It’s easy to write about my greatest fear. Everyone knows what it is. I’ve written about it in great detail on my blog before. It’s much harder though to write in a different style as per the writing 101 challenge suggests today. I’ll give it a go.
Spiders, their creepy crawliness, and legginess, and scuttering. Their black, still, gaze as they spread their legs, clinging, against the laws of physics, to the ceiling. I can’t deal with them like a normal person does, I go too clammy and heartbeaty. I couldn’t squish one. Apart from being too frozen with fear, I can’t squish anything. I don’t like killing things, even things I don’t like. Occasionally, if it’s the right sort and not too big, I can save one, using a spider catcher at arms length. I tip them out at the end of the garden so that they can’t run straight back in. Sometimes, I’ve been known to spin them round in the contraption so they lose their bearings, just to make sure they don’t head back to make their home in my home again.
I hear that those ruddy great ones that catch your eye as they run across the living room floor in the evenings are always males looking for a partner. It doesn’t make me love them more.
Writing this is freaking me out. I keep looking around, quite sure I’m being observed by a many eyed monster hiding in a corner, waiting to jump out at me when I’m least expecting it. So I’m going to stop. You’ve got the gist. I don’t like ‘em. Big or small. Long legged or fat bodied.
I’m Kaye and I fear spiders.
LOL Great piece. I don’t know enough your blog to know your “style”. I like this fantic, quick, as if you are trying to get away, yet at the same time trying to be nice to the creature!
Thanks Jeff. Yep, you’ve got it. I’m a softie, but ridiculously and humiliatingly scared of ’em. Really? At my age? You’d think I would have got over it by now 😉
This is the first piece of yours I’ve read, so I can’t speak to how it differs in style. However, if this is a departure for you, it seems remarkably comfortable. I especially like the made up words early on and the line about not loving the male spiders any more. Well done.
Thanks for reading and feedback!
Haha, I like this style! The way you feel about spiders is exactly how I feel about cockroaches. Though reading this creeped me out a little bit 😉
a fun read!