on travel, thoughts, and the art of short fiction

Night Shift

In Mozambique on April 1, 2008 at 4:55 am

I have no idea how I am going to sleep. I am making myself crazy!!!! I’ve been sitting here researching and identifying all of the nasty bugs that I’ve seen. It turns out the giant tropical centipede that I found in my room last week is poisonous and can inflict a sometimes paralyzing bite. One was in the bath hut with me this morning too. Isn’t that fantastic!

Furthermore, the lovely tarantula-cousin spider that paid me a visit last night is a nocturnal hunter with a painful bite considering that their fangs are very large like elephant tusks and consequently quite strong. So in two hours, when night falls I will be paralyzed with fear underneath my mosquito tent praying that I won’t have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Praying for a miracle, to be knocked out completely from six in the evening to six in the morning so that I see nothing and have no more bad experiences.


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