Water Striders

insect water strider

Skri water walks over to me. “Lookit – those things are on the island again.”

The short-limbed creatures watch me from the shores. I do not bounce as if to play, do not acknowledge them. Instead I reach below the surface to grab a chunk of algae.ย “I thought nothing lived on land.”

“You know what the elder says?” Skri leaned in close. “She thinks they’re monsters.”

The materially-rich monsters move as if to avoid scaring us. There’s something knowing about them, something intelligent, but they’re absent the holiness of water.

I shudder. Nothing with a soul walks on land.

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This sci-fi flash was written for the November 7th Flash Fiction Challenge on the Carrot Ranch.ย Water Walkers was the theme this week, and that made me think of water strider bugs. I invented an alien that is bigger, intelligent, and walks on water. The land creatures are supposed to be us treating the aliens like animals on a National Geographic.

Though I guess you could just read this as from the viewpoint of actual water striders, lol.

***Edit: I realized this also fit the prompt for D. Wallace Peach’s November Writing Challenge. Perhaps I will get off my lazy bum and write something special for it – but perhaps I will just let this one linger as my response. ๐Ÿ™‚

Photo by Tanguy Sauvin on Pexels.com

36 thoughts on “Water Striders

  1. Charli Mills says:

    I kind of like the POV of water striders, but it’s much more intriguing to consider a sci-fi with beings who walk on water with the reasoning that it denotes soul. There’s so much to play with that premise. Well done!

  2. Alexander Elliott says:

    I believe if the animal kingdom could talk they would both fear and loath humans. If the tables were turned we would be eradicated in short order! Great photo and story. There’s a novel in there just waiting for you…

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