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April 17, 2008

Posted by K in Abstract Ramblings, Fiction.
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As it so happens, mosquitoes bother me. I am not one of them who can absently swat at one of them irritating buggers and flip the page in the same motion. I start up when I hear the whine in my ear, wildly slap at it, and nurse my coffee waiting to hear it approach again. I cannot concentrate when there are mosquitoes around me, I cannot sleep if I see a mosquito in the vicinity.

People are scared of snakes. I fear mosquitoes.

The other day, I was at a coffee shop, drinking coffee and silently waiting for ideas to catch me. It was good coffee, and the sun was lazy, so I was willing to indulge their absence. Besides, I had money, for a change.

How long can a good morning last? Before soon, I heard an electric crack. The fly catcher had caught a mosquito. My scalp prickled. Where there is one, there are bound to be others. A crazed brood, out for psychological blood.

I think they know their power. I am convinced they know the potency of their whine, otherwise, why do they fly around your ear? If it was food they were after, a quick swoop and a suck ought to have satiated them. I would never grudge them their nutrition; it’s the whine I object to.

I want to reach for my hair and tear them out, when I hear it…

I shifted to another table, but it was futile. The mosquitoes entered like a swarm and smothered the tiny place. I pushed back my chair, struggled with my wallet, and ran for the door. Beads of sweat dotted my middle-aged brow.

Out on the pavement, the sun was suddenly scorching hot, and there were suddenly too many people. Nobody seemed to mind the mosquitoes except for me.

They were blackening the horizon, like the locust clouds I had seen on teevee. My skin was suddenly tight against my throat, and I couldn’t breathe. I gasped and gagged, and staggered past people carrying umbrellas and children.

Shield the children! I wanted to squeak. The mosquitoes are coming!

The mosquitoes are coming…

The mosquitoes are coming…



1. pr3rna - April 17, 2008

A very good commercial for mosquito repellents 🙂

2. Abhi - April 17, 2008

Ahh, nice one!

I read in some trivia long back.. which animal causes the most number of deaths?
Any guesses? Yes, obviously.. the omnipresent machhar!

3. ish - April 17, 2008

I absolutely despise mosquitoes and their whining. It’s really annoying and when it happens in the night, I completely flip out. I don’t even try to kill it because my reflexes are extremely slow. After I try to kill one, it whines even more as if it’s making fun of me. So I just get out of my room and start roaming here and there waiting for the mosquito to get bored and go somewhere else. The only thing that can get me away from a computer in the middle of the night is a mosquito because it run’s for the computer screen because that’s the only source of light in the room. The All Out’s are not enticing enough.

And that ending was superb. Straight out of an ‘infected human population attacking the lone guy on the earth’ kinda movies. 😛

And P.S. – Why do you get to have a bluish WordPress “W” icon and I still have to make do with the black one? No fair!

4. Nishant - April 18, 2008


5. sporadicblogger - April 19, 2008

aunty- 😀 Indeed!

Abhi- Really? I was unaware of that!

Ish- You too? 🙂
(PS- Yours is blue too…check again 🙂 )

Nishant- *Grin*

6. ish - April 20, 2008

Mine is black. And yours has gone black too. Man, WP.com is going bonkers I tell ya.

7. yaamyn - April 20, 2008

Umm… not to sound too finicky here… but I believe that, after the Americans, it is the Housefly that causes the most number of deaths… 🙂

I don’t have either a blue or a black W icon…. oh what the hell! I”m on blogger! :p

And yeah, I HATE mosquitoes and really wonder why they continue to flourish despite all the deadly devious methods employed to annihilate them… and the poor pandas and tortoises die out, despite all efforts to save them!

8. sporadicblogger - April 21, 2008

Ish- But it’s blue :confuzzled: I see blueness!

9. ish - April 22, 2008

You’re back to blue. And I’m still stuck with black. Argh. :/

10. Reema - June 13, 2008

thats a new one!! fear of mosquitoes!! 😀

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