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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