Greetings. So, here’s a fun fact to amaze your friends and colleagues on your next Zoom call. Apparently, spiders can suffer from arachnophobia, too. Researchers did a study using jumping spiders and found they had an innate ability to avoid other predator spiders—even if they’ve never encountered them before. The original Spidey-Sense, I guess.
How do you deal with spiders? I trap them and escort them outside. So far, I haven’t run into anything like this.
In honor of Thanksgiving here in the US, I thought I’d share with you a food-related short story. If you’re thinking there’s some horror angle, forget it. There is, however, some sweet revenge. Enjoy.
THE FINAL SOUP
Marta Gutiérrez de Alma had been cooking soup for days. She told her friend Teresa that this was going to be the best soup she ever made. What she didn’t say is that it would be her last.
To be honest, she hadn’t been right since her husband Cinto went off with “that woman.” Making soup, people felt, was her way of keeping herself occupied. And they had approved at first.
Marta’s mother Juanita became alarmed when she discovered that the children hadn’t been bathed in days. The house was filthy, and there was no food in the kitchen—except for the damned soup ingredients.
Something needed to be done.
So Juanita moved in with Marta, explaining to her own husband that it was the only way to save her grandchildren from turning into criminals. They were five and seven.
Juanita cleaned the house, bathed the children, and did the dishes while Marta went out shopping for only the freshest ingredients to make her amazing soup.
Marta bought ranch-fresh chickens and slaughtered them for their necks and gizzards. She chopped, diced, peeled, minced, and sautéed until her hands were swollen and bloody. The town felt that, even if Marta was well on her way to the loony bin, she would leave behind a soup never to be forgotten.
Finally, after seven days Marta said, “Está lista, mamá.”
With tears in her eyes, Juanita watched her poor daughter go off to the bathroom to have a bath. As soon as she heard the sound of water running and Marta singing a lively canción, she found a spoon and tasted the soup. It was magnificent.
Books to Enjoy
Ready for some new mysteries and thrillers? Check out the Twisted Mysteries & Fast-Paced Thrillers promotion going on until November 21, 2021.
And don’t forget to try these Fall/Winter Thriller Freebies, available until November 23, 2021.
If you’re an Amazon Prime member and need a horror fix, check out Exorcist: The Beginning, starring the talented Stellan Skarsgård and directed by Renny Harlin. This is Father Merrin’s origin story—and wow.
Logline. Years before Father Lankester Merrin helped save Regan MacNeil’s soul, he first encounters the demon Pazuzu in East Africa. This is the tale of Father Merrin’s initial battle with Pazuzu and the rediscovery of his faith.
Okay, I’m outta here. See you next month when I see how much Christmas candy I can stuff into my gob. Peace and love.