Run and Leap

Good Man stared at the king-sized bed. “How are we supposed to get into this thing?”

I stood next to it. Our bed at home doesn’t even reach my knee. This hotel room’s bed went past my knee, past my hip, and fell at about my natural waist. “I dunno, climb up?”

“By what, standing on a chair?”

“Maybe you can run and leap.”


‎”‘Do not handle snakes. A dead snake can bite and envenomate you with a reflex action for 20 to 60 minutes after its death,'” I read to Good Man from Appalachian Trail Guide to Shenandoah National Park: With Side Trails. I closed the book. “Oh my God, snakes are zombies!”