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They will come again, and when they do, the others will hide.

Mr. Brown will curl up in his hole in the eaves. The Wife in the crawlspace, and I'll be here, clutching my dear ones close. I'm wrapping my legs around them, and I can hear them fidget against the soft sac, their little tremors not unlike the desperate throes of flies, but warm, beautiful. It won't be long now. Now is the tender time. Soon I'll wear them on my back, and we can leave this place. But not yet. Not yet. Now is the time when a swift strike would kill them, and me with them. I will not leave.

I can't leave. I've hidden as well as I can. A small shadow between the braces under the mantel, where their lights don't penetrate. At least not yet.

Too much light. Too many sounds. They come with their sounds, with their fangs at the ends of their legs, shooting explosions into the walls, toppling everything. They are giants. They grumble at each other, tear up the floors, rip down the lights. Destroy everything that has stood for years. Stupid, loud, lumbering beasts with death in their hands.

I've heard the stories. Passed down from the others who have remained. We've always been here, generation after generation, thousands of precious sacs like the one between my legs. Hundreds of mothers, still with fear.

I've never known them, but I understand them. They were just like me. I will not leave my children. I'll die with them.

The dark time is ending. Gentle moon and quiet dark gives way to hated sun, sharp knives of light between the flapping tarps the giants have erected. They will arrive soon. I can feel the vibrations in what remains of the walls. Mr. Brown scurries toward his hole. The Wife skitters to her place inside the bones of our home.

I want to join them, but I won't.

The giants are here. I can feel the thunder of the things they ride to war. I can feel their massive footfalls outside the walls. The tarps jerk aside, and they storm in, weapons ready, shearing precious darkness with their beams of light.

One speaks, if you can call it speech, howling moans from forced air. They sound like pitiful ghosts.

"Yep, you've got a problem, all right. Get it cleared up soon before the inspector comes."

I have yet to meet any Inspector. They have said the name with reverence and dread. Perhaps the Inspector might see reason, see the damage the giants have done, and have mercy on our home.

The one who spoke about the Inspector leaves, but comes back. With tools.

He searches the walls, and hisses into them.

I don't feel Mr. Brown's tremors anymore.

He searches the crawlspace. He hisses into it.

The Wife isn't scurrying anymore.

He eyes the mantel with the sunlight he carries. I clutch my charges; fold myself tight.

"Oh, DAMN. Look at that shit. They're about to pop, dude."

"Well clear 'em out. Jesus, they give me the creeps."

I will not leave my charges.

I pray the Inspector arrives in time.
They say that no matter where you are, you're never more than twenty feet from a spider.

This is for the Anthro Antics Contest run by the always-wonderful `ThornyEnglishRose
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Given 2014-03-25
Sympathy for a spider: Renovations is by Memnalar. ( Suggested by SilverInkblot and Featured by neurotype )
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Shoeborn Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Student General Artist
...okay, I'm not exactly a fan of spiders, but....poor Mr. Brown.
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
He got his, certainly.
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LibbyKeppen Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
At first, I thought they were possums because of the babies clinging to them, but I see now how it's a spider.  Poor things. :(  Too cute and misunderstood, honestly.  I hope spiders and bees can survive, they're needed species.  I really loved this work, it's eye-opening.
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
That's an interesting way to look at it.  Thank you!
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er49563 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Student General Artist
I HATE ALL BUGS AND SPIDERS!!!!........But this was nice. c:
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Nobody's perfect.  :)  Thanks!
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er49563 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Student General Artist
;u; I guess not....np.
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PoesDaughter Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional Writer
Interesting. Creepy, but interesting. Typically, we're the ones afraid of the spider, but I like that you play on that saying: It's more afraid of you than you are of it. Your voice is strong, and you build suspense well. When I realized this story was about a spider, I almost abandoned it because I don't like them. I'm not afraid, I just dislike them (I was bitten by a brown recluse last year, in my house, interestingly enough). But the suspense hooked me in and I couldn't stop reading.

I think the most tragic part of it was the irony of having the spider pray for the inspector's help like he was a god, but in reality he would've been just as quick to destroy the egg sac. A subtle stroke of genius, that.

Just...bravo, my friend. A well-deserved DD :)
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
I'm sorry about your brown recluse experience. That stuff is no joke.

Thank you very much for sticking with the story, and for your thoughts.  :)
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PoesDaughter Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Professional Writer
It's all good. The recluse experience was fascinating, believe it or not.

