I was done for.  The hovering, mechanical creatures were drawing in.

Looking at their polished bodies and clean, sharp claws you would imagine that their killing of a person might be surgical and calculated, but initially the three machines clumsily fought each other to get at…

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