Flash fiction: Hyperbole – Spider attack!

The third flash fiction challenge from Carrot Ranch Communications:

In 99 words (no more, no less) write a hyperbolic response to a frustrating situation (an hyperbole is an exaggeration).

I hope you enjoy it.


Spider attack!


Arms flailing like a helicopter, eyes wide like headlights on full beam, her screeches rent the quietude.  

 They came running.

 “What’s wrong?”

 “Get it off! Get if off me!” she shrieked.

 “What? Where?” they asked.

 “In my hair! A spider!”

 “Stay still.”

 They looked. 

 “Nothing. No spider,” they said.

 “Are you sure?” she implored. “Something ran across my cheek.”

 “Maybe this?” He chuckled, untangling a wizened leaf.

 She scowled.

 In agreement, another leaf fluttered down.

 They raised their eyebrows, smirking conspiratorially.

 She stormed away, tumbling over chairs and cushions, leaving them speechless with mirth in her wake.



I welcome any feedback.

12 thoughts on “Flash fiction: Hyperbole – Spider attack!

  1. Pingback: Flash Fiction: Hyperbolizing Frustration « Carrot Ranch Communications

    1. Norah Post author

      Oh dear! I know a few people, myself included, who have responded similarly a number of times. I’m glad the meaning was clear in so few words. Thanks for your encouragement!



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