Squad action

“We’re going to need more men on this!”

“Sir! Yes, sir!”

The one that had spoken peeled away from the column and headed back to base, double time. The rest of them continued to reconnoitre.

That boy will go far, the squad leader thought to himself. When ordered to jump, he doesn’t even ask ‘how high?’

He turned his mind back to the task at hand. The area was full of usable material, all in good condition. Where to begin?

Just then, a shadow appeared overhead; the napkin was hoisted into the air and thrown away, ants and all.

Image credit: Ted Strutz

Word count: 99
Prompt: Friday Fictioneers

Wind the frog!

About peNdantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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32 Responses to Squad action

  1. neilmacdon says:

    I like to think ants are cooperative rather than hierarchical

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  2. Iain Kelly says:

    So close to a bonanza, only to have it snatched away! Good fun :-)

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  3. I thought ants as soon as I started to read this one! Very good loved it.

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  4. Tom says:

    I didn’t think of ants, Pendantry, and the picture made me think of an animated chess set for some reason, which carried through the first few lines. My imagination takes me to the oddest places! Good one! 🙂

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  5. I loved it :) Never thought of ants at all till the last line. Maybe because most of the worker and soldier ants are female :) But the ending was a lovely surprise.

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  6. tedstrutz says:

    Damn, that was good. Funny where a prompt takes one.

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  7. Sandra says:

    I love an anthropomorphic take. (See what I did there?) :(

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  8. Got me by surprise. I thought it would be about people fighting for the last chip.

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  9. I was not anticipating – pardon the pun! Brilliant.

    Here’s mine!

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  10. ceayr says:

    Can ants jump?
    Just kidding, this was fun

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  11. Dale says:

    This was a fun take (I immediately thought ants, too – but I have watched “Antz” once too often, maybe!)

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  12. msjadeli says:

    I thought it was human soldiers having a picnic until the end. Anthropomorphized ants is a fun spin. Neat froggy icon also!

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  13. granonine says:

    You surprised me! Took me ad second to realize I was reading about ants :). Well done!

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