“Come see!” Katya ran to look.
“She offers us pearls, spun each morning in shades of dawn and dew,” Bear whispered, as he and Katya admired the glistening web.
Denis watched and listened, pondering the mystery of Bear – fierce and protective one minute, tender and poetic the next.
Bear walked toward Denis, his hands cupped. “She wants to go with us,” he said, showing Denis the spider. “Could you be her protector for the journey?”
Denis happily accepted this different path to manhood. “Beautiful Arachne, help me walk the double path of strength and beauty, led by your silken strands.“