…of Lizards

I walked down to the river bank, darting my eyes around for any sign of human or animal presence. It was dusk. The breeze blew past my face into the trees, and the leaves rattled.
I turned left and right again. I was almost at the river bed. I stopped and waited for the water to rush down my feet and return to its space.

The first rush came with it a small lizard. I felt my blood boil. I looked quickly around for something to kill it with but met smooth sand. I hissed, then laughed.

The lizard turned and looked at me with narrowed eyes. I contemplated if I could crush it with my feet. It seemed to read my mind, and while I watched, it grew bigger. I stared hard.

I can still kill it now, I thought. It was just a slightly bigger lizard than my eyes were accustomed to seeing. I thought once more of raising my feet and crushing its red, hard head into the sand. It seemed to read my thoughts anew and metamorphosized into a bigger reptile.

I shrank back. The creature made no attempt to go back into the water from where it came, or to move away from me. My heart palpitated and my legs trembled.

The reptile raised its tail up and wagged it. I took a step back carefully as I’d seen in movies on how to make wild, raging beasts calm. It was no use. Pop! It grew bigger the size of crocodiles but with a far rounder shape and a bigger head. I shouldn’t have laughed, I thought. It was trying to intimidate me for belittling it with my laughter.

It retreated in slow steps into the water, then more steps till it was out of sight. I stood still and wondered how a lizard transformed itself into a gargantuan crocodile. I scouted the surface of the water for any sign of life. There were only the happy ripples attending to my question.

The water swashed down on my legs, waking me up from my trepidation. I turned my back to run out of the water’s reach and out of the beach

When…

A loud noise surged behind me. I turned to behold a colossal shape appearing from the middle of the sea. The sea was miniscule to it. The wet grounds cracked open like pods in Harmattan, the surrounding earth trembled, trees fell and I watched the most enormous lizard nod at me.

I ran blindly, desperate to make my way out. It stepped forward once and caught up with me. I fell with the trembling earth. It opened its abyss of a mouth and bent to me…

I woke up.

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