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Charlotte And Me

An Unlikely Friendship

By S McCellonPublished about a year ago 4 min read
Charlotte And Me
Photo by Julian Schultz on Unsplash

I never thought I’d say this, but my best friend has eight legs and a whole lot of hair. You might be thinking I’m a bit strange for befriending a pet tarantula, but I promise you, this isn’t your average friendship.

It all started a few years ago when I walked into a pet store and saw her. She was sitting in her enclosure, looking up at me with her big, black eyes. I couldn’t resist her charm and before I knew it, I was bringing her home with me.

At first, I was a little apprehensive. I had never owned a tarantula before and didn’t quite know what to expect. But as the days went on, I realized that my new friend was anything but scary. In fact, she was downright likable.

I named her Charlotte, after the famous spider in the children’s book, Charlotte’s Web. She was a beautiful creature, with long, hairy legs and a glossy, black body. Whenever I walked into the room, she would scuttle over to the edge of her enclosure and greet me with a little wave of her front legs.

As time went on, Charlotte and I developed a bond that was unlike anything I had ever experienced with a pet before. She would crawl up onto my hand and sit there while I watched TV or read a book. Sometimes, when I was feeling down, she would even crawl onto my shoulder and give me a little nudge with her legs, as if to say, “It’s okay, buddy.”

But despite our close relationship, there was still one mystery that I couldn’t figure out. You see, Charlotte had a habit of disappearing from her enclosure for hours at a time. I would search the entire room, but she was nowhere to be found. And then, just when I had given up hope, she would magically reappear, sitting contentedly in her enclosure as if nothing had happened.

This went on for months and I couldn’t figure out what was going on. I began to wonder if she was secretly escaping and going on little adventures around the house. But every time I checked, all the doors and windows were securely shut. It was a mystery that kept me guessing, but one that I was determined to solve.

One day, I decided to set up a hidden camera in the room to see if I could catch Charlotte in the act. I watched the footage for hours, but nothing seemed out of the ordinary. And then, just when I was about to give up, I saw something that made my heart skip a beat.

There was Charlotte, crawling out of her enclosure and onto the floor. But she wasn’t alone. Sitting beside her, perched on her back, was a tiny mouse. They seemed to be chatting away, although of course I couldn’t hear what they were saying. It was a sight that was both adorable and astonishing.

From that day on, I knew that Charlotte and I were not the only ones in our little world. She had a whole community of friends, including a brave little mouse who didn’t seem to be afraid of anything, not even a tarantula.

I couldn’t help but feel a little jealous, but also incredibly grateful for the bond that Charlotte and I had formed. It was a friendship that was truly unique and one that I knew would last a lifetime.

Over the years, Charlotte and I continued to share many adventures together. We explored the world around us, discovering new sights and sounds that we never would have experienced on our own. And although she was a tarantula and I was a human, we were the best of friends, always there for each other no matter what.

As for the mystery of Charlotte’s disappearing acts, I decided to keep it a secret. I knew that her little adventures with her mouse friend were something special, and I didn’t want to disturb their private moments. Instead, I would watch from afar, admiring their bond and feeling lucky to have Charlotte in my life.

But one day, everything changed. I came home from work to find that Charlotte was nowhere to be found. I searched high and low, calling her name and checking all her usual hiding spots. But there was no sign of her.

I was devastated. Charlotte had become such an important part of my life, and the thought of losing her was unbearable. I searched for days, but there was no trace of her. I was beginning to lose hope.

And then, just when I had given up, I heard a faint scratching sound coming from behind the bookshelf. I moved the shelf aside and there she was, looking up at me with her big, black eyes. She had been hiding there the whole time, waiting for me to find her.

I was overjoyed. It was like we had been reunited after a lifetime apart. I scooped her up into my arms and hugged her tightly, grateful to have her back. And as we sat there, I couldn’t help but wonder what adventures she had been on during her little disappearing act. But I didn’t want to disturb her peace, so I kept the mystery to myself.

From that day on, Charlotte and I were closer than ever. We had been through a lot together, and our friendship had only grown stronger as a result. And although she was still a tarantula and I was still a human, we were more alike than we ever could have imagined. We were two unlikely friends who had found each other in this crazy world, and nothing could ever change that.

In the end, I learned that friendship comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it takes a little bit of courage to open yourself up to the unexpected, but the rewards can be life-changing. Charlotte may have been a tarantula, but she was also a loyal friend and a constant source of joy in my life. And for that, I will always be grateful.

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About the Creator

S McCellon

Hi! I'm a writer with a passion for sharing my thoughts and experiences with others. I've always loved writing, ever since I was a kid scribbling. Now, as an adult, I've turned that into a career. I'm excited to share my writing with you!

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