Friday, December 19, 2008

Sunday Scribblings #142: Late

"Yay, the Birthday Girl is finally here and only 43 minutes late," Bestfriend says, clapping her hands as I slide onto the seat beside her.

"It's not my fault. It was the tiger snake."

"What snake?" Everyone asks in unison.

"Well, I was sitting on the sofa watching t.v, when I saw something moving from the corner of my eyes. I turned and it's was a snake crawling on the floor next me. Of course I automatically went into denial and convinced myself that it was stick. Then it reared it's head. That's when I did my superman leap and ran like hell upstairs," I say pumping my arms in illustration.
Everyone laughs.

"I swear the snake followed me, because when I turned around it was at the foot of the staircase. I ran to the phone. I didn't know who to call so I called directory. When the lady asked me who I wanted to be connected to I said, 'I didn't know'. I told her I was trapped in a house with a snake. She didn't know too, but she eventually put me through to the police. I called them and told them my story and they laughed. They then gave me the number for the zoo and snake catcher. I called the zoo but it was after hours and no-one answered, so I called the snake catcher and waited," I pause as the waiter filled my wine glass.

"Well go on. What happened next?" Bestfriend asks.

"When the snake catcher came, he tried to get me to come downstairs to open the door, but the snake was still at the bottom of the staircase. There was no way on earth, I was going down. It was sort of strange because when I usually come home, I leave my keys on the kitchen bench. Today I carried them with me upstairs. I'd left them beside the phone. So snake catcher guy had to get a ladder and climb to my window and break through the safety screen so that I could pass the keys down to him."

"It took him less than 2 minutes to catch the snake. By this time it had crawled to the kitchen. He put a tea towel down and it crawled to it. Piece of advice everyone, if you ever have a tiger snake in your house, put a towel or something down. They'll move to it."

"Are you serious?"

"That's what he told me."

"How'd you know it was a tiger snake?" Bestfriend's boyfriend asks.

"He told me that too. And that everyone is why I am late. Now can I eat, I'm starved."

Sunday scribblings


anthonynorth said...

I'll have to use that one as an excuse some time :-)
Very nicely written.

"Sunshine" said...

Wow, is that a true story? Craziness. I enjoyed reading it though--it was pretty funny. But if that really happened, I feel sorry for you.

Tammie Lee said...

can I use that story next time I am late? fun read.

Anonymous said...

Whether fact or fiction, this is a great story!

BJ Roan said...

I would be cowering upstairs, too! Loved the story.

Flor Larios Art said...

Great story. Scary...
I saw a snake once while taking the trash out and I froze for a minute then screamed and the snake ran away. I think I scared it.

Tumblewords: said...

Too funny - Not so much if it's true, though! Good post!

Robert V. Sobczak said...

I can't tell if its a real story, or a fictional account that you came up with for Sunday Scribblings. Either way, it's terrifically written. You have a fluid and natural writing style, that makes for fast and thorough reading. I never felt inclined to jump ahead, or stop, it really grabs my attention ... and there is always payoff in the final line. You always seem to know how to tie it all together.

GeL (Emerald Eyes) said...

What a tale. I also wonder if this is fiction or your great imagination? To be bitten on one's B-day: ouch!