A shimmering spider’s web. Bright lights that hurt his eyes. A blacked out window.

He had resisted her obvious flirtatious advance. He hadn’t recognised her at first wearing an elegant dress with her hair and make-up changed – the dowdy middle-aged woman from the gallery office.

He had accepted the drink she offered. She flirted, he smiled and moved away after a polite five minutes.

He woke bound and gagged. He didn’t recognise the room. He didn’t remember how he got there. The drink must have been drugged.

Behind him a door opened. Heels clicked crossing the wooden floor towards him.

Copyright Victor and Sarah Potter

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

This story hopefully stands on it’s own merit, but is also a continuation of my entry from last week’s prompt, for those concerned about what became of her object of desire: IN THE VEILED LIGHT.

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

109 thoughts on “BLACK WIDOW

  1. I’m not sure it would have gone better for him had he shown her due interest earlier, but boy, he’s pretty screwed now. This is the part in the movie where I mostly cover my eyes and peek out between my fingers, worried about what comes next.

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  2. I realised it was a follow-on before I read your note (it does stand perfectly on its own). I seem to recall he’s married or something? In which case I say, serves him right, the cheater!
    Nice one!

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    1. Exactly Sarah – even some of the comments seem to suggest the man would like being in this situation, but if the roles were reversed a female would automatically be seen as a victim – so why isn’t he?

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    1. No thanks Liz, I’m happy to keep this as fiction! Interesting though, as I mentioned to other comments, that being a male in this situation is looked on differently from a female, who would be assumed to be a victim.


  3. Looks like things have changed since the “Will you come into my web”, said the spider to the fly.
    The spider now takes what she wants 🙂
    He is trapped! Till the writer frees him in the next episode.

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  4. I’m glad I saw this as follow on before I read to the end and you told me. It definitely stands alone, andI’m feeling even sorrier for her prey than I did last week. This woman really is determined to get what she wants.

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  5. Oh my, it looks like someone was getting a little perturbed by his lack of response.
    I think she’ll make sure he understands the length it took to make her dowdy-self look better. The clicky heels at the end, Iain, is a pefect set-up for what’s to come. Pre-doom sound. haha Well done …
    Isadora 😎

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  6. You don’t often hear about the women monsters who act like this but they must be out there. I’m afraid she can’t afford to let him tell about this. His chances seem poor at best. Good writing, Iain. —- Suzanne

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