31 Days of Shocktober Drabbles: State Bird

Randee Dawn
Oct 9 · 1 min read
Peregrine falcon (Photo by Randee Dawn)

“Enjoyin’ Maine so fah?” the driver asked Emmi, unloading her suitcase from the truck.

Emmi scratched a welt on her hand. “Your bugs are … lively.”

“Ayup. Mahskitos. State bird, dontchaknow.” He yanked a 12-gauge from the rack. “Duck, miss.”

An insect the size of cat swooped over the hotel — and disintegrated in the blast. “Don’t fret,” said the driver, a mad glint in his eye. “‘Twas but a babe.”

Emmi’s eyes were saucers.

“Alas,” he said, reloading and donning an Army helmet, “when ya do fah the babe, Mama comes next.”

Emmi glanced over her shoulder.

The sky darkened.

Day 9 of 31: 100-word Drabbles.

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