FFfAW — The Ant Hill

“Whoa! What the hell is that?” Jim asked.

“It’s an ant hill,” Mr. Stevens answered.

The students gathered around the tall formation. “I’ve never seen one that big,” Sharon said.

“I think you’re wrong, Mr. Stevens,” Brian said. “It’s the petrified remains of a tree trunk.”

“I agree with Brian,” Sally said. “It’s way too big to be an ant hill.”

“Actually,” Mr. Stevens explained, “some ants create soft, low hills out of dirt or sand. Others build towering creations of clay. Ant hills can range from less than an inch high to over ten feet high.”

“Ten feet high! Wow,” said Jim.

“Yes,” said Mr. Stevens. “Ant hills have many chambers connected by tunnels. These small rooms serve different purposes. During the day, worker ants work nearer the top of the ant hill to stay warm. At night, they move back to the lower chambers.

“How long did it take the ants to build this hill?” Brian asked.

But before Mr. Steven could answer, Brian began feverishly kicking down the entire ant hill.

(173 words)

Written for this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers prompt from Priceless Joy. Photo credit: Yarnspinerr.

16 thoughts on “FFfAW — The Ant Hill

  1. baddadcartoons101 October 31, 2017 / 6:14 am

    Brian forgot his fidget spinner that day so he had to do something to release his impulsive energy

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  2. Varad October 31, 2017 / 8:19 am

    That’s one little sourpuss! Hope the ants bite his behind bigtime.

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  3. Priceless Joy October 31, 2017 / 9:14 am

    How sad that Brian kicked down this anthill! He is a very bad boy! Great story!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. James October 31, 2017 / 10:16 am

    That really is an ant hill? Wow. Wonder if the ants get revenge?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango October 31, 2017 / 11:36 am

      Yes, I believe it is an ant hill. And I think Brian deserves all the revenge those enterprising ants can deliver.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Iain Kelly October 31, 2017 / 10:28 am

    Brian seems like a typical kid – he’ll learn one day not to do that. Nice take.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango October 31, 2017 / 11:38 am

      Thanks, Iain. I do hope at some point he’ll learn to behave better.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. newepicauthor October 31, 2017 / 2:42 pm

    We have fire ants here in Florida and Brian probably would not mess with them once he got bit by them.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. michael1148humphris October 31, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    O Brian, naughty boy.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango October 31, 2017 / 6:50 pm

      Yes, he behaves like a rotten kid.


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