A heavy hand clamped over my mouth, as somebody grabbed me from behind. I looked desperately about me for something to defend myself with.
Try as I might, I could not break free.
The burglar suddenly groaned and stumbled backwards, letting me go as he desperately ripped off his jacket and began swatting wildly at his body.
Thousands of spiders were pouring from the shadows and climbing up his arms, legs, chest, and face. He screamed pathetically, trying without success to get them off. Finally, he collapsed.
The moment he hit the ground, the spiders worked together to cocoon the intruder in pale webbing. The giant spider I had saved marched across the ceiling towards the burglar, making its way closer and closer. Finally, it dropped down on a glistening line of web, landing on the burglar’s chest.
The burglar’s cries eventually fell silent and he stopped moving, now almost completely wrapped in webbing.
With their task complete, the spiders dispersed, vanishing under the furniture, into the walls, and under the floorboards. Even the large spider eventually scurried into the shadows, leaving me to stare in horror at the cocooned burglar.
I had saved the spider’s life, so it had saved mine. Imagine what might have happened if I had killed it instead…? Spiders are everywhere. They see everything. Think about that next time you’re about to squash a spider.
That’s the end of the story. We hope you enjoyed it.
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