Saturday, November 05, 2005

Chapter 15.

Nime’s next thought came to her as a calculation. Her problem was 5 wasps. Making 5 wasps into 0 wasps was 5-5. Suddenly she saw the mushroom’s poison as her subtraction sign.

She flew back to the patch, to tell them about the mushrooms.

“So they’ll be OK. They can slowly creep into the shade. Rodger isn’t going to take the trunk of the tree, only the top. They’ll eat the tree for years to come, with plenty of shade and rainy days.”

All the flowers shivered at the sound of shade.

Nime told the flowers about the poison mushroom. This thrilled Illy and Lilly. Neither had secretions, even non-poison secretions. They delighted in the descriptions of the poison collection, thick and oily, cupped in the mushroom’s flesh and overflowing into a central pool.

It was deliciously repulsive.

“Monstrous,” Illy said.

“What?” Lilly hadn’t heard.

Illy repeated herself. It seemed even worse when she said it again, “Monstrous creature.”

“I’m sure they’d find you equally unappealing,” Nime said under her breath. “Do you know what this means?”

The flowers looked at her, then at each other, and then at Mr. Azure, who shook his stem no.

“If I get the wasps to eat the poison mushroom, they will die.”

“But how will you...”

“I’ll bring it to them and poison the hive. I can move. I can bring.”

And with that, Nime flew towards the mushrooms.




Nime knew about poison. All bees knew about pollen that, attached to your hind legs, could be carried back to the hive, spread around, and give everyone the same sort of cold.

But this was something else entirely. Nime flew to the red mushroom.

“How poisonous are you?”

“Very.”

“Against insects?”

“I used to have a moth problem. You wanna taste and find out?” The mushroom spoke proudly, as people can when they talk about themselves. Nime knew several moths, although not the tree varieties. Bees and moths both seek out flowers and Nime never trusted moths, with their wings tucked slyly behind their backs. Still, she shivered at the thought.

“What happened to them?”

“They eat, then they die.”

Nime shook her head, “No. How? Quick, slow? What happens after they eat?”

“Depends on the dose. Sometimes they give a little flutter and that’s it. Others get wobbly for a longer time and then drop off. It’s nothing exciting.”

“How long does it take to work?”

“After it’s in the system, as quick as a falling branch.”

3 Comments:

Blogger acumamakiki said...

Truly compelling and yes, the circle of life but in an interesting way. Especially because the flowers seemed at first to view Nime as good and she (?) is but she is full of revenge and doesn't waver. Since Rodger didn't do her biding, she has now found the poisonous mushroom to carry out her plans......sinister!

6:53 PM  
Blogger Doc NOS said...

Very sinister. Things are brewing for a very nasty treat for the wasps. But there's a bit of a twist to come. Next chapter on Henry the wasp.

8:49 PM  
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