Tuesday, April 17, 2007

3:00 p.m.

The gnat flew by and saw him sitting on a piece of paper. He was sitting intently, not moving at all. The gnat looked to see what the spider was staring at. He flew around to the other side and looked down. All he saw was the back of a picture frame and a side of a bottle of Pepto Bismal. The gnat was confused.

"Excuse me," the gnat called out. "What are you doing?"

"Waiting," the spider replied. The gnat looked. There weren't any bugs nearby crawling about and besides himself, there weren't any flying bugs.

"On what?" the gnat asked, completely confused. "There's nothing to wait on."

"Yes there is," the spider replied calmly.

"What is there to wait on?" the gnat asked.

"3:00 p.m." the spider said.

"3:00 p.m.?" the gnat echoed.

"3:00 p.m." the spider confirmed.

"You're going to wait here until 3:00 p.m.?" the gnat asked sceptically.

"Yup," the spider said.

"Why?" the gnat asked.

"You'll see." the spider said in a short, confident tone. The gnat rolled his eyes and settled into to watch the spider. The afternoon crept slowly by. Suddenly, the spider began to wiggle in excitement.

"What is it?" the gnat asked, peering down anxiously.

"Almost," the spider whispered to himself. "Almost...."

Suddenly, the girl opened a drawer and placed a jar of peanut butter on the desk. The spider waited anxiously until the lid was off the peanut butter and waited until the girl's attention was focused elsewhere.

"Now!" he gasped, propelling himself at rapid speed toward the peanut butter. He ran across the desk as fast as his little legs could carry him. As he neared the peanut butter, he saw the hand coming down upon him.

"No!!!" he cried, trying to reach the lid as quickly as possible. "I'm so close! So close!"

Before he could reach the edge, the giant hand reached up and picked up the lid, screwing onto the peanut butter. As he watched in desperation, the peanut butter disappeared into the drawer below.

Sighing, the spider returned to his post on the paper.

"What are you doing now?" the gnat asked in exasperation.

"Waiting," the spider said.

"For what?" the gnat asked.

"3:00 p.m." the spider said.