Burdy: (excited to finally see his fiance after a long day) Hi!
Me: (not looking up from laptop) There’s a spider that behind that plant that I need you to get rid of.
Burdy: Um…. What?
Me: Yeah, behind that plant
Burdy: How was your day?
Me: (Pointing with chin) Right there. That plant over there.
Burdy: Ok a a a a y…. so your day was okay, then? (excited energy fading to confusion)
Me: I put a glass over it last night but I forgot to tell you about it. You need to take it outside. Right now.
(Burdy grabs a piece of paper from my desk to slip under the glass)
Me: No! NO! NO! Don’t use that piece of paper! It’s huge and disgusting!
Burdy: (Sighing heavily at fiance’s tendency to exaggerate). Okay. (Reaches for a different piece of paper) It’s behind which plant agai…. WHOA!! HOLY CRAP THAT’S BIG!
Me: (hopping from foot to foot and nervously chewing on knuckle skin) I TOLD YOU! GET A DIFFERENT PIECE OF PAPER!
Burdy: Wow! (slipping new piece of paper under glass and holding drinking glass/spider bio-dome up to eye level) I think that’s a hobo spider.
Me: What? (adrenal glands throbbing at the thought that spider with legs the length of human pinkies and capable of causing anaphylactic shock in humans might have slept in my shoes, or- WORSE!- in my bath towel overnight and subsequently torn a chunk out of my neck with its ugly hairy mouth parts had I not thrown a glass over it.) *gulping nervously* A hobo spider?
Burdy: (squinting at glass) Oh, wait. It’s not.
Me: How do you know?
Burdy: It’s not carrying a bindle stick.
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