P Mattern

Writing Prompt: You have an itch on your head that, no matter how you scratch it, it never goes away. One day you notice something moving underneath your skin where it’s itchy.



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The Itch

Who goes to Hawaii and gets hit on the head with a coconut?

This girl apparently.

I’d had to get stitches and comb my hair differently to hide the wound. It was no way to end a vacation.

By the time I got stateside it was an itchy inflamed bump. It itched maddeningly, and I realized that it seemed to be vibrating like a muted cell phone. It created a maddening buzzing in my head.

The third night I awakened scratching madly. I felt movement under my sensitive fingertips.

Turning on the light I froze to see newly hatched flies.


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