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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Ants-Chapter 5

Here's something new:
I found an actual ant hill on the tennis courts at the Jersey 34. The weird things is that those have been there since 2009 and no one's reported it to the managers, yet. Either that or the ants have kept coming back every year.

  "Don’t go near that mound of dirt!” cried  Thomas' mother. “Remember, your father just sprayed it with the ant killing acid!”
   “I know,” Thomas grumbled to himself. Honestly, wasn’t it he who found the ant hill in the first place? He had been the one to report the insects' home to his parents for easy extermination. It was just a shame that his father had rid the yard of ants before he could study any of them. Too bad his mother had a phobia of insects. Why had he reported his finding to his parents in the first place, he couldn't tell any longer. Most scientists that he admired usually did their research before showing the public. Maybe he should learn from them.
   Thomas sighed and walked off to look for some other form of entertainment, since he obviously wouldn’t be able to find the ants now.
   Out of the blue, he noticed a scrap of hotdog meat from a previous day's picnic on the ground and conjured a wicked smile.
   ‘What if I let them find me, instead,’ he thought.
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   Annetta shivered as she followed the rest of the refugees on their search for a new home. Only a few days earlier, their hill had been destroyed by the giants and their Queen had died along with their soldiers in the poisonous gas emitted from the Fog.
   ‘She was so young, too young to die,’ she lamented as they went on their way.
   Even with the Queen dead, the colony was still alive and bursting to move on. It was just good luck that they still had potential Queens in the colony. Annetta envied those females sometimes, after all, they would have longer life spans and were able to reproduce and become Queen. She admitted that the thought of all that power was a bit tempting even though she knew that each ant in the colony was born for one reason only and that despite being seemingly useless, she served as a factor for the greater good of the colony.
   Left was scurrying around beside the group, helping all the ants that had broken legs and antennae. Annetta smiled, yet she still wondered about how the colony would continue to survive, what with all the vile fumes back at the Hill? She feared for all the ants lives, mostly the lives of the Queens, who were the ones chosen at birth to start new colonies of their own. 
   Still, she knew that their lives would still go on. A new Queen would eventually be chosen, and a new Hill would be found. New ants would be born and more food would be needed to feed them. More food searched for and brought back to their new colony by her.
   ‘It’s going to be a long day,’ she mused.

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