Tone looked calm, cool, and collected, but on the inside, he was on high alert, and his mind was racing. A snake, coiled around his arm, could strike at any moment.
Tone had acted quickly, capturing the attention of the reptile before it could harm his companions. However, he did not expect to end up wearing the poisonous beast.
To make matters worse, Tone and his travel partners had just arrived from the future of an alternate universe. In their time, the snake’s venom may not be fatal. In this time, a single drop could mean the end.
Tone, Eeyo, and Sahm had made their way back to the 13th century on an instance of Earth in the multiverse other than their own. Tone had detected a ripple in time, indicating that others had traveled there with the intent of disrupting the future for their own personal gain, at the expense of many.
Such changes could have disastrous impacts across the multiverse. Tone, not knowing of any others who could detect and correct these events, felt a duty to protect the integrity of time. His gifts could not go unused, and he could not stand idly by when such events occurred.
Now, just moments after emerging from their time jump, Tone was questioning if it was smart to make this trip.
Calling upon his ability to commune with all living creatures, Tone directed his concentration on the snake. Snakes, inherently untrusting creatures, are notoriously difficult to communicate with in this way. Tone’s nerves weren’t making things easy. He was balancing his fears, the need to not accidently aggravate the snake, and needing to keep the snake’s attention on him.
Closing his eyes and focusing his thoughts, Tone began engaging with the snake. At first, things were not going well. The snake, unsure what was happening, began constricting around Tone’s arm as it hissed while bobbing and weaving its head. Fearing this could be the end, Tone changed tactics. Rather than try to impose his will on the snake, he apologized to it.
”We mean you no harm, and are sorry if our sudden appearance started you. You have startled us just as well.” He continued to calm the snake, building a bond and trust. Eventually, he felt the blood start to flow back into his fingers, the tingling sensation a sign that he had gotten through to the snake.
During this exchange, Tone discovered that the snake was kind-hearted, and had acted as it had to protect its family that was nearby. As it learned more of Tone’s reason for traveling there, it decided to join the group on their quest.
While the snake did not understand much of the purpose of the trip, it could understand that someone evil was near, and if they were not dealt with, it could be disastrous to the world the snake’s family lived in.
Tone, Eeyo, Sahm, and thier new partner, who remained coiled on Tone’s arm, gently now, started off through the forest. They knew not who or what they were looking for, but they knew they needed to find it soon.