Today there was no cloud in sight. The sky was a painted a cerulean blue and the grass glistened with droplets in the sun. As you can imagine, A house that was falling apart would not match the sight. Holes had been eaten away by years of wear and tear in the roof, and wood panels were far from only beginning to waste away. As I opened the door slowly, an unearthly creak filled the bright day with a decomposing feel. Mice droppings scattered the floor, and packaged food was scattered everywhere. I sighed. Just another annual cleanup I guess then!
“Kids! Bernie!” I called.
All six kids and one enthusiastic looking husband piled into the worn down house waiting to be assigned jobs. After they were given, everyone split up to their areas including me. I grabbed a broom from the cupboard, And began to sweep another years worth of dust into a pile. I picked up a packet of biscuits, and another of rice, both ageing to at least ten years past their expiry. Rice spilled all over the floor as a result of a hungry mouse. Just as I turned to the bin, a black shadow caught the corner of my eye. I shook this off as being a mouse, regardless of the premonition of imminent danger that was coursing through my veins. I opened up a small cupboard to check for any more spoiled food when a slick black and orange snake with glassy eyes hissed in my face! I slammed the cupboard shut and screamed for the kids to get outside and get their father who was bringing things in from the car. He ran in, a sense of danger evident in his eyes I pointed to the cupboard with an unsteady finger
“S-s-snake! I t-think a t-tiger s-snake is…” I broke off, my voice shaking. His eyes widened, and he began walking to the door as he mumbled a
“ill be right back”. A couple seconds later, he was back with two shovels in his hands. He handed one to me.
“What on earth are we going to to with these?” I asked. He replied a simple
“just watch”. He asked me to step back and opened the cupboard with his shove from as far if a distance as possible- that was the the cupboard enclosing the snake. Then he said to me-
“quick hold it down!” All in a blur, my shovel was down onto the snake with a thud. Just for luck, I decided to give it one more satisfying whack before helping Bernie take it out to the river. Who knew what a day the bright blue sky could’ve held!