FLASH FICTION PUBLISHED
Cicadas are winged cousins of the cricket with a strange nonfiction story. They emerge from underground every 13-17 years. Each female lives long enough to deposit into the bark of a tree her eggs which will hatch as tiny ant-like young. They drop to the ground and burrow to the roots where they stay for 13 to 17 years. As many as 40,000 cicadas can emerge from beneath one tree. In my story, a young girl meets a mass of cicadas.