Caught Up in That Mess by Morgan Langenstein


My mom was acting stranger everyday. She was secretive, distant, and had a funky smell that never left. I started to hear her voice in my dreams.

“Sss, I’m coming! Sss.. Watch out!”

I woke up, and looked around my dark room, but there was nothing to be seen; so I went back to bed. The next morning my mom was acting strange. I decided to give her space so I went outside to  play. When I opened the door I walked into a giant spider web and tripped. As I fell, I heard crack, crack, crack. I looked down at the ground and saw a smashed egg, my yard was filled with them. I went inside and decided it would be best to tell Mom.

“Our yard is filled with eggs! I accidentally broke some, and there was a giant spider web on the door!”

“You did what? Go to your room, now!”

That night I heard the voice again, “My babies! You took them… sss!”

I woke up, but nothing was there, again. The next day mom was in the kitchen and dad had already left for work.

“How did you sleep?”

“Fine,”  I said.

I swear the voice is hers, so I did not say anything. Tomorrow will be my birthday, and I will celebrate by finding out what is wrong with my mother.

“What are our plans for my birthday?” I asked

“I’m not sure, why?”

“Just wondering,”  I said shortly. I continued by making my way to the door, this time I checked for the spider web.
“Mom look! Another spider web!” she turned around quickly and snapped.

“Sss.. Stay away from, sss… That… sss.” I noticed that her eyes were red.

“Mom, what’s wrong? Are you okay?” Her eyes returned to their normal bright green,

“Yes,  I’m fine, go to your room.”

I was not asleep yet when I heard the voice,“Sss… I know you know!”

“What? Who are you?” My lights turned on, my mother stood at the bottom of my bed, her eyes blood red and her body swaying like a mirage.

“Dad!” I screamed

“Don’t bother, I already killed him, you’re next!”

“No, you don’t have to do this!” Just then a snake’s body with a spider’s head came slithering out of her ear. My mom’s body went limp and she fell to the ground.

“What did you do to her?”

“I made a home in her brain and now she is dead!”


“Your mother was a victim… sss… She had… sss.. No control over any of it… sss!”

“Stop don’t come any closer!”


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