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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Bouncebackability (06/05/14)

TITLE: Legions
By Tracy Nunes


We won’t take no for an answer. No matter how hard they try to kill us, we will return. They strategize and synthesize new ways to annihilate us, to wipe our memory from the face of the earth. Yet, some of us remain, and we come back stronger, more resistant to their deadly malevolence.

We are individualistic, but our numbers are what make us strong. Our motto - There Is No Height Too High, Nor Depth Too Low That We Cannot Conquer - was born out of millennia of strife. Many times it looked ominous; our numbers dwindled. Many times we smelled the scent of death and tasted its acrid morsel. Yet, we pressed on – and multiplied.

Through the ages we have persevered and found a way passed the ambush and the snare. With no weapons to yield, we learned to fight back with persistence and had our revenge in unknown deceitful ways. They often knew not that we had been about, or that we lurked in hidden places, leaving unwanted gifts along the way.

On their beds of illness, superstition led them to caste blame on the Jews. Others said a foul smelling wind had blown in death. We knew that it was our most strategic alliance yet that allowed us our revenge, and afforded us the means to perpetuate our kind. Our little companions joined our ranks and spread contagion like a wave that overtook the world in the Middle Ages.

We survived the sinking of ships, tidal waves and hurricanes. A tragedy for others became our bounty as we fed on the carrion. Through decades and centuries, through ages and eras, they could not stop us.

We won’t take no for an answer and there will always be a remnant of us to carry on. We are bold. We are bad. We’ll always be back.

Unless someone turns on the kitchen light.

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C D Swanson 06/16/14
Hahahahahaha! Oh my Goodness!

Cockroaches? I never would have guessed where this was leading to. Unless I'm missing something, clearly this was a powerful tongue and cheek entry, with an hysterical ending. Oh my gosh, this was ( I never thought I would be so enthralled with an entry about roaches) brilliant in all ways...backward and forward and beyond!


God bless~
Noel Mitaxa 06/18/14
Did you hear about the cockroach who was so depressed that he committed insecticide?
A nice tongue in cheek approach, with a great rug-puller to wrap it up.
JK Stenger06/19/14
Yes, I did like this very much. Cockroaches? I can see that, but it only goes to show how demons are like these pests. When the light goes on, the evil has to flee, which is a great lesson.Well done.
C D Swanson 06/19/14
Congratulations Tracy!

I loved your entry, thought it was a fantastic and brilliant read.

JK's take on it was a bit of genius as well...another way of looking at it.

That's what makes a great story when there are numerous scenarios, and each one more interesting that the last.

Well done!

God Bless~
Noel Mitaxa 06/19/14
From among your legions of fans, congratulations.
Beth LaBuff 06/19/14
OR... rats? Your skill at weaving a tale is amazing. I love so many of the (powerful) words you use. Super work and congrats on your EC, Tracy!
Lisa Johnson06/20/14
I was thinking rats... and their little companions fleas until the very last line... very clever indeed.
Ellen Carr 06/21/14
Brilliant, Tracy, and well-deserving of its EC place! I think rats rather than cockroaches, but I think we need your to give the final word on this roaches/rats matter. They do just keep on keeping on, through thick and thin, those rats!
Tracy Nunes 06/21/14
I'm going to break the "no commenting on your own entry" rule this one time so I can solve the mystery. It IS an allegory for prideful demonic attitudes and how The Light sends it scattering. AND, both cockroaches and rats are correct in a way. Both scatter when the light is turned on and prosper in darkness. Originally, I was going for cockroaches, but they don't have quite the disease carrying capacity that rats do. The reference about the Middle Ages is to the plague because it was the fleas that bit the rats and then bit people that spread it. I wanted to put that in because demons love to use their dark activities to bring division. Thanks for all the kind words!