“Bobby, be careful, sweetie,” Arlene yelled to her son when she saw him leaning over the wood-planked walkway. Arlene and her sister-in-law were relaxing in the park while Arlene’s son was playing with a toy golf club and golf ball his father had given him.
Bobby yelled back to his mother. “I just hit my ball into the creek and I’m trying to find it.”
“Watch out for snakes,” she yelled back. Arlene leaned toward Maryann and said, “Someone told me they’d seen a water moccasin in the grass near the creek.”
“Arlene,” Maryann said, “maybe you shouldn’t let Bobby be there disturbing the area with that toy golf club.”
“No, my Bobby’ll be alright,” Arlene said. “He’s smarter than some dumb old snake.”
Both women jumped when they heard the terrifying scream and saw that Bobby was no longer on the walkway. They ran over to where Bobby had been looking for his ball.
Just as they got there, Bobby jumped up from the tall grass laughing and said, “Ha! I got you good!”
Written for this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers from Priceless Joy. Photo credit: Yinglan