Living with it
The snake is still in the house, it hasn't gone away, it could come back into view at any moment.
The first time he saw it, it was a shock. He froze, glanced around for a weapon or a way out. During the day he found it hard to keep his gaze from going back to it. When it slid into the shadows at night he slept lightly and woke abruptly before dawn.
As time passed he got used to living with a snake, used to putting his feet up on the couch when relaxing on a hot afternoon, used to checking the shower before stepping in. He only rarely turned on the lamp he had set out to illuminate the dark corners.
One day he realised that even if there were no snake in the house it would be easy enough for one to slither in from outside, maybe without him even noticing.
the test results come back
Blithe Spirit Vol 30 No 4 November 2020