Friday, July 15, 2016

A Usurper’s Tale: The Saga of B30/B31

[It's more fun if read aloud...]

Today I shall tell you the tale of a lizard known as “Blue/Blue.” She’s actually called “Female, LeftB030/RightB031, Tree 3, Plot 1, 6/21/16,” but I know all that matters little you.
An Anolis lizard, she takes hails from the tropics, but of her many behaviors, female-female competition shall be today’s topic.

The Forest Scene for our story. 

When Blue/Blue’s name first came to be, she spent most of her days on a Tree called SP-3.
A modest sierra palm, she seemed happy enough, surrounded by neighbors, and insects, and a whole manner of forest-y stuff.
One of her neighbors, known to all as White/White, lived on Tree 4, but seems to have disappeared during one night!
Whether she carried her bags to a neighboring plot, or met a maniacal lizard cuckoo, I’m afraid we know naught.
Regardless of reason, there resulted a great tizzy, and we suddenly found our day of observations quite busy.

It would seem that Tree 4 is a great perching prize, as we found it was coveted by a great many eyes.
Green/White eyed the vacancy from Tree number 1, but decided it not worth the battle she might not have won.
Green/Green looked upon the great tree with envy, as she and White/White had never been friendly.
Orange/Yellow crawled down the base of tree 2, shook her head and thought “that’s just too much territory for you.”
Yellow/Yellow had always been restless, tree 5 being easy to defend and leaving her quite quest-less.
But it was Blue/Blue who moved quickly to claim the new prize, much to the surprise of neighborly eyes.

On the roots of Tree 4, Blue/Blue perched with pride, but soon found herself drawn to the other side.
Green/Green pranced about, exploring by root and by vine, not content to remain on her palm leaf and pine!
Blue/Blue took offense and began doing push-ups, as she had come too far and cared not for territorial screw-ups.
But it seemed her efforts would be drawn thin, as Yellow/Yellow scampered up seeking to join in!

Blue/Blue would not give up her prize so easily, as she was 45mm long and therefore not measly!
She push-upped, and dewlapped, and stuck her tongue out, daring her foes to seek other routes.
It seemed Yellow/Yellow would be first up to battle, her own pushups making her palm perch rattle.
They darted and bit and ran round in circles, and if lizard faces could show fatigue, they’d both have been purple!
It lasted ten minutes and filled me with fright, but eventually Yellow-Yellow gave up, and left the fight.
With wounded pride she slunk back to tree five, promising she’d be back when she felt more alive.

But the woes of Blue/Blue were far, far from finished, as Green/Green remained, causing a menace.
She push-upped and crawled closer, drawing Blue/Blue ever nearer, thinking her chance to own tree number 4 had never been clearer.
Drawing un-lizardly strength from her ectotherm soul, Blue/Blue quickly retaliated, never forgetting her goal.
Darting this way and that, she harried her opponent, declaring “This is my throne, and you shall never own it!”
She jumped to the palms that were Green/Green’s home turf, and incited an interaction that became quite a tryst.
Five minutes it lasted, all puffed chests and tongues out, as these two former neighbors battled it out.
Blue/Blue emerged triumphant and Green/Green did run, and with some victory push-ups she shouted “What, leaving the fun?”

She returned to her tree, all pride and all glee, taking stock of the goods in her new territory. 
She slept soundly that night, nestled amongst the leaves, thoughts of her triumphs filling her dreams.

It was good that she rested,
for as you all know,
the Usurper will always be tested,
by friend and by foe. 

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