Flash Fiction Challenge: Invasive Species

This week, the paperback of Invasive landed.

Presently, I am in a shed that has once again, in a timely fashion, become a staging ground for gigantic carpenter ants. I have two above my head right now. I had three above my head five minutes ago, but one literally dropped down onto my hand as I was typing an email.

So, I figure that makes a good flash fiction challenge.

The book is called Invasive.

The idea is, in part, about invasive species.

So, write about that. In whatever capacity you so choose. Take inspiration from it. Needn’t be sci-fi. What’s an invasive species look like in fantasy or horror? How could it figure into a crime or mystery story?

Length: ~1500 words

Due by: June 9th, Friday, noon EST

Post at your online space.

Drop a link in the comments below.

29 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: Invasive Species”

  1. Naturally, I chose the non-obvious meaning of “invasive species”, though it still has an invasive animal species.

    Not for the squeamish!


    There’s a slightly shorter German version of this one, too (it got expanded during translation into English). I did that to have this double for a challenge to post 10 stories during June http://thomasdiehl.eu/?p=4885

    I think this is the first time I did something that downright qualifies as horror.

  2. The second Amelia Dare, Baby Girl Detective story, which was originally sparked by the idea of a noir/crime fiction story, but in a children’s day care setting. All of it inspired by my daughter.

    Woven in an invasive species, to be sure, as the title might indicate — Amelia Dare, Baby Girl Detective: The Case of the Creepy Crawlies



    • Interesting approach. At first I had my doubts about the baby-girl detective approach, but it works. I liked the story and found it amusing. Good for Amelia for thwarting that invasion!

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