I didn’t know until that moment that Nell was so afraid of Spiders.
“What the hell!” She screamed and threw the box at me. It hit the floor and a spider the size of a small puppy scampered out and hid behind the couch, whimpering.
“You hurt her!” I said, scooping the enormous arachnid up into my arms.
“What is that thing, Mark?” Nell shouted with her back against the wall. “Why is it in my birthday present?”
“It’s called a dragon spider. I bought her off of an old man at a gas station. I figured that since your roommate is allergic to dogs you could have her as a pet.”
“You think Rebecca would be okay with having that….thing around?”
“It’s not a thing, it’s a dragon spider. The old man said that they’re rare and magical animals. They’re incredibly faithful and intelligent and bring their owners good luck.” I placed the dragon spider on the ground and she scurried around my feet, rubbing up against my legs. “The old man said that their web can be used to cure any disease and that they can sense people who are hurt or hungry and bring them help. He also said that there are three rules to owning a dragon spider. The first is that you can’t let them eat after midnight. The second is-.”
“DIE!” Rebecca screemed and ran at the Dragon Spider with a dictionary the size of a cinder block. The spider had just enough time to cringe in terror before she began smashing the book on top of it. Rebecca continued to crush the animal until it was just a brown and green stain on the floor.
When she was done, Rebecca stood up and growled, “Only one spider rule in my house. They all go to hell!”