The Legend of Hornet Cave – Friday Fictioneers – 04/19/13

It’s time for Friday Fictioneers. As always, thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for leading this group.

I went for a sea story today. Don’t mess with the wasp. Personally, I think they’re evil and have nothing but malicious intent.

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Copyright-Janet Webb

The Legend of Hornet Cave (105 words)

“Wasps stung him, his body never found. A half-man, half-wasp creature flies over these parts. The other guy escaped, but died a mysterious death.”

“How?” asked Suzanne, shivering in the canoe.

“He fell from a chair while attempting to kill a wasp,” said Doug.

“Oh, please.”

They pushed the canoe into the sand. At the cave’s entrance, they beheld a nest the size of five human heads. Wasps trickled out. Suzanne pocketed a delicate piece of a wasp nest found in the sand.

Rowing back to shore, wasps dive-bombed their intruders. With one piercing sting, Suzanne screamed and released the nest back into the water.

57 thoughts on “The Legend of Hornet Cave – Friday Fictioneers – 04/19/13

  1. that had to have been one hell of a chair! ha! It was kind of eerie to me the wasp coming after them. I hate wasps, bees, hornets. ugh.


      1. I try not to kill any of them as they all serve a purpose, but I’m allergic so I do try to stay away if possible. ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. It’s not the fall that kills you, just the sudden stop at the bottom. So they say… I see you changed it to ladder, but I liked the chair and its mystery!

    Apparently the wasps were none too happy having a section of their home stolen. I don’t think I would be either if someone stole my bedroom!

    Enjoyed it Amy, especially the canoe imagery. Nice!


    1. Thanks, Christy! Thanks for your feedback. Maybe I’ll change it back. After all, I want it to be a little out there, so Suzanne is skeptical. It’s good for a laugh anyway, right? I’m glad you liked it.


      1. Your call Amy, I found myself drawn to the chair because it was different and unlikely, so, yes, it aids her skepticism I think.
        Comic relief can be good whenever tense, scary, and evil forces are at play (and wasps are all of those in my book!)


  3. I like the story, Amy, and would NOT want to see a nest the size of five human heads!!

    I find this last line, ” With one piercing blow, Suzanne screamed and released the nest back into the water”, a little confusing, though. Who or what gave the blow? Did the wasp sting her, which is what I think happened? In that case, it seems it would make more sense if it said something like, “After one piercing sting…” “Piercing blow” doesn’t seem to go together. A piercing scream, yes. A stinging (or other sort of) blow, yes. But what was the blow piercing?



  4. Dear Amy,
    The image of the wasps trickling from the nest the size of five human heads has me running for cover. I detest the little beasts. Good visuals. Stinging story.


  5. I love caves when I was a kid, there is something mysterious about them. This story really scratched my itch and I wanted more ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. That legend opens ideas….I wonder if that piercing sting is the last thing that will happen to her. Wasps are the best thing to have in fields. Much better than pesticide!


  7. I’ll make sure I’m never sitting on a chair when there’s a wasp around! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I liked this story, Amy, there is a lot of description and the words “they beheld a nest the size of five human heads” reminds me of a green ants nest I saw yesterday. I’m going to have to get a picture of it ๐Ÿ˜€


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