As Sara reached out to throw the dice she saw a flicker on the Snakes and ladders board. Something had moved quickly on the surface. She saw it in the corner of her eye.
It’s your go, said her partner Jamie. Are you going to throw the dice?
Sara picked it up and threw a six. Across the board, six spaces. Her partner took the dice and threw a three. Base of a ladder and up to the fifth row. He chuckled.
Beat that he said. She threw again and again, always missing the ladders.
It’s not fair, she said.
He was almost on square one hundred now, top of the board. Sara was getting fed up.
Then she saw a flicker again. She looked at Jamie. Did you see that? No, what? He said.
Next throw, two, oh no! As she placed her counter onto the head of the snake, ready to move it down the body back to the bottom row she saw the Snakes tongue protrude from the board. It flickered against her fingers. She froze, shocked into a paralysis. She felt its fangs pierce her index finger, saw its mouth open into a black void. With impossible speed the snakes mouth raced up her arm, gaping wide it covered her head, with one single swallow her body disappeared into it.
I told you I’d win, said Jamie quietly, as he chuckled.