Written by Maggie Villines
Point of view plagues me. I have a flash fiction spider story told in third person from the viewpoint of the female, but the feisty little male yearns to tell us about his awesome lady. How his death, so precisely and methodically planned, guarantees his legacy. But the female has her babies, and her “spiderlings” have a purpose disconnected from the father. She wants the reader to know that she chose him, not the other way around. She is fearsome and athletic, and has the solemn obligation of depositing her eggs for a few years to come, if she lives that long –– eggs from her one small, little man….
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