Arizona Swarm

By Gypsie-Ami Offenbacher-Ferris

June 27: Story Challenge in 99-words

Hosted by Charli Mills

In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about swarms. What could swarm? How does the swarm impact the people or place in your story? Is there something unusual about the swarm? Go where the prompt leads!

It was hot. Bone dry with a southwesterly wind merging rainbow colored grains of sand to form rivers of hot dunes threatening everything in its path.

I lay on the ground out in the 100° sun repairing my camper. My old Class C was fading, but I kept tinkering to keep her going since she was not only my transportation but my permanent home.

A slight o ontttttyyo tickle on my cheek, I brushed it away without looking. More light touching, I brushed at it and felt resistance.

Looking up I see I’m surrounded by a sea of black. Tarantula swarm!


  1. Thank you so much Jaya! It was quite traumatic for this arachnophobe! 😳


  2. Jaya Avendel says:

    What a frightful scene in the final line, but I love the use of imagery! ❤

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  3. Was highly unpleasant or sure! 😳


  4. Sadje says:

    Oh nooooo 😱

    Liked by 1 person

  5. willowdot21 says:

    Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh, arrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh, arrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh

    Liked by 1 person

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