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October 24, 2012 / philosophermouseofthehedge

beside her

A light touch.

Or was it.

Had she been asleep?

Shadows camouflaged the walls.

Looking around she realized how much it looked like a Halloween fun house .

A shiver.

It’s the chill. That’s all.

Not the suggestion of….something.

(Image: Victorgrigas/

Change the channel. Where’s a vintage laugh track when it’s needed?

“Lucy.” Good. Always good.

But that big red lipstick: now there’s a horror!

Lucille Ball "Lucy Takes a Cruise"1957 (Public domain/

Lucy: laugh and the world laughs with you.
(1957.Public domain/

A long stretch – Looking carefree and casual.

Perception is the key.

“Move as if confident and you will become confident,” they mentored her.

Cheered, she stood and turned towards the kitchen.

The kitchen for some mood-enhancing chocolate.ย Yes.

And prison-yard bright lighting.

A sweeping waltz step and – toe stubbed by the sudden halt.

1927 Movie poster (US Public domain image / Universal Pictures /

Warning reaching out from 1927.
(US Public domain/Universal Pictures/

There: a slight shape shift.

A sudden burst of audience laughter, oddly macabre. At Lucy – or her?


The TV flickered bullets of light.

Then she saw the thin bamboo-like fingers

Had Tim Burton picked her living room for the set for his next film?

Wake up! Wake up. You must wake up!

1915 actress (US public domain expired copyright:Feuillade-

1915 film.(US public domain/ Feuillade/

But she wasn’t, asleep –

Only mesmerized.

That odd jerking movement on the smooth leather.

Her skin crawled along with it.

Making herself small, an unworthy target,ย she huddled behind the arm of the couch.

Reduced, but never letting that dark movement out of her line of sight.

Her action, she told herself, kept her out of the cowering category.

“Face your fears,” they had told her.

Simply a wad of hair and overactive imagination.

Really. Just that.

Slowly she swayed to eye level with….

The shriek stabbed like lightning across her brain.

“Noooooo, Molly! Nooooo! Do not eat the spider. Molly sit!”

She did – after one quick gobble.

An unexpected treat!

Seasonally adjusted boo,

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge


  1. Beth / Oct 24 2012 12:13 am

    I was just sent scurrying for my own prison-yard bright lighting Not a story to be read in the dark. Thank Molly for the ghostly thrills!


  2. jmmcdowell / Oct 24 2012 12:18 am

    Spiders make my skin crawl. I hope Molly’s stomach wasn’t upset by such an unaccustomed treat!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 24 2012 12:34 am

      I think the dog can and will eat anything….playing havoc with the backyard peaceable kingdom. Thanks for braving the spooky scenes


  3. Jonesingafter40 / Oct 24 2012 1:35 am

    Oooh, those thin bamboo fingers would make anyone a little nervous. Looks like Molly is none the worse for the wear, unlike her eight-legged tormentor. Love it, Phil!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 24 2012 1:02 pm

      Creepy thoughts bug everyone. Molly, ever vigilant, is searching for more intruders. Thanks for dropping in!


  4. shoreacres / Oct 24 2012 1:41 am

    The thought of eating a spider is the creepiest thing of all. On the other hand – if only we could get rid of all the world’s creepy-crawlies so easily!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 24 2012 1:05 pm

      The dog eats anything…don’t like the way she eyes the coffee table. On the bright side, there are no stray crumbs on the floor. Thanks for bugging the comment section


  5. jmlindy422 / Oct 24 2012 3:13 am

    Had no idea where this was going! Thanks for a creepy time.


  6. aFrankAngle / Oct 24 2012 1:27 pm

    The first post ever including waltz, Tim Burton, Lucy, and shivers.


  7. Ally Bean / Oct 24 2012 2:33 pm

    Your life was much too dull before the arrival of Molly, wasn’t it? Great story.


  8. Emma / Oct 24 2012 4:30 pm

    Good job Molly. You can come to my house and take care of our spiders anytime.


    • notedinnashville / Oct 24 2012 5:09 pm

      After you’re done catching spiders at Emma’s, come to Nashville Molly. Our four cats are behind on the job.


      • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 24 2012 5:17 pm

        There must be some sort of cat union with rules..we had a cat that hunted just about everything – especially the tiny indoor spiders – and now we have RC Cat that simply can’t be bothered. Thanks for peeking over.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 24 2012 5:11 pm

      She eager to show she’s contributing. Thanks for squashing along


  9. Kourtney Heintz / Oct 24 2012 7:10 pm

    LOL sometimes dogs are great at taking care of pests. Our goldens eat bees. ๐Ÿ˜‰


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 25 2012 11:35 am

      So far Molly has left the bees alone – but they elected to relocate to the front yard flowers. Wise choice, apparently. Thanks for buzzing over


  10. EllaDee / Oct 24 2012 7:43 pm

    Hilarious… a spider eating dog. Possibly a new trend in treats. Mine ate Christmas beetles… mmm… crunchy, which made me quite unhappy, & busy rescuing them as I they are pretty & I like them.


  11. CATachresis / Oct 24 2012 8:42 pm

    Well I’m glad I had the light on for this!!! lol


  12. heretherebespiders / Oct 24 2012 9:42 pm

    I have a spider eating Siamese! My warning sign is the loud snuffle snuffle from his long nose when he’s on the hunt. And he won’t sit, before or after his snack.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 25 2012 2:28 pm

      And cats get that little bunching shoulder twitch just before the pounce. Thank goodness for the hunters! Thanks for pouncing on this one.


  13. writingfeemail / Oct 24 2012 11:30 pm

    That is the new ‘green’ aphid and arachnid treatment – the bug and spider eating dogs. Love it!! Mine tried to pick up a frog but apparently it tasted terrible and she dropped it, running her tongue in and out as though the aftertaste was horrible. So funny.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 25 2012 2:30 pm

      No accounting for tastes. I’ve tried to relocate some frogs to the front yard(they eat mosquitoes). Molly loves to make them jump until the poor frogs are exhausted – or escape under the fence. Thanks for hopping over


  14. Long Life Cats and Dogs / Oct 25 2012 9:21 am

    That was terrifying! Glad Molly ate the spider. I keep being told most of our spiders are not deadly but I firmly believe that heart-attacks are and they are likely to give me one ๐Ÿ˜€


  15. August McLaughlin / Oct 25 2012 2:01 pm

    Go Molly! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not a big spider fan or fearer, but I love great stories. Very fun read.


  16. Myra GB / Oct 27 2012 10:04 am

    You do know how to get the spooky on. ๐Ÿ™‚ Great photos and stories.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 17 2012 9:15 pm

      It’s that time of year…you just never know what’s lurking….thanks for stopping by for a scare.


  17. Jo Bryant / Oct 28 2012 4:54 am

    This had me scurrying to hide under the bed…love it.


  18. pnwauthor / Nov 16 2012 6:07 pm

    You had me fooled there for a bit and I enjoyed your element of surprise.


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