She slithered up the tree branch inside her tank to watch the shopkeeper unlock the front door and turn the sign around.
Ding-a-ling. A little bell jingled as the first customer walked in.
“Hello, pretty bird,” the little girl cooed at a cockatiel. She cuddled the kittens and looked longingly at the angelfish. This girl wanted a pretty pet, Nadine could tell.
Nadine coiled around a branch to show off her glistening green skin, but the girl walked past her tank as quick as a wink.
“I don’t like snakes,” she said to her daddy. She chose a velvety brown puppy to take home.
Nadine’s heart sunk. Wasn’t she pretty enough?
A boy came in next. Nadine smiled to herself. Boys loved snakes. He poked at the puppies, rattled the rabbit cages and tapped on the turtle shells. His pink nose pressed up against the glass of Nadine’s tank.
“Ooh, I want a snake.” He counted the coins in his pocket and frowned. [Read more…]