Mistaken Identity – Friday Fictioneers


‘Ironic isn’t it?’ Mal spat. ‘You, an entomologist, killed by a spider.’

Her husband, Godfrey, lay thrashing at her feet – eyes scrunched shut and foam trickling from his babbling lips.

Phoneutria fera – Brazilian Wandering Spider. Did you recognize it as it bit you?’ She turned and picked her bag. ‘I’ll let you be. Godspeed!’

Mal smiled. Vic would be waiting.

Godfrey coughed, ‘Amateur mistake! What bit me was Nephila clavipes – The Banana Spider. Looks similar. Anyways, I had switched the nameplates.’

He spat out white goop, stood up, and flung something on her blouse.

Mal screamed as the Phoneutria fera climbed her neck.

Written in response to the weekly Friday Fictioneers challenge hosted by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff – Fields. This week’s prompt is from Victor and Sarah Potter. Please read other entries and add your own here.


  1. Lovely couple. I wonder if this will turn out to be the perfect murder. I doubt the boyfriend-in-waiting will want to get caught up in this mess. Good writing, Varad. —- Suzanne


  2. Hoist by her own petard. A wonderful turn around. If she moves fast enough and squashes it will she survive?


  3. Oh man! Kinda serves her right… then again, what did he do in the first place that she would want to poison him with his “pets”?


  4. Shows how important it is to know your spider … Though I do wonder what drove her to cheating on him in the first place –
    perhaps he put his eight legged friends above her? Nicely done Varad.

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  5. The perfect couple, now wonder they could not get along at all. But in all this flinging around of spiders, has anyone given a thought to poor Vic, who might be still waiting for her at the airport or train station?

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  6. Something tells me the earlier chapters in their relationship were pretty dark and dismal, for them to end up here. Godfrey can’t even claim self-defense, since he set her up and then attacked even when she was unarmed. Well, he wins, but ew, hard to cheer for either side in this ugly battle!

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    1. They can still prove it to be an accidental insect bite related death, right? Godfrey might be laughing for a while now. Thanks for the comment, Trent.

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    1. Dear Rochelle, I’m with you. None of the creepy-crawlies can hope to find favor with me. Godfrey sure saw that coming. Cheers, Varad


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