Jealousy

Have you ever heard of a cockroach falling love with a human female? I know it sounds rather strange and unusual. But let's face it; I am strange and unusual and I happen to be in love with one of my close friends, Susan. This has only happened once to me before. There was a girl named Rachel. Oh, she was much like Susan. She would always come over and ask questions about my latest experiments. She would stand there while I worked fascinated by the little things I created, though they weren't so fascinating. I remember it oh so well.

There was a knock on my door and I quickly scrambled to answer it. Rachel stood there, her magnificent black hair, shining from the sun that burned my eyes. It's been a while since I've been outside; I was too preoccupied by my work.

"Oh, good morning, Rachel." I greeted her, beckoning her to come inside. "How are you, my dear?"

"I'm fine, but I'm more worried about you." The tone in her voice frightened me a little bit.

"Worried? About me?"

"Yes. You haven't been out in days. You've been cooped up in her lab doing God knows what." I sighed, taking out a plate and putting some cookies on it for it. That wasn't a well-balanced breakfast, but I didn't have time to whip something up. I might explode it anyway. I set it on the table.

"You needn't worry, Rachel." I told her as gently and assuring as I could. I didn't need her to worry. I sat in the chair opposite her. "So, what's new?" Grabbing a cookie, I focused on her, which was hard; my mind was still set on my experiments.

"I'm getting married." She said. I nearly choked on my food, but a glass of water saved my life.

"What? You….. You're getting married?"

"That's right." I could tell that she had some difficulty looking me in the eye. She was getting married?

"To who?"

"Jeffrey Madison." Jeffrey Madison? That good-for-nothing jerk? He was my roommate in college, as well as my chemistry partner. He never did any work, and insisted I do everything. I wouldn't have done it, but seeing as how I didn't want to fail, I was required to. I never thought she had a thing for dumb people.

"Oh, well… I'm very happy for you." I said. I was happy for her. She was marrying someone she was obviously very much in love with. I was planning to tell; really I was. I just could never find the right moment. "R-Rachel, my dear, I don't mean to be rude, but I still have lots of work to do on my experiments."

"Oh, I understand." I led her to the door. "You'll come to the wedding, won't you?"

"Of course." I regretted it was soon as it was said. Do I really want to see Jeffrey Madison take her away from me? I didn't want to go, but I had to. I couldn't break her heart, even if she already broke mine. I sighed heavily. It's my own fault. I was going to tell her. But, I couldn't expect her to wait for me. No one lives forever. A light flicked on in my head. Of course! If I lived forever, everything would be alright! I tossed aside by previous experiment and began working on my new one. What's something that can live for a long time? A cockroach! I began searching around my house and finally found one. I kept it contained while I worked on the machine. After 2 months of working, it was complete. The wedding was in another 2 days. I shook that out of my head as I placed the cockroach in the machine and went in myself. I manically pressed the buttons and shut the door behind me. There was an explosion and few shakes. The door opened and I shakily walked out. I felt a tad woozy; my head felt bigger and I had this weird craving for the garbage in my trashcan. What was happening? I put on the top of my head, but something furry was there. It was long and there were two. I immediately ran to the nearest mirror and saw just what had happened. The experiment went horribly wrong. I had grown the head of a cockroach. Oh, god. How was I going to attend the wedding? I couldn't go; I just couldn't. She would come looking for me. I wrote her a note.

"Dear Rachel…." I wrote. "I am sorry, but cannot stay here any longer. I want to see the world. I am sure other countries are equipped with lots of different gadgets that I could use for my future experiments. I am very sorry that I cannot attend your wedding, but if I don't leave now, I never will. I wish you all the best with Jeffrey. Good-bye. Yours sincerely, Gregory Laurie." I sighed, crawling silently out so no one would hear or see me. I was disgusted by what I had become.

People in the streets paid no attention to me as I crawled on the sidewalk as nonchalantly as I could. They walked past me, thinking I was just some bug. I wonder what people will say when they find out that the famous scientists of their town suddenly disappeared. A woman walked past me, and looked down at her feet. Her blood-curling scream made everyone turn to her.

"A man, with a cockroach head!" She yelled, trying to step on me. I had an urge to yell at her, but that would only make her squash me more. Everyone came to the scene and other girls started screaming and tried to hit me with their purses.

"No one to fear!" A man yelled. "I, General Monger, will save you." I tried to escape, but he already scooped me up. "I will take this monster and put it in a private facility. It will not cause you anymore harm."

"Thank you, sir!" The lady who first saw me said. He walked away with me in his hands and he took me to prison. A prison! He put in the cell and closed in. I curled my arms around my knees, wondering what would happen next.