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Spider webs which glisten in the dim light and there is war in spider-land. Lonewolf huge spiders march to a silent tune, injecting their poison into the enemy: Humans. And Spiderman is the leader of the spiders, forever on the move. The world is a nexus of webs in Space, and there is perpetual twilight. Humans try and negotiate the webs, uncertainly, but have magic boots. They fight the giant spiders with their bare hands. The spiders have the upper hand, and the humans are dying out. But the spiders and humans, prey on one another and devour one another. When the humans fight the spiders, they go for the eyes, but often are poisoned first. It is a vicious cycle. And Spiderman, with a spider body and a large face, the face is not unlike a humanโ€™s, has attached a web line to other Worlds. And they march slowly one-by-one into a vacuum and then come to a purple World of wild horses. The giant spiders jump on the horses and consume themโ€”alive. It is good eating. And the webs form a network all across this World of horses. There is no farmer here and the horses struggle against the webs. But the horses donโ€™t help one another.

The spiders signal to Spiderman that they want to be educated. So, the spiders gather, and Spiderman shows them everything he knows. The spiders now talk strategy and about immigrating to new Worlds. And soon their webs stretch to a number of Worlds. And they talk about loving spiders of all kinds.

And the spiders think humans are ugly and repulsive. And seek other Worlds to fight them. There are many human colonies in Worlds of spiderwebs. And the spiders are reproducing at a rapid rate. Humans meanwhile dream of an escape from the web Worlds. But the humans are leaderless and not very clever. And the humans have their babies in the webs to look after and guard. The guards of the children are 10 or more in number and the spiders fear such a large group, as they hunt alone. But the humans fear an attack in the night!

The human elders claim to remember talk of a thing called fire, but donโ€™t know how to create it. But it is hot in the webs and the people are naked but can move around the webs slowly.

And Spiderman urges the spiders to produce more webs in other Worlds. Most other Worlds they find are human Worlds and the spiders are sick and tired of them and their shenanigans. They want to take over as many human Worlds as possible.

And Spiderman suddenly starts leading armies of giant spiders to destroy all other Worlds with their many different creatures including humans and they go on conquering and devouring their enemy creatures. But finally, the giant spiders start to turn on one another, eating them, and Spiderman canโ€™t stop them, and so there is no further conquest.

And Spiderman was bored with the mediocre minds of the giant spiders and bred with some of them to create a hybrid creature. And then he bred with the hybrid creatures to create more Spidermen. The Spidermen easily conquer new Worlds, but canโ€™t breed fast enough to control all this new territory, much of which just becomes wasteland as they have eaten all the inhabitants.

The Spidermen grow fat and slow and eat other spiders they meet in other Worlds. They devour everything.

But one day they attack a human encampment outside of the webs and the humans set fire to the webs and the fire burns through numerous spider Worlds and kills countless thousands of spiders. But Spiderman survives and vows never to attack humans again and instead attack Worlds where there are no humans. And they need to connect Worlds with new webs after the fire. But the humans are on the offensive now and they burn down all the spider Worlds and the spiders and Spidermen go extinct.

The humans regroup and name a leader. They are now standing on terra firma, no more spiderwebs. And they use fire to smoke out animals from their burrows and it is good eating. And they hold on to logs and go to an island. Now they burn large tracts of land to force wildlife to the shore where they stab them with pointed sticks. Their leader has come up with the concept of sticks. And civilization follows. โœฆ


Tom Ball is the author of โ€œ,โ€ a novel. He has had his innovative work published in โ€œDown in the Dirt Magazine,โ€ โ€œ,โ€ โ€œConceit Magazineโ€ & its imprints, โ€œGargoyle Magazine,โ€ โ€œ,โ€ โ€œExterminating Angel Press,โ€ โ€œPBW magazine,โ€ and โ€œFleas on the Dog Online.โ€ His short and flash fiction has also appeared in โ€œ,โ€ โ€œSparrows Trombone,โ€ โ€œTRNSFR/ Sip Cup,โ€ โ€œ,โ€ โ€œFresh Words Magazine,โ€ โ€œLiterary Yard," โ€œLone Star Magazine,โ€ the now defunct โ€œLocal Train Magazine,โ€ the defunct, and others. He has also self-published two novels with now defunct, โ€œAmerican Book Publishingโ€ and another one with โ€œXlibris.โ€ Heโ€™s also co-authored โ€œOf Heaven and Hell,โ€ a graphic novel with Zen Wang. Tom is currently senior editor at โ€œFLEAS ON THE DOGโ€ (

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