by M. J. Joachim
Xenosaurus Platyceps made his way off the rocks to stow away on the trading ship Xebec. After so many years of hiding in the rocks of Xichú, Mexico, he was tired and scared of always being stepped on. Xenosaurus watched hundreds of xenops die at the hands of tradesmen. The sailors used xiphoid arrows in their bows to catch and eat their prey.
Using their skills of xyloglyphy, sailors would carve miniature totem pole symbols in the bones of the birds after they ate them.
It was a dangerous proposition for Xenosaurus to make his way onto the beach, swim out in the ocean and climb the Xebec. Still, he had to try. His one dream in life was to visit the fields of xeranthemums and xanthismas in the United States. He was so old now and he wanted to die among the flowers.
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