Snakes Alive! – A Coincidental Start To My Writing Day…
Above Photo: The snake basks in early morning sunlight in Nong Khai, Thailand.
I’m up in Nong Khai in northern Thailand, just across the Mekong from Laos, working hard on editing my screenplay for BACK, which, in one scene, features a woman encountering a deadly snake at head height in the jungle, where such encounters are an ever-present danger. Less so in the centre of a town.
So this morning at 7am, I headed out with my wife and mother in law, going to the local fresh market.
As we walked past a bush outside their house, my wife said:
‘Peter keep going!”
So of course I stop, right in front of the bush.
“In the bush…”
So now I’m thinking there may be two bees instead of one harmlessly buzzing around the flowers, such minimal risk often being the subject of dire red alert statuses from my dearly beloved.
I walk past the bush again to join her.
“What did I just tell you? Stay away from that bush!” she said.
“Why?” I asked again.
“Because there’s a snake hanging out of it, right next to your head!”
And so there was.
A small one, and no doubt harmless, but it measured no less than a metre long (more than 3 feet), and it was a beautiful green colour.
From the shape of its head I didn’t think it was dangerous, unlike the snake in my screenplay, but as a nearby tuc tuc driver removed it with a broom (under strict instructions not to kill it – instead it disappeared up the side of the house, heading towards the outdoor kitchen!), I thought: “I love living here – what a great start to my writing day.”
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