PHOTO PROMPT © Jan Wayne Fields

Pablo rolled up one side of the canvas that shielded his flowers from the sun. It was already hot.

Miguel slept, wrapped in his dreams, stretched out behind the flower cans. He could sleep anywhere, a blessing of youth.

Pablo watered his flowers and fiddled with his arrangements, enjoying the fragrance and beauty, until he was alerted by the hissing rattle that warned of danger. Glancing at his own feet, he saw nothing. Moving carefully around the truck, he finally spotted the snake coiled near his son’s head.

His clippers were his only weapon.


41 thoughts on “Pablo

  1. Hard situation… A snake usually only strikes if threatened, but if Miguel wakes up… And a rattler can be quicker than a hand, so Pablo may be in more danger if he tries to nab it, but it must already be agitated if it is rattling – they do that to scare away whoever is threatening them, so… hmmm, hope he is quick!

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  2. Tale with a definite twist — or coil! I suspect your own fear of snakes is behind this one. 🙂
    Definitely prayer needed here!
    Practically speaking, Pablo might be better off luring the snake away with a piece of meat on those clippers than trying to snip it.

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  3. Wow, that was a cliffhanger! I’m still new to snakes, I have lived in Australia for 7 years now, and have seen 3 Eastern Brown’s so far, but I find them both fascinating and terrifying.
    This is a great story, it sets the scene, making the reader want more! Well done 🙂
    If you are interested, I have a short story, it’s a quick read over a cuppa, about a snake…

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