Nap Time Erik lazily slithered back through the jungle, his eyes drooping and his upper half gently swaying. He felt ready to fall over and take a nice, long nap for the next week. Which was exactly what he was going to do once he got back to his baobab tree.He paused and gave a chuckle, glancing back around to the large lump in his tail. His prey had been settling down in his second stomach, now that it was being drowned in his digestive juices. But every now and then it would flail about or give a kick of some sort. Wriggling, struggling prey always made the large naga happy. He let the poor thing bounce and flip and squirm in his first stomach for a good hour before, as he usually did. Erik reached back and rubbed a hand over his full belly to calm the beast. Moments later, movement slowed. It submitted to Erik and accepted its role as his food, doomed to digestion to help nourish the naga's body. Erik gave as pleased grin, exposing his sharpened rows of teeth. "That's a good girl.
Sophie's Shop of Horrors“E-Erik?!” Sophie gasped. She couldn’t believe what she was seeing. Before her lay a huge, thick slab of brown and green, blotchy, scaly mass of muscle, that went up to her hips! The skin flinched at her touch and movement caught her eye. The whole room was nothing but a tangle of monster coils. It shifted and flexed and tightened and loosened until Erik’s head rose from somewhere deep within the sea of snake flesh. He gave her a sleepy stare and rubbed his big black eyes.“Sssss…Sssophie? Mmm…what issss it?” his slightly deeper voice asked. The girl gulped and began to shake. She was afraid of the answer to the question she was about to ask. In her mind, she knew the answer, but in her heart she didn’t want to believe that he…“W-Where’s Jill?” she squeaked.Now a little more awake, Erik could see the fear on her face. The taste of it lingered in the air when he flickered his tongue and the heat of her bo
The Lullaby"Your hair is really soft." Sophie said from her spot upon his back.Erik didn't respond. The naga simply continued to lay there, resting his head on his arms which were crossed in front of him.The air was humid and warm outside, but in the boabab tree, it was a little cooler. Especially for Erik, who was laying on the cool dirt. He was resting, not doing much of anything except listening to his little human talk while she played with his long hair."How do you keep it so soft, Erik? I've never seen you take a bath before." she added, rubbing a handful to her face. He barely felt it. She couldn't tell if he was sleeping or not, so she talked anyway, just in case."My Aunt Tilly used to tell me how soft my hair was when I was a baby and complain how stringy it is now. I never noticed. I like my hair, even when it's dirty and tangled."She paused and looked to the entrance of the tree. The light outside was dimming. Soon it would be nightfall and it would be pitch black. She frowned and
Why we call it a Storage StomachSophie was bored. In fact, she was beyond bored. In the humid mid-day in the swamp, while Erik was napping under a beam of sunshine through the treetops, Sophie was pitifully, dreadfully bored. There wasn’t much to do while her friend was asleep. He didn’t like her leaving the baobab tree, for fear that she would get lost or something. So she was stuck in the hallow to the large tree, with nothing to do.She had already searched out every nook and crane of the tree, all the secret cracks in the wall, all the underground tunnels made by the roots, every rock already overturned. There was nothing new to do. And she hated it.Being only a child, Sophie was very lively and playful and fidgety. She couldn’t sit still for more than ten minutes if she could help it. And if she was sitting, she had to be doing something, whether it be yanking up grass or pacing around or humming and swaying to a tune.She peeked out at Erik every two minutes, to see if he had woken up. He was