The Watcher at Dawn

Every morning, the city unfolds beneath me. From shadowy darkness the buildings reemerge — shop windows blink on one by one, sleepy cars crawl through the streets. And the people, how they scurry back and forth. They look like ants. Wait. Those are ants. Dammit. I keep telling my roommate to change the ant traps. That’s his job. But no, he’s busy with his work, he says. Didn’t know playing Xbox all day was actually a job, but whatever; it’s ant-squashing time.

I am a vengeful ant god.

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24 thoughts on “The Watcher at Dawn

  1. Doug June 1, 2017 / 9:04 am


    or I’ll cough up a hair ball and hurl it at you

  2. allein 🐾 June 1, 2017 / 9:11 am

    That’s the most elaborate ant farm I’ve ever seen.


    • Amyliz June 1, 2017 / 9:12 am

      No kidding, complete with electricity!

      • Smartypants June 1, 2017 / 9:20 am

        And tiny little ant cars – I want some!

        • allein 🐾 June 1, 2017 / 9:48 am

  3. Gigi the cat lady June 1, 2017 / 9:31 am

    You be careful little cat or the marabunta will get you!

    P.S. think ants can’t be scary, watch The Naked Jungle (1954) or Phase IV (1974)

    • Doug June 1, 2017 / 11:29 am

      Whoa .. Another ‘wisen’ soul who has heard of (and watched) Phase IV

      • Faye June 1, 2017 / 12:16 pm

        I remember the movie Them. James Arness was in it before his Gunsmoke days. The ant noise was so low budget!

        • Claire June 1, 2017 / 5:41 pm

          Them is one of my favorite movies! I don’t think my parents were even born yet when it came out originally, but I love those old sci-fi and horror movies. It’s especially interesting to watch ones or listen to old radio programs set in “the future” that is now past.

          • Faye June 1, 2017 / 7:13 pm

            I recommend Cat People and the original Invasion From Mars. UFO lands in little boys backyard. Scared the uknow out of me as a kid. Born 1952. Watched them all on black and white tv.

    • Doug June 1, 2017 / 11:31 am

      btw .. You forgot THEM (1954)

      (God I’m feeling old now .. LOL)

      • Faye June 1, 2017 / 12:13 pm

        I know that one! James Arness of Gunsmoke fame. The ant noise was so low budget!

      • Gigi the cat lady June 1, 2017 / 2:27 pm

        I love THEM! but I didn’t mention it because it’s not scary.

      • Smartypants June 1, 2017 / 9:14 pm

        …and James Whitmore from ‘The Shawshank Redemption,’ when he was just a pup!

  4. Kar June 1, 2017 / 11:01 am

    Mike, seriously, if you ever write a book, let us know. I don’t care what genre, style, etc.

  5. Blue Footed Booby June 1, 2017 / 11:14 am

    Had an ant problem a while back. Roommate’s cat helped out by squashing them, until they got onto her paws and started climbing around. She went tearing through the house hopping on three feet, alternating which front paw would be frantically shaken.

    In the end the ant problem was solved, as many problems are, through judicious application of silicone caulk.

    • debg June 1, 2017 / 1:53 pm

      BFB, your hilarious story reminds me of the time I watched kittens crossing my snow-covered lawn trying desperately not to actually touch that cold white stuff.

      Caulk solves a lot of problems.

    • Smartypants June 1, 2017 / 3:40 pm

      I’ve had good results with cayenne pepper too (we had to be careful because the boss’s dog would nom anything) – I’d sprinkle out a line of it, and you could watch the ants literally walk up to it and then turn around in disgust – don’t know if it works on all types though.

      • allein 🐾 June 1, 2017 / 4:17 pm

        I’ve read the cream of tartar works the same way.

  6. Duckie 🐥 June 1, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    Anyone else getting ads for ant killer?

    • Smartypants June 1, 2017 / 3:37 pm

      Let’s see – I’m getting “Joanna clears the air” (appears to be clickbait about an HGTV celeb, going to a site called Sassy City Life); a fashion site called StyleWe; and cat toys on Amazon.

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