- Vol. 03
- Chapter 05
There’s a bad smell in the room and I’m right up close to a thing I’ve never seen before. We’re on the floor, nose to nose. It twitches. I copy. It’s hunkered down. I copy. I put my arms by my sides, my chin on the floor, fold my legs underneath me. I see a long scaly tail swing out from behind it. I copy, with one leg. But I fall over. It doesn’t seem to care. It quivers. It skitters about. I copy. I graze my chin. I get my arms and legs in a muddle, which hurts. I howl. My nose gets wet. It jumps. It sniffs. I copy. (The sniffing part.) It runs out sideways, low on the floor. I copy and get carpet burns. I’m larger than it. Most things are larger than me. It keeps moving. I keep moving too, but I can’t move as fast as it. I keep falling over. Which it doesn’t. It gets itself behind me and sniffs. I copy. (The sniffing part.) It pulls and pushes. Rips and tears. Starts to eat. Which tickles so I giggle. The smell in the room is rank now, and I can’t copy any more because I can’t get there. But I don’t care. It has pulled off my nappy and it’s cleaning up the mess. Thank goodness.