Monday, April 22, 2013

S is for Snake

I wrote this story for my oldest son.  He asks me for a pet snake at least once a week and can't understand why I keep telling him no.

“Are the girls gone?”  Sam asked.
“Yes.”  Carlos answered.  “They should be busy for awhile.  Mia and Sophie brought over three princess movies and their tea set.”
“Good! The snake palace is no place for sister's.  Let’s go.”
Sam led the way through the thick jungle.
“Are you sure you know where you are going?” Carlos asked.
“Of course I am.  I grew up in this jungle."  Sam jumped over a fallen log.  "Watch your step. Stay right behind me.”
Sam picked up a rock and threw it. It landed close to where the boys were standing.
“Nothing is happening.” Carlos said.
“Keep watching.”
The rock began to shake then it sunk down into the earth making a loud slurping sound as it went.
“Whoa.  Cool.” Carlos said, staring at the place the rock had been.
"That was awesome." he said.  "What's the matter Sam?"
Sam was holding very still.
 "Shhh.  Something is following us.  Its going to get us.  Run!"
"Wait up guys.  I want to come too."
Carlos spun around. 
"Sophie? What are you doing here?"
"I want to come with you guys. I don't' like tea parties." She said.
"But we are going somewhere dangerous." Sam said.
"I'm not scared."
 She didn't look scared.  Not even a little bit.
"It is full of snakes." Carlos said.
"I like snakes."
"I guess you can come." Sam said. "But you have to keep up."
"I am super fast." Sophie said and she was. 
Soon they could see stone towers rising up above the trees.
"Is that it?" Carlos asked in a whisper.
"Yes. That's it." Sam said.
They climbed the steep stairs and entered the palace.
Snakes were everywhere.  Some were small.  Some were so long that they wouldn't fit in a house.  Some hung like vines from the ceiling.  One curled around Sam's ankle.
"Look at all the colors." Sophie said.  "I didn't know that snakes could be so pretty."
"I think we should head back." Carlos said, after awhile.  "We have seen all the snakes and its getting dark."
"You're right." Sam turned to lead the way.
 No one noticed the long, slithery snake that followed home.


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  2. Ahhh.....I so don't want a snake following me home. :)

  3. I don't know if I would have wanted to follow along when I was little, but I surely would have now! Great story. :)

  4. Lol!! It's scary and cool that the snakes are in the story after yesterday's story (:

    1. Yeah, I was wondering if anyone would catch that. I wasn't really planning on a snake story but my son really, really wanted one!

  5. Good ending!

    And i can say i don't blame your son for wanting a snake, they make fun pets.

    1. I am afraid that snakes freak me out. Most pets I'm ok with. Not snakes!

  6. I did let my son have a snake. I quickly got over my fear of them. Excellent story!!
    A to Z-ing to the end
    Peanut Butter and Whine

  7. Gosh, I shudder at the thought!! Lovely story!
    Suzy Turner, YA Author

  8. Uh oh, sounds like one of the snakes really wants to live at Sam's house.

  9. My grandmother who lived in Foley, Alabama on a lake had a pet king snake that would come and stay the winters in her home. He literally lived inside her home. He would leave in the Spring and return in late Fall. After several years of this, they had become very attached, and then one year he never returned.
    My guess is that he was friendly toward humans and someone mistook him for a dangerous snake and killed him, also because he was large.
    Great post. I'm an A to Z Challenger. Stop on by and say hi.

  10. I don't like snakes but I was always the one tagging along behind the boys. I'd rather be having fun than playing princess.