The Boy Who Breathed Fear Into His Lungs

The cruelty of summer had vacated the abiding night's temperament, and he was ready to enjoy the healthy air–finally.

It had been quite some time since he last breathed with ease. His chest expanded with satisfaction, without the normal crackle that had plagued him during the heatwaves. That is, until a sinister breeze perverted his lungs with its hellborn gossamer.

Strands of spiderweb draped themselves upon his bronchi, and moments later, the hatchlings bursted open.

Baby spiders instinctively spun their web on the branches of his alveoli with industrious velocity, and his wheezes bore into the tranquility of the night.

He was afraid of spiders, and now his breaths were a breeding ground for his fears.