Who Scared You?…

France & Vincent

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I saw the snout first and thought it was a snake.

But snakes move swift and smooth and this fella was
cautious, shy even… timid, as he nervously tested the air.

Jed who had been repeatedly twanging his ruler on the top of a bedside
cabinet as he talked, paused mid sentence… and held the ruler… airborne.

‘Lizard!’ He whispered, somewhat redundantly, as the little fella
carefully zig-zagged out from the ceiling panel, his legs moving
akimbo like synchronised swastikas, first one way then the next…

He was a beauty alright.

Perfectly white,
with bright-black,
marble eyes and a
delicately pin-pricked snout.

Just as I thought he was going to edge
all the way out and stay for awhile,
the fridge motor shuddered into life.

A whip-lash curl of his tail: he was gone…

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QUEEN OF THE NIGHT…

…It is night and I cannot sleep.

Jed cannot sleep…

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