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4.24.2009

SNAKE FOR TAT

A cold wind had made the mountain morning seem colder than it really was. I had been bundled up with gloves on my hands and a ski mask over my face all morning. The sun had been out for over and hour and I was just beginning to get warm. I stopped to remove my gloves and ski mask so I could have better control of my hunting rifle. I don't know what I would have done if I had jumped a deer with the gloves and ski mask. I wouldn't have been able to see the dam thing let alone shoot it. I was to cold to care. Now I was more into it. The sun had turned a shivering numskull into a mighty hunter. At least that's what I was thinking at the time. Now I could rally get into it. I was going to get the big one. I was going to get the trophy deer. I was edging my way along a hill side of small sage brush and scattered cedar trees. I was moving slowly, alert for any movement or sound down in the gully or across the canyon on the opposite hillside. My leg brushed up against a sage brush and I heard a rattling sound. At first I thought it was the brush rubbing against my pants, but when I looked down, there was a small rattle snake, coiled and shaking his rattles at me. No big deal, a small rattler, a mighty hunter with a mighty deer rifle. That snake would make a great hat band. Fortunately for the snake, I panicked. I ran. I was forty yards down the mountain, my heart beating wildly, my head thumping and a cold sweat running down my back, before I got control of myself. To this day I will swear on a stack of bibles that I could hear that tiny little rattler laughing at me. I didn't bother to tell my hunting buddies about the snake. And, yep, you guessed it. I did not get a deer either.

4 comments:

Amias said...

You told the tale so well ... I can't stop laughing, but it's not at you, I know that fear is real, as I have been there before, and I am embarrassed to say what I did, but know that I had to change my clothes.

Old Grizz said...

Amias
Thank you for your comment and taking the time to read and respond. It's OK to laugh at me, sneaky snake did.

Story Teller said...

Every body fears something or the else. I fear a lot more simpler things that people like playing with. So, fear is no bad. Liked your write up. Crisp is the word for this :)

Again, can you just put a link to TaT on this very post? I would also like you to add the direct link to the post in Mr. Linky. I would love it if you use your name (Old Grizz) in the Mr. Linky widget. Sometimes you write "Burned Toast and Coffee" and sometimes "Old Grizz" - that confuses at times. More so, while updating the Leaderboard. You are up on it!!

Write On!

Thanks for participating. A new prompt on Wednesday and a contest lined up in two weeks' time :)

Old Grizz said...

thanks for the input. I have to admit that I am new to this world. I will try to do what you ask, however bare with me until I figure it out

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