I wish i didn't see what Mom Was Doing with snakes
I’d just turned the light out and put my head on the pillow when I heard my mom’s voice. The walls in our house are paper thin and I was surprised to hear her on the phone so late at night. She was giggling and sounded excited and I suddenly wondered if she was talking to a man. After the divorce she hadn’t dated anyone, and maybe this was exactly what she needed. I was almost asleep when I heard her say something weird and suddenly I wasn’t so tired anymore… “I don’t think one will be enough. I’d like to adopt three if that’s OK? Can I come and get them tomorrow? I’m so excited! What did you say the youngest one was called? Monty? Haha, what a cute name!” I couldn’t believe what I was hearing! My mom was adopting three kids??? I mean I could understand if she wanted to adopt a cat or a dog or something, but three human beings??? Wasn’t one enough?! After dad got married again last year, mom kinda went off the rails. She’d taken up flamenco dancing and started rock climbing, so I shouldn’t have been surprised by this news. But why didn’t she speak to me about it first? I really wanted to go straight through to her room and ask her what was going on, but she sounded so happy and I knew I’d just ruin her night with my anger. But she’d ruined my night...I was 16. Why would I want three kids running around. Ah, this was awful! The next morning I woke up and she had already left for work. I found a note on the kitchen table from her that said: Hey Jodie, Have a great day! I have a big surprise for you! See you tonight! Yeah it certainly was a big surprise! The worst kind of surprise!! And that day at school was terrible. The whole time I kept thinking about what awaited me at home. The sleepless nights ahead...I realised I didn’t even know if they were babies or kids...or wait...what if they were teenagers too? No! She wouldn’t dare! She’d seriously lost the plot. After school I decided to go to my friend’s house and hang out. The last place I wanted to go was back home. I kept checking my phone, expecting mom to call or text me, but she didn’t. She was obviously too busy with her three new kids, and had probably forgotten about me already!! Me and my friend started watching a new TV series and by the time we finished a few episodes, it was like 9pm! I walked home and was surprised to see all the lights out. I’d assumed I’d see three little humans running around the lounge, but the house was quiet. Mom must have had a long day. She didn’t usually go to bed so early. I was tired too, after my sleepless night, so I went straight to bed. So much for a surprise...maybe she’d changed her mind when she realised she wasn’t up for changing diapers again! I’d talk to her about it in the morning, and try and get her to come to her senses...But I’d left it a little too late for that... I fell asleep really quickly, but after a few hours I felt something cool on my pillow. I turned around to face the other way and then I felt this weird pressure on my neck. I figured it was my blanket, so I pushed it away, but then it got tighter. I started to panic...was I dreaming? I reached out for my lamp and turned it on in a panic. I was definitely awake...this was no dream! As soon as the light came on I realised it wasn’t my blanket around my neck...it was something cold and slimy and it was moving. I screamed at the top of my lungs. I screamed so much I probably woke up the whole street! Around my neck was a snake!!!!! And it wasn’t a tiny garden snake, it was a full on python and it was huge!! I couldn’t get it off my neck. I tried to pull it off but it’s tongue was right by my ear and it was hissing at me. What did the hissing mean? Was it going to bite me or try to swallow me whole? I was wrestling with it, but the more I tried to pull it off, the tighter it wound itself around my neck.
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