Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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Post 1613. Wednesday January 10

Friday Fictioneers



He suspends a silky thread from a corner of an open window. Crouching unseen, he patiently waits for a breath of breeze to carry it to the other side. It moves, and waves then floats up and across. Perfect.

Slowly, painstaking, he starts to weave his web. Round and round, up and down, in and out. Once done, he admires his work then awaits his unsuspecting prey. Minutes pass, more minutes still. Then from nowhere an unsuspecting insect flies into the web's sticky centre. Panic-stricken, it struggles to break free. Thrashing, spinning. But to no avail.

Dinner is served!




Word count 99

Thanks to Rochelle for hosting, and Victor and Sarah Potter for the photo.


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75 comments:

  1. I wonder if I'm the only one who's attempted to release the prey from a spider's web? A graphic observation.

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    1. No, you're not! I love spiders and will never disturb them unless I have to, but they do annoy me when they insist on snaring honey bees. I've tried to free a bee before, but to no avail.

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    2. I haven't but I might just try one day! Just hope I don't get trapped!

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  2. Dear Keith,

    Bon Apetit,

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  3. You can find dinner at http://windowwideweb.insect.buzz
    I enjoyed your story, Keith!

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  4. The best things come to those who wait :-)

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    1. ...and patience is a virtue!Thanks Iain.

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  5. A well written account, Keith, but I will admit I prefer the Charlotte's Web version.

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    1. Wilbur! Thanks for dropp[ing by Christine

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  6. Vividly done! Great little story, Keith.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  7. Extra crunchy? Nicely done, Keith

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  8. A vivid tale of do or die Keith! The poor old spider has to eat after all. Nicely done

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    1. So true.I wonder if there are any veggie spiders! Thanks Lynn

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  9. I suspect you like spiders and have watched their meticulous work many times?

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    1. They fascinate me actually! I've taken so many photos of webs myself. Cheers liz.

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  10. Everything has to eat, and i like spiders, especially that they eat all of the ugh bugs.

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    1. They certainly have their uses! Cheers mimi

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  11. The spiders can have all the bugs they want, as far as I'm concerned! Especially after taking all that time with the web, they deserve it.

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  12. Sometimes a straight-to-the-point story is perfection. I loved this. I never disturb them either even when they have the annoying habit of building their web across my porch...

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    1. That can be annoyng especially when you walk face-first into one! Thanks Dale

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  13. Patience, as the say, is the greatest of virtues :-)

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    1. They do indeed and so right they are! Thanks Anurag.

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  14. Superbly written. I could totally imagine this
    I love that cute spider image

    Click Here to see what Mrs. Dash Says

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  15. that is quite vividly described - liked the narrative

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  16. Were you a spider in a previous life? You described it so well :)

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  17. That was like watching a movie. Really excellent descriptions.

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  18. I loved the humour..Great way to write the prompt..you almost used the prompt 'literally'.

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    1. I'm so pleased you liked my little it of nonsense! Thanks Balaka

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  19. Nicely done, Keith. At least no worries for the dinner. :)
    Thanks, Norma.

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    1. Certainly not! Thanks for dropping by Norma.

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  20. I love your title, Keith. Wonderful! And, of course, i really like the way you have woven your story- the wonderful narration and the vivid imagery. Lovely!
    Hope the comment does go through this time. Had been trying to comment from my phone since yesterday till i decided to try from the laptop, just now.

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    1. It has definitely arrived! Thanks so much for your perseverance and your generous words moon.

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  21. Ah ha .. is that what I must do to get dinner ... weave my web. Clever tale ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Canadian insects are very tasty Hilary!

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  22. I hope Mr. Fly hasn't been rolling in a cow pattie. That might leave a terrible aftertaste. - Russell

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    1. Not the tastiest kind of pattie that's for sure! Cheers Russell

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  23. You made me think about the work that must go into weaving that web. Love the tone. :)

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  24. Wordsmith at its best.

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    1. That's very kind of you YS, thank you.

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  25. I love your happy little spider beside the story. It sounds like you've been closely observing the operations of a spider. My dad taught me never to kill a spider. I watched one scare himself by looking in a mirror one time. It was hilarious. Not for him of course. Good writing, Keith. :D --- Suzanne

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    1. I'd love to have seen the spider and the mirror! Thanks so much for dropping by Suzanne.

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  26. It's not only chefs who put a lot of work into preparing food. ;)

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    1. Indeed we are not although I did work fairly hard in my kitchen!

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  27. A lot of work, and a dinner is a just reward I think... yummy

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    1. A lot of effort for an insect or two! Cheers B.

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  28. Delightfully observed. It's summertime down under and if you are not careful you are bound to walk into a web these days.

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    1. It's wintertime up above and I don't like it! Bring back the webs!

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  29. Awww ... I feel badly for the fly. But, that's nature. Surviaval of the fittest or smartest.
    Cool way to go with the take. I enjoyed it immensely. It could be a cute children's book.
    'The Spider and the Fly' .... hehe
    Isadora 😎

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    1. ...now that's an idea! Thanks Isadora.

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  30. i expect some trickery, but this time you just tell like it is. great post, anyway. :)

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    1. Glad you liked it, trickery or not! Cheers plaridel

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  31. So that's how it's done! Better than slaving away over a hot stove :D

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    1. You think? I'll stick to the stove! Cheers Dahlia

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  32. It's a wonder there is not an old saying about the patience of a spider.

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  33. A reflective tale - even a fable perhaps ? Dinner/tasty flies come to those who wait? Is your spider super sized, like its web ?

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  34. Patience is well rewarded. A good message here Keith

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  35. I love how you set this one up. It made me smile.

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