Posted: April 17, 2013 in dark, fiction, writing
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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for all her work and organization. You can visit her site and read through the other Flash Fiction Friday postings at:


For those who are new, Rochelle shares a photo prompt to which several #FridayFictioneers compose a 100-word flash of fiction. Come, taste the thrill.

My contribution:

Food Chain

Situation Room, 17APR2013, 1806 Hours

“Tell me what I’m looking at?”

“It’s a housing unit, sir.”

“Looks like a wasp nest,” observed one of the joint chiefs as he passed the multi-celled, gray-paper bell to the POTUS, who simply directed, “Explain.”

A crackly voice emanated from a cube on the table. “It’s an engineered bee. Project Honey-Pot.”

“Right. To preserve crop pollination. The common honeybee is extinct.”

“Precisely. We’ve designed a hybrid hornet-honeybee.”

“Great. So, what’s the problem?”

A shiny dome began to wriggle from one of the cellular recesses, then another, antennae exploring, testing, searching, serrated jaws churning.

“They’re venomous, sir. And extremely unstable.”



  1. Maggie says:

    Genetically altered bees. Doesn’t seem so science fiction ;-O I like your story!

  2. That could be a big problem, even more so than the lack of honey bees!


  3. Carrie says:

    dum dum dummmmm…bad things always happen when science tries to meddle!! Just look at the Africanized honeybee.

    Great tale. You definitely built up the tension and fear.

  4. Loved the tension in this, slowly rising to the conclusion.

  5. zookyworld says:

    Just when we’ve gotten comfortable with Priuses, here’s a hybrid we need to run from. An inventive story from the photo prompt.

  6. Shreyank says:

    hope they set the experiment right or there is some trouble ahead !

  7. Jan Brown says:

    Great story. Makes one wonder what micro-beasts may be in the design process now!

  8. Joe Owens says:

    When we play creator we get in trouble. There are always peripheral effects we cannot see.

  9. Danielle Karns says:

    makes me smile and wriggle at the same time

    Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2013 22:02:24 +0000 To: dmkarns@hotmail.com

  10. rheath40 says:

    Great story. Wanted it to go on and on. How would it end? With the demise of mankind, or the genetically altered bee?

  11. Lyn says:

    Typical blasted government…always stuffing things up!
    Think I might have to follow you, I like your writing style 🙂

  12. genetically altered spells trouble
    great edge of your seat story

  13. Sandra says:

    I don’t think I’ll forget that picture of the shiny dome emerging from the cell…

  14. Dear JK,
    A well-crafted, if not highly disturbing story. How close is this to imminent reality?

  15. unspywriter says:

    Ack! You leave us hanging? 😉 Very well-structured and excellent tension building.

    Here’s mine: http://unexpectedpaths.com/friday-fictioneers/empty-nest-optimism/

  16. Anne Orchard says:

    Oh dear, hope the vice-president is not in the room – and that he didn’t engineer the whole thing 🙂 Well done.

  17. kdillmanjones says:

    So, not a great solution to the bee problem! Nice story.

  18. Loved it. Don’t mess with a bee like that.

  19. Very nice. Why wouldn’t I be surprised if scientists made artificial bees and still made them venomous?

  20. I’m not much on science fiction but this may be closer to the truth than we know.

  21. Sarah Ann says:

    Love this, but fear that ending. Scientists come to the rescue again – not.

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