August: There’s A Snake In My Boot!

“Guido behaving himself?”

“Yeah, he’s a sweetheart.”

Kaitlyn was right. Having a large – well, largish – reptile that could strangle me at any time just… sitting there was strangely comforting. It was like having a weird weighted blanket that moved just often enough to remind me it was a live snake and not a hypoallergenic poly-cotton blend with glass microbeads. It helped that the ball python was supposedly one of the more docile breeds.

Unfortunately, he was also in exactly the wrong place on my lap. I shifted uncomfortably as I pondered how to ask an embarrassing question.

“I don’t mean to whinge,” I eventually decided on, “but, uh, could you please remove him from my person? You’re right, he’s a lovely fella and I could have him in my lap forever. But I also really need to pee.”

“Oh, sure,” Kaitlyn replied, picking up the snake. “Come here, Guido. Straight ahead, door on the end.”


As I opened the door, something wriggled away and I screamed.

“Ohmigod, are you okay?”

“Yeah,” I yelled back. “Just didn’t know you had two snakes.”

Kaitlyn let out a rather loud swearword from the kitchen. “I don’t, hold on,” she said, a touch threateningly due to the rather long forked stick she was brandishing and the constrictor draped elegantly around her neck.

“Let’s have a look at you… ah, great. You’re venomous, aren’t you?”

“I’m what now?… Oh, right. You’re talking to the snake.”

“Alright, out ya go,” she said, gently if unceremoniously dumping the snake on the ground outside. “I’ll go put Guido back in his cage. Get yourself on your laptop and we can start work on that final exam… project… thing.” She lowered her voice menacingly. “I swear, I am gonna punch the next guy who lets his snake go feral in the face.”

I giggled and went back into the living room. Maybe sticking by my best friend’s side all these years all these years wasn’t so bad. She was right; snakes were pretty cute. Though it was funny that the harmless-looking little one was the more deadly.

But hey, I’m a major computing nerd who also likes pretty dresses. Covers, books, all that jazz.

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9 thoughts on “August: There’s A Snake In My Boot!

  1. Buh – that would absolutely freak me out – but I’m glad she’s a bit more used to snakes than me! Must be rough to be known as the house with the snake so that others keep abandoning the poor creatures.

    Loved how fast this moved from action to action to action to done. Very great pacing.

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  2. I loved how you incorporated something in the words that wasn’t in the screenshots and it was perfectly believeable. Though I would say that a poisons snake being in front of you is a perfectly lovely reason to whinge. I probably would have just screamed my head off.

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  3. He-he. I had a feeling something was going to go wrong as soon as she commented, “I didn’t know you had two snakes.” Snakes do make awesome pets. Though I may like them largely because so many people are afraid of them, and they’re one of the few things I’m not afraid of. ^_^


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