Previously on Blade Walker: The earth is inhabited by extraterrestrials, and humans are mostly confined to sanctuaries. Blade Walker and Alícia Arrepio were eating mangoes by a river when a sinkhole opened and spread. Here is the first instalment and here, the second instalment.
A buzzing sound rose
from the newly formed crevasse,
and a swarm of giant wasps emerged.
“Perhaps they’re friendly,”
The swarm shaped itself into
an enormous stinger heading
straight for us, and Alícia took off
like a hundred-meter sprinter,
with me chasing after her.
Over a suspenseful scene change,
the wasps gained on us,
until they were so close
that their hot insect breath
ruffled my hair. But not Alícia’s,
because she didn’t have any.
“If we’re going to be stung to death
by wasps the size of footballs,
there’s no one else I’d rather have
by my side than you, Alícia.”
a long-tongued wasp-slurping gecko man from Rigel 5?
The wasps are
quite the delicacy.”
I was weighing up the pros and cons
when a popping sound began,
like strings of Guy Fawkes fireworks.
Behind us, the football wasps
were exploding, right, left, and center.
While I was doubled over,
catching my breath,
“The pressure is higher on Rigel 5.
Here, they can survive deep underground.
On the surface, apparently they can’t.”
“We’re safe, aren’t we?”
Alícia pointed at the split carcasses,
where swarms of insects were emerging.
I reassured her.
“They’re just tiny flies, the kind that land
in your pumpkin soup and you accidentally
swallow. They taste like pepper.
Nothing to worry about.”
“You see the way they glitter in the sunlight?
The wasps were infested with magnetite mites.
“They’ll arrange themselves on our heads
in Moiré patterns, and their magnetic fields
will control our thoughts.
“We’ll be slaves of the hive.”
With my head in a cloud of silvery insects, I tried
to imagine what the mites might have in mind.
Insects, evolved with the visual evo engine, my software that seeks unimagined realms, and the Visual Revelator, that uncovers what is hidden in the shadows and the light.