Otto peered out onto another misty morning. Fine drops of dew decorated his web, glistening in the sunlight.

Sounds of guests wakening echoed round the hotel.

He heard scurrying. It was Slater. He was well-meaning, but a louse.

‘Another attack last night. Cleo this time. Why do they do it?’

‘It’s in their nature.’

‘They built this place for us, then they kill us first chance they get. Or stick us in a jar.’ Slater scurried away.

Otto scuttled back into the dark corner of his room where Cleo was still struggling to escape the sticky silk.

Time for breakfast.

Copyright Sandra Crook

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).

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

103 responses to “ROOM SERVICE”

    • Thanks Fatima, they are becoming a common site around the countryside and in gardens here. Good way to recycle material and give insects a place to stay, helping out nature.

      Liked by 1 person

  1. You have managed to lower my already low opinion of insect intelligence, while raising my already healthy respect for spiders. Fortunately (for insects anyway) what they lack in smarts, they more than make up for in numbers!entertaining and fun read.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Love these characters. Slater, it would seem is also a it dim as well as a louse. Otto definitely comes across as top predator.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Humph! Don’t think this is the sort of hotel I’ll be staying at, even if a few vacancies have just cropped up.
    Well done, Ian. I’ve been enjoying the various takes on the prompt and should’ve thought of something along these lines. I really wasn’t sure what that structure was and thought of it as some kind of shed project.
    Best wishes,

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Clearly, Otto knows where his next meal is coming from. (I wish I did).
    I enjoyed the story telling here, the interaction between the characters and the anthropomorphism that gives a this a classical feel. Almost like wind in the Willows or more like the ‘the bugs in the tiles’.

    Missed out this week on a flash story – time constraints.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: