Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #154

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Trevor walked through the park. He knew many of the guests would cringe once they saw what he was holding but he did this to show people that not all snakes are dangerous or gross. He could understand the fear, since fear of the unknown typically overrules. Snakes aren’t something people see everyday or are around. If you see a snake it is usually because you are out gardening or hiking and that is not what you are anticipating. Trevor knew all this and tried to teach the public that snakes were nothing to be afraid of.

As he walked, Trevor could hear the children squealing and the parents gasping as he held the snakes head to everyone to see. What they didn’t know was that Betsy, the python, was a people watcher herself and loved to see all the people ducking and jumping when they saw her. Betsy loved Trevor and was so happy to have him to walk her safely through the zoo without being squished by pedestrians or worse, zoo buggies full of food for the other animals. She couldn’t imagine her body bouncing back after being totally flattened. Because of Trevor, Betsy could be at ease and do her people watching silently.

18 thoughts on “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #154

    1. I admit to people that I went to therapy for arachnophobia. I wasn’t sleeping…I don’t know what it is and I have tried to desensitize myself. Right now it is the type of spider but when I think about it I can see it then it screws with my brain.

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      1. You laugh at this but at my last apartment there was a spider on the wall next to my bed and so I squashed it onto the wall and I just left it there. My grandson comes in and he says what’s a spot and I said it’s a warning to other spiders! He laughed but I never saw another spider 😄

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    1. I was just “talking” to someone else about them. I had to go to therapy for it because I wasn’t sleeping due to spider nightmares. It is awful and some people think its just a funny “phobia”. I wish I knew why but I don’t. I do have to say that there are some that don’t bother me as much but there are a few that are in my mind that I just can’t bear.

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      1. I have nightmares about them too, so you’re not alone. I tried ‘self therapy’ by forcing myself to watch the movie Arachnophobia. I was OK until they all started coming out of the bath and then the phobia took over. I was a wreck.
        I’m not so bad with the little ones now, but anything bigger than an inch across (including legs) makes me come out in a cold sweat. I sympathise 100%.

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