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The Lady Bug Crab
The Lady Bug Crab
 
THE LADY BUG-CRAB Once upon a time, there was a lady bug-crab who lived in Hexapod Forest. A lady bug-crab is a species of insect that is half lady bug and half crab. Ms. Lady Bug was, of course, a lady bug-crab and looked just like the average ladybug, she was red with black spots, however, in addition to being a pretty ladybug she also had two crab claws. Ms. Lady Bug had many bug friends in Hexapod Forest and her only enemy in the forest was a Spider who threatened to eat her, should it ever catch her. Whenever Ms. Lady Bug would pass by the Spider, the Spider would hiss at her, trying to scare Ms. Lady Bug. But Ms. Lady Bug could not be scared so easily, and always keeping a safe distance from the Spider and its web she knew that no harm would come to her. Though there were many friendly spiders that lived in Hexapod Forest, this Spider was not friendly at all! One morning, a green grass bug named Charlie was caught by the Spider in its web, which was woven high, up in the trees. Ordinarily, the average spider did not weave a web so very high in the trees, and Charlie was used to flying about at that height without any problems whatsoever. Ms. Lady Bug discovered her very good friend Charlie, the green grass bug, on his back, stuck in the Spider's web helpless, while the Spider spun more and more of its web around his legs and body. The Spider intended to cocoon the paralyzed Charlie, immobilizing him permanently so that it could eat him. Seeing that Charlie was in a terrible jam, Ms. Lady Bug flew up to the web, and using one of her crab claws, she snipped the web around the green grass bug, freeing him. He fell to the ground, landing in a pile of leaves that cushioned his fall. Ms. Lady Bug then carried Charlie to her cottage where she poured water over the gentle grass bug and worked for long hours removing the sticky, binding web carefully with her claws. Charlie was very happy to be free from the Spider and quite well after that, having suffered only one broken foot out of his six feet. You could even say that Charlie was one of the happiest green grass bugs alive and his return back to freedom and life was a happy sight. Charlie's foot healed in no time at all and was as good as new. One day, Ms. Lady Bug met a rather handsome praying mantis who had recently moved to her neighborhood in the vicinity of Hexapod Forest. Mr. Praying Mantis wore a three-piece suit and top hat and carried a time-piece on a chain. He was quite a gentleman, and always tipped his hat when he walked past Ms. Lady Bug. On many an occasion, Ms. Lady Bug would walk with Mr. Praying Mantis on his way home from town, for she too took the same path homeward and often would just happen to be leaving town at the same time. They seemed to get along well as they walked and talked in the sunshine along the path with wonderful forest trees all around them. The one strange thing about Mr. Praying Mantis was that he always wore his top hat at an angle at which you could not see his face. The top hat was tilted in such a manner that it hid his face beneath its wide rim. Once or twice Ms. Lady Bug had wished for a strong wind that might blow the hat off of his head, so that she could see his face, but no such wind ever came about. One Spring day, Ms. Lady Bug, who by this time had fallen in love with Mr. Praying Mantis, wished dearly to see his countenance. She had admired him for some time, and found the gait of his smooth walk attractive, his voice pleasant, and she admired the way he used his words when he spoke. She found comfort in his presence and always looked forward to their conversations and walks on the forest path. As they reached the cross road where they both turned to go their separate ways home, Ms. Lady Bug reached out with her claw and held on tightly to Mr. Praying Mantis' suit tail, insisting she would not let go until he removed his top hat, allowing her to see his face. Mr. Praying Mantis sighed, and checking his time-piece declared that he simply did not have time for her foolishness and that he had no intention of removing his hat. Sincere in her endeavor, Ms. Lady Bug still held on firmly to his suit tail with her claw, hoping she might persuade the stubborn praying mantis to remove his hat, thereby granting her, her wish. Mr. Praying Mantis with his long legs began to run. As he ran he intended to lose the attachment of Ms. Lady Bug's gripping claw. Swiftly he moved, pulling Ms. Lady Bug behind him as her claw still held on tightly to his suit tail. There was a loud hissing sound, and only a moment to act as Ms. Lady Bug flew up high and out of the way of the hissing Spider who had woven its web so cleverly in the path that they had been traveling. Perhaps if they had not been moving so quickly, they may have seen the web in their path far in advance, but now Mr. Praying Mantis, who had run straight into the web, was stuck in the sticky net of the Spider's trap. Ms. Lady Bug rested on a tree branch quite clear of the web as she surveyed the situation. The Spider just laughed, and began spinning web around Mr. Praying Mantis. Ms. Lady Bug had easily rescued the green grass bug from the web because the web had been located high up in the trees and she had used the advantage of her wings to safely approach the surrounding area of the web, for the Spider could not fly. But now, the Spider and its web were close to the ground, and it seemed that no