The very next day, my friend and I were sitting on the deck. It was a very sunny day, very fine, and we were enjoying the weather. I was sipping on a cold Coca-Cola Classic, one of my most favorite things in the whole world. Nothing seemed like it could go wrong.
I thought a little bit about Mr. Spider from the night before. I wondered where he had gone and if he were ok. I sincerely hoped he was doing just fine out there. It could be a scary world sometimes. I felt where he had bitten me. It didn’t even hurt, just a tiny bump to remind me of the gift he had given me.
I stared out over the placid, rippling waters of the lake. Suddenly my ribs started feeling very itchy. I pulled my shirt up to scratch and make sure there no ticks trying to get a free meal off me when I felt a patch of short, very coarse hairs, almost like sandpaper. Now, I have to tell you, I am not a very hairy person. I have just a few hairs on my chest, and they are all very soft. So these new bristly hairs were something of a surprise to me! I was concerned, but wanted to take a closer look.
“I need to go to the bathroom. I’ll be right back,” I told my friend.
In the bathroom, I looked and saw a patch, maybe the size of my hand, where there a number of these tiny, black hairs poking through my skin where there had been none the day before. Strange! I thought that, perhaps, all the good clean country air was making me develop in a more manly way. Nature has many secrets.
All the Coca-Cola in me had worked its way through, so I made use of the bathroom for its intended purpose. Killing two birds with one stone, right? But when I peed, what came out was not the usual stuff, but a silky white substance that was very stretchy. I wiped as much of it off my fingers as I could and flushed it down the toilet, hoping it wouldn’t clog. That would be too embarrassing.
Back on the porch I couldn’t get the thought of the white sticky stuff out of my mind. I thought about telling my friend, but I was afraid he would get the wrong idea about it and I think I had done something immoral. I decided to keep quiet. Just to keep an eye on things to make sure nothing bad happened.
Another soda pop helped me feel better.
“What are we going to have for dinner?” my friend asked.
“I don’t know,” I replied to him. “Pork chops?”
“Yeah. That sounds good,” he said.
“I, uh….” I started but then stopped.
“What’s up?” he said.
“Oh. Nothing. Pork chops sound pretty good, huh?” I said.
“Yeah,” he said.
Next door the neighbor’s dogs barked. I found them to be pretty annoying while we were trying to relax, but what could you do about it? Dogs had as much right to be dogs as I had a right to be me and as Mr. Spider had a right to be himself.
My jaw ached a little bit. Maybe later I would go over and say hello to the dogs so they didn’t have to be scared anymore. Yeah, that seemed like a pretty good idea. It’s not fun to be scared.