Find the Spider Part 3

I opened my eyes and found myself in darkness. I felt something on my face and reflexively swatted it away. Nothing was there.

A chill ran up my spine as I felt something crawling along my legs. I ripped back the covers. Hundreds of tiny, wriggling bodies swarmed my bed, crawling over my body. I couldn’t move.

A steady tapping made me look up. The giant spider I had saved was crawling along the ceiling towards me, its many eyes gleaming in the glare of the street light bleeding though the curtains. I remained paralysed as it slowly abseiled towards me, spindly legs splayed like fingers as it came closer and closer to my face.

A scream tore from my throat and I bolted upright, throwing myself out of bed, hands swiping desperately all over my body. When I turned to the bed, it was empty. There was no horde of spiders under my cover, and no sign of the gigantic one which had been inches from my face.

A dream. It had all been a dream.

My hand fell to my chest. I was relieved beyond all measure. Still, there was no way I could go back to sleep, so I went to the kitchen to make myself a warm drink.

As I passed the living room, I couldn’t shake the feeling that something wasn’t quite right. That’s when I noticed my front door hung ajar, and that my TV, laptop and other valuables were not in their rightful place. That wasn’t all. It took me a moment, but I soon realised I could hear more than just my footsteps, and that the second pair were right behind me.


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