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The Snailbug

            In 1951, at a small town called Merschia, a curious young child had discovered in his backyard what would be one of the most poisonous substances known to mankind. This strange creature was called the snailbug; it has six ant-like legs with a charcoal, slimy body that would leave behind trails of green ooze. Its shell is painted red with black spots, similar to a ladybug. Once a human makes physical contact with its green, slimy substance, their skin will develop intense rashes and eventually peel off within twenty four hours if not treated on time or correctly. The person will also experience green mucus coming from his or her nostrils with a similar texture of the snailbug’s slime trail. The effects was soon found to be easily contagious, causing mass panic in everyone that has come in contact with people who have developed these symptoms.

            Scientists have not been able to find a permanent and accurate cure for this hazardous disease in centuries, although a temporary cure has been made by a well-known specialist in the study of animal diseases in 1989. Dr. Hansel Cobelt, awed and confused by these effects caused by the snailbug, had carefully collected numerous samples of the green ooze and experimented with many possible substances that could potentially reverse the symptoms. He then tested with lab rats that came in contact with the disease and found out that a particular mixture of vinegar, salt and iron was able to cure the rats of the poison, but only for a few days. After a few weeks, the symptoms would come back. So far, most people have been willing to take this temporary cure over and over until a permanent cure will finally be found.



Linda Ng

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