Thursday, March 25, 2010

Dune Days (VI)

We were driving, very fast, across a wide open sandy area when along the rapidly approaching horizon we saw these dark patches. We slowed down when we neared and I saw hundreds of what looked like miniature watermelons yellowing in the sun. They were scattered everywhere.

We jumped out of the car and I cut one open to see what they were like. The inside was white and smelled strongly of watermelon. I took a small bite and Tanya immediately turned to me and told me that these were poisonous, information that would have been more useful moments earlier.

The melon tasted bitter and I spit out the piece I had bitten off. This was probably why the camels we saw grazing earlier in the day had left this patch alone.

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