Words meant to scar and cripple slipped from the serpent’s tongue like the Pittsburgh Penguins experiencing a bad day on slick ice. They fell fast and furiously, yet they couldn’t break through the powerful barrier they confronted. One by one, insult after insult, they leaped forward like toads moving from one lily pad to another. However, the barrier she created was invincible, and nothing could break through it. Head held high and shoulders drawn back, she was like a giant castle set high upon a hill with a barricade surrounding her, granting no entry. No time for such nonsense. Like a vulture, the ugly words circled their target, only to return to where the snake lay in wait. This continued for a short while until the snake realized her efforts to sabotaage were useless. With a wave of a white rattle, the serpent finally gave up and slithered away.