Christmas Day & Fridays by David Barnato

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The leopard lay flat against the ground and perfectly still. The only thing that had given him away was his eyes reflecting back from the headlights of the bakkie. Uncle Rupert had stopped and he and my aunt Dianna exchanged a glance. “Wow!” Uncle said very quietly. Dianna didn’t reply, she sat perfectly still, utterly transfixed. To see a leopard on our farm was so unexpected, so improbable and yet there he was. We would later learn that there are in fact over fifty, known registered and even photographed leopards in the Boland. I looked over Uncles shoulder and I shivered with fear. This was a big cat. Too big for me to take on. Suddenly there was a flicker as his long tail moved slightly and then he turned and was gone, but in the seconds that the light still held him we saw him in all his glory. His body was a sort of creamy colour with dark rosettes that looked like spots. But it was his grace and agility that was so spellbinding. Like a great ballet dancer in animal form he seemed to melt away. “What a beautiful sight!” Exclaimed Dianna. “Magnificent.” Agreed my uncle. I just growled. I thought that he was terrifying!

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Published October 14, 2013 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 222 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment.