The Trap (flash fiction)

The Trap

Cindy stood there wondering where she was, and then she heard a door slowly creak open. Around the corner an old woman with long grey hair and wearing an old black dress hobbled into sight. She walked with great difficulty.

“Hello my lovely! What are you doing here?” the old woman asked as she approached Cindy.

“I’m lost.” Cindy replied. “I don’t know where I am, or even what part of the world I’m in.”

“Oh dear, that doesn’t sound so good. You’re in my farm, if you need to know. Why don’t you come to my farmhouse and have a sit down? I’ll give you a nice hot cup of tea and something to eat and we can work this out together.” the old woman offered. It sounded good to Cindy, though there was a feeling of misgiving in her heart, as though maybe things weren’t as they seemed. She followed the old woman to her house. The woman opened the door and there was a loud creak, exactly like the one Cindy had heard before. “Now go in my lovely and have a sit down.” the woman said.

“Thanks.” Cindy answered. She went inside to what was a musty old kitchen and sat down on a chair by the table. Instantly she felt stuck. She pressed her hands on the table to give herself leverage so she could escape the chair, but then found her hands were also stuck. The old woman laughed.

“You have fallen for my trap my lovely!” The room melted away and Cindy found she was stuck to a huge web. She turned to look at the old woman and saw that she had transformed to the largest spider she had ever seen. “I put this web in-between worlds and catch the occasional portal jumper! So glad I’m back in my true form. I hate wearing that human disguise. It’s so hard to walk in!” the spider said as it moved closer to Cindy now showing no impediment in it’s movement. Cindy struggled, but found the more she struggled, the more stuck to the web she became. The spider approached…

Joanne Fisher

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