“It’s just a bug,” Jamie told Kelsey with a laugh. “You don’t have to climb up my back to get away from it.”
Kelsey slid down her boyfriend’s back with a grumble. “That it not a simple bug. That’s a big ass bug.” She shuddered slightly. She had a small fear of bugs, especially of ones that were nearly as big as her foot.
Jamie just laughed at her. “Babe, it’s a cicada. It won’t hurt you. It might make some loud ass noises at you, but it won’t hurt you.”
Maggie felt herself being pulled up. She had been expecting the pull, had been ready to welcome it. Now that the time was upon her, she wasn’t ready for it. She didn’t want to leave her family. She didn’t want to leave anyone behind. In her world, when one reached a certain age, they were drafted into the service of the Master in the Sky. No one had seen the Master. No one was seen after they were drafted. Not everyone was drafted. Tests, lots of tests, were given. It was nearly impossible to purposely fail them, though a few had tried. Read more Random Fiction!