Once there was snake. He was a small snake that had hid in the tall grass, and contented himself with remaining there, seeing the same jungle of grass every day, eating the field rats the came by and drinking the morning dew. One day came along a field mouse, and the snake readied himself and pounced when the mouse wasn't aware, but all of a sudden its head snapped around and in the blink of an eye, it had leapt just out of the snake's reach. Determined, the snake pounced again, and again the mouse evaded him. Not to be defeated, the snake pounced and pounced after the mouse until he was blinded by a strange bright light... His eyes adjusted and before him an entirely new and beautiful world unfurled.
Over time, the snake got to know the critters beyond the tall grass, befriending them, and less fearful of leaving his home each day. But with time came age and with age came wear and tear. It was time for the snake to shed his skin. So he nestled himself between two rocks and steadily, h