Where am I?!; is the first thing that goes through your mind after you've opened your eyes.
You're surrounded by huge trees and thick, green bushes. You blink perplexed, aren't you supposed to be [insert former whereabouts and occupation here] and now you're in this vast jungle, for that is what you have confirmed.
You can hear the sounds of distant and nearby animals, the rustling of plants on the ground and leafs high above your head. And then the heat hits you. It is a dry heat that makes it hard to breath for the first few seconds. The air seems to be thick around these parts, almost like you can cut it with a knife…but you have no knife with you. In fact, all you are wearing is [insert sparse clothing here].
How the hell did this happen?!
You are confused, but strangely not afraid. There has to be an explanation why you're here.
After some more wondering inspection of your new environment you decide that there is no point in just standing around. Driven by curiosity you start to walk into the only direction that doesn't seem to be blocked by the flora of this jungle.
You keep on walking, always keeping an eye out for signs of civilization or human settlements in general, but this place seems untouched and so natural that you could swear it hasn't been discovered yet.
You don't know how long you have been walking, but it feels like it has been hours. The heat starts to take its toll, you are bathed in sweat and the wind isn't enough to cool you off. Right then, you realize that you can't wander aimlessly through this place. You look up the trees and search for a spot that would be reachable and high enough so you could get some kind of overview.
It doesn't take you long to find a suitable branch on a huge tree. You start climbing and thanks to the rough bark it isn't as hard as you had anticipated, since you find several excesses you could hold on to. Still, you're exhausted when you reach the solid branch. You breathe heavy and your sweaty fingers are red due to the effort when you clawed them into the edged wood, but you made it and a mild breeze rewards you with some cool air. After you caught your breath again you sit down at the verge of the bough, your legs dangling in the air.
All right, now I have to…; you start to ponder, but the rustling of leafs above you interrupts your thoughts.
You look and get up, stepping away from the origin of the noise.
" My, my…what do we have here?", a hissing voice asks and some leafs are pushed aside by something coming down.
" A lossst human it ssseemsss."
You have recognized that voice right away yet you couldn't believe it of course. But as soon as you see the expected owner you couldn't help but yell surprised:
The huge serpent furrows his brow and eyes you from head to toe.
" Have we met?"
You're still too taken by surprise to respond. After a second and closer look you are sure that this is the famous Disney snake, the one that is always hunting for…
Oh crap…; you think alarmed.
" No anssswer, hm? Well, I'm sssure I will remember."
Then the snakehead starts to move closer to you.
" I'll jussst need to take a clossser look."
When you see the two huge yellow eyes approaching you immediately turn away. You are aware of what he will do and though you always wanted to know what it would be like to be hypnotized by Kaa you can't take the risk. Unlike Mowgli you are in the disadvantage that you have no Bagheera around to bail you out should he succeed, but admittedly the temptation is great.
" You don't want me to look at you?"
Those were the exact same words he said to Mowgli during their second encounter in the movie. You remember the scene as clearly as day and also that he would use his tail to turn your head towards him.
" Then…", he began and sure enough, you suddenly feel something on your head.
" …you look at m-…"
" No way!", you declare and at the same time brush his tail away before you balance over the branch to the tree trunk to get down to the ground again.
" How rude!", you hear behind you as you start your way down.
As you descend to the ground you can't believe that you just met Kaa, even if it was for a brief moment. You really would have liked to talk to him a little more and of course experience his hypnotic ability first hand, but you know that would have ended badly for you. It is simply too dangerous if his powers are anything like in the movie, all it takes is one careless moment.
The ground is now close enough for you to jump and after you do so you land steady on your feet. A throbbing in your hands makes you look down. They are even more reddened then before and here and there splinters from the wood have pierced your skin. With your sight set on your hands you turn around, when you look up however…
" Not ssso fassst…"
…you stare directly into the eyes of the waiting python. They have already changed and you behold the famous hypnotizing colors from the movie for yourself now. And just like you have thought, a careless moment is all it takes.
Instinctively you try to close your eyes, but instead they widened on their own when met with the luminous circles of Kaa.
" Look into my eyesss...", he hissed as he moves his gaze directly in front of you.
You want to look away or cover your eyes, anything to avoid being hypnotized, but you simply can't. The worst part however is the longer you're being exposed to the enchanting rings the more your resolve crumbles. One moment you know of the danger and in the next the notion is swept away by the pulsating pattern in the eyes of Kaa.
All of a sudden you feel light-headed and all strength is starting to leave your body with every shining color that enters your mind. Your arms and your head become heavy, your knees begin to shake and you know that if this continues you will be completely immobilized.
" K-…Kaa…", you mumble and are scared how faint your voice already sounds.
" Hush little one…jussst look deeper…", he insists in a frightening emphatic tone, his eyes now directly before yours.
A yellow circle flashed, followed by a blue one.
There was nowhere else to look and from one moment to the other you ask yourself why should you look anywhere else? …your mouth opens in sheer amazement.
A green circle, then a blue one again.
You were afraid a second ago, but can't remember of what. …your shoulders drop and your arms dangle motionless beside your body.
Again a yellow circle, then a green one again.
So beautiful and…and…an-…
You fail to finish the thought. Suddenly it is hard to think straight, to connect your thoughts how you should. You begin a notion but just before it could make sense to you it somehow melts away, but strangely you don't mind. However, the burden of the messy chaos in your head is immediately pushed away by the enlarging colors that are about to become your whole world. You simply have to let go…
" Relaxxx little one…"
The hissing sounds are echoing through your entire being and simply become overwhelming. Like a tremor the words and its implication vibrate in your mind and every last bit of tension in your muscles dissolves into a tingling numbness. Your entire body feels like it is floating in a pool of warm water.
Then you sense something foreign around your waist. Your feeble arms are pressed to your sides by a smooth entity, it feels comfortable and secure like it is protecting you. More and more of your body is covered by this strange phenomenon and the pleasant pressure and secureness encourages you to drop every remaining barrier without hesitation.
" That'sss it…"
And all of a sudden you feel a happiness you've never known before, like someone pulled a lever in your head. You are drifting in a bliss you never want to leave again, illuminated by beautiful colors and held tightly and comfortable in a relaxing grip.
[ Insert your rescue here…otherwise congratulations, you are officially snake food!]