Lampyris Noctiluca


Northern Territory, January 1933

Hot lazy arvo here in outpost 606. The Dust Cloud looming on the horizion. It hasn't moved since our arrival. It might move at any second but. That's why we're here.

The men are running out of patience and grog. I wonder which is worse. I understand them: countless days in the outback, waiting for the Earth to start trembling, and Hell to break loose. A matter of time.

Those diabolic creatures...

We know our enemy. We have witnessed them leap out of the Dust Cloud and we have seen their mighty tails. We know that fighting today is fighting to die.

We know this bloody war was waged against us by Nature in order to take this Land back.

The emus attacked us first.

Now is the turn of the 'roos.

The troops are ready.


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Robert Quick

Robert Quick

Even knowing that my prompt errr prompted this and seeing the troops in bold, I still didn't get it until I referred back to the list. I guess my brain is slow today. My money is on the kangaroos. I don't know that they are mean but I always got a sense.

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Lampyris Noctiluca

Lampyris Noctiluca

Yes, the reference was somewhat obscure. My bad :-) Thank you for commenting. Kangaroos... To me, they look peaceful enough BUT I know they can grow pretty massive. I read that the biggest confirmed one stood 6'10! I wouldn't mess with it.

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Story prompt:

I am positively inclined toward collective animal names. Use one (real or that you made up) in a story. Here is a short list. More are out there if these aren't to taste. https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/99-strange-collective-animal-names

Collective names for animals, real and otherwise by Robert Quick

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