You're welcome, it was my pleasure. :)
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Vannjaren Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Wow, very moving and well-written, great work in putting across the spider's point of view, you can really feel the fear there! <3 :clap:
I've always liked spiders, and I HATE whenever people try to kill them just for being there, I usually lift them and pop them outside as soon as I can before someone else gets there first.
We've got one permanent resident in the gas meter box - I call him Eduardo. :giggle:
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Excellent. Here's to you and Eduardo!
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Vannjaren Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
You're welcome, and haha, thankyou!
Hurrhurr, he's getting big now... ha, I can see all his old shed skins in the meter box too... like the spider equivalent of "baby photos" I guess. :aww: :giggle:
Ha, I've banned all my housemates from squishing him. :'D
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RedYume Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Just so beautifully written.
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Thanks very much!
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Aryiea Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Nicely written! The entryway into my stairs outside my apartment was completely and utterly infested with wolf spiders this summer/fall. I swear there were at least 50 of them on/near the door/sidewalk/grass/etc. every evening when I would come home (I'm not exaggerating either xD). It was kind of ridiculous, haha. This reminded me of that!
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Thank you!
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Sturmdaemon Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Really imaginative, now I feel the need to go to the bathroom and promise the spider there we'll never gonna kick her/him out.
Yes, we usually have a spider in the bathroom. It is officially welcome there, and supposed to eat mosquitoes and such. It even has a name (probably held by a few generations of spiders by now). If they live in some high up ceiling corner, spiders' chances are good to be overlooked anyway.
Other spiders are mostly escorted out via a piece of tissue paper, because too much webs = too much cleaning. Luckily, there aren't much poisonous spiders here, so it is easy to tolerate them.
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
It's okay to kick the spider out. Just don't kill it.  :)

Thank you!
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ThePurpleKieen Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm really torn between finding this creepy, especially the bits about egg sacs, and feeling bad for the spider and what's going to happen to her. I really love how the people's casual dialogue at the end contrasts with the rest of the narration.
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Spiders are my favorite animals. They are awesome.

Thanks very much for commenting!
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DeriveAnemone Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Poor spiders. :(
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
I KNOW, RIGHT?

Thank you!
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DanielleIvanova Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is seriously brilliant! I never knew I could feel for a spider. Thank you so much for such an awesome and enjoyable read. After going through some seriously cringe-worthy pieces of writing this morning this saved my faith in good literature.
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Spiders are beautiful, and worthy of your sympathy. 

Thank you!
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DanielleIvanova Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Are they? :O It's noteworthy that you evoked sympathy for them in someone who prefers them to keep their beauty at least a kilometer away! :P
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
I hope that someday you can close the distance.  ;)  Thanks again!
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MissDudette Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Awww, this was really something. Poor little spider and her spiderlings. :(
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Thank you!  And thank you for using the right term.  :)

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MissDudette Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Hey, you're quite welcome. :)
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Hawkieface Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Probably very bad for me to read this as I'm arachnophobia, ahaha!
Chilling, and very well written! Congratulations on your DD C:
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Thanks very much!
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Hawkieface Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my gods, I'm arachnophobic**, not arachnophobia, ahaha! Sorry about that ^^;
And you're most welcome!~
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ShadowedAcolyte Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
Deliciously creepy.
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Thanks!
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DrippingWords Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Student Writer
Uhm uhm uhm, this freaks me out. Congratulations. :XD:
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Sigh. Thank you.  :)
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DrippingWords Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Student Writer
Lol, I'm sorry. :XD: You're welcome.
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SweetsAndCharades Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Aww... I never thought I'd feel sad about spiders.
(I am not scared of them and always carry them outside when I find them inside the house!)
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Thank you for doing that. It means a lot to me.

Thanks for reading this, too.  :)
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hi there! Just a note to let you know that I've featured this piece in my end-of-the-year journal feature :) (Smile)
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Thanks very much!  :dance:
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014   Writer
:iconspiderplz: What a fine little story, told from a unique POV. I like it. Thank you. :+fav:
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Thanks very much!
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xlntwtch Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014   Writer

Aaaaaaaaaeeeeeeeeekkkkk!

You're welcome.

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Undomiel321 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
haha! My sister is arachnophobic. I'm sure she would love this! (not!) Well, I'll spare her by not making her read this... Very nice! I like seeing things from a new perspective! Congrats on the DLD!
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Memnalar Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Don't make your sister read this. Make her read Charlotte's Web. That's where this (and my love of spiders) comes from. 
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Undomiel321 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha! She has read Charlotte's Web. She loved Wilber but had no love for Charlotte. I guess there's no hope for her!
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CWeebs Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional Writer
A spider would never write something like this about us!

Enjoyed it. Start to finish. Could feel the suspense tightening as the giants looked ever closer to the mantel. Great work. 
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