The Spider’s Web
by Richard H. Williams
When Londo was driving up South Dixie Highway and turning into the
beach near Shark Valley, the sky was clear and blue, the sun blazing, but when he left his pick-up truck and walked to the
far beach, a thunder was rumbling in the distance and lightning began to crack.
There was a light rain and he settled down and stripped off his bathing
suit. It felt good to be naked and he stretched and walked into the water. The water temperature, like that of the sky, was
cool, and he basked in the wetness and began a slow Australian crawl.
Londo didn’t mind the drizzle and the mist and he felt good.
Because of the inclement weather, the beach was deserted. After swimming for a while he unpacked his lunch and enjoyed an
egg salad sandwich, an apple, and a thermos of iced tea.
Then he heard some voices from a distance, apparently coming from
a small boat across the water----it seemed far away and he couldn’t hear what they were saying, partly because they
were speaking in Spanish. As they drew into view Rondo saw that there were three men in a Whaler. He knew enough Spanish to
realize they were cursing at him, accusing him of being gay.
Londo jumped up on the damaged pier near the deserted lifeguard tower
and shrieked back at them. The interchange continued. He turned and wiggled his naked ass at them. They were outraged and
steered their boat toward the shore.
They grew closer than he had anticipated all at once and Londo scooped
up his belongings and ran away from the water, racing across a meadow to the forest of low bushes, palm fronds and tall pines.
His pursuers anchored their boat and, shouting challengers, running
after him. They wanted blood. Londo knew of a deserted cave hidden within the dark forest and he sought it. On entering it
he heard a familiar sound. It was like someone striking taut wires, like the sounds of the birds in Hitchcock’s horror
film. He backed out of the cave as the three men surrounded him. One of the three was partly inside the cave, blocking Londo
from entering, and the other two prevented him from darting away.
Londo attempted to move into the cave, but his means on ingress was
completely blocked. The man inside the cave moved further in and became attached to a sticky substance. He was caught in a
huge spider’s web. The large black spider plunged a sword-like weapon into that man’s neck and he screamed out,
shuddered, and then stopped moving. The other three men ran away.
Copyright © Richard
H. Williams 2011
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