I’ve never been a bug person, but I refuse the squish them. The way I see it, you wouldn’t crush a cat to get rid of it, and while they might not be as cute, bugs are just as entitled to life as any other creature. So, when I came back to check on the bath I had left running and saw a huge spider fighting for life, I grabbed some toilet roll, fished it out, and left it to recover in a quiet corner.
As I sank into the bath, I studied it. It had white and orange markings on its body that almost looked like a face, complete with two wobbly dots for eyes and a jagged line for a smile. I’d never seen a spider like it before. Still, I didn’t think anything of it. I wasn’t an expert, after all. For all I knew, this was a just an uncommon species I hadn’t come across yet.
When I finished my soak, the spider was gone. I figured it had run off to find a dark corner. I was wrong. So very wrong. That spider would change everything.
Want to know what happens next? You can find the next poster at St Peter Mancroft Church, on the iron fence, opposite The Forum.
- 1 x £25 Amazon gift card.
- 2 x free entry into the Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition 2019.
- 1 x bundle of our anthologies Stepping Out, Strangers, and Markets.
- 1 x New box set of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz, a collection of short scary stories for children.
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