The Protector

Lakshmi Bhat

Photo prompt courtesy Lakshmi Bhat

I stood glaring intensely at Teddy, willing him to follow me to the other end of the garden, but he just refused to budge. I fumed with anger and frustration. Why couldn’t kids understand anything?

Taking deep breaths, I brought myself under control. There HAD to be a way to get Teddy to where I wanted him. Out of sheer frustration, I jumped high, and performed a double black-flip. If that didn’t catch his attention, nothing would.

Teddy’s cute, round eyes grew huge as he saw my acrobatics. I knew I had him then.

I scampered ahead, and Teddy followed. For my plan to work, timing was everything, so I often stopped to smell the roses.

And then, I saw Teddy’s parents come out for their morning tea.

Things happened in rapid succession now.

Teddy tried to lift up the snake next to his parent’s chairs.

His parents shrieked.

I entered the melee, and bit the snake into two.

Maybe I should have told Teddy’s parents that the snake had been lying dead there since last night, but then, Teddy’s Mom wouldn’t have told his Dad, “Rikki Tikki Tavi has saved our Teddy’s life, he must come back to us.”


200 words.

Written in response to Sunday Photo Fiction – March 10, 2019, hosted by Susan Spaulding.

About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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5 Responses to The Protector

  1. Abhijit Ray says:

    Who are you Rikki Tikki Tavi?

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