The First Time I Ate Worms

by Jason
(London)

Original Text: The First Time I Ate Worms


Once upon a time when I was three years old, I was playing at the bottom of the garden with my sister Sally. We’d been making mud pies and spotting ourselves with mud so that it would look like we’d got the measles. Sally had scooped up some slithery, blobby frog spawn out of dads pond. She was mixing with weeds, rose petals and dads shaving cream to make a medicine.
“Don’t worry,” she said, “it’s going to cure us of the deadly lurgy.”
I didn’t fancy it myself. I’d had spaghetti for the first time the evening before and was mad about it. I wanted to feel those lovely squidgy strings slipping down my throat again.
Then I caught sight of a worms tail end sliding away into the earth, so I made a grab and pulled on it, stretching it until it’s body nearly snapped in half. It came up with a plop and there it was, all damp and slippery in my fingers. Without a moments hesitation, I popped the slithering coils into my mouth…

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Revised Text:

Once upon a time when I was three years old, I was playing at the bottom of the garden with my sister Sally. We’d been making mud pies and spotting ourselves with mud, so that it would look like we’d gotten the measles.

Sally had scooped up some slithery, blobby frog spawn out of dads pond. She was mixing it with weeds, rose petals and dad's shaving cream to make a medicine.

“Don’t worry,” she said, “it’s going to cure us of the deadly lurgy.” I didn’t fancy it myself.

I’d eaten spaghetti for the first time the evening before, was mad about it, and wanted to feel those lovely, squidgy strings slipping down my throat again.

Then I caught sight of a worm's tail end sliding away into the earth, so I made a grab and pulled on it, stretching it until its body nearly snapped in half. It came up with a plop, and there it was, all damp and slippery in my fingers. Without a moments hesitation, I popped the slithering coils into my mouth…

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