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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Risk (05/17/12)

TITLE: Skinking By
By darlene thompson


Around our house we are surrounded by woods filled with bears,
bobcats, coyotes, wild turkeys, squirrels, raccoons and red tail hawks. Usually, the animals remain in the woods.

One day I was busy preparing a meal and suddenly shocked to find myself looking at a blue-tail skink. The skink is lizard-like with deep blue strips on each side of its body. In addition to their beautiful color, they are very swift. The skink sat perfectly still pretending I could not see him beside my refrigerator. Because of his speed, I knew I had to make one lunge and be deadly accurate in scooping him up. I saw some bubble wrap near by. I thought if I could toss the wrap over him I could grasp him and release him to the outdoors.

Slowly I eased up to him with the bubble wrap. Quickly I tossed it over him only to see him dive under the refrigerator. Now I had another dilemma. I grabbed my yardstick and ran it back and forth under the refrigerator. After about ten minutes of poking under the refrigerator, I gave up. I needed to attend other chores. I left the kitchen and re-entered several times hoping I would see the skink.

Finally, I returned to the kitchen. There sat the skink beside the kitchen door. He was trying to find a way out. This time I grabbed two towels and sneaked upon him. He bolted for the corner of the kitchen. I blocked his escape with one towel. This forced him to return to the door. I had the other towel ready to toss over him. He dashed toward me and I threw the towel. I tried to pick him up but he slitered out of the towel and ran for the door. With a towel in one hand and with my other hand I grabbed the doorknob. I opened the door. The skink made a bee-line for the backyard. As he sped away, he looked back at me as if to say, "I risked my life to see the inside of your house but I prefer cool slime and mud much better. So much for my risk-taking experience!"

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/25/12
This is a great story. I've never heard of a skink but you did a great job describing it. I did wonder if it was poisonous at I can google that. The enduing was a delight. I could picturea thought bubble above the critter's head.
C D Swanson 05/25/12

I so loved this funny story. I was laughing so hard at the MC trying to get the creature out from under the refrigerator! Hilarious.

I loved how it escaped and turned around. It was probably saying, "This lady is dangerous... what was she thinking with the stick and bubble wrap?" Priceless!

Thanks. God Bless~
Mildred Sheldon05/28/12
What an amusing story. I've been there, but it was a little green lizard, and they are fast. I laughed at the MC's dilemma and the lizards look as if to say, well I'll be. Thanks for sharing and God bless.
Sandra Renee Hicks 05/29/12
Hi -

I'd never heard of a skink either - quite interesting.

Your kitchen adventure sure put some skinky drama in those unexpected minutes.

My vote is that you find that skink and put him on dish washing duty or some other chore
as penance for its disruption of your kitchen activities.

The nerve of that creature - - chuckles.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/31/12
Congratulations for placing 9th in level two!