This Man, he walks in and sits next to me at the counter. Superficially awkward and some what an outcast of the world, yet I can see he carries power. He holds out his left arm to show me a large snake coiled around it.
She’s beautiful, and a color that I have never seen on a snake before – silvery and almost translucent.
He scratched her underbelly, as one would do to a dog, and she responded with the indulgent expression of pleasure that cats are known for.
He gifted her to me, and as I took her, she told me she wants me to make her a home beneath a cluster of clary sage plants.
…And then I woke up, to the sound of coyotes cackling near by.