It’s been almost a week since the incident. There was a funeral for Ryan and the police had caught professor Joe Craven, who has been accused for the murder of Ryan Grande but was sent to a mental institute instead of spending a life sentence in jail because he had been declared insane by the court. He was rambling about the monster having eaten his partner, but most believed that he was just making up a story to hide the suspicions behind her disappearance. While Mary Craven had been marked as ‘missing’, Joe Craven is currently serving the rest of his life in a nut house.
As for Natalee, she was still in her old summer house, grieving over the loss of her brother. The poor girl had been sitting in the kitchen with nothing but her favorite drink, raspberry lemonade, and a photo album full of her family’s pictures. She had been in a daze ever since she woke up an hour ago at 6 AM, staring at the pictures of her childhood photos.
She got up from her chair and headed to the fridge to get something to eat, and when she opened the fridge door, the young lady realized that there wasn’t a lot of food. There was barely even anything left in the sauce bottle. Natalee slapped her head and remembered that she hadn’t done any grocery shopping recently. With a sigh, Natalee got up and fetched her coat, purse, and a gun for protection before heading out.
Deep in the forests, the scaly monster was resting up in a tree, his coils dangling from the branches as the beast snoozed in the shade of the collected leaves. However, his sleep was disturbed when he felt the painful pangs beneath his ribcage again, crying out in agony once more before falling from the tree onto the ground.
When he fell, a yelp was heard. The creature felt that he had landed on someone and got up to see that it was that girl from a while ago, now face down against the ground. He was shocked to see this, and looked around to see if anyone else was nearby to make sure that she was alone.
“Ugh…” Natalee grunted, slowly trying to get up. The monster’s weight was quite massive, and it left quite an impact on the girl.
“You!” the creature said in a gravelly, growling voice, getting the human’s attention. Her eyes widened the moment she saw the scaly being once again, panicking while backing up against the tree.
“What are you…” he groaned again from the pain, his hand over where it hurt. “What are you doing here, human? And without your escort?”
“Please…” the girl tried to reason with the angry beast, her eyes noticing that his tail coiled around her. “I-I don’t want any trouble. I was just heading for town.”
He stood over the terrified human, his shadow looming over the poor thing. Natalee could then hear a low rumble coming from within his snake tail, and she saw a look of hunger in the creature’s blue eyes. “Uh, I should be going right now.”
“What’s the hurry?”
“I need groceries.”
“Food.” She grinned nervously. “I really need to go right now.”
The young woman tried to pull herself out of his coils, but they tightened, restricting her movements.
“Don’t think that I will let you go that easily.” He huffed. “I still haven’t forgotten about what your boyfriend did to me.”
“No, no, no!” she began to panic, trying to reach for her gun. “L-Let go right now!”
“How dare you speak to me that way, you insolent…” his speech was interrupted when Natalee’s arm managed to slip out with her gun, pointing her weapon at the ferocious monster.
Her finger started squeezing the trigger, but her gun was snatched up by the creature, who held it out of her reach. And with one hand did he snap the gun open, shaking out the bullets and then stuffing the broken gun into his mouth, swallowing it. The brunette was definitely in big trouble now.
“Not very smart.” The reptile glared, showing off his razor sharp teeth. The end of his tail curled around the human’s neck, the girl realizing to her horror what was going to come next. With her defenses all down and her chances to escape gone, it seemed that Natalee was fated to end up a meal for the voracious snake, and she closed her eyes tight as she embraced herself for what was going to happen.
But instead of feeling his tail twisting her head or crushing her neck, Natalee heard shouts of pain. As a matter of fact, the restriction of his coils were looser as well, giving her the advantage to escape. She opened her eyes to see what was going on and saw the snake man writhing on the grass, his hand over his ribcage and his back arching upwards. By the looks of it, the creature was suffering from a wound, but there weren’t any injuries around his humanoid half, then she realized from his tail that there was no wound there, either. She knew that’s where her brother stabbed him, but it had vanished completely now.
As she watched, Natalee noticed that the monster was gradually getting smaller, his scales disappearing and his tail shrinking. Judging by how louder his screams were, the process was causing him a lot of harm, especially when his tail started splitting into two.
Backed against the tree, all Nat could do was watch with fascination and horror as the reptile painfully transformed. His split tail gained joints and little toes were forming at the ends, and his smoothened skin changed from a ghost white complexion to a fair, peachy color. His sharp teeth was changing in shape as well, flattening them into square-shaped pearls, and his eyes went from a iris-less, sharp pupil in a blue-green background to a pair of round blue-green orbs with circular pupils.
The creature’s suffering had ended and the transformation had been complete. He now laid on the ground no longer a giant snake monster, but a human. Natalee was in shock from what she had just witnessed, unsure if what she just saw was real.
Struggling to sit up, the now human male saw the woman sitting against the tree, staring at him. He was baffled at her reaction until he looked down to see that his body had been replaced with a human’s, much to his horror. “Wh-What… on earth?” the raven-haired man wasn’t taking this very well, trying to stand on his hind legs but ended up falling back to the ground on his new knees. He looked back at the girl, confused and terrified.
“I-I didn’t do anything.” Natalee shook her head, denying that she had something to do with him turning into a human.
“Of course you didn’t do anything.” He snapped. “No human has the ability to use magic unless it were taught to them.”
She was a little annoyed by his stingy personality towards her.
“What happened, then?”
“I am not sure…” he grunted, unable to get back up. The woman started to feel sorry for the helpless man and approached him with caution in case he tries to hurt her.
“Let me help you up.” she offered a hand, but he growls at her, threatening the brunette to stay away.
“Why would you help me after what I tried to do to you?” he glared, not trusting the human while rubbing his cold arms. His original body could withstand cold weather, but in this condition his body couldn’t stand it.
“Let me ask you this.” Nat crossed her arms. “Who else will help you?”
She made a good point there. With reluctance, the man took his hand out and she helped him up. “If you try anything to me, you will deeply regret it.” He warned her in a serious tone.
“I promise not to do anything bad to you.” Natalee replied. “But in return, if you do manage to turn back into… whatever you were before, you spare my life and leave me be.”
“You…” he should’ve seen this coming when she offered to help. “Fine, you have my word. It’s only fair.”
“Good.” She nodded. “Now, let’s get you home. You’re shaking like a leaf.”