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3timer

Big enough for two writers?

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Not too long ago another writer has decided to move in to my humble abode.  A shy, attractive little female with a terse writing style quietly made herself at home on my back porch.  Despite the fact that she doesn't pay her rent and wasn't invited in the first place, I haven't had the heart to evict her.  She is strikingly pretty and so far has provided her own meals so hasn't been much of a burden.  She also doesn't mind if I watch her eat or read her writings.  

Though I don't understand her language at all.  Her handwriting is very elegant though.  

Her name is Kris, or at least that's what I've been calling her.  She doesn't talk about herself much, or about anything at all for that matter.  

Kris is a Argiope Writing Spider (I looked it up).  A very large and gloriously colored garden spider that make a distinctive web that looks like it has alien cursive writing down the center of it.  Kris is black with brilliant yellow patterns on her legs and abdomen and frosty white on her thorax.  She has made her web right outside the glass door leading to my porch, so I can sit and watch her in the living room.  She doesn't do too much unless something bumbles into her web, then she is a very swift and effective killer.  

I've grown somewhat fond of her, even avoiding using the back door and disturbing her.  I'd hate for her to move her web somewhere where I couldn't see it or her.  

I'm thinking of a feature with her as a character.  Though I haven't gotten much further than the thinking phase.  
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Added: 5 years, 3 months ago
 
MystBunny
5 years, 3 months ago
I like the way you wrote that. hehe. I tend to leave spider webs up as long as they're out of the way. Can't say no to some natural pest control.
3timer
5 years, 3 months ago
Yeah, I have a small spider that lives in my car.  He gets upset when I'm driving and runs around on the inside of the windshield.  I figure he can hang out in there as long as he keeps the flies out.  

If he stops doing his job I'm gonna moosh him though.  
DraculJOSHI
5 years, 3 months ago
Oh, yeah, I know those. ^^
I really like them, although they have become a bit controversial of a topic for elven. You see, their creation dates back to several aeons ago. Back then a young male elven boy fell in love with an older and far wiser elven women. He tried to win her affection any way he could, but she found him to be too young and too foolish for a relationship. Because she didn't want to insult him for his honesty and courage, she told him that she would accept as soon as he would bring her a beautiful picture of Nature.
(a little bit of explaining is necessary here. In the elven language, you call a picture to be made out of what is displayed and categorise it as such. As such, both a sculpture of a leaf and a drawing of a leave are considered pictures of leaves. It's very odd as a human, since we categorise art by the type of how it is created (painting/sculpture), rather than what is displayed.)

Now, because the boy wasn't good in either drawing, sculpting or (I don't know what to call it, it is creating a coloured picture by making the colours on a tablet take on the form of the picture you imagine by use of magic. good ones look like modern photographs. They take a lot of concentration and somewhat of a good observation), this was a fairly tall order. Impossible for him to fulfill.

However, he was very good with animals and repeatedly tried talking a spider he found nearby in drawing a picture for him into her net. Due to it not being very difficult to communicate your thoughts correctly with a lower intelligence and his inexperience, it never really looked like the flower blossom he wanted the net to display. The elven lady however, had heard of his attempts and observed them discreetly. She also found a lot of beauty in the nets of spiders and the simple geometric patterns the spider drew.

After a few months, the boy gave up, lamenting his failure. It was then that the female came to him and said that she accepts his courtship. When he was confused and asked why, she just answered that he had more wisdom than she thought when she refused his offer.

Later (this can very well be a year, elven time measures are much larger than human's.) they noticed that the spider's offsprings were still drawing the lines into their nets. They figured it must have been, because the boy chose unwise wording when trying to talk to the spider, thus imprinting it into an instinct. It did no harm to the spiders' way of life, thus the female said to let them spread the beautiful picture of Nature for whoever might see it.


The reason this is a bit controversial is because it shows a beautiful love story on one hand, but also the dangerous mistreats of youth.

P.S.: last time I saw one the Net looked like here.
As I hear, they draw less and less the older they get. Kind of a shame, but fits with the origin, considering it's about youth and the things you do then that aren't all that great from an objective point of view.
3timer
5 years, 3 months ago
I like that story.  

She makes a single vertical cross hatch style of writing, so that's why I started calling her Kris (Criss-cross).   She tends to make a lot of uppercase Ks, along with Ms, Ns, Zs, and an occasional Y.  Typically she'll write something like: "KMMNKKMZ".  

Not sure what that means though.  
graymuzzle
5 years, 3 months ago
Small, shy, attractive writer? Send her along! Are there EVER too many of those?
3timer
5 years, 3 months ago
Never enough in my opinion.  
Nimble
5 years, 3 months ago
We had those growing up. They liked to make their nests on the poles of our trampoline. We used to toss grasshoppers on their webs and watch them eat. It was pretty neat.
3timer
5 years, 3 months ago
Kris is pretty good at getting the dragonflies on her own (cuz those guys are pretty dumb), so I haven't been feeding her.  She caught a huge cicata the other day and I figured she wouldn't want to eat anything else, but she still ate two dragonflies afterward.  

Big appetite for a little girl.
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