A Broken Eggshell and a Spider


By Sandra Arnold

My children find a finch’s nest blown out of a tree in a storm. Inside lies half a tiny egg on top of which sits a miniscule spider. I watch their faces as their father shows them how the nest is woven with hair from our dog and lined with fleece from our sheep and feathers from our hens and how it has been fastened to a twig with strands of straw. He shows them how to handle the nest without disturbing the spider. They watch, scarcely breathing.

Sandra Arnold’s flash fiction collection, Soul Etchings, was published in the UK in June.

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