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Worst Nightmare (William Bonilla’s Challenge)
by Sherry Gail Heim
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For some reason I struggled for days to think of something scary to meet this challenge. Hopefully this will work.


Worst Nightmare (William Bonilla’s Challenge)

It all started out with an itch on my arm

I scratched and scratched but it wouldn’t stop

As the spot began to swell, I could see a throbbing

It looked as though there was something moving beneath the surface


Curiously frightened I scratched harder

The more I scratched, the larger the lump

And the more active it became

From beneath the skin, I could now clearly see “something”


I tried to dig it out with my nails, scratching and tearing at my forearm

The fear within me was mounting

Now farther up my arm I was seeing

Smaller bumps beginning to come to life


I could literally feel my skin beginning to crawl

Frenzied, I had to find out what this was

I was losing my cool and I was starting to panic

How was I going to get this out of me!?


As fear eventually took over common sense

I grabbed my pocketknife and began to pick

I was going deep and it was hurting but not bleeding

Whatever it was, it was pushing to the surface wanting to be released


I gouged away at my arm and finally I could see something dark

Just another layer or so and I could see what this was

As I peeled back the final layers

A large cockroach dashed out from the slit in my skin


It was followed by another large roach and about a hundred small ones

Essentially paralyzed, I dug down deeper.  I found an empty egg sack

I also found another one ready to open

I plucked it from me in horror and flicked it to the ground


It was strange how, now, the slit was pushing up, looking like a little volcano

The top of my arm was covered with small moving bumps

One by one, an entire army of fire ants exited

Through the opening in my forearm


Once released, I noticed a couple of drops of blood

To my amazement, the gash in my arm was starting to close

Soon, there was no mark left at all

Frozen by fear, I gazed in panic and wondered…Are there more?


Sherry Gail Heim

October 29, 2004

Copyright © Sherry Gail Heim 2004

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Reviewed by E T Waldron 10/30/2004
I read this the other night and couldn't copmment I was so freaked out!;-) I hate bugs. But this is incredible Sherry! It's up with the best of them and I mean like King etc you really nailed this one!Kudo's!!!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 10/30/2004

GAD GAD GAD if i have nightmares, i'm blaming yew

eew eew eww creeeeepy write--there goes my extra hour of sleep

horrifying scary write--so vividly written, compelling...CRINGE thanks a lot LOL

(((HUGS))) and love, karla.

i declare you the winna :)
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 10/30/2004
Sherry, cockroaches give me the creeps really do!
I know you won't believe this but yesterday afternoon, I broke out really bad with I must go check these spots much much closer!
This literally made my skin crawl!
Awesome write Sherry! You have an intense and powerful mind!

Reviewed by William Bonilla 10/29/2004
WOW Sherry This is fantastic
What creative mind
Awesome write

William .......Peace
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/29/2004
Captivating tale, Sherry. Thank you. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by Peter Paton 10/29/2004
A horrific and scary write Sherry....
Rising tension throughout adds to the dread
Tremendous drama
Reviewed by jude forese 10/29/2004
this poem is a gripping, tormented write but it held every second of my attention ... a deep sense of creepy creativity ...
Reviewed by Jack Roberts 10/29/2004
Holy Toledo Batman!! It made me nervous reading this lol Well done Sherry!

Reviewed by Lori Moore 10/29/2004
Yuck! This one really works... a simple itch will never be the same.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 10/29/2004
Yeeegaaadsss, Myrtle, didja hear whot Sherry, that one from LA said? No, Los Anfeles, NOT Louisiana, jeez! Anywho, didja hear about . . .
Reviewed by A PAX 10/29/2004
ahhhhhhhhhhh this is wonderful!!!!!!!! Creeped me out for sure!!!
This reminds me of that urban legand......somebody sniffed a flower and a spider went up their nose or something and laid eggs???
Roaches are so creepy and wonder they got under your skin!!!
challenge well met Sherry!!!!!!!!!! bravo!
pax A

Reviewed by Kate Burnside 10/29/2004
Yep, this has done it, Sherry! Makes my flesh creep - like I suppose it is meant to! A bit Roald Dahl, too - though glad I'm no longer a child who has to sit through his particular brand of horror! Now I'm itcing all over...... Yeuch!! Good write, TY Kate xx
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 10/29/2004
Whew this was good Sherry!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Sandra Corona 10/29/2004
Creepy but good :)! I'm itching already!
Reviewed by Michelle Mills 10/29/2004
Well, there went MY lunch! Now I'm going to be inspecting all the itches I have VERY closely! EW!
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 10/29/2004
Now that truly could be someone's worst nightmare - especially my wife's. Creepy, Creepy, Crawlies, as she calls them. Freaks out when she sees any little buggie; can't imagine what she would do if they were inside her arm!

An excellent challenge entry, Sherry, and I love the music with this!
Reviewed by John Banasiewicz Jr 10/29/2004
Ding Dang!!!!!!! wow.... now that for sure got me here. Nightmare that had my skin feeling them even checked close,,
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