#3 – Oedipus Rex

Boy am I pissed! Oedipus has gone missing and all signs point to Sophia as the guilty party. Oedipus is my pet iguana, named after the ancient Greek king who married his mother and killed his father.  Not that I condone such behavior. No, I just thought it fitting to put all the money my parents spent on a degree in Greek history to some use. 

Sophia’s had it in for Oedipus since the day I brought him home last year.  As I recall, her first words on seeing him were: “The only way that lizard stays in this house is in the form of a wallet!” Nonetheless, she vehemently denies any involvement in his disappearance.  But she’s the one with opportunity and motive, especially after last week’s lip-lock fiasco. 

Sure, she claims she was simply making friends with him yet she clearly didn’t know when to quit. Oedipus behaved the perfect gentleman when Sophia rubbed his flank.  And when she chucked his chin, he even nuzzled her fingers.  She should’ve stopped there.  I know I would’ve.  Instead she took liberties, ones which – I might add – understandably went unappreciated. She kissed the iguana on his mouth; in my opinion an assault no different from a man shaking hands with a woman he barely knows, and then grabbing her breast!  The obviously-affronted Oedipus reacted somewhat like the woman would in such a situation; he bit Sophia’s lip … and then dangled from it like a bizarre tribal ornament. 

The timing of Oedipus vanishing from sight the very next day did not escape my notice.  And in hindsight, I’m also starting to wonder about that evening’s supper entrée.  Sophia had never cooked “barbecued pulled chicken” before, and I suspect she’ll never have to cook it again either.

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Comments

#3 – Oedipus Rex — 2 Comments

  1. The male of the species iguana iguana is properly called a garrobo. Under the circumstances described he will bite. What I find difficult to believe is Sophia’s behaviour. I would also question her ability to properly barbeque a garrobo. The meat can be quite tough and they are more often made into soups or stews. Lengthy simmering would probably be needed before the meat could be pulled to be grilled. If she did all this, then to make me, as a reader, believe it, more information about Sophia needs to be provided.

  2. I showed your comment to my wife.  She now cites it as further proof she did not assassinate my iguana and serve him for supper.  Having never dined on iguana (or any other lizard) before, the most I’m willing to say is “maybe.”

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