I could barely make it out in the gloom but it was the size of a small plate and at least four of its eyes had a glint

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old said flatly: “There’s a spi­der in the car, isn’t there.”

I’d never seen my chil­dren move faster — un­til two min­utes later when I used a lunch box in a one-shot ma­noeu­vre to flick the hunts­man out of the door. We heard its foot­steps as it scut­tled away.

Hud­dled to­gether, three lit­tle faces peered at me with new-found awe. For a brief, glo­ri­ous mo­ment I was not the nag­ging drone who gets their din­ners and finds their shoes but had be­come Mother, Van­quisher of Arach­nids. It was worth it.

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