* Warning: If you have arachnophobia, you may want to skip this post! *
As everyone knows, when the weather grows colder, the multi-legged critters like to move indoors. Sure, every house will have the odd spider in it, and don’t get me wrong; they’re good little creatures – They are kind enough to eat the bad bugs that we don’t want around, like termites. But when they decide to get better acquainted with us, sharing private spaces such as bathrooms and bedrooms, well one has to draw the line somewhere, right?
When you get up in the middle of the night to use the loo, and a rather large black spot on your TP scutters away…. creepy! But this is the story of the 2 spiders who decided to reside in my bedroom with me. I named them Hal (short for Halloween), and Charlotte, after the children’s novel character. Hal was the smaller of the two, so I assumed he may be the male. But I’m no spider expert (arachnophile??).
So, a couple of weeks ago, while making my bed, I happened to look up and spot a couple of cobwebs on my ceiling. Hmmm, I thought, I should get rid of those. And as I took a look around the rest of the ceiling, eyeballing for more cobwebs, I discovered Hal hanging out in the corner to the left of my bed. I told him he better not even think of falling (or jumping) on my head in the middle of the night, if he wanted to remain my room-mate. By bedtime, he was at the top of the wall on the opposite side of the bed. I contemplated removing him, but thought better of it. And being the polite spider, he moved off, and was around the corner above my bedroom door when I woke up in the morning.
For the next couple of days, Hal remained between the ceiling above my pillows and the bedroom doorway. We were getting along just fine! But then I looked up for him one evening on my way to bed, and lo and behold, there was a new spider up on the wall in the corner near my bed, and twice his size to boot! Introducing Charlotte… Meanwhile Hal was in his usual spot near the door.
The next morning, Charlotte had moved to within a few feet of Hal. I wondered if they were friends, or more… I watched them for a few days, staying close to each other, but not really together. Sounds like some human relationships lol! Then one day, I went into my room, and there was Hal, demonstrating his dangling from a thread prowess to Charlotte. However, she was facing a different direction and seemed unimpressed. Poor Hal!
The two remained near each other for another few days. And then one morning, doing my housework, I discovered Hal, dangling from a cobweb in the middle of the room, dead. I admit, I was a little sad. I looked around for Charlotte, who seems to have gone into the Witness Protection Program, because she hasn’t been seen since. I still look up occasionally, hoping to see her, wondering what the dynamics were with my two black little arachnids. But I had to tell their story. I hope it is as amusing to read as it was being a first-hand witness to it.
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