State of the State

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State of the State

Authored by Yas Niger

This is the story of two distinctly similar colonies of Ants, conditioned to live together as one colony. They discovered that in their likeness resides a cruel streak of competitiveness that makes them more different than they are alike. Ants and people are more alike than they appear. Ant colonies are varied in sizes, according to species or conditions. Colonies can consist of only a few or as many as millions of insects. Ants flourish in all soil based regions, amongst damp rotting wood, plant litter and diverse niches and habitats, as well as in people's houses.
Up high from the skies, where people instinctively select their divinities and deities to be, people would appear like tiny ants down below. Certainly to the respective lofty mythical principalities and mystical personifications of supreme entities humans eternally suck up to, people are indeed like ants in their creative devices as in their appearance.

Two Ant nests stood very close by on the grassy green slope, starting as two distinct colonies, on the hillside, with one nest slightly above the other on the steep hillside. The lower nest was further down the slope, closer to the large red crack in the ground beside and beneath the hill. The nests were positioned almost halfway between the base and summit of the considerable descend of the hillside. Both colonies of Ant live completely independent of each other, as their nests stood well apart, like two miniature Eiffel towers over looking a long wide reddish ravine beneath their fairly steep grassy hill, at the base of the same gradient.
A downpour caused both nests to crash into the hill's base. They had little knowledge of each other prior to this incident and only recollect fighting amongst themselves for scarce food in a shared habitat. The colonies didn't know themselves well enough to draw hasty conclusions, so they had to choose the easier option of trusting one another to forge a joint living afterwards.

Publication Date:
1506144829 / 9781506144825
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / General

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