short story #20: The story of an eight-legged monster

“Aaaarrghhhhh”, Aisha screamed at the top of her voice, jumping away in alarm. It had always been an impulsive response, the usual response that eight-legged monsters-to-her/spiders-to-others managed to elicit from Aisha.

She was terribly accomplished when it came to screaming like a banshee, whenever she saw a spider that looked like a descendant of Aragog. (Okay, I’ll admit. I may have exaggerated a bit there. I’m talking about spiders that are roughly the size of a palm. Haha! I Aisha can’t be the only one who’s scared of spiders that big!!! Now back to the story!)

Aisha’s mom burst into the room, alarmed by her blood-curdling scream. “What is it? What happened? Are you alright?” She kept up her stream of concerned questions until she saw what had captured Aisha’s undivided attention. Realization dawned on her, and she started laughing.

To make matters worse, Aisha’s brother Avinash joined in, and a fit of laughter ensued… Aisha stood there, warily watching the “danger” approaching her, one tiny step at a time. The “monster” stared down at them through its creepy eyes from the farther end of the ceiling. Just looking at it, gave her the chills.

Aisha turned her back to the wall to tell off her unsympathetic family to stop laughing. At that exact moment, the monster decided it wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to scare Aisha. It started swinging down from the ceiling, suspended by a seemingly invisible thread. Aisha was quite oblivious to what was going on behind her.

Although they followed every moment of Aisha’s worst nightmare, her loving family thought it would be much more entertaining if Aisha didn’t know about her enemy’s approach.

But Aisha’s spidey sensed were tingling. Pure instinct told her to turn back. And sure enough, the “monster” had landed on the floor, and it was moving across the tiled floor so rapidly. Aisha screamed and jumped nearly a foot in the air, barely conscious of what she was doing. Okay, maybe not quite a foot, but enough to land on her brother’s toe. She caught his yelp of pain as she made a bid for “freedom” towards the stairs.

By the time Avinash had come to his senses, the “monster” had reached close to where he was standing. Now, it was Aisha’s turn to laugh, as her little brat of a brother let out a horrified scream and darted out of the room. All those times he had scared her by yelling out “Look out, there’s a spider just behind you” (and other variants) and he was actually scared of spiders too!

Basically it all boils down to this:

Moral of the story:

The next time you yell out “spider” or point out the presence of a spider next to an arachnophobic, at least, give them the legroom to jump πŸ˜›

Author’s Note:

Anyone who’s well acquainted with Harry Potter #2 aka The Chamber of Secrets will know all too well, Ronβ€˜s arachnophobia. Rupert Grintβ€˜s terrified-to-the-point-of-comical expression comes to mind.

Naturally when I read the book I felt relieved to know that I’m not alone…when it comes to fear of spiders. The movie made me feel even better.

Image courtesy:
My brother Sushant Suresh who is a very talented photographer but is too lazy (and slightly scared) to start a photography blog.

What do you think? Shouldn’t he start a blog? I mean he even managed to make that spider seem cute! Even to me who’s deathly scared of spiders. πŸ˜‚

Also, are you scared of spiders too?

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108 thoughts on “short story #20: The story of an eight-legged monster

  1. You’re right the image is faultless. He should go for it.
    I am not afraid of spiders. Whereas cockroaches and lizards are a different story. 😱😱😱

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    1. I’ll definitely let him know. He needs all the encouragement and support he can get. I am scared of spiders. I can deal with cockroaches unless they are flying. I am not scared of lizards. Thank you for reading. πŸ™‚

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  2. Legroom ?? I’m happy in a world devoid of spiders….For me, that’s the one who-cannot-be-named😒
    @Sushant Suresh – Your sister’s absolutely right…..You should start your blogπŸ‘

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  3. The photo is the first thing that caught my attention as soon as I opened this post. This spider looks so cute.

    πŸ˜‚ I’ve to safeguard my legs now, when someone spots a spider!

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      1. Yeah, push your brother harder to start a blog on photography!

        You’ve the common initial letter S, and so must behave more friendly with spiders. 😁

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      2. Ah yes, endless
        WordPress has been doing that a lot lately. It sends perfectly okay comments to the trash and spam folders. But don’t worry, I check them regularly. So even if they end up there, I’ll rescue them πŸ˜€


      1. Ohh, I missed that part at the end! I figured you’d just found that photo online. Your brother is really talented. If he does start a blog, could you add the link on your blog here so I and others can check it out?

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      2. Haha. No. This was captured by him. Yes, he’s a bit less confident but he’s really got a talent. Oh when he starts a blog, I’ll definitely give him a shoutout. πŸ˜„ I’m so happy you said this. Thank you so much! β€οΈπŸ€—

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