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Pat’s Tavern by Thomas J. CraneThe TrapThe explorer had left the village to go off on his own. As he walked along the path through the dense jungle overhead, the ground suddenly gave way. He found himself caught in what seemed to be a bottomless pit. Worse yet there were a number of sharpened wooden stakes pointing upwards and one of them penetrated his thigh. He could not move, let alone stand. He began to feel his life’s blood flowing out and soaking his trousers. He started to call out, but then realized he was miles from the village and it did no good. He began to except his fate in that he might bleed to death and there was no way to climb up and get out. The end result would be that maybe months or years from now someone might discover his remains and at least give him a proper burial.After a considerable time, he saw movement overhead and as it moved back and forth, he thought, “snake!” He then noticed that it appeared to be making a grasping movement and not only was it hairy and resembled a hand but it was attached to an even more hairy and massive arm. As the hand moved past him, he reached out and grasped it and the huge hand squeezed down on his so hard that he thought that it would crush his own. Suddenly, the arm gave a big yanking motion and up he flew only to find that he was standing and looking up at a towering ape. As the ape looked down at him, he felt as if he was going to collapse and with that the ape closed his arms around him so tight that he thought his ribs would break. He then looked up at the ape’s face and could detect what appeared to be a smile and large melancholy and understanding eyes. With that, the ape turned and ambled away and drifted off into the jungle.The explorer then removed his belt and drew it tightly around his leg in order to stop the blood flow. He then picked up a large stick to use as a crutch in order to make it back to the village were he would get medical help. As he struggled along, he suddenly realized that the trap was not set for him, but rather for the ape. “Had the ape known this as he witnessed the event?,” he asked himself. Perhaps he will never know.49

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