Bug Hotel

Charlotte looked up at the towering hotel. Broken pots and dead leaves would make the perfect home for her babies. There’d be food too, an abundance of food, insects a plenty to nourish her young.

She couldn’t let her babies leave, spread in all directions across the land, blown in the breeze to pastures new. Here they’d be together always, she could watch them grow.

It would be dangerous, she’d have to fight for her place. Bigger spiders, a scorpion even.

Her babies squirmed in their silken sac strapped tight to her back.

Not long now darlings, Mama’s got you.

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PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook


This piece was written for the Friday Fictioneers hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff-Fields – Addicted to Purple.

Each week a photo prompt is given and the challenge is write a flash fiction piece of no more than one hundred words.

Find other Friday Fictioneer stories here.

Author: Jennifer Kennedy

Mother, teacher and writer. I love all my jobs but writing holds a special place in my heart. I hope you enjoy reading my short stories as much as I enjoy writing them!

50 thoughts on “Bug Hotel”

  1. Nicely done. I took a similar direction, although went with the darker side of a spider’s nature. I can’t view them as caring types! 🙂

  2. It does look like a great place to raise a spider family… When i saw it I thought of bigger critters, like birds and mice, so I called mine Natures Condo, but still a human made home for the wild.

  3. Awww! When I was a child I’d imagine something just like this. But about smurfs or fairies. This is wonderful, though the thought of spiders gives me the heebie-jeebies.

  4. Cute, that you used the name of the spider from Charlotte’s web. A maternal spider if ever there was one. 😊. Good use of the picture, with a bug’s eye view.

  5. Dear Jennifer,

    James took my comment. I thought of Charlotte’s Web, too. I will never like spiders, thought. 😉 Lovely story nonetheless.



  6. I loved this, Jennifer. I love children’s books and seeing things in different ways and your take was brilliant. I could see it being the start of an animated movie. Well done.
    Best wishes,

  7. Oh those parents who just cannot let go… it must be hard for those who feel that way… Me? Most days can’t way for mine to leave!

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