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No Matter How Much Jerry Hated His Tattoo, It Was There For Life- Flash Fiction
Jerry's parents warned him about getting a tattoo. He didn't listen, and he lived to regret it.
Jerry, a twenty-one year old medical student who is in his third year of studying physiology. He's wanted a tattoo for a long time, but his parents has warned him repeatedly that he would regret it when he got older. He's sick and tired of his parent's trying to run his life.
It's a sunny day and he's home on a summer break from college, and he's on his way down town to a little tattoo shop on Main St. He knows exactly what he wants, a red heart on his chest with ' The Esculapius Staff ( Caduces ) emblem
He feels a little nervous but tosses it aside as he enters the shop. Ken the tattoo artist approaches and asks him what kind of tattoo he wants? Jerry pulls a picture out of his pocket and tells him that is what he wants tattooed inside a red heart. Soon he is sitting in the chair and Ken is cleansing the area on his chest.
It took longer than he expected, but when he looked down and saw it he thought it was beautiful. It had been painful but bearable.
Jerry paid Ken and stepped out on the street feeling happy and content. He'd walked about two blocks when he felt a movement on his chest. He opened his shirt and saw the snake moving. He screamed and passed out on the pavement. People gathered around him, asking, " What happened? He told them that he had just gotten a tattoo of a snake emblem and it was alive and moving. They looked closely and started to laugh, assuring him, " You're seeing things, your tattoo is beautiful and it is not moving. His face turns beet red and he gets on his feet quickly and runs away from the laughing crowd.
Soon he feels the movement again. He opens his shirt and sees the snake is now curled up and to his complete surprise, the snake speaks. " Hi Jerry. I've been waiting for centuries to move about, and you must know that I'm highly poisonous, one bite and you're dead, so don't think about having me removed. You need not worry, I'll only move when no one else is around. Now, let's go show mom and dad. "