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By Thomas S. Salem

I hear them scurrying about on the roof above me.


They’re all over. I hear them shuffling on the outside of the walls around me. Thousands of legs moving them along. I imagine what they look like. Roaches, spiders, ants and centipedes crawling, worms twisting among them.

I’m protected if they get inside because I’m tucked in bed, my head resting comfortably on a pillow. My hands are folded on my chest. I remember to breathe but I don’t dare move.

How long before they get in here?

The sound of dirt burying my coffin sounds like thousands of bugs.


Thomas S. Salem holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. He enjoys reading and writing fiction. His story “Solve for X” was published by Collective Tales Publishing in their anthology Darkness 101: Lessons Were Learned. His poem “Tide Pool” was published in issue 12 of 100Subtexts Magazine; his poem “Maternal” was published in issue 13 of 100Subtexts Magazine; his poem “Annual” was published in issue 14 of 100Subtexts Magazine.

He can be found on Twitter/X and Instagram.


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