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FF – Devourers

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Liz Young.

This story comes with special exclusive bonus content!

Copyright Liz Young

 

Locked in a cage. Swathed in bandages, covering… best not look. A body become toxic waste, ravaged by… see those silken threads?… arachnids of alien origin.

They devour; flesh, bones, organs, brain liquified, not quickly, oh no! slow, painful, excruciating. Is that a house spider above your bed or a devourer of flesh? How to tell?

Or is the scene a student prank? Ill-conceived perhaps, yet ultimately harmless. We choose to believe this so that we may sleep at night, yet wilful ignorance will not save us.

They are coming. They are here. Our end is assured.

 

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  1. July 11, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    My worst nightmare!

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    • July 12, 2018 at 7:07 am

      Mine too. And yet I am curiously drawn to the film Arachnophobia!

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  2. July 11, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    It could all be a web of lies.

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  3. July 11, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    Well, that tapped into some particular fears. Thanks!

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  4. July 12, 2018 at 10:15 am

    I’m glad I don’t have that particular phobia or I’d never sleep again! Snakes are my nightmare, so Ireland is a good place for me to live.
    Love the bonus content 🙂

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    • July 12, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      I’m not a spider fan 😦 I’m glad you liked Spider Army!

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  5. July 12, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Too late, they are everywhere. Great story, I love all the possibilities of doom you describe. And the spider army poem is a gem. I used to be scared (still am of the big ones) but decided to learn more about spiders since my fear was making me feel stupid. It mostly worked, and I usually save them, not kill them.

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    • July 12, 2018 at 3:52 pm

      I try to trap them under a glass and chuck them outside when possible. I hate the things, though! I’m glad you liked the Spider Army 🙂

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  6. July 12, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Well, it would have been scarier if they didn’t look so funny. They have a great agent and I bet are looking for a horror film to star in. The aliens finally come and it seems they’ve been watching old Hollywood movies. Good one, Ali. 😀 — Suzanne

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    • July 12, 2018 at 3:53 pm

      They’re not the scariest-looking spiders, are they? 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!

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  7. July 12, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    More, more, more! Great short horror story, Ali. Quite a contrast from the man who wants to live in Hobbiton, but with magical ability! 🙂

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    • July 12, 2018 at 3:53 pm

      I shall use my magical ability to keep spiders out of my burrow 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!

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      • July 12, 2018 at 8:00 pm

        Especially Shelob! . . . maybe you ought to consult fellow wizard Radagast?!

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      • July 13, 2018 at 6:54 am

        I’ll take all the help I can get if I find myself facing Shelob 🙂

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  8. July 12, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    I don’t remember the Spider Army post, but I apparently did read and even comment on it back in the day. And they are still at my front door, trying their best to block the entrance with enough sticky, icky, impossible to break down webbing for Spiderman to swing from coast to coast. That’s why I use the door to the garage instead…

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    • July 12, 2018 at 3:55 pm

      Well, it was 5 years ago, nearly. I’m avoiding opening my living room window as there are a couple of huge ones on the outside windowsill. Damn them all!

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  9. July 12, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    if anything, it should prevent us from sleeping in the nude. who knows what part of your body they’d bite first? 🙂

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  10. July 12, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Well! Tonight I just might burn the live trap my husband gave me to rescue spiders in our house. I just CAN’T kill them because they do no harm. Still, you might have changed my mind.

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    • July 13, 2018 at 6:52 am

      I didn’t know you could get those. Might be easier than bunging a glass over them and trying to slide a piece of card underneath!

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  11. July 12, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    No wonder we instinctively want to crush it.

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    • July 13, 2018 at 6:57 am

      We’re genetically programmed that way.

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  12. July 12, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    Dear Ali,

    Is there anything creepier than a spider? I think not. Pulling the covers over my head after checking the bed for creepy crawlies. 😉

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • July 13, 2018 at 6:59 am

      Dear Rochelle,
      I know they’re all completely harmless (at least in this country) but… yeek!
      Ali

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  13. July 13, 2018 at 12:45 am

    ahhhhhh
    the spiders are here?
    thanks for the heads up
    all windows sealed

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  14. Lyn
    July 13, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Those spiders are, of course, from Metebelis III 😀

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    • July 13, 2018 at 12:04 pm

      Funnily enough I almost watched “Planet of the Spiders” last Saturday (I have it on DVD) but in the end went with a Dalek story instead. Maybe next week 🙂

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      • Lyn
        July 14, 2018 at 1:03 am

        Which Dalek story did you watch – there are several goodies?

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      • July 14, 2018 at 4:58 am

        I watched Revelation of the Daleks. Not my favourite (or favourite Doctor) but I hadn’t seen it in a while.

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      • Lyn
        July 14, 2018 at 6:09 am

        No, not my favourite Doctor either. He was much better as “Bayban the Butcher” in the Blake’s 7 episode City at the Edge of Forever

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      • July 14, 2018 at 4:52 pm

        Yes, he was a real psycho in that (one of my favourite episodes). My favourite quote (hopefully my memory is getting it close):
        (Bayban) It’s an honour, sir.
        (Vila, quivering in his boots) The honour is mine.
        (Bayban) That’s what I meant.

