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Rose stepped out of the TARDIS into a small clearing. She heard a distant rattle, familiar from television and turned to the Doctor in alarm.

"Machine guns?"

The Doctor nodded, grinning as Rose instinctively ducked at a deep booming. "And that was shelling."

"We're in a war zone?"

"Nah. It's an Army base, we're near the firing range."

"How near?"

"Not near enough to be in danger." Rose snorted in response. "We're here for the cicadas."

As if on cue, the insects restarted their chorus. Rose slapped her hands over her ears. "This is worst than the bombing. It's deafening."


dw100challenge #173: ordnance


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24th Nov, 2007 20:35 (UTC)
I'm with Rose on that one!
24th Nov, 2007 20:47 (UTC)
Fortunately, I don't have them near my house. Within walking distance, but not near it at night.

One of neighbours has Indian Mynahs breeding in their hedge and they kick up a stink at dusk and dawn. I'm lucky enough not to have a Common Koel setting up camp in earshot to. Still, combined, they don't come near the cicadas. Although the Koel is probably more annoying.
24th Nov, 2007 22:47 (UTC)
Indian Mynahs? I wonder if there's a related bird in Indiana? In the spring and summer huge crowds of some bird infest my trees and make a noise that drowns out the trains passing three blocks away.
25th Nov, 2007 00:15 (UTC)
I hate to see what kind of cicadas, y'all have in the UK. In the southeast of Virginia their not that bad.
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