Spider's Web

A clear shout came from the other side of the room, “Before I get into anything about last night, what do you girls think you’re doing? I thought I was as clear as water with you both. Invite your girlfriends, no dead weight!” Mark could finally hear the R.A.

“But Hades! They’re both very cool kids. We were just drinking with them. One thing led to another and we invited them,” one of the girls said.

“You were what?”

“Nothing, nothing,” the voice of the other girl exclaimed.

“I’ll make pretend I didn’t just hear what I think I did. Now go and get rid of them before I have to do it myself.”

The loud bang of a door down the hallway startled Mark.  As he removed his ear from the door the picture of Oz stepping on the spider and Hades words resonated. Mark wasn’t superstitious, but he remembers hearing about spiders being killed when he was a young boy. It wasn’t good luck. One of his favorite Halloween stories had an Old English nursery rhyme that read, “If you wish to live and thrive, let a spider run alive.” 

Hades, Hades, Hades, he thought to himself. Where had he heard that name before? It wasn’t the first time, and the R.A. had not introduced himself. He didn’t wear a ‘Hi my name is’ sticker. He had not received any emails from him yet. The R.A. boards on the floors weren't done yet. Hades, Hades, Hades, he thought to himself.

“Mark! Mark! Snap out of it,” Oz said as he repeatedly snapped his fingers as if a poem was being read.

“So what did the exterminator say again?”

“He didn’t say anything but I overhead some students say he’s trying to finish what he didn’t get to finish earlier today.”

“At this time? Who exterminates at late hours of the day?”

“Exterminators. What kind of question is that Mark?”

“Yeah but he had to have been called in or something. It’s not like he resides on campus or anything.”

“Dude! What are you doing? I think this bug issue is infesting your mind. The students also mentioned something about him trying to find the nest.”

“The lounge?”

“Never mind. Where are these girls? The liquor is starting to wear off and that feeling bugs me if there isn’t anymore around.”

The door opens and only the girls exit the room.

“What the HELL took you so long?” Oz questioned.

“Hades was letting us know that we’re not going to be able to make it to The Nest tonight,” Britney replied.

“What! Why? Who’s Hades?”

“Hades, R.A. Hades.”

“What is that his on-line alias?”

“No, that’s his name.”

“Whatever, you were saying?”

“The Nest is not happening. I think Chelsea and I are just going to go back to our rooms for now. If we hear of anything we’ll come by. Cool?”

“Umm, I don’t think we have any other option, do we?”

As they go their separate ways Oz looks at Mark and asks him, “What kind of parents would name their son after the god of the underworld?”

The End

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