“Dr. Tweed, so nice to finally see you again. I trust you have many stories to tell me about your adventures deep in the heart of Africa?”
Dr. Tweed had a wide grin on his face. He wore a khaki blazer and a red bowtie.
The old man squinted through his bifocals as he beckoned Robert to the table where two hot cups of tea had already been poured. “Robert my good man. Yes, yes, of course.
Join me for some tea and I shall regale you with a tale about the most curious creature I have ever seen.” The two men took their seats.
“So Doctor, tell me about this mysterious creature of yours.”
“Ah yes. It’s called the African Bowana Spider named after the indigenous people in the part of the jungle where the creature originally hales. It’s a massive arachnid.
I dare say, the thing is about half a meter in diameter, but that’s not even the most interesting thing about it. This creature has evolved the most peculiar survival tactic.
Listen to this, it is known to enter an animal through the oral cavity.
From there, it is actually capable of attaching itself to its host’s nervous system, where it can gain full access to it’s movement and verbal patterns,
essentially rendering the host a useless puppet. It stays in the animals body long enough to plant its eggs and get to a new host while it feeds off the beast’s cerebral spinal fluid.”
Robert’s eyes widened, “What a fascinating creature Doctor! Could you imagine what would happen if it made its way here to Europe. People would be in quite a panic!”
The Dr. took a sip of his tea, “Could I imagine, Robert? I dare say, it already has!”
Dr. Tweed’s head violently cocked back. Terrible gagging noises emanated from his throat as blood started pouring from all orifices. Eight long spindly legs emerged from his mouth.