Bam! “That ought to scare him off, right Harry?”
“Wow, you are brave, whacking that stick on the branch! I wouldn’t dare get that near. I think it may it may be poisonous and I hate snakes anyway. Let’s go down the other way.”
“But Harry, this is the shortcut, and it’s hot. I’ll just crack it one more time and maybe it will crawl back up into the tree.”
“Or it will come down and eat us!” Both boys started giggling at the funny thought but also from a nervous excitement. Dare Jack hit the branch so close to the large snake or should they just go the long way around?
“Hisssssssss”, as the snake wound up and struck a threatening pose. The boys decided the long way around would be fine.