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I woke up with a start to find myself still in the cave, but surrounded by bright lights, and holding them… giants…lots of giants.

Even in my befuddled state, I tried to look for an escape route, but there was none. I felt like I was caught in a spider’s web. I would have laughed at the irony if I wasn’t so scared!

One giant came forward, and pointed a huge sword towards me.

I must be going crazy, for this giant looked rather familiar.

And then, King Robert the Bruce said in a booming voice, “Arise, Sir Spider!”

*************************************************************************************100 words.

Written as a part of the Friday Fictioneers challenge, hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The objective is to write a short story of 100 words or less, based on the photo prompt given above.

To read other stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.



About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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58 Responses to Gratitude

  1. draliman says:

    Phew! Nice build up and a surprise ending 🙂

  2. Iain Kelly says:

    A different take indeed, and a fresh spin on an old myth.

  3. Moon says:

    Now the giants makes perfect sense. Lovely, imaginative story, Anurag.

  4. neilmacdon says:

    One wee dram too much for him, I’m thinking

  5. pennygadd51 says:

    Haha! Lovely twist, Anurag! A novel take on the prompt. Well done.

  6. So this is the story of King Robert from the spider’s perspective. Very nice and novel!

    • Eggjaktly, but more of what happened next, after the king had won the war and reclaimed his kingdom. I would like to believe he would have come back to thank the spider in some form 🙂

  7. Sandra says:

    Nicely done! I wasn’t expecting that.

  8. Ha ha – that was fun and so unexpected! Well done.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

  9. plaridel says:

    even in the midst of giants and feeling small, i hope he rises to the occasion. <wink) if you know what i mean. 🙂

  10. rgayer55 says:

    a totally different take on the prompt. Nicely done.

  11. Well, I didn’t see that ending coming. Love your take on the image.

  12. Nice story and a lovely twist at the end. The best kind!

  13. Dear Anurag

    I didn’t see that ending coming. Good one.



  14. You got me with the twist at the end. Great story.

  15. I just loved that twist. It made me smile 🙂

  16. prior.. says:

    this was awesome =- and quite an adventure dream – but your words had a nice flow and bounced with tempo – arise amigo

  17. Super way to go with the prompt …. clever, Anurag.
    I enjoyed it. Well done …
    Isadora 😎

  18. subroto says:

    Ha! Ha! Sir Spider has a nice ring to it but a lifetime supply of bugs would have been nice.

  19. Dan Bohn says:

    Better to be a live “Sir Spider” than a dead human. Great ending.

  20. Sarah Ann says:

    Lovely build of tension, with a health release at the end. Well done.

  21. Dale says:

    That was great! I echo everyone… 🙂

  22. granonine says:

    Okay, I didn’t see that coming 🙂 Good job.

  23. I love a happy ending. Good writing, Anurag. 🙂 — Suzanne

  24. yarnspinnerr says:

    Very nice take. Good one.

  25. ahtdoucette says:

    Nice! If giant spiders could talk. Speak of more afraid of us. 😀

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