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.

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

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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. neilmacdon – I have published stories in several magazine, including Structo and Gold Dust. I am the author of five books about Latin America and the Caribbean, and most recently Cautionary Tales for Development Folk, a collection of humorous and instructive stories drawn from a career in international aid. I have had a varied working career including science, journalism and publishing until I settled into the aid world. He is now turning to fiction writing full time, and have been serving an apprenticeship to the craft. I was born in Scotland, raised in Jamaica, and have lived and worked in England, the US and South Africa. I now live in a cottage in Surrey, England together with my wife and the obligatory cat and dog.
    neilmacdon says:

    Mama doesn’t seem to get that the whole strategy of survival is to let her babies spread

  2. Loved the imagery of the stacks looking like a hotel to a spider. Nicely done.

  3. Iain Kelly – Canonbie Ave, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire G74 4, UK – 41 year old writer, avid film viewer and book reader, employed in the media industry as a television editor.
    Iain Kelly says:

    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! 🙂

      1. Iain Kelly – Canonbie Ave, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire G74 4, UK – 41 year old writer, avid film viewer and book reader, employed in the media industry as a television editor.
        Iain Kelly says:

        I’d be in front of you, out the door first!

  4. Sandra – I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
    Sandra says:

    Ah sweet. But you still won’t get me to like them, you know.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. pennygadd51 – United Kingdom – I write. I've written many pieces of flash fiction, dozens of short stories and two novels, with a third in progress.
    pennygadd51 says:

    A lovely take on the prompt, and very well realised. Believable anthropomorphism – elegant, even! Nicely done, Jennifer

  8. 4963andypop – Florida, USA – My name is Andrea LeDew. I write poetry and short fiction and try my hand at longer works, all while acting as caretaker for my adult son with autism. I live in North Florida and blog on For Random Learning Comes. My blog is a window, looking into our ten-year homeschooling journey; my experiences parenting and caregiving in the orbit of disability; our joys and sorrows as a large family, and my take on the crazy world going on around us. I value family and friends, beautiful gardens, reading, fine chocolates, and travel. Way back in college, I studied English, German and law and now I consider myself an eternal student. I believe we must always be ready to learn, For Random Learning Comes!
    4963andypop says:

    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.

  9. I can relate. Lovely story.

  10. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) – I love to write poetry in all forms and matters. Almost unpublished but busy writing poetry daily. Love to see the music and color in words and grab my poetic license with English.
    Björn Rudberg (brudberg) says:

    Oh I love how you used the name from Charlotte’s web… I think you have pictured every mother’s struggle in a great way.

  11. James Pyles – James Pyles is a published Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror author as well as the Technical Writer for a large, diversified business in the Northwest. He currently has over 30 short stories published in various anthologies and periodicals and has just sold his first novella. He won the 2021 Helicon Short Story Award for his science fiction tale "The Three Billion Year Love" which appears in the Tuscany Bay Press Planetary Anthology "Mars."
    James Pyles says:

    Reminiscent of “Charlotte’s Web.”

  12. rochellewisoff – Missouri – A Kansas City native, Rochelle's been married to her first husband Jan for nearly 50 years. A trained graphic artist, her passion is creating not only watercolor paintings, but word pictures as well. Her most recent novel about a middle-aged woman battling anorexia is under contract with literary agent Diane Nine www.ninespeakers.com
    rochellewisoff says:

    Dear Jennifer,

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

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

  13. ellenbest24 – Somerset England U.K. – I have a complex personality, just when you think you know what I will do; I will surprise you. I know I will as I frequently surprise myself.
    ellenbest24 says:

    A great write, nicely done.

      1. ellenbest24 – Somerset England U.K. – I have a complex personality, just when you think you know what I will do; I will surprise you. I know I will as I frequently surprise myself.
        ellenbest24 says:

        You earned it. X

  14. A spider mother’s hunt and dilemma. An intriguing take. Easy to read and understand.

  15. As I always say, spiders(or any animal) are people too 🙂

  16. 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,
    Rowena

  17. 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!

  18. Reminded me of a scruffy hotel I stayed in – I shared that with spiders too!.

  19. Meha Sharma – Dreamer,Writer,Mother,Fauji wife...all while striving to overcome something called 'Procrastination' :) I dabble in writing and write for @huffpostindia, @womensweb , @mycity4kids. I worked as a Business Analyst in an elite IT firm and as a professor in management colleges. Having earned an MBA degree in Human Resource Management and an MA degree in English Literature, I now pass on my wisdom to management students. To keep my sanity while striving to be a 'decent' mom to my ever inquisitive daughter, I tell myself, what Winnie the Pooh says,"My favourite day is today" :)
    Meha Sharma says:

    The imagery was lovely..

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