Cricket Warfare 101: Psychological Warfare

To read the beginning of this transcript, please see:  Subtlety  Sabotage  Misdirection

cricket invasion

There’s one more thing I want to discuss with you before I send you back to the front lines. We’ve talked about being subtle instead of charging ahead, we’ve talked about sabotaging the humans’ home and clothes, and we’ve talked about the propaganda we use to distract them from our true agenda as well as point them in other directions.

The final lesson, and possibly the most important, is only for use in extreme cases, like with our target, Avily. Most people have fallen for our misdirection and at the very least think us harmless, if not fully buying into out “Crickets are good luck” lines. There are a rare few, however, who haven’t fallen for our tactics, and a different strategy must be applied.

Now, I’m not saying charge full-force. We’ve discussed how that is a perfect way to end up stuck to the bottom of a shoe. But there are some very effective methods we can use.


Of course, everyone knows what we sound like. It’s an iconic sound, the music we make. Some people find it soothing. Some people even use it as a chime on their phones now. When a group of us sing together, out in the great outdoors, it’s a chorus that nothing else can reproduce. But when one of us hides in a corner of a house and sings and our target can’t find or get to us, now that, my boy, is genius.

The humans have been using psychological warfare for thousands of years. Today it’s loud music or changing the temperature in a building, or things like that, but we can use that idea, ourselves. Hide in a closet or between the walls and just sing until you can’t sing anymore. That sound alone is enough to drive a person completely insane.

And once that person is insane, we strike. Full force, jumping on the furniture, eating the clothes, biting the children. Once you have the target so crazy they can’t think straight, you can pretty much do anything.

These are the front lines. This is the crux of the battle. We’ve nearly won, just by tricking the humans into thinking what we want them to think about us, but there are those who have seen through our plots and know our agenda. Soon there will be enough of us that we’ll be able to take over the world and rid it of the humans forever, but first we must remove our enemies, those that would expose our plots to the world. Humans like Avily. She knows our plans, and she knows the truth about our nature. Go sing to her. Drive her insane, and then you can use all that enthusiasm and pent-up bravado you have to destroy her and her family.

When she, and those like her, are out of the way, our plan for world domination can be implemented. This is the final step.

Now, get out there, son. Go attack our target. This is war, and I’m counting on you to help us win it. I trust that you’ll take down Avily and keep our race going strong until we eventually take over the world.


About Avily Jerome

Avily Jerome is a writer and the editor of Havok Magazine. Her short stories have been published in various magazines, both print and digital. She has judged several writing contests and is a writing conference teacher and presenter. She writes speculative fiction, her ideas ranging from almost-real-world action/adventures to epic fantasies to supernatural thrillers.

9 comments on “Cricket Warfare 101: Psychological Warfare

  1. If they ever learn how to use the Internet, we are REALLY doomed. Good intelligence for our side, Avily, meanwhile.

  2. That photo is horrifying. Gives me the shudders.

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