Insectivorous Invader

Charlie and I were sitting in the front room listening to a Barbara J. King lecture on biological anthropology (YES, we really were, okay?), and I looked up and saw this. I’n’t he just the cutest li’l dickens?

So he was like, “Lady, that’s embarrassing!” And I was like, “You’re the one who isn’t wearing pants.” But I quit being inside taking pictures of his underside and went outside and took pictures of his topside.

He reminded me of Toady, this stuffed frog I used to have who did impressions of stars and movie scenes. But this is supposed to be a short post for the A-to-Z Challenge–writing short is turning out to be the biggest challenge for me–so I’ll save Toady for another time. I still have him, actually, kinda-sorta.

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But one last picture, of my welcome invader, welcome because he was up on the window eating the bugs attracted to the inside light.

WRITING PROMPT: Have your main character find another species in or about his/her home. Is it a danger to your character, or an annoyance or a blessing?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Insectivorous Invader

  1. 교인애 Inae Kyo

    April 11, 2011 at 12:58pm

    It made me think about all the little frogs I find in my basement on the damp days, right next to the portal to hell. (Yes, I have a portal to hell in my basement, not to proper hell though, to one of those damp paganish hells, from which the River Styx leaks from time to time. )

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      Marian Allen

      April 11, 2011 at 1:57pm

      Damp hell = yuck

      Are the little frogs souls who have wandered out of hell, or imps taking a cigarette break or what? Just little frogs and nothing more mystical than that? 😉

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  2. Nate Wilson

    April 11, 2011 at 1:10pm

    He may not have been wearing any pants (great line, by the way), but at least he wasn’t singing and dancing incessantly like ol’ Michigan J. Frog…

    Although, on second thought, that would have been fun, too.

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      Marian Allen

      April 11, 2011 at 1:58pm

      If I’d had a tiny little top hat and cane, he would totally have been in costume for the picture….

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  3. Elizabeth Twist

    April 13, 2011 at 9:23pm

    Ha ha! That comment on the last photo is hilarious! Visiting via A to Z. Nice to meet you!

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      Marian Allen

      April 14, 2011 at 9:43am

      Thanks, Elizabeth! You’re the only person who seems to have noticed it. 🙂 Nice to meet you, too!

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