Chapter 26

Besidethewell,therewasaruin,anoldstonewall. WhenIcamebackfrommyworkthenextevening,Icaughtsightofmylittleprincefromadistance. Hewassittingontopofthewall,legsdangling. AndIheardhimtalking. "Don’tyouremember? "hewassaying. "Thisisn’texactlytheplace! "Anothervoicemusthaveansweredhimthen,forhereplied, "Ohyes,it’stherightday,butthisisn’ttheplace..." 

Icontinuedwalkingtowardthewall. Istillcouldneitherseenorhearanyone,yetthelittleprinceansweredagain: "Ofcourse. You’llseewheremytracksbeginonthesand. Justwaitformethere. I’llbetheretonight." 

Iwastwentyyardsfromthewallandstillsawnoone. 

Thenthelittleprincesaid,afterasilence, "Yourpoisonisgood? You’resureitwon’tmakemesufferlong?" 

Istoppedshort,myheartpounding,butIstilldidn’tunderstand. 

"Nowgoaway,"thelittleprincesaid. "Iwanttogetdownfromhere!" 

ThenIlookeddowntowardthefootofthewall,andgaveagreatstart! There,coiledinfrontofthelittleprince,wasoneofthoseyellowsnakesthatcankillyouinthirtyseconds. 

AsIdugintomypocketformyrevolver,Isteppedback,butatthenoiseImade,thesnakeflowedoverthesandlikeatricklingfountain,andwithoutevenhurrying,slippedawaybetweenthestoneswithafaintmetallicsound. 

Ireachedthewalljustintimetocatchmylittleprinceinmyarms,hisfacewhiteassnow. 

"What’sgoingonhere? You’retalkingtosnakesnow?" 

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