"GAAAAAAAHHHH!!! HOLY MOTHER OF...!!!"
I flap the dish towel in my panic.
"What? What is it?" Rissa asks.
"Okay, so you know how when you said that there was a cobra in the kitty litter?"
"I didn't say there was a cobra in the kitty litter," Rissa says, peeking around the corner from the stairwell. "I said that it was very AMMONIA-Y. Though that would be much worse than just the ammonia smell."
"So I had cobra on the brain. And then in my peripheral vision at the sink, I see this red slitted eye in the frother - which was obviously from a red-eyed serpent..."
"...Obviously..." She continues to scoop litter.
"...although why a serpent would choose to crawl into a frother is beyond me - so it made me jump..."
"...and scream..." She sprinkles the baking soda.
"...and scream. But on second glance it was a ladybug on the rim of the askew frother lid just peeking out."
"How could you confuse...?"
"Some serpents have red eyes."
I shrug. "The tormenting serpents do." I turn back to the sink to finish drying the-- "GAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!"
"Where is the ladybug now?"
"On the handle of the frother."
So, when I went hunting for a picture of a red eyed serpent to prove my hypothesis - this movie poster came up right away... and I would just like to draw everyone's attention to the RED eyes of the sea serpent...
"FABULOUS! SPECTACULAR! TERRIFYING!
The raw courage of women without men lost in a fantastic HELL-ON-EARTH!"
That there? 1950s pay dirt!
And there IS SO at least one type of snake that has red eyes - the Ruby-Eyed Viper.
Plus this one, which is pretty much the embodiment of the reason I was screaming in the first place. And if there were more spots on its eye it could totally be mistaken for a ladybug. Or vice-versa.