Spider Hunt, Part 1

Bud
It’s weird. If anybody’d told me a couple of years ago I’d be chasing bugs in the Amazon, that I’d collect butterflies…
Me
You know it’s a funny thing, but as a kid I used to chase butterflies, too, dinky little yellow ones, all around our yard.
Bud
Museums and schools will pay a lot for the rare ones, Reed.
Me
Hey, watch out!
Bud
What?
Me
A big bug up in that tree! It looked out at me from behind the trunk!
Bud
What looked out?
Me
A spider! And I think it was as large as a dog!

(Hours later)

Bud
I can’t sleep, it’s too hot! 
Me
Bud… Did I, did I see it?
Bud
You startin’ that again?
Me
But I must have seen it! I must! It was all so clear.
Bud
I tell you, it was nothing but a monkey hanging there.
Me
But I saw it!
Bud
Oh go on, the heat’s fryin’ your brain! Go on and sleep.
Me
Sleep, I’ll try.
Bud
Okay. Aww, that mosquito got in under the netting! I’m gonna fix the net.
Me
Bud, Bud!
Bud
What?
Me
Don’t go too close to the edges of that!
Bud
What are you talkin’ about? I was just gonna fix the netting. Whaaa!
Me
What is it? You all right?
Bud
I’m OK, but get up, Reed.
Me
Why? Why did you yell out!
Bud
Now I saw it too! It was sittin’ at the edge of the clearing. Yeah, a spider as big as a dog!
Me
Then I did see it!

[The next morning]

Bud
Okay come down out of the tree now.
Me
All right, it’s rigged.
Bud
Watch yourself, don’t shake that branch so much. That trap has a hair trigger!
Me
OK, now it’s set.
Bud
That cage is strong enough to hold it.
Me
But what if it’s even stronger?
Bud
We’ll just try it again.
Me
This time is gonna be our only chance, I bet! Spiders are smart.
Bud
You mean if it doesn’t stay around?
Me
It’s a wonderful trap, but –
Bud
But what? Don’t start that again! Why, one shake of a branch and the whole cage will fall right on him.
Me
Yeah?
Bud
Then, my friend, our troubles are all over.
Me
I tell you, Bud, I’m afraid.
Bud
Afraid of what, getting out of here and getting to someplace where we can live like men?
Me
I’d just rather make a little money with the butterflies.
Bud
Money? Hey, for a spider that big we could get enough cash to fly home with silk shirts on our backs. Think of it, a spider that big!
Me
If we could catch it and get it home safely.
Bud
We’d clean up with it!
Me
No, no, Bud, let’s get out of here!
Bud
It scared ya, Reed; but not me.
Me
But, the trap! Are you sure of it, Bud?
Bud
Sure I am, and it’s a gold mine!
Me
Are you sure that you’re sure?
Bud
I’m sure, we’ll catch it, and it won’t be butterflies payin’ our way home. It’ll be the biggest spider in the world.
Me
But –
Bud
Haw, hah, hah! Being rich, that’ all right, ain’t it, Reed?
Me
Sure. But are you sure of the trap, Bud?

[14 hours later]

Bud
Hmm, it’s getting near morning.
Me
Yeah, looks like that trap frightened it away.
Bud
What do spiders know about traps?
Me
They’re clever.
Bud
Don’t be a fool. It just went someplace else, that’s all!
Me
There’s a fear in me, cold and sharp.
Bud
Stick with me.
Me
Bud, let’s get out of here.
Bud
There it is!
Me
Bud, let him go!
Bud
Well, well! Don’t get scared. It’s right under the trap.

[Click-Bang!]

Bud
I got it, I got it! Ho, ho!
Me
Yeah. It’s horrible–those fangs!
Bud
It’s right there! I got it, I got it!
Me
Oh boy.
Bud
That’s mine, the biggest spider in creation! I’ll get all the money I need!
Me
You sure?
Bud
I’ll get all the money I need! What’s the matter with you, Reed? Come on, why don’t you say something?
Me
It’s trapped, and it doesn’t try to move, just stares at us!

Be sure to read Part 2!

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