The Wasp’s Tale

There was a wasp in the Beetle this morning.

I didn’t notice until I was half a mile from home. I was on Oak Road, minding my own business, when a wasp comes out of nowhere and begins beating furiously against the (closed) driver’s side window.

Startled, I cracked open both windows in the hope that the wasp would fly out when I came to a stop at an intersection ahead.

It did not. Instead, it stayed on the lining of the car’s interior, near the window but not moving, as if it were scared to death.

I had to stop at Royal Farms for some gas, and there I used my car’s ice scraper (thrown in the back seat) to pry it lightly off the lining and set it free outside.

I have no idea if the wasp will find its way home. It could fly; it’s only about three miles from my apartment complex. But it may well die, an interloper in another wasp colony’s territory.

Whatever happens to the wasp, it’s no longer in the Beetle. That’s the important thing.

Published by Allyn Gibson

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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