The bug pounces.
I scream for help,
And you laugh.
Lantern bugs are harmless,
you say as it jumps on my head.
Lantern bugs wouldn’t hurt you,
you say as one crawls up my leg.
Lantern bugs don’t bite,
you say as this creature clings to my back.
Well wait 10 years
because these bugs will mutate.
They will grow spikes
or become too fast for us to crush
and when they do
you’ll be the one screaming.
Emma Compher is a young eager writer from outside Philadelphia. So far she has no published works but is hoping to finish some short stories for submission soon. Emma spends her free time playing soccer and hopes to one day play for a college.