Pablo the goat came over all Diablo when a slimy snake slithered under his hoof.
‘Cotton-picking son of a slitherer!’ yelled Pablo, who up until now had never uttered a word in his life.
‘Rattle’ rattled the snake.
‘Enough of that,’ yelled Pablo as he brought his hoof down on the rattling snake’s rattling spine. ‘And take that too,’ he yelled again, bringing his other hoof down to silence the rattler for good and for bad.
The desert fell silent. The moon glowered like a shiny spoon and Pablo began to eat the snake.
‘What’s come over me,’ he thought. ‘I’m normally a peace loving chap and I’ve always been an herbivore.’
The desert stayed quiet and offered no reply but a ball of dry prairie grass rolled by until Pablo ate that too.


About dogsbodiesandscumsters

Alan McCormick has been writer in residence at Kingston University’s Writing School and for InterAct Stroke Support, a charity employing actors to read to stroke patients. His fiction has won prizes and been widely published, including the Sunday Express and Salt’s Best British Short Stories 2015. His story collection, with micro-fiction inspired by Jonny Voss's pictures, 'Dogsbodies and Scumsters', was long-listed for the 2012 Edge Hill Prize. Alan has recently completed his second collection, Wild in the Country, as well as a memoir, Holes. See more of Alan and Jonny's collaborations at www.scumsters.blogspot.co.uk.
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