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The fireplace is very dark; you switch on your penlight. You begin sifting through the ashes with your fingers; a few bugs scatter.
Suddenly you feel a sharp pain in your right hand, just as you notice a black spider with a red hour glass shape on its belly drop to the ground. You realize at once what has happened - you've been bitten by a poisonous black widow spider!
Realizing the danger, you turn and run as fast as you can to your house. By the time your parents reach the hospital, your hand looks like a balloon. Fortunately, your body responds to the anti-venom drugs; otherwise, the doctor says, your hand may have died and been amputated. You spend the night in the hospital, and although you are exhausted, your hand and your memories keep you from sleeping well.
The next day the members of Shadow Flight come to visit you. They apologize over and over again, and you can tell they're very sorry about what happened.
"We'd really like for you to join our club," Kim offers. "You certainly proved that you are brave enough, and you did your best to uphold your flight instructions."