31 Days of Shocktober Drabbles: Harvest Season

Randee Dawn
Oct 18 · 1 min read
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Alicia tore into freshly-picked corn ear and without hesitation dove in, hardly tasting the candy. She was not going to be Grandpa’s harvest scarecrow.

But her big brother Timmy won by a minute. Alicia nearly cried. She hated birds.

Grandpa handed her a broom, then lashed her to a platform amid the plants. “Just swat ‘em,” he said. “And don’t make a face. Everybody in the fambly helps.”

“Guess it’s only dumb crows,” she mumbled.

Grandpa laughed. “Crows?”

A vast humming rose in the distance, louder than the combines. And Alicia realized: Crows don’t eat sugar.

But insects did.

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