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August 2022 Fiction Contest: The Treasure Chest

August 30, 2022
By LaurenH969 BRONZE, Golden, Colorado
LaurenH969 BRONZE, Golden, Colorado
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Seventy-three worms, I count. I scoop up the pink string of flesh and throw it over my shoulder.

“Grandpa’s mind decayed a long time ago. Stop digging.”


“Why? You look-”


My shovel hits something hard. Please, not another rock. I lean closer. The shine of lacquered mahogany grabs my eye. “It’s there!” My shaking hands lift the chest.

Dad opens the chest. He stares.

“What?” I walk towards him, but everything spins. A ball of mud writhing with worms rolls inside of the chest. My knees buckle. Gold flashes in the corner of my eye before everything turns black.

The author's comments:

This piece warns against sacrificing your health for money.

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Afra DIAMOND said...
on Sep. 4 2022 at 7:28 am
Afra DIAMOND, Kandy, Other
89 articles 7 photos 1800 comments

Favorite Quote:
"A writer must never be short of ideas."
-Gabriel Agreste- (Fictional character- Miraculous)

The message in this is something everyone needs to know...Great job!!!👌🏻👍🏻✌🏻