Story Starter #1

A new writing prompt is hitting the starting blocks today courtesy of Fandango

This week’s teaser is:

Don’t you dare come any closer…

If you care to write and post a story built on this teaser, be sure to link back to this post and to tag your post with #FSS. I would also encourage you to read and enjoy what other bloggers do with this teaser, assuming (hoping?) that some bloggers will give it a shot.

As kids, things had been fraught between them but if only she had heeded her words ‘Don’t you dare come any closer’ that day. She had told her she had something to show her, and instead, threw the spider at her which landed in her hair.
The result had been catastrophic rather than hilarious as she’d anticipated, and now some 60 years later, despite counseling, the fear and anxiety were still there.
Just the thought of an arachnid, no matter how small, passing close to her proximity had her coming out in a cold sweat and shaking like a leaf. All colour would drain from her face, and her breathing come in short painful gasps. At one stage, it was thought she was having a heart attack, all because of a childish prank.
Now, neither could bear the sight of each other.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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18 Responses to Story Starter #1

  1. A great story of warning over what one might find funny others will suffer over. Well done.

  2. Carol anne says:

    good story Di! ❤ excellent!

  3. murisopsis says:

    And that is why I strongly dislike “practical jokes”!

  4. Fandango says:

    A prank gone bad. Was there anything autobiographical in your story, Di?

    • Sort of……… no counseling and I am getting better, but having one thrown at me and my fear of them, especially the big garden spiders, still ranks high.

  5. Astrid says:

    This is an excellent story indeed. It has me feel all sorts of things.

  6. I was going to say what Fandango did, and remark that there’s a kernel of truth in your tale, isn’t there? I don’t know what caused my own arachnophobia, but I’ve been terrified of those horrid things since I was small. At least you can pinpoint what happened to cause yours. And I’m glad you’re getting better. Still. Spiders. Ew. LOL Great piece of writing, Di!

  7. willowdot21 says:

    Brilliant Di just brilliant 💜

  8. Jen Goldie says:

    It’s a great think piece Di.

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