Kaa and Mowgli: "Gotcha" (Part 1)
It was one of the hottest days of the year, when Mowgli decided to leave his village again and sneak into the jungle, to get some nice juice pawpaw-fruits. The sun was burning in the sky like she did for several days now, but this particular day, it seemed she tried to fry all things wandering the earth. Mowgli missed being in the jungle with his friends and he hadn't had a fruit like that in months. No one else in his village would wander miles for some fruits, so he just left the village by passing the small river nearby. The high trees and the leaves shielded him from the sun, but it was still very hot and humid. He only wore his red briefs and sweat was pearling down his bare skin when he made his way through the almost impassable jungle.
Not far, Kaa, the giant python made his way through the jungle, too, but on another level. He coiled himself around the thick branches of the trees and slithered towards a very strange, but somehow – familiar – scent. Although he couldn't figure out what kind of smell that was, he was drawn to it. The snaked tasted the air with his forked tongue… it was very near now… He peaked trough the dense foliage of leafs downwards to the ground. And there he was… the man-cub! It seemed as if it were years ago since he first met him. Kaa smacked his lips twice and brought his mighty body in position.
No fruit anywhere… Maybe it was the wrong time of the year. How stupid he felt when he realized that he never put a thought into that before he left. "Great, so I just walked out here for… nothing!", he said to himself. He went to the nearby river to take a rest and dipped his feet into the cool water. Sitting there, alone but "home", he felt different. In the village, everything had rules and they saw him as a kid. Out here, he was king of his own castle, without rules or boundaries.
Kaa lowered his head from the branch near the boy and positioned himself behind him. His head was close to Mowgli's right ear now. "Sssay, man-cub! Long time no… ssssee", he hissed. Mowgli, caught off guard turned around in terror and inhaled deeply. "What the…?", he yelped. Then, he recognized who had hissed in his ear. "Kaa! Oh great, that makes my day perfect!". Mowgli frowned and crossed his arms in front of his chest.
But Kaa decided to act quickly. He came closer and blinked. When he opened his eyes again, they filled with beautiful glowing colors, emitting from his pupils and soon, they filled his eyes. One color was followed by another, and another. "Ssssh, man-cub, no need to talk…", he said in his soothing voice.
Mowgli got assaulted by the hypnotic power of the snake, but he managed to close his eyes and turned away from Kaa. But he felt dizzy and his knees got wobbly. Covering his eyes with his hand, he yelled: "Stop that. I know exactly what you are trying to do! I won't fall for it this time. Just leave me alone!"
But Kaa had other plans. From behind, his tail snaked towards the boy and touched his back. With a quick movement, it coiled around Mowgli's chest once, twice – firm. "I just want to look at you, little one", Kaa cried and pulled the boy back. "We will have all the fun in the world!"
"Let me go! Or you'll regret it!", Mowgli shouted back. The tight grip of the snake pressed the air out of his lungs. With both of his hands, he tried to undo the deadly hold. Kaa used that moment to swing his head in front of Mowgli's unshielded eyes, his eyes still flashing with colors. "Jussst take a peak!", he commanded. Again, Mowgli looked at Kaa's eyes for a short moment before he managed to close them again. But he could feel the weakening effect of Kaa's eyes. The boys head nodded forward a bit and his legs buckled. Kaa swiftly moved his tail to the back of his left knee and back up around the branch. The coils around Mowgli's chest became thicker and thicker and the sensation of the snakes scales on his bare skin enhanced his unstable state. "Sto… stop that, Kaa!", he mumbled.
"Sssorry, no", laughed the python when he brought his tail back from the branch, catching Mowgli's right wrist. He pulled the boy off the ground very, very slowly. The sensation of being weightless almost was too much for the young child. "Open your eyessss, now, cub!", Kaa whispered again. Mowgli, who had troubles concentrating, opened them by a hairline. With a big smile, Kaa saw the movement and lowered his head once again. His eyes pulsated and spirals in them moved slower now but they hit the boys mind as intended. "A bit more… if you pleassse!", the snake commanded. It took a lot of energy, but Mowgli managed to open his eyes a few more inches. Then the colors washed away the last bit of resistance in him. His whole body relaxed every muscle. His jaw fell ajar, his head tilted to one side. And then, the huge snake pulled Mowgli up into the trees crown…