via Daily Prompt: Imaginary
“…….As I was passing through this human town I came across a rather interesting scenario. There were loud sounds coming from a sound magnifier, which though they did not interest me, seemed pleasant to listen to by the humans crowded there. Music, they called it. One of the most engrossing things I have ever encountered in my travels. That a simple systematic combination of different sounds can result in something so… unpredictable, and its ability to alter, in my experience, your entire thought process. A thing of extremes, and a diversity unmatched. I can’t describe it enough, really. You just have to experience it.
So in the middle, right in the middle of the crowd, was a lone female moving in such a coordinated fashion which i later understood to be their form of dancing. Quite vigorous for my tastes but a feast for the eyes if you found a sufficiently skilled dancer. Those in the crowd watched intently, following her every move with their eyes and occasionally throwing pieces of metal and coloured paper which apparently were of value…….”
~ Observations of an Imaginary Friend
Yesterday, on the morning of the New Year, as I was walking home I came across a snake. 0020 hours. The first 20 minutes of 2017. Now I don’t know what to make of it, or whether something should be made of it at all but I found it quite an odd occurrence. I was at my neighbor’s, after stoning away 2016 when I decided it was time for me to go home. The moon was out, people were still celebrating and I’m high as fuck wondering if I’ll ever get home. Halfway into the journey I suddenly come upon a snake. At first I thought it was the weed but the damned creature begins to slither away and I realize it’s real. Now I’m thinking, ‘that’s a hell of a way for a year to start’. I stood, rooted to the spot, tongue-tied, weighing my options, a calm assessment of the situation. Maybe not that calm. I look around and the closest people are too far and it’s sliding away anyway. As soon as that thought crossed my mind the snake stopped. And turned. It was about 5 meters away, and about 2 feet long and black as night, like it had consumed all the darkness that was being kept at bay by the moonlight.
It starts slithering towards me. My instincts kicked in. I turned and walked for a while and took a diversion, all the while throwing periodic glances backwards to see if it was still following me. It disappeared in the grass. I had evaded it, yet I didn’t even know for sure if it was coming after me. Maybe it just wanted to wish me a happy new year. Haha. It had messed up my mind. Now every black object on the ground became the snake, even as I approached more crowded areas. Anything on that road that wasn’t the road was subject to suspicion. Fear had somehow gripped me. My gait became that of prey that knew its predator lay near-by, ready to pounce. Irregular, indecisive, slow, speedy, confused.
My short walk home lasted twice as long. Weirdest new year of my life. Predecessor to the year? Maybe. Maybe not. All i know, its going to be an interesting year. We’ll see in a year’s time.