Mangoes and Snakes

Santiago Dominguez liked efficiency. That’s why he simply shot his political opponents in the jungle. Quick. Efficient. Dominguez’s true cruelty emerged when it came to the opponents’ children.

That’s how Emiliano found himself chained in the upper room of an abandoned missionary’s home. Water leaked from the roof after daily rains. He wouldn’t die of thirst. Mangoes, barely within reach, grew in the single tree outside the window.

“He’ll starve slowly,” said Defense Minister Serrano, looking up at the window.

“No,” sniggered Dominguez. “The huge snakes that climb that tree will eat him within a week.” He offered a sly smile. “I must feed my constituents, you see?”

Seventeen years later, a young man entered El Presidente Dominguez’s bedchamber. He moved fast as lightning, like a snake. In an instant, Dominguez’s bodyguards were dead.

Dominguez spat up blood, slowly dying from a belly wound. “What is this?” he coughed.

“A message from your constituents,” growled Emiliano.

“I know you!” gasped Dominguez.

“Yes. You abandoned me in the jungle, Gilipollas! ”

Dominguez gazed at his dead bodyguards, ostensibly the most dangerous men in the world. “But…how?”

Emiliano smiled. “What do you expect? All you left me to eat was mangoes…and snakes.”
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Written for FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER: https://flashfictionforthepracticalpractitioner.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/flash-fiction-for-the-purposeful-practitioner-2017-week-20/

Author’s Notes:

Gilipollas (Spanish curse word): Used frequently to describe bastards, the word ‘Gilipollas’ is simply served as a retorting cuss. When someone pisses you off, or even teases you, you would call him a ‘Gilipollas’. Translated literally, ‘gili’ comes from a latin word meaning ‘son’.
https://www.wildjunket.com/top-10-spanish-swear-words/

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About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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13 Responses to Mangoes and Snakes

  1. Hee hee! Great punchline! Er – I wonder if snakes taste of chicken?

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  2. Lyn says:

    Why didn’t the Emiliano bring a giant snakes with him and let it eat Dominguez? That would have been a fitting end to him. Have you ever seen the movie Sssssss? it was made in 1973 and stared Strother Martin, Dirk Benedict and Heather Menzies. Absolutely terrified me. My daughter and I watched it when she was about 11 and after it, neither of us wanted to sleep alone that night 😀

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    • EagleAye says:

      Oh yes, I do remember that one. Who could ever forget Strother Martin (“What we have here is a failure to communicate”)? That was a fun movie. I don’t blame you for not wanting to sleep alone after it. It was pretty horror for the time.

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  3. athling2001 says:

    Karma is a bitch!

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  4. luckyjc007 says:

    Can’t get out of my the mind the thought of eating mangoes…and snakes at any time, let alone for 17 years! Revenge can and did prove to be deadly!

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    • EagleAye says:

      Yeah, I think that limited diet left him with a surly disposition. 😉 I think anyone who eats only snakes (especially if he has to kill them first with bare hands) is likely to be temperamental at best, and certainly…vengeful. 😉

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  5. Joy Pixley says:

    Fabulous last line! Although it took Emiliano long enough, if he was already eating snakes in childhood. What, did he get lost on the way to Number 1, Revenge Plaza? 😉 Or maybe he was working his way up the chain of command.

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