Friday Fictioneers – Purple Emperor

PHOTO PROMPT © Jan Wayne Fields

It’s purple. Not like a bruise but like an emperor. What’s it doing on my drive?

Perhaps it’s a swarm of rare butterflies on their elusive migration. The Purple Emperor avoids flower nectar and seeks out rotting flesh.  Maybe what’s in my cellar is attracting them. With a shiver of revulsion, I try to brush aside the fear.

But too late. Already lepidopterists are gathering under my trees, armed with nets and small packets of Stinking Bishop cheese. I rush to bolt the door but two have taken up station with field glasses in my kitchen.


Friday fictioneers is a weekly challenge set by Rochelle Wisoff Fields to write a 100-word story in response to a photo prompt. You can find other stories here

67 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Purple Emperor

  1. A very creative take, Neil, on the prompt and an intriguing story to boot. Will the Purple Emperor butterflies give him away? I didn’t know they fed on rotting flesh and I had to look up what a lepidopterist was. Love to learn something new. Great stuff!

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  2. Isn’t nature wonderful and how it seems to attract all sorts with their binoculars and nets. the ornithologists are just as enthusiastic as the lepidopterists, once you have seen one surely you have seen them all.

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