49 | 2nd Place

“It’s not the neurons. They have minds like ours constrained by bee bodies.” To prevent future contamination Jim gassed the trained bees.

This story was awarded 2nd place in our 48 HOUR FLASH FICTION CONTEST. It was inspired by a piece of research co-authored by our judge Dr. Clint Perry. His team trained bees to score goals with a small ball. When these motivated bees solved cognitive tasks, it called into question previous suggestions that they had a small quantity of neurons. Frank Hubeny takes this concept and gives it a dystopian twist. The results? A story our judges thought was ‘intriguing, fun, and dark’. // Alex Massey

//Frank Hubeny lives north of Chicago.  He writes poetry and short prose.  He blogs at https://frankhubeny.blog.//