What a fool I was to let some local talk me in to trying my hand at snake charming. I foolishly thought ‘What can happen? I don’t know how to play the pipes well enough to bring dirty laundry from the basket, let alone a snake. What harm could it do to try?’
Little did I know there was actually a snake in the basket. A poisonous viper, rising and swaying to the tune (or lack thereof) I was managing to eke out of the unfamiliar instrument. Rising higher and swaying to the notes that sounded so horrible in my ears. I wondered how they got this rubber fake to rise like that! It was so lifelike.
It was mesmerized, enraptured by the music. The charmer said the snake was looking for a kiss. He instructed me on the proper actions to perform to lure the asp to my lips for the kiss.
Both the snake and I moved in unison, slowly inching closer to one another.
Then the viper’s tongue waved in from of me from its gaping jaws. I jumped, the snake jumped, both startled by the outcries. What was I thinking? I could have been bitten by this poisonous wretch.
I screamed in horror as the snake shot its head forth trying to sink its fangs in to tender flesh, leaving its mark and calling card behind. I was fortunate enough to have the reflexes of a scared child and manage to move far enough from the snake’s reach.
As I rose after slamming the lid back on the basket, I noticed Jing, with camera in hand, giggling uncontrollably at my expense. I could have easily gotten angry, but instead, found myself chuckling along with her.
I may have to give this a try another day. Of course, more lessons will be in order beforehand.