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Every worm was identical: a bright yellow wriggler freaked with black ringlets, bearing tumescent barbs the color of popcorn above their tiny mouths like beaks. These invertebrates -- all twitching in the broken chest cavity of a fallen parrot -- were extraordinary for their chameleon-like ability to mimic the host of their meal. An astounding mutation -- even for this accursed Island! Their heads even formed pupil-like circles above their beaks -- like the bird's eyes! I watched in horror as each little pupil gazed without purpose, their quincunxes puckering air. They made a wet whisper. No -- a voice...Shoot it! they cried.

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    Chris Walker almost 8 years ago

    Very creepy - love it!

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    Horrorshow almost 8 years ago

    Skin crawling-ly good, Mike!

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    Mike Arnzen almost 8 years ago

    Thanks Chris & Horrorshow! I got the title from an app called The Brainstormer and just ran with it.

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    K.Z. Morano almost 8 years ago

    gross! horrifying. it's always a pleasure reading your stories. love the part where they whispered...

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    Bryan Thomas almost 8 years ago

    Scarily good!

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    Mike Arnzen almost 8 years ago

    Muchos gracias, Bryan & KZ! Likewise to your work.

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    Rodindeadpan almost 8 years ago

    Good drabble. I got scared (just a little).

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    D.M. over 7 years ago

    'Love the description. I'm a new fan. Please post more!

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