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Spider, Spider

posted Nov 27, 2009, 8:39 AM by Jonathan Sherwood   [ updated Nov 27, 2009, 9:05 AM ]
It was a bad rain. Like knitting needles stabbing you in place. Insect collector needles. Days since the streetlights slept. It came down dull and mad. Straight and muttering. It stabbed at me, so I ran. At the corner of Crost and Lake I slipped on the worn concrete and fell hard against the sidewalk, but I didn’t stop. I didn’t even slow down..."

An agoraphobe, a stripper, a double amputee, a street musician, and a laundromat owner are a group of misfit friends. Holding them all together is William, a kind, one-armed, photographer with great aspirations. But when a freak storm leads to weeks of dreary, incessant rain, the group's little island of solace begins to crack, and someone--or something--starts stalking William.

12,000 words, noir-ish speculative fiction. Read Spider, Spider online, or as a nicely formatted PDF.