I Don’t Like Spiders and Snakes but that Ain’t What it Takes to Love You – Jim Stafford






PHOTO PROMPT © Shaktiki Sharma

“Your mother can’t get downstairs. She says there’s something on the banister looking at her funny.”
Gerry pulled a slowworm from his trousers and a disgruntled snake from his jacket. Sludge and Sylvia were safe.
He went to investigate. “That’s Kafka, my locust. He’s looking at her funny because he has compound eyes. You see…”
“Skip the optometry lecture, please.”
“Dad, the football’s starting, it clashes with mum’s soap; you sure you want it sorted just yet?”
A bellow boomed from above, “If you have thoughts of eating tonight, squash that bug!”
Dad smiled, “Tempting son, but we’d better cooperate.”

Written for Friday Fictioneers – a 100 words story based on a photo prompt. Hosted by Rochelle. Read the other entries here.


55 thoughts on “I Don’t Like Spiders and Snakes but that Ain’t What it Takes to Love You – Jim Stafford

    • Since visiting Prague I’ve been in a bit of a Kafka moment, so bug says Kafka to me these days. They have a great statue to him there. Actually there’s two, the one of a man with a boy on his shoulders is the one I refer to. I tried to paste a picture here but couldn’t do it, so if you’re interested Google, Kafka statue Prague, if you haven’t seen it before I think you’ll like it.

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      • I haven’t been to Prague yet, but having just looked through a few web pages of weird sculptures there, I think it should be higher on my list. You’re right, I do like the Kafka statue with the “boy” who is actually Kafka on the shoulders of a “man” who appears to be no more than a walking suit. Seems very Kafka indeed!

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        • I loved it, if you do go I’ve blogged about some of the more quirky aspects, including the statues under the Travel category and mentioned a restaurant which is a must and very inexpensive.

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  1. I’m taking a course to learn how to write radio drama. This distinguishes the three voices beautifully. All it would need is for the child to describe aloud his friends and you have a script! Loved it!

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    • You sir, win this week’s prize for spotting the reference. Whilst it’s not a story about him, I did have Gerald Durrell in mind when I wrote it and I am also a fan of his. Thanks.

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