Henry Wilchert made money the old-fashioned way; with cost overruns and outrageous product prices. He wanted to expand out of pharmaceuticals and into defense contracts. So he toured SpiderArmor before his hostile takeover.
Company owner, Gavin DuPuy, showed off the loom-like machine that made bullet-proof fabric. “We’re always under budget and meet proposed prices,” said Dupuy.
How do you make a killer profit? thought Wilchert. That’ll change. “How are the threads made?”
Dupuy pointed up. “Lilith.”
Above the loom crouched a spider, seven-feet across, feeding out silk to the spools.
“Don’t worry,” chuckled Dupuy. “She only eats greedy-minded men.”
Written for the Friday Fictioneers: https://rochellewisoff.com/2019/03/27/29-march-2019/
Spider silk woven into armor isn’t just my imagination. The US Army is looking into it right now:
To my friends in the world of flash fiction world: I’ve been generally uncommunicative, and I apologize for that. I’m working on a full-length book. The editing/critiquing process is long and arduous. Plus my very social 3-year old keeps me pretty occupied. The book is in final stages so I plan to be more responsive in the near future.