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Arachnophobia …. The fear of spiders.
We all suffer from one or more phobias. I actually have 3 major ones but the one that causes me the most distress is Arachnophobia better known as the fear of spiders. These 8 legged demonic things just sends me over the edge. I have always feared these things and even thinking about them sends shivers down my spine.
I remember a few years back after the building I worked in had undergone major renovations. It took a long time to complete but once it was finished the building was modernized and looked so much brighter and more welcoming. The office had also been moved and remodelled making it a wonderful place to be during my shift. Until one night…… a night I will never forget and it still makes me shudder with fear when I think about it.
I had arrived for my shift, hung up my sweater and tucked my purse under the desk. I booted up the computer, got all the books and binders I would need placed them on the desk and then left for the kitchen area to make a cup of tea before the patrons arrived. With a steaming mug of tea in hand I headed back to the office. I put the mug on the desk and turned on some music before sitting down. Well hells bells if I didn’t let out a scream that would wake the dead! There on the desk slowly creeping its way towards MY tea was this huge hairy arsed thing. I swear it was the biggest spider I had ever seen. It certainly didn’t take me long to exit the office with shivers of terror crawling up and down my skin.
As I tried to calm myself and figure out what the heck I was going to do a patron came into the building. He saw the sheer terror in my eyes and asked what was wrong. I told him what was crawling around on the top of the desk and with a few snickers he came to my rescue. He took the fly swatter off the hook and with a mighty whack he destroyed that damn thing and deposited it outside!!!