He was right – it was a cobra! The weak sun cast a faint shadow of the reptile on the ground.
He watched the snake’s shadow move as it lowered itself to the ground, and a frantic thought flashed through his mind. He heard the faint slithering sound again as it approached, and knew that it had to happen in moments!
He moved immediately he saw the snake’s head emerge, less than a pace to his right.
In one breathtakingly quick and fluid motion, he grabbed the reptile behind its head and flung it towards the two men to his far right. The snake still air-borne, he picked up a wooden spear and threw it at the man with the gun, aiming for his torso. Without waiting to see it hit target, he quickly rolled to his left and grabbed the next spear.
He heard screams of “Agwo! Agwo!” as he drew back his hand to throw the second spear, and he knew that the snake had landed on target. The two men to his left jerked up suddenly from their slouched, sleeping positions, and he aimed at the torso of the closer man who stared at him with eyes wide and mouth agape...
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