WHAT IT IS
It takes more than fascist-type hate to become an INSECT agent. Prospective individuals must demonstrate a deep cruelty toward arthropods, the ability to maim, torture and kill and a willingness to travel the globe to eradicate these creatures. INSECT’s shiniest examples of these attributes is senior field agents Graham and Smith.
The happy little world of these two has recently been shaken with a series of missteps, disasters and foibles of various kinds. As their reputations began to suffer, Graham came up with the idea of training a hummingbird to act as a mercenary to mingle with the insects and report back to them. The experiment is in its early stages, results pending.
WHAT IT IS NOT
Sofia Zuniga spent the early morning hours sitting quiet and alone in her flower garden, hoping to see a hummingbird feeding on the orange honeysuckle flowers. More often than not a female would show up, sometimes with her offspring, sometimes not.
On one such morning, the peaceful garden was disturbed by loud chatter and a boisterous voice echoing from the near-by forest. Stacks McDonald, the internationally renowned geologist from Cobalt Ontario, was bounding toward the garden with three chipmunks on his shoulders. The four-some were celebrating another exciting mineral deposit they just discovered, south of the Range. The new deposit, called the Three Chipmunk Ridge, would prove to the most valuable in recent memory.