#WeirdWednesday: Defense Mechanism #writing #prompt #challenge #flashfiction #norsevember

A brahmin moth caterpillar.

Wednesdays are now for the weird and the whimsical, so here’s my latest response to the bug challenge!

Today’s bug is the brahmin moth caterpillar.

This particular caterpillar resembles something altogether alien. Their tentacle-like spindles reaching up from the abdomen serve as a (likely very effective) defense mechanism.

Yeah, you can all probably guess what this piece is about 🤣

Defense Mechanism

The baby twisted in her crib like she’s some sort of caterpillar, and the motion looked uncomfortable. Painful, even. Though it wasn’t until her spine protruded through her semi-translucent skin, making the ridges uncannily visible, that Hel stepped back, aghast. She’d seen something similar before, and her heart sank at the realization. “She’s a shapechanger, too.”

Loki, however, simply picked up the child and cradled her to his chest, cooing softly. It was a display of gentleness that only his family ever saw. “My beautiful girl.”

“He’ll want her gone,” Hel said in a small, trembling voice.

“I know.”

“You can’t let it happen.”

The Trickster pressed a kiss to his baby’s forehead. “I know.”

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Published by Marie Sinadjan

Filipino author, singer-songwriter and musical theatre actress. Loves writing fantasy short stories and composing songs for books. Also loves coffee, traveling and watching the stars. Married and based in the UK.

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