#Carrotranch flash fiction challenge – Wet Ink

The Parktown Prawn, also know as the African king cricket or tusked king cricket, is found throughout Southern Africa.

According to Wikipedia [and my own experience], “A large specimen may grow to be 6 to 7 cm (2.8 in) or more, with long whip-like antennae extending to about the same length. The exoskeleton is orange to light brown, with darker brown or black stripes across the abdomen. The conspicuous markings probably are aposematic in effect. A large specimen can jump more than a metre high.”

Charli Mills over at Carrot Range gave the words “Wet Ink” as her flash fiction challenge this week. This is what came to mind:

“She sat working on her laptop in the dark. The power was of and she had a deadline to deliver on. The lights suddenly came back on and she looked up. Perched on top of her screen was a huge Parktown Prawn. She shrieked and jumped backwards. The enormous bug jumped to the floor and scuttled towards the doorway. She grabbed a heavy book and brought it down on the creature. When she lifted the book, she saw it was dead. A viscous black substance oozed out of its crushed body. It looked like it was leaking wet ink.”

You can join in Charli’s challenge here: https://carrotranch.com/2018/01/12/january-11-flash-fiction-challenge/

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Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town

65 thoughts on “#Carrotranch flash fiction challenge – Wet Ink

    1. Thanks Wayne, we don’t actually kill them. I catch them and put them over the wall into the neighbour’s garden [tee hee]. They squirt running black inky stuff when they are scared so that is how I know about it.

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  1. Ooh, Robbie. As much as I am against killing little creatures, sometimes I, too, make exceptions. I love prawns usually, but I wouldn’t be too keen on this one – especially on my computer screen! Thanks for the education as well. I hadn’t heard of this one before – or of the word “aposematic “. Well done.

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      1. I love cricket. I love the idea of giants playing cricket in the street. Yes I think that might catch on. It could be a thing. Vincent Van Der Bijl should be in the team. He was a giant.

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