It hasn’t been easy. I searched long and hard, leaving no stone unturned, in my effort to find her. Now, having succeeded, I am bewitched, she is beautiful. Breathless, because she's so near, I long to reach out and touch her but I resist the urge.
So, I watch her, busy with housekeeping duties; she appears to have the lightest touch. Moving gracefully, the yearning to possess her, builds within me; I am held captive by her charms.
I suppose you’d call her ingénue, petite, perhaps even delicate, but she is strong there is no doubting that, she is strong and dangerous; the danger excites me. I consider her body, long slender limbs, dark and exotic contrasting with a rounded comeliness, it makes a perfect combination. She dresses in flashy red. As I draw a little closer, enjoying the details, perspiration beads on my brow; I breathe carefully, her obsidian eyes seem to hold mine.
I begin to tremble with a terrible fascination my wife fails to understand. Yet, if I can, I will take this beauty, then, of course she must die. It saddens me but it must be done, just like all the others I have killed. She will die for the sake of my family, for the sake of my marriage. There is a movement behind me and for a moment I am distracted. When I glance back the object of my affection has disappeared.
I hear my wife’s voice nearby, “well, did you find it?’”
I emerge from the shed.
“I did see something…”
“You let it go didn’t you?”
She begins another lecture and I am burdened with guilty dread. I escape to the hardware store for the spider killing spray; for the sake of my family.
Note: Red-back spiders or (Latrodectus hasselti) are common in urban areas. Belonging to the Family Theridiidae they are found worldwide; a close relative of the Black Widow Spider (Latrodectus sp)
The Red back Spider favours nearness to human habitation with webs built in dry, sheltered areas among rocks, in logs, shrubs, junk-piles, sheds, or toilets. Usual prey are insects, however if entangled in web, their diet may include, male trapdoor spiders, king crickets and small lizards.
The female has a body the size of a large pea approx (1cm long) and slender legs, her bite is dangerous with venom acting directly on nerves, resulting in weakening of neurotransmitters. She begins digesting the male as they are coupled; if strong enough he will only survive until mating is complete. For him there is no escape.
Source: Copyright © Australian Museum, 2003
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