24hrFFC 21: A Forgotten Spider Remembers

Posted: 16 March 2013 in 24hrFFC, fast fiction, fiction, writing
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Title: A Forgotten Spider Remembers
Word: monkish
Challenger: Robin Ince
Length: 200 words exactly

By the time the intern had been fired for incompetence, seventeen experiments had been ruined, a further six had been compromised and then, of course, there was the spider that no-one knew existed.

Discovered two years later in a clear plastic network of tubular connecting tunnels, it appeared that the intern had on this occasion excelled in his uniquely egregious patterns of what, for want of a better word, they called “work”; no paperwork had ever been filed, nor grant applications made, nor any records kept.

Discussion with the intern’s colleagues revealed no further information; indeed, it appeared that where this spider was concerned, the intern had been almost monkish in his apparent vow of silence. It was with further astonishment that they realised the arachnid had survived solely upon the flies and small insects trapped in the filters built into the tunnels.

The spider dimly recalled training the large creature before it had left; afterwards it had to fend for itself. This was less than ideal, and it newly remembered hunger, and not being hungry. It preferred the latter. It now saw the curiosity on the faces of the giants and was satisfied. They would be easy to train…

© Lee Barnett, 2013

This is the twenty-first story in The Twenty-Four Hour Fast Fiction Challenge. There will be three more stories… Sponsor me to complete them!

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