Big Feet

Photo by: Mike Vore

Photo by: Mike Vore

Justin was sixteen when his dad, Greg, first took him out on patrol. They walked past burned out relics from the war.

“I named my most critical gear after old girlfriends,” said Greg. “My signals scanner could detect RolyPolie transmissions and translate them. I named it after Whitney ’cause she eavesdropped on people’s conversations.”

“Makes sense,” said Justin, looking around carefully. The alien invaders had been largely defeated, but some still wandered the countryside. Thus the need to patrol. Folks called them “RolyPolies” because the Pillbug-like aliens rolled into a ball when wounded.

“I named my plasma rifle after Jodie. She was hot tempered.”

“Uh huh.” Justin pointed at a rusted, antique truck marked “Daisy May.” “What’s that old thing?”

“It’s just camouflage for…”

The truck suddenly rose up on tall metal legs. It stomped with one of its four enormous feet and squished a charging RolyPolie.

Greg beamed with pride. “Best bug stomping machine ever made!”

Justin wiped splashed alien ichor from his shirt. “Daisy May hated bugs?”

“Nope. She had big feet.”
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Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: https://flashfictionforaspiringwriters.wordpress.com/2017/02/06/fffaw-challenge-week-of-february-7-2017/

Author’s notes:

Sowbug/Pillbug/RolyPolies: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armadillidiidae

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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17 Responses to Big Feet

  1. James says:

    Daisy May the Transformer.

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  2. luckyjc007 says:

    Years ago we could have used a machine like Daisy May. There were lots of RolyPolies ( I had forgotten all them…never see them anymore) Maybe there was a Daisy around back then, and they were stomped out! There’s a reason for every thing.

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    • EagleAye says:

      I hadn’t seen them in a long time too. Recently I did and I was delighted. It was a bug you could pick up as a child and not worry about getting stung or bitten. Maybe lift up more stones. You can usually find them there. That’s assuming Daisy May hasn’t been through already. 😉 Thanks much! 🙂

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  3. jmwwriting says:

    Yay! Aliens and humor, my favorite combination.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Hahahahaha! So funny! Daisy May didn’t hate RolyPolies, she just had big feet! LOL! Cute story!

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  5. Lyn says:

    Good old Daisy May, it proves there’s life in the old girl yet 😀 LOL a bit like my 9-year-old granddaughter. She wears a size 9 shoe — 40-41 in US sizes I think. it’s the same size I wear. Her Dad wears a size 15.

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  6. Joyfrida says:

    Hahahaha that was hilarious! I have small feet and they are very delighted at squashing bugs 😀 I might be a psychopath.

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  7. Ha! Transformer aliens, a reminiscent moment of old girlfriends, and a bonding experience. A great three-in-one deal! I was entertained from the beginning to the end. B-D

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  8. michael1148humphris says:

    Please send Daisy May to Yorkshire – We have plenty of Roly Polies here.🙂

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