Susanna Hill’s 2021 Halloweensie Contest

Create a story in 100 words or less using the words glow-in-the-dark, goosebumps, and goodies.

Glowing cockroaches live at the base of a volcano in Ecuador. And they’re practically extinct.

COCKROACH’S GLOWING PROBLEM
By Lori Himmel
100 words

Cockroach bumped his glow-in-the dark carapace on a log.
OOCH! OUCH!

SHAKE!
WRIGGLE!
FLICK!

“No light! Can’t mimic Click Beetle! I’ll be eaten for sure. And on Halloween!”
“Bioluminescence burnout?” asked Firefly.
“No glow? Not safe!” said Railroad Worm, emitting colorful lights.
“Copycat,” grumbled Click Beetle.

Cockroach skittered to the entomologist.
“Golly, goosebumps! Bad case indeed.”
“OH, dread! Will I ever light up the night again, Doc? What’s the cure?”
“Take two bacteria-filled gummies to restore your glow.”

Goodie gumdrops!”
Then,
FLICK!
Cockroach glowed as yellow as the full moon.

“Finally safe from predators! Let’s trick-or-treat, Click Beetle!”
“Copycat.”

TRUE FACT:
Glowing cockroaches mimic the bioluminescent click beetle, whose glow warns predators of its toxicity.

DEFINITION:
A carapace is a bony case or shield covering the back or part of the back of an animal.

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s