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Thousands of tiny baby spiders cover the sleeping boy’s face.

It is so dark they look like grey smoke, silently drifting up from under the bed. It is too dark and they are too small to see as individual creatures. The baby spiders blur into thousands of tiny eyes, round bodies and hair-thin legs, constantly moving.

A single spider is nothing, but the horde has a single mind, and a single purpose. The…