Mary watched with fascination as the large spider webbed up her meal.
Difficult to tell exactly what sort of insect it was, perhaps was it sort of small beetle or large louse? The spider, having industriously captured it in her web, was busily poisoning it with digestive enzymes and scrambling over and around it, beginning the process of cocooning and preserving. This one would almost certainly become the host for her babies, once properly prepared.
Mary rapaciously watched the motion within the web. Regardless of the taxonomies involved, both spider and insect looked delicious to her—a western European hedgehog.
Inspired by this Friday Fictioneers photo prompt.
10 thoughts on “Delicious and nutritious”
I know bugs can be a delicacy, but they are one thing I really don’t want to try. Great story. Nicely written.
Well now, technically arachnids aren’t ‘bugs’–oh, never mind, I’m totally with you on that one 😛
Everything to its purpose. I like Mary’s patient observation… I like a hedgehog who can anticipate the moment.
I’ve been writing way too much light fantasy; all of my animals are anthropomorphic now. Comes from the fairy tales, I guess.
At least the hedgehog didn’t have any dialog. (That’s probably sometime soon.)
I love hedgehogs – they are so much fun to hold and study! Clever story and enjoyable! Enjoy the holidays! Nan 🙂
I had no idea Mary would be popular. Ongoing-series character! Thanks, you too.
You have to look out for Marys, in my experience.
A different POV for sure. I don’t recall reading you here before. If I’m correct, welcome to Friday Fictioneers.
Thanks! Been hanging around all sorts of odd places lately.