As the sun begins to set, individuals, bicyclists and family picnickers quickly make their way out from Nature Park. Due to recent night vandalism and violent gang fights, city officials close the park from sunset until the next morning sunrise. Today, an elderly couple, both assisted with aluminum walkers, slowly hobble down the gravel pathway. It would be dark in thirty minutes. “Hurry, dear,” sighed the old man turning to look back at his wife trailing behind him. Suddenly, the old woman screams, “SNAAKKE, HEEELLP MEEE!” Shuffling back and almost tripping over the loose gravel rocks, the old man aims for the snake’s head. His walker becomes his death tool to save his best friend from a hooded hissing fiend!
He looks down and if his dimming vision is correct, this is the deadly puff adder* snake. Their poisonous breath, he believes, can kill a person from over twenty feet distance. Fear takes this man. Abruptly, the snake lets out a foul odor followed by oozing fecal matter. Then, flip! At his feet, now lay the dead snake; tongue hanging from its mouth and dripping small droplets of blood. Geez, thinks the old man, what good luck I am having today!
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hognose snake waits then resurrects
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*Puff adder snake is another name for the Hognose snake. Their breath, in reality, is not deadly to humans; actually, they are very shy and rarely bite humans.
Inspiration and photo source via Ligo Haibun Challenge.