What’s Love Got To Do With It? – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

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What’s Love Got To Do With IT?

“What’s this?”

“A red rose. It represents love. Earthings were obsessed with love, with the need to relieve their devastating loneliness.”

“Ah, human love, praised and serenaded by half the galaxy–and yet…”

“I know. Their actions told a different story. They were torn between their cataclysmic aggression and their need for intimacy.”

“So their love’s sole purpose was procreation?”

“No, there’s more. They also had altruism.”

“Altruism and aggression. Permanent conflict.”

“An evolutionary dead end.”

“Exactly. But without their decline, we wouldn’t have had a chance.”

“A successful campaign. Well done, soldier.”

“Everything for the hive, my queen, always.”-

(100 words)


Last week’s post about bees created quite a bit of buzz in my comment section, which is good. I just wanted to clarify that the bees that are most endangered are wild bees, native to your area, not the domesticated European honey bee. They have their problems, too, but they don’t suffer half as much as the wild insects do. I have a few links with good information if you’re interested.

First about the double blooms that most often are sterile: https://laidbackgardener.blog/2017/04/20/double-flowers-bad-news-for-pollinators/

Two links to information about bees, one from an American, the other from a European perspective: https://blog.nature.org/science/2019/08/19/focus-on-native-bees-not-honey-bees/
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00442-021-04862-6
Finally a blog post about insect ecology with some explanations about their role in the ecosystem: https://www.wise-geek.com/what-is-insect-ecology.htm

/end preaching 😉

53 thoughts on “What’s Love Got To Do With It? – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

  1. Wow, that’s a terrific story, Gabi; it has so much I like.

    “Earthings were obsessed with love, with the need to relieve their devastating loneliness.”
    “human love, praised and serenaded by half the galaxy”
    “cataclysmic aggression”
    “Altruism and aggression. Permanent conflict.”
    “An evolutionary dead end.”
    “Everything for the hive, my queen, always.”

    Super! Kudos!

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  2. Loved this (if love is allowed!).
    Made me laugh and made me think, about love/aggression and about the limited resources of our planet that we all want to acquire for ourselves, our own tribe/family – ultimately at the expense of our own tribe/family.
    Will return like a little busy bee to read about bees etc. People do get confused about diversity and bees. My impression this year is that I have even fewer bees than ever in my garden.

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    1. Love is always allowed, it’s our redeeming quality. 🙂 You’re absolutely right about the tribalism dilemma. Just as with ecology, people are not used to look beyond their immediate environment at complex interconnected systems. I blame the education systems that don’t make an effort to explain these things in ways everyone can relate to. Thank you Miranda!

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      1. Absolutely – our education system in the UK has got more and more competitive and individualised at the expense of cooperation, at the same time as not explaining what really works in a fragile finite world.

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    1. Thank you. Sometimes I watch history documentaries and the phrases used, the reactions, the madness, anger… we haven’t changed a bit. And I’m glad you got something out of my ‘sermon’. 😉

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    1. But yin and yang are in balance, aren’t they. Our behaviour seems a bit unbalanced. I don’t believe in destiny, so I’m always hopeful that we’ll get smart eventually. 😉 thank you!

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  3. Alien bees – fantastic. I like how you capture the human dilemma here. We do seem to be trapped in a conflict between our better selves and our destructive urges. ‘An evolutionary dead end’ indeed. Well put.

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  4. Excellent story, Gabi. Truly it is our fatal flaw as it is an irreconcilable dilemma:
    “They were torn between their cataclysmic aggression and their need for intimacy.” I would be perfectly happy if bees took over the planet. I’ve been seeing a huge number of the giant bumblebees on my blossoming trees and not so many honeybees. Should I be worried?

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    1. Thank you! It’s what the bees think, it doesn’t have to be 100% accurate. 🙂
      I don’t know if you need to be worried, that depends on where you live and how things are managed there.
      In Europe, the honey bee is bred and not the wild strain any longer. Only few remain in the wild, the managed strains swarm less and harvest more. The hives are sometimes stationary, sometimes they are transported to flowering fields, like rape or mustard or orchards. In the last few years, bumblebees are being bred and transported also. We have these huge plastic tunnels with strawberries in the area and there aren’t enough pollinators left, so they buy bumblebees and release them in the tunnels, sigh.
      I don’t know if that is ‘a thing’ where you live, I’ve read that the European honey bee (which is not native in the Americas) is transported in North America as well. The big insects usually have an advantage towards the wild, smaller ones when food resources are scarce. So, if your bumble bees are wild ones, there should be areas for them around in your area which is good. If you miss the wild bees… that’s indeed cause for worry. I’m sure that could have been said with fewer words, I suck at explanations. 😉

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    1. Thank you! Yes, maybe they do. Or maybe they are a bit arrogant and think we are so weak… which would be right if they could have replaced us, I suppose. 😀

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