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There’s a Brain Bug in My Garden

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Did you ever see Starship Troopers … you know, the great sci-fi futuristic military movie where humans do battle with giant bugs? Well they’ve got this giant “Brain Bug” that sucks the brains out of captive soldiers to glean knowledge straight from the source, so to speak. And I think it’s in my garden.

What’s worse, if it’s not a futuristic Brain Bug, then that means it’s a deer bold enough to walk up to the front of our house and take a bite out of ripe tomatoes while we’re sleeping. And one with the impeccable timing of an assassin–after all, why eat the bitter green tomatoes when you can wait a couple of days for them to turn red and sweet and ripe. That totally gives me the willies, knowing something’s that close to the house without us even suspecting it. Sometimes nature sucks.

Normally the dog goes bananas if anyone comes up on the porch, and the cat growls a terrifying sound low in her throat, vibrating her little three-pound body with pure menace. But these stealth deer (or maybe raccoons or squirrels) always manage to make a clean break. Maybe it’s Sasquatch?

Little bastards. The squirrels wait for my pots of pink Impatiens to overflow with abundant blooms easily visible from great distances in the neighborhood, and that are most likely the envy of all who pass by (as a Southerner I can exaggerate as much as I want) … then they sweep in at night and chow down like it’s a salad bar buffet.

Probably we’d get rabies or mad cow disease, or something equally appalling like zombie-osis, if we tried to salvage the otherwise perfect backside of the tomato. I’m not willing to chance it. But, then again, there’s always the mister …


Author: Dolly R. Sickles

Writer, mother, wife, adventurer, agent of change, advocate, ally, volunteer, instructor ... I'm never bored. I write contemporary romance and romantic suspense under the name Becky Moore, and children’s literature under the name Dolly Dozier. You can also check me out at MacMillan Publishing’s Heroes & Heartbreakers, where I’m a romance blogger. During the fall and spring, you can find me in the classroom teaching other folks how to follow their dreams or how to fund their community outreach at Wake Technical Community College, and Central Carolina Community College. During the summer and at random times during the year, I'm out adventuring with my family.

One thought on “There’s a Brain Bug in My Garden

  1. I hate varmits too. The deer eat my day lillies as soon as they have a bud. I have maybe two out of ten actually bloom. It has to be something tall that bites off the blooms because the day lillies are huge!! Too much nature for me 😦

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