Several weeks ago, early November, Breanna lost her snake. She had left a clip off of his cage. We tore the house apart looking for him…we tore it apart again. We had to stop looking. She has been heartbroken over it ever since. The slightest mention of him would bring a scowl to her face and you could tell it made her sad to think of him. She loved that snake. She covered his cage with a black cloth. Over time she believed him to be dead. She mourned him.
(My belief had always been that he got out of the house and was living a happy life in the cornfields nearby. Dave believed he would show up sooner or later)
Last night I had a really weird dream in which every roof in our house was just springing leaks left and right and rivers of water were coming from our ceilings. Same dream, I was laying in bed and looked up and spot Akuji and grab him and run to put him in his cage but it is filled with mud and a big intruder snake is there so I grab it and I have a snake in both hands and I start yelling for Dave to come help me get the cage cleaned out…I don’t remember anything after that.
This morning I read the pets section in the classified ads and there was an ad for a snake similar to Breanna’s…there are rarely EVER ads for that snake in the paper. I was going to tell Breanna my dream but then decided not to since it would probably depress her.
Dave and I were doing laundry and when I went downstairs to put in a load of whites, I noticed that there was a white sock by the sub pump so just as I bend down to grab it I spot something odd near the sub pump well and I was in awe. It was Akuji. My heart starting beating like mad, but I remember moving real slow and saying Dave’s name. I was certain that if I touched him he would move so fast I would never catch him, or that…he would not move at all. So I gently placed my hand on his “back” and wrapped my hand around his body. He was SOOOO cold. I thought he was dead. I picked him up and as soon as I lifted him off the ground, he turned around and looked at me with those cute little red eyes and stuck his tongue out as if the say….oh, it’s you.
Dave had not quite figured out what was going on until I turned around with my hands full of our scaley, beautiful friend. He looked stunned! The first thing we both do is start screaming Breanna’s name and I run for the stairs. She gets to the top of the steps seconds before me and I am just saying her name and she is saying “What? What?” because she is not thinking to look for a snake she does not see it until I shove my hands in her face. She now has the stunned look, grabs him up and “hugs” him saying “OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD” and she just goes and sits down and is crying and hugging her snake all at the same time and saying thank you to me over and over again.
It has been a grand reunion. Breanna has not put him down. I know some of you may find this silly, but we really love our animals here…even the no legged ones. It was a very emotional moment for us.
Let me tell you this: I don’t know that I would have SEEN Akuji if it had not been for the dream, and the newspaper ad keeping him on my mind today. To be quite honest, my laundry room is not particularly the cleanest and right next to the sub pump well, and where most of Akuji was laying next to, were two red tool boxes…for those who don’t know him, Akuji has quite a bit of red in him.