Lemkin by Cecelia Hopkins-Drewer

Lemkin nosed his way around the object. It seemed too clumsy to fly, even though it had obviously fallen out of the sky.  It must be some sort of outdated technology. He tried climbing inside and sitting in what he presumed were meant to be seats. They seemed most uncomfortable, and there was nowhere to put his six legs.

Lemkin twiddled with the antennae on his head, communicating with head-base.  “Unidentified fallen object,” he twittered. “Unidentified fallen object.”

The Hive-mind responded within minutes. “Show us,” it said.

Lemkin enabled visual signal and the hive mind inspected the object.  “Ugly technology left over from the two legged species that used to dominate evolution,” the Hive eventually concluded.

“Where did it come from?” Lemkin asked.

“That indeed is the question,” the Hive replied. “They were a most destructive species, and their poisons almost completely eradicated our species… which would have destroyed the earth, because plants can’t reproduce without us bees.”

A shiver of fear raced through Lemkin, and the Hive was quick to reassure him.  “Even if a few did survive, they will be no match for our community,” it said. “They had a weakness, always fighting amongst themselves.”

“That indeed is a weakness,” Lemkin agreed. He couldn’t imagine not living in harmony and happiness with his community.

“In the end, we didn’t even have to strike a blow,” the Hive continued. “The two legs hunted each other into extinction.”

“Imagine that,” Lemkin was shocked.

“That debris looks old,” the Hive finally concluded.  “No fresh bodies means no threat.”

“Very good,” Lemkin twittered.

Lemkin continued on his merry way, buzzing and humming in satisfaction as he gathered the nectar that would be transformed into honey. The healing, strengthening honey that helped the bees grow into six-foot creatures with superior intelligence.


Cecelia Hopkins-Drewer is a speculative fiction writer, poet and scholar, who lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She has completed a Masters paper on H.P. Lovecraft, and written a teenage vampire series that commences with the novella “Mystic Evermore”.  She has also written Science Fiction poetry published in “The Mentor” a fanzine edited by Ron Clarke. Cecelia is very excited about her involvement in speculative Fiction, and especially the Australian Speculative Fiction Group. Cecelia is also actively involved in the Poetry Soup website, where she has won places in several peer judged competitions. Cecelia has upcoming submissions to an anthology.





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