“You know how you always thought I was brave?” I asked.
“Yeah?” Landon said,
“Well I’m about to prove you wrong.”
“What do you mean?” I pointed to the spider watching us from the trees. It was about the size of a car. “Holy…”
“Slowly back away. Don’t make any sudden movements.” I could swear my entire body was shaking. I wasn’t afraid of much, but spiders topped it.
“What do we do now?” That was a very good question because I had no idea. The spider began to come closer to us as we backed away. “Van!” Landon loudly whispered. The spider opened it’s mouth and looked at us like we were a tasty snack.
“Run? I thought you said not to make any sudden movements.”
“I don’t care what I said, run!” Landon and I bolted away from the giant spider, not knowing where we were running to.
“Where are we going?”
“Far away from that thing!” The spider started to catch up to us and began to shoot it’s web out in hopes of capturing us.
“Van, what do we do? We can’t keep running away, it’s going to catch up to us.” I looked all around us and couldn’t see much besides trees and vines. Wait, vines.
“We could climb up the trees and swing across from vine to vine.”
“I guess that’s better than nothing.”
“Alright, you go left and I’ll go right. Make sure to stay close and climb up the tree as fast as you can.”
“Okay, just give say when we go.” I looked up ahead and saw two perfect trees with good height and the kind better for us to climb than the spider.
“Right ahead of us.” I looked back and saw that we had a good distance between the spider and us. “One… Two… Three!” Landon and I leaped and both caught a sturdy branch. I began to climb as fast as I could without looking back. Once I got to the vines, I gripped as tight as I could and swung off. In the middle of swinging, I could hear the spider screech and and wine. The sound was so piercing I wanted to cover my ears, but instead had to lean against my shoulder. Once I landed on the second tree, I swung off to the next.
“How much longer?!” Landon shouted. I looked back to see the spider and it was still at the first tree.
“Two more!” I shouted back. Like I did before, I swung across to two more trees and climbed down the last one. I saw Landon head to the pathway and did the same.
“That was a close one,” Landon said breathlessly.
“You’ve got that right.”
“So you’re afraid of spiders?” I looked at him annoyance because I knew he would make fun for as long as I live.
“Shut up and let’s go before more come.”
“It’s a serious question.”
“So you can play jokes on me?”
“Yep!” I sighed and continued down the path.
“Hey, wait up! You know I’m only joking, I wouldn’t do that kind of thing to you.”
“You’re not joking and if you try to play any of that crap on me, you can only blame yourself when you get a black eye.”