Spiders in her desk
Disclaimers: The characters of Hercules and Iolaus belong to Renaissance pictures. No money is being made from this story. This story is written for entertainment purposes only.
Author’s note: This story was written in answer to the May 2003 challenge which begins “Assuming we get out of this what do we do?”. I am hoping that this short little story answers the challenge somewhat. It took me 20 minutes to write this story and I think I’m breaking my own record for fast story writing (573 words).
I just need to fix the ending before I post this silly piece of fiction to the web. I sure do dislike Gina. And wait til you see what I have in store for her at the end of this story! HEHEHE!
“Assuming we do get out of here, what are we going to do?”
“Aw come on Herc..it’s just detention! It’s not a big deal. We just sit it out like we always do. I know, we can play hangman or maybe tic tac toe.”
“No, I think we should do our homework.”
“Herc..you are such a goody two shoes. Pranks are fun! Did you see Gina scream!”
“Iolaus, I keep getting in trouble and I had nothing to do with this. The teacher gave me detention because I was laughing at the prank you pulled. And the teacher did not think it was very funny that you put a spider in Gina’s desk and made her scream so loud she broke the classroom window.”
“Yeah and you laughed Herc..you thought it was funny and so did I!”
Hercules blushes. “Okay I was wrong to laugh at Gina when she screamed..and it was wrong for you to put that spider in her desk..that was a mean prank Iolaus!”
“You should have seen Gina’s face when she saw that spider in her desk..she looked like she was going to faint! And besides she deserved it..she called me runt and she called you names too! And she called you the “b” word and the “f” word!”
“Shyly Hercules asks in a whisper “What is the “b” word and the “f” word? You never did tell me and what do they mean?”
Iolaus abruptly changes the subject “And she called me “runt”..you know how I hate it when they make fun of my height! Face it Herc she deserved what was coming to her.
Shaking her head vehemently in disagreement at Iolaus’ last comment, the teacher gets Iolaus’ attention by slapping her ruler on his desk causing both boys to literally jump out of their seats. Giving the recalcitrant blonde-haired troublemaker a look of daggers, the teacher went into full scold mode.
“ First, Iolaus, you will sweep up the broken shards of glass on the floor and second I want you to write one hundred times “I will not put spiders in Gina’s desk anymore and make her scream”
“But that’s such a long sentence, Teacher, and my mother wants me home right away! Iolaus tries to plead with the teacher for leniency. “Please, teacher I promise I won’t put spiders in Gina’s desk again..please don’t get me in trouble with my Dad..”
“You should have thought of that before you put that spider in Gina’s desk!”
“And you, Hercules you should be ashamed of yourself..laughing when another person like Gina suffers. You will have detention for the rest of this week.”
Iolaus mutters under his breath about nasty little girls and mean teachers as he takes his pen and paper and starts writing.
Hercules sits at his desk and sulks.
Alchemene arrives in the classroom as Hercules explains to her Iolaus’ situation and Iolaus’ latest prank
“Hercules..pulling pranks and scaring people is wrong.”
“Aw Mom it’s not wrong..Iolaus was just trying to stand up for me. Gina says nasty words about me too!
“Hercules..that still doesn’t make it right..and you know it’s wrong to laugh when someone is frightened.
“I know Mother. And I know it’s wrong. Besides, Gina should be the one getting punished too..Gina always calls us names and the names hurt. Mother, what does “b” word and “f” word mean? What do those letters stand for Mama?
“Oh honey..they are just bad words. You don’t need to know, son, believe me you don’t want to know..”
“But Mom..please.. I’m not a baby anymore..tell me..”
“No Hercules..the discussion is closed.”
Alchemene fondly ruffles her son’s chestnut blonde hair as she gives Hercules the following stern warning: “Hercules, you know what your usual punishment is when you get detention don’t you?”
“Yes Mom, I have to clean out the barn again.”
“Now son, look on the bright side we now have the cleanest barn in town.”
“Yes Mom” replies a pouting Hercules.
Alchemene laughs as she hears Hercules muttering “Why is Iolaus always getting me in trouble? Why does he always pull pranks? Why doesn’t HE clean out the barn?”
Many years later, a disgruntled Aphrodite turns Gina into a toad for her until a prince would deign look past her appearance and kiss her on the lips thus returning her to human form. So kind reader, if you see a toad croaking in a pond, just think it could be poor Gina (who remains immortally a toad until said prince kisses her) still waiting for her Prince Charming to come and kiss her. Tell me, gentle reader, would you kiss a toad? (quoting Aprhodite “major yucksville”) Sorry Gina..I guess you’ll just have to spend eternity as a toad. Ribbit! Ribbit! (oh wait is that a frog?) oh well same difference in my book! Or maybe our Golden hunter will mistake Gina for a real frog and eat her legs! (Nah..major yucksville too!)
(Sorry I just have a grudge against this Gina at work and just picturing her as a toad is just total fun and picturing her forever as a toad is even more fun considering she does have the personality of a toad! )