gift of flight would be advantageous to Ms. Lady Bug. Hours passed, and as the Spider did its work, Ms. Lady Bug grew distraught. She wished for a heavy rain that might break apart the web, but there was not a cloud in the sky. Mr. Praying Mantis lay helpless and enmeshed in the web, slowly being covered by the Spider spinning more and more web around his limbs and body, making it impossible for him to move. Mr. Praying Mantis yelled angrily at the Spider and even yelled at Ms. Lady Bug for getting him into such a predicament. But Ms. Lady Bug knew that his yelling at her was only done out of fear, worry and frustration and did not take it to heart. Sometimes, thinking is a very hard thing to do when one does not have so much time, but then it came to her, Ms. Lady Bug had an idea about how to make it rain. She flew up high to a tree branch that was directly over the Spider's web, and clipping small twigs from the tree branch with her claw, she dropped the bits of twigs like bombs on the Spider's web. Slowly but surely the web started to break apart. It was a battle of wit as the Spider spun faster and faster trying to maintain the structure of the web while Ms. Lady Bug was blowing it apart with her twig bombs. Finally, the web was broken and Mr. Praying Mantis was released, and though he was still covered in much web that had been spun about his limbs and body, he was free from the structure of the web. The Spider was angry, and in a rage it left the wreckage of its web and chased Ms. Lady Bug by climbing quickly up the tree that she was dropping her twig bombs from. But Ms. Lady Bug simply flew to a neighboring tree in one second flat, and seeing her chance, flew back down to the ground where she grabbed a hold of Mr. Praying Mantis by his suit tail. Only this time, the grabbing hold of the suit tail was to transport Mr. Praying Mantis as she pulled him by his suit tail away from the Spider and its broken web. She pulled Mr. Praying Mantis like one might pull a wagon, for he was much taller and heavier than herself and she could not carry him. She pulled him all the way back to her cottage, and once inside the safe confines of her cottage, she poured water over Mr. Praying Mantis' body and began the slow and careful work of clipping away at the webbed bindings, removing them with her claws. Though Ms. Lady Bug had two claws, one of her claws was sharp, and the other dull. She used the sharp claw for cutting and the dull claw for holding things. It was very late at night by the time Ms. Lady Bug had finished freeing each and every bit of threaded web from Mr. Praying Mantis' body. All six of his limbs were now free, and he was unharmed. The last bit of webbing surrounded Mr. Praying Mantis' top hat, still veiling his face, for the Spider had made sure to secure his top hat to his head in an effort to cover his mandible, which could have easily bitten the Spider, had the Spider come too close to it. All praying mantis' have mandibles, which are sharp jaws that they use for chewing food. Ms. Lady Bug smiled as she knew in only moments she would be able to see the face of her beloved. Only it was not meant to be, for Mr. Praying Mantis quickly sat up, and with a free hand he poked a small hole through his hat, which granted him the ability to see the things around him. Peeking through the hole of his hat, he turned his head to the left and to the right seeing Ms. Lady Bug and the insides of her cottage, and then he immediately ran to the front door. He opened the front door and ran from the cottage out into the night, not even closing the door behind him. Ms. Lady Bug walked slowly to her front door and closed it gently. It was very late at night and so she brushed her teeth and then went to bed. When Ms. Lady Bug awoke in the morning, she could see that it was a beautiful and sunny day, but she did not feel so very happy as she remembered that Mr. Praying Mantis had run away before she could see his face. Ms. Lady Bug did her morning chores, and just as she had finished her chores, there was a knock at her door. She opened her front door to find Mr. Praying Mantis standing there wearing a new suit and top hat. He was holding a small bouquet of flowers in one hand and a white bakery bag in the other. Mr. Praying Mantis offered Ms. Lady Bug the flowers as he greeted her good morning and asked if she would like to have breakfast with him. Ms. Lady Bug put the bouquet of pretty flowers in a vase of water at the center of the kitchen table where the two of them sat down and ate their breakfast of coffee and fresh donuts from the bakery. The donuts were delicious and being in the company of Mr. Praying Mantis, Ms. Lady Bug started to feel very, very happy. They finished eating their breakfast, and as they sat drinking coffee, Mr. Praying Mantis took off his top hat, allowing Ms. Lady Bug to see his face. Ms. Lady Bug gazed upon the handsome face of Mr. Praying Mantis, who she had been in love with for a long, long time already, even though she had never seen his face before. Mr. Praying Mantis asked Ms. Lady Bug if she would marry him, for he too was in love with the sweet lady bug-crab. The two of them were joined in marriage the following Sunday. They were a happy couple indeed. Never was there a more lovely sight than that of Mr. Praying Mantis and his wife, Mrs. Lady Bug-Mantis, as they held hands and walked side by side together in Hexapod Forest. The End By Aunt Lynn Guevrekian
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