Cornflower’s New Name – p.6

July 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm 1 comment

“Your task,” said the spider, “will be to stand still.”

Cornflower was not sure she’d heard right. “You want me to stand still?”

“Yes,” the spider answered.

“That’s all?”

“That will do, yes.”

She looked around at the ground, the trees, and up at the web. “For how long?”

“Until sunrise, of course.”

Cornflower’s heart sank. It was likely only just past mid-day, and she’d hardly eaten. She was about to complain but the size and proximity of the spider scared her into holding her tongue. She tried to imagine what benefit the spider would get out of the arrangement but couldn’t think of anything that didn’t involve becoming its evening meal. If that were the plan, why go to all the trouble of waiting and making her stand around?

“I shall know if you move or make a sound; remember that I can easily dismantle the web before sunrise and leave you to find your own way.”

Cornflower swallowed and her throat felt very dry. She stared straight ahead.

The spider slowly climbed back up over the web. Before it disappeared from sight, it called down to Cornflower, “You may blink and breathe, of course, but not to excess.”

Then, Cornflower was quite alone.

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