I can hear their eyes following me through
the mist. The scale-skinned escapees
from eras past. I envy their endurance, their
desire to thrive far surpasses my own. I whisper
a tentative welcome. Search
for the response . . .
Blink.
Blinkety Blink.
Blink.
Blink Blink.
Blue Blink.
Blink . . .
[a long uninterrupted silence ensues]
Blink. Blink.
B-B-B-Blink.
UnBlink.
Back Blink.
Blink.
Blink Blink Blink.
[a distant clock clicks . . . once . . . twice]
Blink.
The brilliant lights of my phantom fellowship bless
me. I wade deeper
into the water
and

wait.

“Counting Alligators in the Moonlight” was published in the 2013 edition of The Labletter.

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