        Classic!

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      • Lyn
        July 15, 2018 at 7:55 am

        Poor Vila, I really liked him. My favourite Vila episode was where he almost got the girl 😀

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      • July 15, 2018 at 4:15 pm

        I think that was the Bayban episode, where he gets through the force field and they reach that planet. He finds the crystals they need on the Liberator and goes back, leaving her there 😦

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  15. July 13, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Anything worse than seeing a spider, going to look for something to help remove it, coming back and not being able to find it again? And then you are supposed to get in bed to sleep? *Shudder*…

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    • July 14, 2018 at 4:52 am

      Or missing it during the attempt so it nips behind something and you can’t reach it any longer 😦

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      • July 14, 2018 at 5:47 am

        Yeah… Not knowing where it is, is the worst!

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  16. July 13, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    I am perfectly happy to live in denial when it comes to spiders. Pretend they are not all around me (yuck). A very creepy tale, well done!! =)

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    • July 14, 2018 at 4:53 am

      That’s pretty much what I do. I know they’re there, they must be, but that way madness lies 🙂
      I’m glad you liked it!

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  17. July 13, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Well, I do like spiders – small ones who eat flies ! But the ones in your story are truly spooky- nicely done Ali.

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    • July 14, 2018 at 4:54 am

      I prefer the flies. At least they fly off rather than crawling all over you! I’m glad you liked my story 🙂

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  18. July 13, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Yes, I can see your point, it does remind me of a few scenarios I’ve had over the last year… 🙂

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  19. July 13, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    Spiders from Mars? Sorry, David Bowie is playing in the background right now, so….

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  20. July 14, 2018 at 5:03 am

    The Boy Scouts got it right- Always be prepared!

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    • July 14, 2018 at 5:22 am

      But can anything prepare you for… The Devourers!

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  21. July 14, 2018 at 6:21 am

    This was awesome! What you wrote here is so powerful, I might not look at spiders the same way again😅

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    • July 14, 2018 at 4:53 pm

      Heh, me neither! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  22. July 14, 2018 at 6:27 am

    Eeks! And the bonus was an extra eeks plus yikes!

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    • July 14, 2018 at 4:54 pm

      Indeed! Though the spiders in Spider Army are kinda cute 🙂

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  23. July 14, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Great writing. I am going to bury my head and pretend it’s just a student prank. Sometimes ignorance really is blissful. Actually I rather like spiders since somebody taught me stuff about them. It’s those buzzing flying buzzers that that freak me.

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    • July 14, 2018 at 4:55 pm

      I know there are spiders everywhere this time of year but I would rather live in ignorance as to their exact locations in the house 🙂

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  24. July 14, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Most unsettling!

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  25. July 14, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Then I’ll try to enjoy it
    Since calling for help
    Would be absurd 🙂

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  26. July 15, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Our place a the top of the food chain is numbered, one day soon it’s Boy and Girl Kebabs.

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  27. July 15, 2018 at 3:59 pm

    I have had several allergic reactions over the years t spider bites.
    They are dangerous little boogers.

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    • July 15, 2018 at 4:17 pm

      Though we don’t have any venomous spiders there are people who have very nasty reactions to false widow bites. Like “hospitalisation, nearly lose a limb” nasty.

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      • July 15, 2018 at 9:48 pm

        Yes, each time the docs diagnosed it as a brown recluse. IDK how they knew that or if they were just guessing but I had to be on some powerful steroids and the redness from one bite lasted over a year.
        I HATE spiders!

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      • July 16, 2018 at 6:53 am

        With a reaction like that, I don’t blame you 😦

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  28. July 16, 2018 at 7:16 am

    I don’t want to run into these spiders, Draliman, they scare me. Better find me a web 🕷🕸 Extra Pawkisses 🙂 ❤

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    • July 16, 2018 at 1:38 pm

      I’m sure you could handle a few spiders, LB 🙂

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  29. July 16, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Great concept.

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  30. July 16, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Such an irrational fear, I try to fight it, but with no success. Nicely done.

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  31. July 16, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Gah! Any spider who dares to occupy space above my bed is going to die a quick and messy death–if only I can reach him!

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  32. July 16, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Aaaaahhhh… alien flesh-eating spiders!
    This statement is applicable in real life in so many ways:
    “We choose to believe this so that we may sleep at night, yet wilful ignorance will not save us.”

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    • July 17, 2018 at 6:31 am

      There’s a lot of wilful ignorance going round…

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  33. July 17, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    You tapped into my favourite nightmare. 😦

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    • July 17, 2018 at 3:55 pm

      Many people’s I reckon. Mine, for sure 😦

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  34. July 17, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Sounds like we’re in trouble.

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    • July 17, 2018 at 3:55 pm

      Yep. Keep a rolled up newspaper handy!

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  35. July 17, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    I don’t think I’ll ever look at a side the same way again. Love your story and the extra content. Can we assume you don’t like them then… arachnids I mean.

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    • July 18, 2018 at 7:30 am

      I’m not the biggest fan, no 🙂 I’m glad you liked it!

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  36. July 28, 2018 at 10:38 am

    I don’t mind students… but the others have to die, or fly out of my window if they are lucky 🙂

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