The Un-Tangled Web – Mondays Finish the Story

Photo by: Barbara W. Beacham

The Un-Tangled Web

“What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive,” said Grandma Polly, pointing to a perfect spider’s web in the garden. She covered the hole beneath an old willow tree, and scattered dry leaves over it. 10-year old Megan vowed right then and there to avoid the complications of deceit.

Megan became perhaps the most honest child in history.

Grandma Polly didn’t make much money as an auto financing counselor, but she seemed to get by with honest hard work. Megan visited her often, occasionally finding her digging in the same spot by the willow.

Megan worked hard and completed a Law degree, becoming Assistant DA to fight crime.

Years passed, and Grandma Polly lay upon her death bed. She asked Megan to look in the spot by the willow tree. The impeccably honest woman found $400,000 there, and journals detailing how Grandma Polly skimmed the money and cleverly avoided detection for decades.

Megan returned to Polly’s bedside. “Why Grandma?” she cried. “What about webs and deceit?”

Polly shrugged. “I thought it was clear. If you build a web, don’t get it tangled!”
Written for Barbara Beacham’s Mondays Finish the Story. Look here for the other stories written for the prompt:

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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39 Responses to The Un-Tangled Web – Mondays Finish the Story

  1. babso2you says:

    Good story! A story about do not practice what I preach. Thanks for another contribution to the MFtS challenge Eric. Be well… ^..^

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  2. Excellent! Interesting the perceptions of grandmother and granddaughter when considering the same thought. Very good!!!

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  3. Sonya says:

    Classic misunderstanding! Sounds like it worked out for both of them, though. Nicely done!

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    • EagleAye says:

      Hehe. In my first version of this, Megan gets through Law school with the financial assistance of an anonymous donor. Turns out the donor was Grandma Polly. I loved the irony of it – breaking the law to fund a future crime fighter, but I didn’t have room for it. Still, the gist of the idea still came through. I’m glad you liked this. Thanks kindly! 🙂

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  4. List of X says:

    Oh, I am sure there was at least some mild tangling involved… 🙂

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  5. I would say she got a bitter sweet lesson. Bitter that her grandmother wasn’t that sweet little old lady and sweet that she got $400k! Great story!

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  6. phylor says:

    Now, will honest Megan return the skimmed money to it’s proper owners? Now that’s a moral dilemma . Great characters and nice alternate “realities.”

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  7. I wonder if she will declare the money and how it was obtained. Great story.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Oh she knows how to manage it carefully. Studying Grandma’s books, she knows now how not to get caught. She’s giving half away to charity anyway. Her essential morals are still there. Thanks much! 🙂


  8. OnChi says:

    Good ol’ Grandma, leaving Megan a nice, untraceable inheritance. Very tempting…. 🙂 Great story!

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  9. draliman says:

    I guess after this little misunderstanding at least Megan is both honest and rich! I’m not sure how being a lawyer works with always telling the truth, mind 😉

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    • EagleAye says:

      Haha! Good point. Lawyers defending the Mob and large corporations (hardly any difference there) are certainly the least honest. But a District Attorney is the one trying to prosecute and put criminals in jail. They may still be a bit dishonest, but for a good cause at least. In Megan’s case, honesty ultimately paid off, or rather her Grandma did. 😉

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  10. John Yeo says:

    Good work Eric ~ Granny left the lawyer in a quandary ~ Charity begins at home ~ A great fruition to the tangled fruits of crime ~

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    • EagleAye says:

      Indeed it is. She’ll be giving a lot to a charity for inner-city kids. The rest into investments and a college fund for her own child. Everybody wins and gets a taste of the fruit. 😉 Thanks much, John!

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  11. tnkerr says:

    My mother used to tell me, “Do as I say, not as I do.”
    For some unknown reason I remembered this as I read your story. Nice story too!

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  12. loricarlson66 says:

    What a unique twist on the prompt! I would never have guessed where that was headed! Wonderful job!

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  13. Oliana says:

    Brilliant!!! truly a great story you have penned!

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  14. ansumani says:

    Grandma could have opened a swiss bank account and earned some interest. Fun story with a unexpected twist in the end.

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  15. Shey says:

    Very clever story with a surprising twist at the end.

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  16. Indira says:

    I thought you are going to give us a sweet little story this time and lo! What an unique twist. Loved this one.

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