FFF Prompt moths

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

Come, enjoy another oldie. These bring back fond memories.

Here’s my contribution:


The facility far beneath the vacant cinder-block structure had been closed two years, a defunct burger front above. This reticent spicule of urban sprawl on the edge of Harrisonburg forever unsuspecting. Experiments, cries for mercy, now ghostly whispers wafting up twelve stories of cement throat, echoing into deserted prep zones once deploying manipulated strains of polyunsaturated fat. Something new flitted from the depths; like burnt smolders of paper, seething, came the vectors. Such lovely moths. Beautiful metamorphosis married biochemistry. Paralytic liquid secreted as wings unfurled, dried to dust, dispersed during gyroscopic flight.

Nearby, recess bells marked the beginning.


  1. Miles Rost says:

    Soylent moths are made of people? I like this! Very imaginative!

  2. micklively says:

    Inspired writing.

  3. liz young says:

    This read like poetry in a post-apocalyptic world.

  4. Dear JK,

    “manipulated strains of polyunsaturated fat” and “cement throat,” practically poetic. This piece is chilling yet uplifting. Well done.



  5. Sandra says:

    Poetically good!

  6. gahlearner says:

    Oh, this is beautifully written and so scary, it gives me goosebumps. Beautiful moths being vectors for disease, there is no stopping it.

  7. I get something like a Sweeney Todd mixed with apocalyptic destruction.. and those moths might have been the only hope.

  8. I wondered what was in that burger. Very well told. A horror story of untold depth!

  9. gravadee says:

    A different take on the prompt. Good One

  10. rgayer55 says:

    A spooky story and the last line provides icing for the cake. Well done.

  11. A cement throat.
    Great descriptions here.

  12. I love your consistency in delivering good horror stories week after week.

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