The Short and Tragic Reign of the Spider King
by Alpert L Pine
Thurston is a simpleton, a stablehand at the local inn. He might not be the brightest man, but even he understands the value of the jewel-encrusted golden ring he discovers stuck to a large spiderweb in the nearby Wood. Unfortunately, poor Thurston has no idea the cost attached to the glimmering bauble. The price he will pay for snatching it from whence came. A short horror fantasy, 2500 words.