While she was moving around the forest, waiting for an opportunity to redeem herself, Spider overheard a conversation between two animals, the Bear and the Elk. Bear grumbled, “I just wish there was some way to get this itching on my back to stop. Do you think you could scratch it with your horns?” “What? I couldn’t hear you,” replied Elk, who was distracted by a loud buzz in his ear. “Could you repeat that?” Spider knew exactly what caused their irritation. Before Bear had a chance to repeat himself, Spider moved out of the bushes to meet them. While they were startled at first, neither remembered who Spider was, so they forgot that she was supposed to be exiled.
Why are you here? Get out!
For the first time in months, Spider spoke to other animals. She told Elk and Bear about the tiny yet nimble flies and mosquitoes that buzzed in their faces and bit their skin. When they didn’t immediately believe her, she crawled up to a nearby tree and made a web. Intrigued, Elk and Bear watched as the bugs flew right into the web!
This is bad...
Spider should stay! You should go!
For the next few days, Spider stayed with Elk and Bear, catching all of the pests that she could for them. Now that their vexation had disappeared, the two animals believed that Spider was right about the pests. They shared their new-found knowledge with everyone they knew, and, when the other animals needed a solution to their problems too, they brought spider to make webs for each and every one of them.
Phew... Wait, what do you mean "OK"?
Hold on! This isn't right! Fox is OK, too!
When word reached Fox (who, by this point, was also affected by the bugs), he requested that that “the itch doctor” be brought to him immediately. All of the animals led Spider to his home so that he, too, could be satiated. Upon recognizing Spider, however, Fox scolded the animals: “Why did you bring this runaway back to our forest? Don’t you remember her selfishness when we worked day in and day out?”
“Spider isn’t selfish,” defended Bear. “She helped get rid of the nuisances who plagued us.” “Unlike you, Fox, who didn’t even try to help us,” added Elk. “Maybe it would be better that you leave.” All of the animals raised their voices in agreement, beginning to form a mob like they did to destroy Spider’s home. One animal, however, spoke up against this mob mentality.
“Fox may have been wrong for forcing me to leave, but that doesn’t mean he should be exiled, too,” Spider objected. “Perhaps he could be more generous, but he still has a place in this forest. He manages the forest’s food, gives leftovers to those in need, and even motivates all of you to work.” Taking Spider’s words to heart, all of the animals forgave Fox and returned to their work. While somewhat reluctant to do so, Fox thanked Spider for backing him up, and even admitted that some (emphasis on some) of what she said was true.