Lepidopterophobia

100 words about the fear of butterflies
This week’s FFfAW photo prompt is provided by TJ Paris.

Those differences between Nina and me – you know, the ones we’d agreed to overcome – flared up again on the walk home after Sunday lunch.

I spotted the monster long before she did. You know how I almost know they’re there before I see them? So I tried to make her look anywhere but at it. Didn’t work, obviously. She saw it and went: Wait, I need to take a picture. Isn’t it pretty? I stayed on the path; she told me to come closer. That’s when it burst out of me.

‘Vile fluttery things. They’re nothing but overrated, colourful moths.’

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11 thoughts on “Lepidopterophobia

  1. Ha! “Vile fluttery things!” Reading that, I immediately got this image of a bitter old man sitting in a rocking chair on his front porch and shaking his fist at a butterfly that just landed on one of his flower pots. Awesome story!

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  2. One of my closest friends has lepidopterophobia so I understand this story completely! I’m always the one trying to get closer to take a photograph while she tries to get as far away from it as she can! Brilliant story, Sonya! I love the last line. 🙂

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  3. I learned something new as well…haven’t heard about Lepidopterophobia. I enjoyed your story. I don’t care for the moth type, but the colorful butterflies are beautiful and they do make a good photos.

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