Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #25


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Crouching Beauty, Hidden Danger

What is most beautiful is to be avoided.

He enjoys jogging this stretch of road, especially when scattered sun rays filter through the trees. And the scenery is beautiful, littered with shrubs and random bursts of fauna and flora along the edge of the road. He always feels that the weight of the world drops from his shoulders and he jogs without a care in the world.

But it is not the beauty that is dangerous.

As his feet continue the steady pounding against the concrete ground, he feels something brushes against his leg. He continues jogging; he is used to brushing or grazing himself against the knee level shrubs or ankle level flora and pays no attention. But then, he feels the weirdest sensation along the length of his leg.

What is dangerous is hidden under the beauty.

After another few moments, he can no longer ignore the itch running up and down his legs. He stops and looks down to inspect the sensation; the most peculiar sight greets him – a single strand of spider web, slowly but surely weaving itself onto his leg. He frowns before he remembers his aged grandmother’s words.

So guard well against the hidden dangers.

“To you, it is nothing more than a web. But to a spider, it is home. And the wrath of having one’s home destroyed for no apparent reason is not to be underestimated.” But it is too late – where the man is looking down at his leg, there is only gigantic cocoon in his place. Soon, even the cocoon will be gone.

Don’t do harm to others; don’t forget to guard against others.

(276 words)

I saw a fantastic photo, I write a fantastic story. I could not resist that this story, especially when I tend to brush against something when I go jogging. And being the anal person I am, I always ignore what I brush against until I’m done with my jog. By then, it’s too late – I’ll usually end up with a bruise.

As usual, I could not resist but add in a Mandarin adage to end the story. And as usual, I probably did not do justice to the translation. The Mandarin adage is teaching young children not to purposefully harm any people or animals. But in the second line of the couplet, it also warns children not to be too trustful of everyone either as there are people who would use knowledge of you against you.

If you are interested, the prompt is linked below.

Welcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.” Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenge bloggers to write a relatively short flash fiction piece inspired by the photo. While there are no definitive style or word limits, I suggest trying to keep your posts to under 300 words.

If this picture inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post.

Prompt: Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #25

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