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Petrol Pixies

What happens when the the coastal fae evolve and learn to live on oil rigs in the Gulf? Who has to clean off their nests from the stacks? Andrew has some thoughts.
Petrol Pixies
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Petrol Pixies

By A.W.McCollough

The petroleum pixies swarm around the flare stack's hell-mouth building spit and soot bubble-nests like burned spun-sugar globes but my holy water jet at 300 psi from the lumbering tanker ship washes them away.

I brace the nozzle against my hips, turn on and spray God's blessing in a long arc against the nest-clusters. The bubbles drip and run down the sides of the oil rig's flare stacks like melting frosting and the pixies, incense-drugged, tumble limp into the churning sea. I spray all day, cleaning each flare pipe, but a few always survive hiding down the stack's soot-blackened throat.

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