Friday Fictioneers: Persistence

Annnd – it’s time again for Friday Fictioneers! Madison Woods’ photo prompt this time got me all tangled up in ideas for a while, but I ended up by spinning this yarn…


With a cheap house, you expect problems. This place? The last owners never cleaned the place, just let it get filthier and filthier.

Oh well, they couldn’t clean. You can’t sweep the floor if you pile junk head-high all over it. I lost count of the number of days clearing the living room took, and the number of dumpsters we filled.

It felt great to stand in the middle of that open space, dust and cobwebs and mildew scrubbed away, open paint cans at our feet. I dipped my brush in the paint and grinned at the wall. My grin faded. Somebody else planned to make a home here.

It clung to the corner we cleaned just an hour ago. A brand-new cobweb.

* * *

And let me throw in a true story about unlikely cobwebs – until a couple of years ago, part of my job involved repairing computers that weren’t working right. I was pretty startled the first time I opened up a case to find one corner of the system full of cobweb. Eventually I realized that PC cobwebs are routine, but I still can’t imagine what spiders find to eat in there!

And oh yes – please let me know what you think!


24 responses to “Friday Fictioneers: Persistence

  1. Wow, who knew spider webs could be inside computers! You’d think they’d be fried spiders (and webs.)

    As far as your story, I can feel the joy of the open, clean space…and the mini-intrusion of the new web. But spiders can certainly put up new webs in an amazingly short time! I’m guessing this is a hoarding story–a scary thing in itself!

    • Yes, the previous owners were definitely serious hoarders! But I think the new people and their spider will have to find ways to compromise. I think part of this story came from noticing during a brief car ride that a spider was busily spinning a web between my shoulder and the door – it’s amazing how fast they work.

      As for fried spiders – it gets pretty hot inside a computer case, and humans would be uncomfortable (if we could fit), but if the insulation deteriorated enough to electrocute a spider or burn up its web there would be MAJOR problems with the electronics!

  2. I enjoyed your intro as much as the story. πŸ™‚ “spinning this yarn.” LOL Brilliant and fun.

  3. I enjoyed the “spinning the yarn”, too. As far as the speed at which spiders work, I’ve had first-hand experience of that while riding in Wyoming and I’ve caught a lot of webs across my face or, if seen in time, on my cowboy hat instead. πŸ™‚

  4. great slice of reality…

  5. Your opening made me laugh. Nice job πŸ™‚

    As for the frustration of a determined spider wanting to make his home, I’d be armed with a broom at all times πŸ˜‰

  6. A brilliant yarn! do you think I’m likely to have spiders in my pc? maybe time to get a laptop!

    • Thanks, Gilly! As for spiders in your pc – if you’ve had it for several years, could be – but they seem content to stay inside the case. (Nobody had any idea these work computers were spidery until I opened them up.) So, probably, if you leave them alone, they’ll leave you alone πŸ˜‰

  7. Hey Sharon, I think I lived next door to the previous owners. πŸ˜‰ Great beginning of a story. I had the feeling there was more to come. It’s amazing where spiders will make a home. isn’t it? Just hope I never find one in my computer.

    • I don’t think I’ve known the previous owners myself, but several friends of mine have lived next door to houses like that! This could be a scene out of the middle of another one of my partly written longer tales – we’ll see if I get back to elaborating on that plot.

      As for spiders – things that tiny don’t seem to have much sense of barriers!

  8. LOL, I battle those cobs all the time!

  9. You know, I think sometimes they crawl in my ears and spin webs in my brain. I suppose that explains my writing style, doesn’t it?

  10. When did you come over to my house πŸ™‚ as for the computer there is probably a spider in there too πŸ™‚

  11. They eat bits and bytes here and there in the servers. (oh, God, i’m sorry. couldn’t help myslef.) Loved your story.



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