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Milky Thighs and Shady Snakes A romance that slithers into your heart Fiction by Celia Rivenbark Illustration by Harry Blair

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ornsby Pelletier hoped like hell that nobody would ever figure out that he slept with the giant reticulated python, Freddy, every night after he set the alarms at the serpentarium. Settle down. No funny business. Hornsby Pelletier was from an upstanding family of the Lower Cape Fear. OK, Burgaw, but not the kind of people that would do questionable things with big snakes after dark. That was the problem with everybody these days. Smutty minds. He heard it every day when he swept up the gum wrappers and tourist detritus that littered the sidewalk and lobby. The middle school boys were the worst offenders. They knocked on the Plexiglas cages that housed Hornsby Pelletier’s closest friends even though the 44

Salt • August 2015

The Art & Soul of Wilmington

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August Salt 2015  

The Art & Soul of Wilmington

August Salt 2015  

The Art & Soul of Wilmington

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