The Ring by Logan M-H

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I have been wearing this ring since I was 10 years old. I am now 16 and I haven't taken it off ever since. Something about it... it's calling to me... Every time I try to take it off, it feels like I'm naked and vulnerable. The ring has small diamonds engraved on it with a single small spider on top. I found it while I was walking on the street one day. It was just lying right in front of me. I was drawn to it. I was confused as to why I liked it so much, because of my terrible phobia of spiders. Little did I know, I would have to pay the price for taking it.

One evening as I arrived home from school, I was just about to open the door when I saw a piece of folded paper at my feet. I picked it up and opened it. It was a drawing of a spider. I didn't really question it and went inside. I went up to my room and placed the drawing on my desk as I went downstairs to grab a snack. When I got my cheese and crackers, I went back up to my room and pulled out my homework. Around 6 minutes goes by when I see the folded paper again. I feel like it's watching me. I thought to myself "How could the paper be watching you, Dianna?" I tried to get back to my homework, but I had this urge to unfold the paper again. So I did. But this time there was something different. The spider was moving.

I screamed and dropped the paper onto the floor. The spider was acting as if it wanted to jump off the page. I looked down at it and at that moment, the spider jumped onto my leg! I screamed and tried to get it off me, but it wouldn't budge. all the sudden I heard a voice. "please calm down, Dianna." It was coming from the spider. I screamed again "What the hell!?" And tried to brush it off me. "STOP!" The voice echoed. I stopped. "I will promise to not hurt you if you follow my rules and do as I say. I have come here for something. Something that I must return to my master. Something that you have..." I was terrified and confused. "What are you? How are you talking? What do you want from me? How-" the spider interrupted me and said, "I am a spider. I am talking because I have chosen to use my voice for you. We spiders do not use our voice often, we only use it if necessary like now. And you will know what I want from you only if you do as I say." I was so confused. "What do you want me to do?" I asked. The spider said, "I want you to close your eyes-"

"Why!?" I asked.

"DO AS I SAY. I am warning you again that if you do not, terrible things will be done to you." Said the spider.

"Okay..." I replied. I was scared, but I closed my eyes. "Do you have a name?" I asked.

the spider replied, "yes."

"What is it?"

"Nixon. And I am a male if you must know."

"Okay. thanks, I guess" I said.

" Now close your eyes and count to ten backward," said Nixon

"Okay... 1... 2... 3... 4..."

I was scared but I did as he said because I did not want to risk facing the consequences.

"9... 10."

"Now open your eyes," Said Nixon "and don't be scared"

I opened my eyes and screamed. I started to cry. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I was more terrified than I have ever been in my whole life. I was in a dark cave filled with giant spiders carrying what seemed to look like gems, and they were staring at me, there was blood dripping from the walls, and Nixon was as big as me.

"CALM DOWN. We are in the fortress where master lives. He is the king of all things alive. This fortress is located inside of a tree branch, and the spiders will not hurt you. But they will if you don't do as I say."

"I want to go home!" I screamed. 

"Do you want to die?" Said a spider from behind me.

"It'll take your fear away," said another "it'll be quick..." It reached for me, but Nixon hissed and he backed off.

"DO NOT TOUCH HER. MASTER WANTS HER ALIVE."

"JUST TAKE ME TO WHOEVER THIS MASTER IS AND GET ME HOME!" I screamed.

Then everything went black. I couldn't see or hear anything but I could feel. I felt what seemed like furry arms carrying me for a while then putting me down on the ground.

I could open my eyes now. I saw we were in a rounded room with dead flys scattered around. I looked up and let out a scream. There towering over top of me was the biggest fattest spider I have ever seen in my life. I screamed yet again and tried to run away, but i was trapped. I had some sort of sticky string wrapped around my hands and legs.  I was so confused. how did I get from the comfort of my own home to this hell hole in that short period of time? 

The big spider grabbed me and picked me up by my legs, and whispered; "You have something that belongs to me. Your ring. It is what keeps us spiders alive. it is our life. when you took it from us, you had the ability to kill us. I have been looking for it for six years now, and I finally have it... TAKE THE RING OFF OR YOU WILL DIE"

I threw the ring onto the ground. "Have it!" I shouted, "Just take me home!"

The Master picked it up, examined it, and placed it inside of what seemed to be a dead spider's hollow body.

"This ring is the keeper of life, death, age, and time. With it, you are able to control all of these things."

I wasn't really paying much attention to him, as I was terrified.

"Please take me home" I begged.

"No. You must have a punishment for taking the ring." Master said.

"No master you mustn't do that to her, she is only a child!" Said Nixon

The Master turned his head around to Nixon, "HOW DARE YOU SPEAKTO ME." He shouted, "AS YOUR PUNISHMENT YOU WILL BE KILLED"   

Nixon looked to the ground, "yes master."

The Master got up and walked over to Nixon. He took the ring out of the hollow spider, looked at Nixon, and pressed the small spider in the middle. Nixon let out a hiss as he fell to the floor.

I was shocked. I was even more scared now that it was just me and this giant ugly spider. All the sudden small spiders crawled all over Nixon and started to eat away at him from the inside. It was one of the most horrifying things I have ever seen in my life.

"LET ME GO HOME!" I screamed.

"NO. YOU WILL BE PUNISHED!" 

I closed my eyes tight and counted to ten backward in hope that I could go home, but every time I opened my eyes, I was still in this terrifying place. All of the sudden I felt thin fuzzy arms grab me and drag me away. They dragged me down a long dark tunnel with lots of bugs. Then they threw me into this dark room and put what looked loke a rock in front of the opening so I couldn't escape. I heard footsteps behind me, and out of the shadows crawled a girl. she looked exactly like me. same clothes, same face, same hair... except... she was so thin I could see her bones, and her clothes were torn, and she was covered in blood and mold. 

"hello, Dianna. It's me. It's you." Said the girl.

I was shaking in terror. "Wh- what- what are you..?"

"I'm you."

"No- What are you doing? How did you end up like this?" I stuttered.

"I've been waiting forever for this moment."

I was confused. "For what? Forever for what?"

She giggled and it echoed across the room. "forever to kill you of course!"

I froze in terror. "K-kill- kill me?"

"Yes. We all have."

And out of the shadows came a crowd of girls looking exactly like me, covered in blood, mold and so thin you could see their bones. Except, they were of all different ages. They were every age of me. 

I backed into a corner shaking. They were all slowly walking forward. The girl who was leading them was the replica of me now. She slowly said; "today... is a good day... to die."  

Now I understood what the giant spider said when he said that the ring was life, death, age, time, and how it controlled all of it.

Then they all got very close to me and said, "Goodbye Dianna"


~Logan M-H

Created: Apr 30, 2017

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