I was eating a prawn and avocado salad at 9am on a Friday morning while driving.
I rarely eat salad. I NEVER eat salad in the morning. I should have known it was going to be a strange day.
My hair was dirty and the salon could not take me for a wash at 09h30. I was annoyed. I needed to look decent for an event I was going to at 11h00. Ah, a turban! Yes, my trusty old turban was about to become Cinderella, going from a lame old piece of fabric, to a stylish accessory in a blink.
I had a plan:
- Finish the salad without getting prawn on my clothes (God knows that fishy smell is not for everyone)
- Tie the turban
- Add some red lips
Then, just out of the damn blue, there was something on my leg. I was convinced that it was a piece of cotton from my long dress. Those hems come apart quickly if you step on them too much.
My plan was to stop at the next traffic light to tear the piece of cotton off the dress. But, yes, you guessed it, the traffic lights were all green. So, I kept going.
About twelve seconds later, the car in front of me braked suddenly. I dropped a piece of prawn and in my attempt to catch it, I brushed the spider. A spider! Yes, there was a spider acting like a piece of cotton on my leg. Psycho!
I peeked inside my car window while I stood next to it, waiting for my Uber. My sense was that I took a risk locking the prawn all alone in the car with the spider, but what else was I supposed to do?
Naturally, my husband said that there was no black widow in the car when he arrived to collect it in the evening. The only thing he said that made some sense was, “something smells fishy”.
© A Heart Full of Stories, 2015
(P.S. As you can see, the turban and red lips worked out well. Pity about that last prawn!”)
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