Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Sophia's Spider

Christine M. Steinmann                             about 500 words

Strathpine, Queensland 4500

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by Christine M. Steinmann

Sophia didn't want to go to bed. Sophia wasn't tired.

“Sophia, dear. Time for bed,” said her mother. Her mother sounded tired.

Sophia went upstairs to her room. She put on her favourite pink pyjamas. She brushed her teeth and washed her face. Then she called to her mother.

“Mum,” she said, “I'm not tired.”

“Get to bed, sweetheart,” said her mother, “I'll be right there to tuck you in.”

Sophia went back to her room. She turned down her favourite rainbow unicorn sheets and went to turn on her night light.

That's when she saw the spider. It was staring at her.

Sophia didn't like spiders. Sophia was afraid of spiders.

“Mum,” shouted Sophia, “there's a spider in my room.”

“I'll be right there, darling,” said her mother, “Get into bed.”

Sophia eyed the spider. The spider eyed her right back.

“But Mum,” said Sophia, “there's a spider in my room.”

“Sophia,” said her mother. She was starting to sound angry.

Sophia walked backwards towards her bed, keeping her eye on the spider. The spider stared right back. Sophia crawled carefully under the covers, still keeping her eye on the spider.

And then...the spider winked at her!

“Mum,” said Sophia, “I'm scared of the spider.”

“Sophia,” said her mother. “I'm sure it won't hurt you. It's just a little spider. I'll be right there. Now be a dear and go to bed.”

Sophia looked at the spider. It appeared to be growing. And it was crawling right towards her!

“Mum,” said Sophia.

“Sophia,” said her mum.

The spider came closer. And closer. And closer.

The spider opened its jaws!

“Hello Sophia,” said the spider.

“Hhhellllooo ssspppider,” said Sophia.

She was still a little scared but she was curious too. She had never spoken to a spider before.

“I'm not tired,” said the spider.

“I'm not tired either,” said Sophia.

“Would you like to play?” asked the spider.

Sophia thought a moment.

“Sure,” she said, “but we'll have to be quiet. My mother is just down the stairs.”

“Sophia,” said her mother, “I hope that you're in bed.”

Sophia giggled. The spider giggled too. They played 'Ropes and Ladders' under the covers with Sophia's princess torch. They read 'Charlotte's Web.' They made believe they were camping in the bush under a tent until they both got sleepy.

“Spider,” said Sophia, “I am sleepy now. Would you like to sleep with me on my rainbow unicorn pillow?”

“I will rest here with you until your mother comes,” said the spider, “then I will go back to my home in the corner.”

“Will I see you tomorrow, spider?” asked Sophia. She wasn't at all afraid any more.

“I'll see you tomorrow,” said the spider.

“Good night, spider,” said Sophia.

“Good night, Sophia,” said the spider.

“Sweet dreams, my love,” said Sophia's mother when she came upstairs to tuck Sophia in.

“I guess that spider wasn't such a problem after all.”


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