Sunday Photo Fiction — Answered Prayers

4BEF8069-26FA-4D03-8BC2-48E8AE35D22B“Whatcha doing, Sweetie?”

Paul was squatting on the patio gazing intently at the siding of their house with what appeared to be a vacant look in his eyes, as if mesmerized while staring at nothing in particular. He pointed to a bug on the wall.

Carrie followed Paul’s gaze and saw a large bug on the low on the wall. “That’s a praying mantis,” she told him.

“A praying mantis?” Paul exclaimed. “Is it poisonous? Does it bite or sting?”

“Oh no,” said Carrie. “In fact, in some parts of the world, it is considered good luck if one of these curious looking bugs lands on you.”

“Good luck? Why is it good luck to have a stick bug land on you?” Paul asked.

“I honestly don’t know why,” Carrie answered.

“Why is it called a praying mantis,” Paul asked.

Carrie sighed. “Maybe because of the way the it holds up the front of its body and positions its large front legs. It appears as though it’s praying, doesn’t it?”

Paul suddenly jumped up from his squatting position, kicked out his foot, and crushed the bug against the wall.

“So much for answered prayers,” he said, grinning wickedly.

(198 words)

This is a twofer. It is written for today’s one-word prompt, “particular,” as well as for this week’s Sunday Photo Fiction prompt.

24 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction — Answered Prayers

  1. Suze November 19, 2017 / 9:52 am

    euuuuuuuuuuuuuu, I like Paul right up to the end, then I wanted to slap the crap out of him!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango November 19, 2017 / 11:43 am

      Yeah, he’s obviously a spoiled little brat.


  2. bethanyk November 19, 2017 / 10:12 am

    The only creature that scares the piss out of me!!!!!!!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango November 19, 2017 / 10:45 am

      So you don’t buy that it’s good luck to have one land on you?


      • bethanyk November 19, 2017 / 4:28 pm

        Not if i have a heart attack and die!

        Liked by 1 person

  3. James November 19, 2017 / 10:13 am

    Perhaps something similar waits for someone who would commit an act of destruction for no other reason than it gave him pleasure.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Michael November 19, 2017 / 10:50 am

    I like it because i hated Paul with just a few words…

    Liked by 1 person

  5. newepicauthor November 19, 2017 / 11:13 am

    The female praying mantis often decapitates and then ingests the head of its male mate after copulation.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Marilyn Armstrong November 19, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    I’m scared of bugs, but praying mantises eat other bugs. Big ugly bugs. They are worth preserving.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango November 19, 2017 / 3:38 pm

      I agree. They look so frail, who would want to kill one, although as someone said, they do eat their husbands.


  7. baddadcartoons101 November 19, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    The male PM is not actually referred to as “husband”. The female calls him her “baby daddy” and then she eats his head!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. rugby843 November 20, 2017 / 7:40 am

    Ewww, thst is definitely bad luck! What? Of course I’m not superstitious….

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Sight11 November 20, 2017 / 5:55 pm

    So it’s God but squashing mantis instead of an anthill?

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Sunday Fiction November 26, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    This is where the Praying Mantis Mechazoid comes round the corner and squishes Paul

    Liked by 1 person

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