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Elliots Amazing Adventures No 17 - The Reluctant Spider
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"Whatever are you wearing?" said Basil with a grin,
"I'm a bumble bee" said Elliot, "but these horn things won't stay in.
I'm going to a party soon; it's my end of year at school."
"Will everybody else," said Basil, "be looking like a fool?"
"I have to dress up" Elliot said, "and this is all that mum could get,
My class have to dress like Bugs! I haven't seen their costumes yet!"
"Well you'll all look very silly then," said Basil, "what a fuss,
You should be different; you should dress up like a bus!"
They both started laughing, and a knock came on the door,
"It's only me" said Grandad, "what's all the laughter for?
Good gracious! It's a great big BEE!" said Grandad with a shout,
"Quickly Basil" smiled Grandad, "open the window to let it out."
"Do you like my costume?" Elliot grinned "do I look like a bug?"
"Indeed you do" said Grandad, "you all look very good.
On the way here I passed a lady bird, a grass hopper, and a fly,
A snail crossed the road in front of me, and I waved a spider by."
"Did you see another bee?" said Elliot with a grin,
"I think I saw a wasp" smiled Grandad, "but I didn't wait for him!
Dressing up as bugs; that's different, your teacher's had a good idea."
"We're doing bugs at school" said Elliot "with our teacher Mrs Rhea."
Basil's bell began to ring, "A new adventure's on the way."
"I can't go dressed like this!" Elliot moaned "what will people say!"
"There's no time to change" said Grandad, "just prepare to shrink,
Your costume will shrink with you" said Grandad with a wink.
As Elliot climbed into the bus his antennae caught on Basil's door,
Elliot gasped, "These really are a nuisance; what exactly are they for?"
Basil moaned, "Will you stop complaining and making such a din,
Fold down your antennae, turn sideways, and breathe in."
THE RELUCTANT SPIDER.
They flew out through the window and high into the sky.
Passing birds looked through the window as they both flew by,
Elliot wasn't happy, and he moved behind the door.
Basil laughed "They've never seen a Bumble bee on a bus before.
Get ready to land" said Basil "I think that we are here.
We're heading for that cave," he said, "sit down while I steer,
The opening is small and dark; I'll need my head lights on."
When Basil landed on the ground all of the light had gone.
"This is a strange adventure" Elliot moaned "I can't see a thing,
Is someone waiting for us? Basil give your bell a ring."
"Hello, Hello, Hello," a voice said, "so glad you found your way,
You were very quick," the voice said, "we only asked for help today.
Wait! I'll open up the doorway, and let some daylight through,
You're Basil aren't you," said the voice, "I'm Jumpy, how do you do."
As a light shone through the doorway Jumpy came into view,
And spying Elliot he said, "Why have you bought a bee with you?"
"You're a grass hopper!" exclaimed Elliot, "That's right," Jumpy said,
"Welcome to the land of bugs, what's happened to your head?
Your antennae are all bent, however do you smell?
A bee with bent antennae won't cope with things too well."
"Oh, that's what they're for!" said Elliot, "I'm really not a bee,
It's just a costume." Elliot said, Jumpy frowned, and said "I SEE!
EVERYBODY DUCK!" shouted Jumpy, "Marg is coming in to land,
She hasn't had her wings that long; she might hit you if you stand."
A speeding Butterfly came crashing in, "I'm sorry I'm so late,
Has Jumpy told you what the problem is? It was good of you to wait.
I really must apologise these wings are new you see,
I only got them yesterday; do you think that they suit me?"
"We still don't know" said Basil "exactly why we're here,
Will someone tell us the problem, this adventure isn't clear."
"You've come to help Cedric; we think he's dying," Jumpy said,
"It's been so very long we fear since Cedric has been fed.
All he does all day is look so sad; sometimes he'll spin his web."
"He's not a spider is he?" Elliot groaned "I don't like them." he said.
"Cedric is a big hairy spider," answered Jumpy, "with a big hairy heart,
He lives on bugs, and creepy crawlies, I'll explain, where do I start!
When Cedric weaves his web it's all sticky" Jumpy said,
"All of the bugs get caught in it, and he eats them to stay fed,
He needs their moisture to survive, his friends know, and keep away,
Things were going fine" he said, "until that awful day.
His best friend, Lady Bird, got caught inside his web,
Cedric couldn't free her, and she lay there still, and dead,
Cedric cried for weeks and weeks" said Jumpy with a sigh,
"He swore he'd never eat again." a tear came in Marg's eye.
"Whenever any bug goes near, Cedric begins to shout,
Keep away, don't come too near, I can't let you out.
He's friends are all so worried, and we don't know what to do,
The Wizard said he'd help us, and then he sent for you.
Come with us and meet him, but don't go near his web."
"How big is he?" Elliot asked, "He's enormous" Jumpy said,
Elliot stared in amazement as Cedric came into view,
"I've bought some friends" said Jumpy "they would like to talk to you."
"Don't let the bee come too close," Cedric's voice was low, and grim,
"Send his friend up" said Cedric "I don't think I can hurt him."
Basil flew up to Cedric; the spiders' eyes looked dark and sad,
Cedric told him about Lady Bird, and all the talks they'd had.
"I never meant to kill her; she just got caught inside my web,
Nature made me like this, I can't help it" Cedric said,
"Some of these bugs are my friends; it's so lonely being me,
If only the nasty flies got caught, I would eat THEM for my tea.
The flies are very clever, and they try hard to keep away."
"If you don't eat soon" said Basil "you won't last another day."
Basil flew back down to Jumpy, and Marg began to cry.
"Please say that you can help him." Basil said, "I'll try.
I'm going to put my headlights on; flies are attracted to the light,
Hide your eyes," said Basil "this will be very bright."
The rays from Basil's headlights pointed at the spider's web,
"I can see them coming." Jumpy cried, "There are hundreds." Elliot said.
As the swarm of flies entered the cave, the spider's web glowed red,
Elliot gasped, "Cedric will be burnt alive." "I can't feel it." Cedric said,
Like a magnet the web drew them in, stuck fast they couldn't fly,
Cedric stared in amazement, and a tear came to his eye.
"I will eat like a king" Cedric gasped, "how can I thank you?"
"I haven't finished yet" said Basil, "there's one more thing I must do.
I'm creating a pathway from the ground up to your head,
Your friends can come to visit you, and they won't get stuck." he said.
Basil turned off his headlights, and Jumpy gave a smile,
"I'm going up the path to talk to Cedric, and I'm going to stay a while."
"Cedric should be fine now; those flies will keep him fed.
Just remember to keep to the path, and stay safe." Basil said.
They soared into the bright blue sky; home was soon in sight.
"You're so clever Basil," Elliot said, "you always get things right."
As they landed in the bedroom Elliot gave a grin,
"Spiders aren't so bad," he said, "I really quite liked him!
I wish I could tell my friends" he said, "about Cedric and his web."
"Our adventures must stay secret, you know that." Basil said,
"ELLIOT," his mum called out, "it's nearly half past two,
There's a spider at the door, he's come to call for you."
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