Ahhh, life is good. I’ve got people who get rid of snakes for me. They keep me safe under this beautiful glass house, where no birds can get at me. I have all the food and water I want, and even get plenty of cheese from time to time. When I feel like a good run, I jump in this wheel thing and just go at it with total abandon. Yup, life is pretty . . .
What was that?! A hiss? Coming from where?? No, I couldn’t’ be. My people got rid of the snakes, didn’t they? Unless they didn’t plug up all the holes leading into the house. Ohhhhh, no. It is a snake. I kind of see it now – its ugly little head gliding along the floor, long ugly body following. If I stay real still, it probably won’t see me. Can’t get up here on this high table, anyway, right? Maybe? Perhaps if I run behind my food bowl and wheel it won’t notice me up here.
Move along! Nothing to eat here. Aaaaeeeee, it knows I’m here! And, here it comes. Run! BONK! Stupid glass house. Pant, pant, run! BONK! Aaargh! What to do?? Where to hide?? Jump! Jump! Freeze.
It’s closer, closer. It’s just staring at me. It knows I can’t run. Just . . . can’t . . . stop . . . shaking. I back into the corner and sit back on my hind legs, and go still. If I have to face death, I will look it right in the eyes.
BONK! I shake my head and stare. What just happened? I grin. Well, as much as a mouse can grin. The stupid snake is kind of swaying a little. He hit the glass pretty hard and I was safe inside. Just to test my theory, I bounce a little and wiggle my nose at him. THWAP! That stupid snake hit his head even harder this time. Hilarious!! This day just went from awful to awesome.
I shimmy on up to the glass wall, right up in front of his little beady eyes. “You look so mad, you could just shed your skin right there.” Okay, as taunts go, that was kind of lame, but I’m just warming up. “Aaaah, don’t get your tail in a twist.”
I jumped up into my running place. “Look at me! I’m a meal on a wheel!” I ran even quicker. “Now, I’m fast food!”
“Thank you, thank you. I’ll be here all week – too bad you won’t be. Try the chicken. I mean, really, try the chicken cuz mouse ain’t on the menu.”
Just then, my people come home. I squeak to get their attention, and eventually the big man comes running over. He grabbed that sucker right behind its head and got rid of that snake. I just hope they plug up all the holes this time so he can’t get back in. Maybe, if he does, I’ll have some new and better material next time.