City, halfway between
and Barstow. A woman
Peggy, en route to L.A. from Las Vegas,
into a cheap hotel for the night.
late, but someone or something
on her door, so Peggy opens
door a crack. Keeps the chain on.
sees a six-foot cockroach!
spits some brown liquid at her,
to get a leg through the door
flip the chain, grab hold of her.
remembers a Chuck Norris flick.
to her butt and sweeps
legs out from under it.
a break for it down the hall,
the cockroach catches up to her.
struggles to escape its twin prong
of her wrist. Manages to free
enough to get to an open door,
it on one of the roach’s antennae.
screams, but manages to extract
antenna and runs off into the night.
are called, but can’t catch the roach.
that they aren’t amused by the escapade.
it. A six-and-a-half-foot roach.
a woman to do? Call
The Better Business Bureau on the blower?
for a garbage can size tin of Raid?
from space lookin’ for some
too? A human voice called
extra blankets. Some goof on a toot
realistic roach suit? Who knows?
be the easiest way to get
young woman to open her door –
he gonna do? Say he didn’t mean
scare her? Wanna go to a Halloween
I’ve got just the costume for you.
lady roach ensemble. Should fit you
still leave room for moving mouth parts.
We could grab a
burger or some carpet crumbs … .
Stevenson is a retired college English and Creative Writing instructor. Taught
for thirty years at Lethbridge College in southern Alberta and recently moved
to Nanaimo, B.C. Has the usual pedigree: MFA in Creative Writing, thirty-five
published books and a CD to his credit, including four forthcoming volumes in
his Cryptid critter, ET, and Fortean lore series.
He says: That's the boring academic stuff. More interested to me is my good
fortune in being able to transition from adult free verse of the lit quarterly
variety to sci fi, fantasy, and horror! The new titles might give a sense of
the fun I've been having, even in these Covid-19 times: _Cryptid Shindig_ (a
trilogy including the volumes _If a Dolphin Had Digits_, _Nightcrawlers_, and
_Radioactive Frogs_) and a stand-alone collection, _An Abominable Swamp Slob
Named Bob_. :-)