Adam watched the bird fly off beyond the trees. He stepped out of the river, retrieved his shoes and socks and started back to where the others were. On the way he saw something move on the ground in front of him. He stopped, looked down and observed a green and yellow snake oozing it’s way across the way. It stopped moving when Adam did. Adam had the urge to pick it up. He did. The snake draped it’s tail gently over Adam’s wrist and turned its head to look at him. They stared at each other for a moment . Then Adam carefully placed it back on the ground and it slid off into the bushes.
Adam stood still and watched it disappear. He thought he had never held a snake before but it seemed quite natural to pick it up. So many unnatural things were becoming natural, or at least, not unusual to him now.
He walked back up to where the men were gathered around in groups talking. There were baskets of food on the table, a few bottles of wine were open and sitting beside the baskets. Ben approached him smiling with a full glass of wine. He handed it to him and said “Here Adam, here’s your poison. Drink up.”
(To be continued.)