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Chicken me

Another of our scary stories for kids

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Me
Stella, this is Lois, what do you mean one of my scary stories for kids? This is big news: that heart thing’s still growing!    
Me
Hello, rewrite? Give me Regan, fast! Mr. Regan, this is Lois. Listen, it is still growing! No, it’s the truth, the corridor’s choked with living, crawling flesh. No, no, no! I’m not drunk; I’m telling you the truth! That little piece of flesh they grew in the lab? Now it’s jamming that building, all inside the space of an hour!    
Me
You’ve got to believe me! It’s the greatest news story of the generation, and here you argue with me! I tell you, it’s gospel! You’ve got to believe me! The only hope is to burn the building to the ground!    
Me
It doesn’t matter that I am just a stringer and still in high school. I am a reporter! Experts say burn it to the ground, I tell you!    
Me
Take it easy! OK, send over a cop! What don’t you understand? For some reason I cannot even imagine, it’ll be twice the size it is now long before they get here! It will break open the building.     [Minutes later] Horror began
Professor James
Colleagues, it was in my Institute this horror began. If you give me a chance, perhaps I can stop it! Yes, what is your question doctor?    
Dr. Vogel
Tell us first what that monster really is!    
Professor James
Yes, I will! It’s a great, ever-growing, mass of flesh! I tell you, that mass of flesh was a chicken heart we kept alive, which for some reason is undergoing constant, rapidly accelerating growth! With every passing hour, its growth is doubling! Do you know what that means?    
Professor James
If it is now one square block in size, within 30 hours that cannibal flesh will have increased in size to one square block to the 30th power; in 30 hours every inch of this whole city will be crushed under that moving flesh; within 60 hours it will have covered the entire state; within two weeks, the entire United States! You asked for the National Guard? I say call up the entire military for active! Scary stories for kids     [background broadcast from two blocks away]    
Cncc Broadcast
All ready, troopers?  All hoses will now flood that thing with water from all angles! On!    
Professor James
What good is water? I told them the only hope is artillery!    
Cncc
All national guardsmen, report to your armories!    
Major Barnes
Battery in position sir!    
General Simms
Yes, but it’s useless.    
Professor James
Yes, it has grown too large, and it grows too quickly! The flesh is already engulfing the guns; they came too late!    
Professor James
You all right, Lois? I sure am glad I located you! I stalled as long as I could. Another ten minutes we couldn’t take you off that blasted protoplasm, or whatever it is!    
Me
I figured.    
Professor James
  It must stop growing! See how the protoplasmic gray edges jump away. The government must send bombers. Poison gas! Oh, listen to me! If you remember, only a handful of days ago you asked me my prophecy of the end of the earth.    
Me
A lot has happened since then!    
Professor James
You remember my answer, my prophecy: cessation of rotation.    
Me
Mighty big sounding astronomical theory, but now this is reality! My editor still says it is just more of my scary stories for kids.    
Professor James
Lois, the end has come for humanity, not in the red of atomic fission, not in the glory of interstellar combustion, but in a chicken growth experiment.    
Me
No, no, we won’t die! We can’t die! We’ll find a way to fight this! Ready to give up    
Professor James
I am ready to give up, Lois. Maybe it’s useless to fight it!    
Me
You can’t just quit! You are the expert on this growth experiment!    
Dr. Vogel
Wasn’t there anything that seemed to inhibit it’s expansion in the laboratory?    
Me
It’s like we have to fight something from another world!    
Dr. Vogel
Perhaps that’s the way to kill it! Professor, have you ever read H.G. Wells’ book The War of the Worlds?    
Professor James
I see where you’re going with this. It was the pathogens, our earth’s microscopic germs, that destroyed the invaders in that story.    
Vogel
Yes, Lois, perhaps the chicken flesh might die from exposure to something like a bird flu virus or a bacteria!    
Dr. Vogel
We must try it! If it works, it will just prove what I always tell my students. You must get involved, for it is your world that needs to be saved, not the exclusive property of some experts or the powers that be. As Lois just demonstrated, you must never surrender your right to save your world!