The New Home

shoes spider webs

© Sarah Potter

After he died, I put Dad’s old shoes in my closet and then forgot about them.

Come Autumn, I decided to clean out my closet and found them again. This time, they weren’t old shoes anymore.

“Grandpa, what’s that?”

My six-year-old granddaughter had caught me about get rid of the infested footwear.

“Just old shoes.”

“They’re filled with spider webs. Do Charlotte’s babies live there?”

I’d shown Mia the movie “Charlotte’s Web” recently. Now I knew what I had to do.

Mia and I found a safe place for them in my shed.

I’m still not getting a pig.

I wrote this for the Rochelle Wisoff-Fields flash fiction writing challenge. The idea is to use the image above as the inspiration for writing a piece of flash fiction no more than 100 words long. My word count is 99.

It is true that after my Dad died in April, I took a pair of his old shoes as a backup pair to the ones I currently wear. It’s also true that recently, I showed my grandchildren the 2006 live action version film version of Charlotte’s Web. The combination of the two, plus the photo, inspired this wee tale.

To read other stories based on the prompt, go to InLinkz.com.

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60 thoughts on “The New Home

    • “Charlotte’s Web was originally a children’s book published in 1952 written by E.B. White, who also wrote “Stuart Little”. There have been several animated film versions but only one live action version to the best of my knowledge.

      Yeah, don’t eat Rudolph. 😉

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  1. This morning I went in search of a spider, having discovered a huge lump on the back of my arm and flecks of spider poo on the duvet. I found it. It’s dead now. I was succeeding in putting this behind me until I read your story. Sweet tale though.

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  2. Fun story. Love the last line – it kinda’ took me off guard and I had to read it twice, then I laughed. Personally, I save spiders by catching them in a glass and tossing them outside. People say I’m weird. I’m just trying to be nice.

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  3. Heartwarming and lovely. I took my 5-year-old granddaughter to “Bug World” a couple of weeks ago and had to pick up a tarantula and a huge cockroach, ‘cos she did (the things we do for love, hey, James). I drew the line at a big centipede – she put me to shame by holding it with no qualms whatsoever.

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  4. A wonderful take on the prompt, James 🙂 Funnily enough, my son (the owner of those shoes in the picture) kept a giant house-spider as a pet for a year after reading Charlotte’s Web. And, no, we didn’t buy him a pig to go with the spider, but he did want one!

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