He slammed her petite body against the wall before planting a hand on either side of her head and coming down hard on her lips. Her arms wound up and into his hair as his body pressed against hers.

“Get a room!” someone called.

He pulled his head back, a smile on his face. “Your place?”

She shook her head. “My roommate is home.”

“So my place?” he asked.

She nodded, and he took her hand, pulling her away from the wall.

Half an hour later, he fumbled with the lock before the door swung open into the dark apartment. Not wasting time with lights, he picked her up, kicked the door shut, and carried her into the bedroom.

The next morning she awoke in the strange place. Smiling, she slowly remembered where she was as she felt his body move behind her.

“Good morning,” she whispered, starting to reach her hand behind her back to touch him.

“Good morning,” he chirped cheerfully as he walked into the room holding two cups of coffee.

The smile left her face as her hand continued its movement to land on an unfamiliar texture. Seconds later, she was dressed and fleeing his apartment, leaving her lover and his six-foot python on his bed alone and confused. Needless to say, this was not the kind of snake that she had been hoping to start her day with.

Whether it be snakes, lizards, ferrets, tigers, or potbelly pigs, this is the kind of subject that would usually come up in discussion on a first date, you would hope. All the more reason not to have a fling with someone you pick up at the bar. And even more reason not to walk into a dark room and take your clothes off.

Personally, if I knew a guy had a pet snake or lizard, there is no way I would go to his place because there is always a high likelihood of escape. I meant of the reptile, not me. God willing, I’d escape, too.

Do men with exotic pets have them because they strive to be different than the rest of us? Are they really actually drawn to snakes or lizards or birds? Were they impulse buys, or is the pet some kind of status symbol?

Reptiles aren’t very snuggly. The food you feed them might be snuggly, but the pets themselves aren’t. They are definitely a chick repellent. I hope you have a friend with mice in their house because you’re going to need a lot of them to feed the large reptiles every ten days for the next thirty-plus years.

Looking on the bright side, maybe these are guys who can actually commit. Some birds can live ninety years. Large snakes can live thirty years. Most kids move out in eighteen years so, in contrast, these exotic pets are a huge commitment.

If the guy gives the pet a safe and healthy life and doesn’t leave it in a cage, I’m all for his choice. I just would not make the choice to live with an exotic pet or, hence, the owner of one. But that’s just me. My little nugget of advice? As a part of practicing safe sex, ask what pets he has before you go to his place.

Happy dating!

Coming soon, Devil’s Elbow!

Harbor Springs, a tiny resort town in northern Michigan, has always been a resort area.  However, hundreds of years before it was known for sailboats and cottages, it was known for its hunting and fishing.

Kylie Branson thought she was getting a quiet day at the Good Hart Beach with her boyfriend and dog until an unusual visitor shows up.  When her dog, Cupcake, takes off after a fawn, Kylie and her boyfriend chase her to Devil’s Elbow, where they discover what appear to be human remains.  Intrigued by the unusual find and DNA results, Kylie delves into the history of the area and soon uncovers a secret that has been kept for hundreds of years, discovered, and then hidden again.  Could the Native American sign at the bend warning of an evil spirit and voices after dark be more than a legend?  Could there be a deeper meaning behind the local ghost stories, reported sounds of a drum, voices, and even apparitions?  Follow Kylie as she learns about the history behind the treacherous turn in the Tunnel of Trees known as Devil’s Elbow.

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