A Beekeeper's Short Story


| 12/19/2014 9:25:00 AM


Tags: beekeeping, winter, Oregon, Ron Lane,

 

The troops were all dead.  It was a killing field, or maybe the detonation of a small nuclear device, befitting the size of a bee, smuggled in on the back of some non-descript illegal; maybe a yellow jacket, or a hive beetle perhaps? The top bars were covered with dead and not a single one stirred when their home was taken away by wheelbarrow.

A cool breeze sifted through the lifeless tan and bronze bodies and found none worthy of flight. The weak sun, its honey colored glow serving only to highlight the disaster, failed in its effort to muster even one to attention. 

It had once been a thriving city, this emerald in the desert. Its Queen was held in the highest esteem and the little city was known far and wide for its royal jelly. So cheerful and productive were its citizens that the city burst with growth, ever expanding until its walls hummed with the buzz of good cheer. Guards were stationed at the front gate, ever alert and attentive, while the citizens came and went on their busy errands. Some brought nectar to honor the Queen while others brought stores of pollen for her workers.  The Guardian thrilled at the sight of them approaching the gate, laden with their weighty loads of plunder and landing heavily on the deck before going inside to present their gifts to the Queen.

As the supplies came in, waves of other bees would leave for the fields to gather from crocus, daffodils and hyacinth. This golden pollen and sweet nectar would not be enough to feed the masses, but the season was early and it was only the first fruits of the season. A cry had gone out from the Queens attendants that food supplies were running low and every available worker was needed to bring in the fuel that would feed and heat the castle.

Alas, their efforts failed.




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