The ladybird alighted on the branch above the spider’s web, her hindwings folding under their red and black shard. She stared at her fellow predator, asleep in the center, surrounded by the mummified corpses of recent meals.
“Why are you sad, little ladybird?” The spider asked, waking up.
“I wish,” the ladybird replied, “that I could make such an elegant home as you to trap my prey.”
“Ah,” the spider said, his eight eyes shone. “But I can share mine with you, and a meal as well.”
“Really?” The ladybird rushed onto the strands with joy.
It wasn’t until her second leg stuck she realized what the spider meant.
Story title from Jason Webley’s album Counterpoint, 2002
Tales From the Tomato Patch #7: Quite Contrary by Christian Berntsen is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.