Here's the next chapter of Jungle Boy featuring Sammy, Kovu, and Tony's run in with the sly and devious Kaa the python.
That night, Sammy, Tony, and Kovu still ventured deep in the jungle on the way to the Man-Village. The three friends have traveled away from the only home Sammy has ever known since the storm continued, but thankfully the rains finally stopped and cleared up to show a beautiful moonlit night, now it was getting late. There was a full moon, stars glowed all throughout the night sky, and jungle birds made their night calls throughout the jungle. Sammy yawned as they continued on their journey. "Hey guys," Sammy said rubbing his eyes, "I'm getting a little sleepy, shouldn't we find a safe place for the night?" "Of course Sammy," Kovu answered yawning, "We are gonna have to get some rest for tomorrow anyway." "So why does this tiger hate me so much?" Sammy asked. "It's not just you he hates Sammy, Shere Khan hates man with a vengeance," Kovu answered, "and he will stop at nothing until he has you in his claws before you can grow up to become a man, because of his fear of man's gun and man's red flower." "Red Flower?" Sammy said with a puzzled look, "Kovu, what is this Red Flower?" "The Red Flower in man's term is fire," Kovu answered, "It's a necessity man uses. There is beauty in it, but also grave danger." "That's right Ssssammy, take it from us when we ssssay that it's ssssomething you don't want to mess with!" Tony added. Then they stopped dead in their tracks as Kovu looked back to Sammy, "Yes, because of the destruction it can cause." "Destruction?" Sammy said. "Yes," Kovu replied and showed Sammy and Tony a dead charred looking tree, "This was once a fully grown mango tree, but because of man's red flower.....it was destroyed, devoured by the red flower. Many years ago, animals of the jungle came to the Man-Village, destroyed man's cane fields and cattle. Then man in rage and fury let loose the red flower and destroyed most of the jungle and many of the life inside of it. This is what the most dangerous weapon ever welded can do to the jungle." "No wonder he's trying to hunt me down, well we can just explain to him that I'd never do a thing like that," Sammy said. "Nonsense," Kovu said, "No one explains anything to Shere Khan." "Well maybe so," Sammy said, "But I'm not afraid, I wanna stay in the jungle, and besides..." "That's enough," Kovu said interrupting him. "Come, we'll spend the night here," he said approaching a huge tree, "Things will look better in the morning my friend." But Kovu just stood in his spot looking back in the direction of the tiger streak he lived with for so long while Tony nudged him a little trying to get his attention. "Man-cub?" Kovu said looking back, "Man-cub." Sammy finally turned and went to where Kovu was standing.
"C'mon buddy, up this tree," Kovu said looking up, "We'll be safer up there." "But, I don't wanna go back to the Man-Village." Sammy said feeling sad. "C'mon," Kovu said paying no mind, "Up you go." Sammy and Tony looked up at how high the tree actually was. "At that limb way up there," Sammy asked. "That's right," Kovu said. Tony climbed up first, it was easy for him since he had coils to loop onto the trees an slither up with ease. "Ah, this will be nicsssse," He said to them with a chuckle, "Treessss are practically my element." Then Sammy started to climb up, but the tree was too big for him to climb up and he didn't have claws to grip into the bark like Kovu did. As Kovu saw Sammy trying to climb up the tree, he couldn't help but chuckle at his predicament. "Is that all the better you can climb," he said chuckling, "and you want to stay in the jungle?" "It's too big around," Sammy said still attempting to climb up the tree, but ended up slipping, "and besides I don't have any claws." Kovu caught him and helped him out as he himself climbed up the tree. But halfway up, Sammy almost fell off the tree, but he saved himself by grabbing Kovu's fur on his back causing him to roar in pain. "Sorry Kovu," Sammy said as he climbed back up. When they both reached the branch, Tony helped Sammy while Kovu effortlessly climbed up the branch. "Now, try to get some sleep," he said yawning while settling down for the night, "We have a long adventure ahead of us tomorrow."
But little did the three friends know, they were not alone in the tree they were spending the night in. Higher up in the tree, someone was also settling down for the night. Kaa, a huge rock python, was resting on a tree branch. His long body, measuring about almost 40 to 50 feet long, wrapped around many of the tree branches to keep him from falling. He was a dark golden brown with dark brown spots, yellow eyes, and a light brown underbelly. Like all pythons big and small, he was able to use his long body to wrap around any creature he wanted, an squeeze them to death. But also like all pythons, there was a special power Kaa had. Kaa also had the power to hypnotize anyone or anything that came his way, through the use of his eyes and his voice. He was just about to settle down when something caught his attention. "Kovu, I'm not afraid. I can look out for myself," Sammy said. 'What was that?' Kaa wondered. He flicked his tongue and soon caught a delicious scent.
Curiosity taking over, Kaa slithered among the branches and heard where the sound came from. He poked his head out from the tree leaves and saw Kovu sleeping on the branch below him. 'Kovu,' Kaa thought to himself, 'What is that loner lion doing all the way out here?' Then he turned and his eyes widened as he saw Sammy playing with a stick while Tony curled around a branch and fell asleep next to him. 'Ooh, who is thissss tassssty little morsel?' Kaa thought smacking his lips at the sight of him. As Sammy continued playing with his stick, Kaa slowly slithered from a safe distance examining the boy. 'Hmmm, he would be the perfect ssssnack for the evening,' Kaa thought to himself but smiled at what he was thinking about next, 'but I don't think his friendssss will mind if I have a little.......fun with him firsssst.' Getting a closer look at the two, Kaa smacked his lips at the sight of him. He turned and saw Kovu and Tony sleeping soundly. 'Good, the two are ssssound asleep. It will be easy to lure the boy into my grassssp,' Kaa thought to himself. He smiled slyly as he slithered over to Sammy. "Ssssay now," Kaa hissed as he slithered over to Sammy, "What have we here?" Sammy turned and saw the big snake staring at him and undulating around him. Sammy scrunched his face and stuck his tongue out at him, then he ignored the python and went back to playing with his stick. Chuckling, Kaa got right into Sammy's face and said, "It's a man-cub, a delicioussss man-cub." "Oh go away and leave me alone," Sammy said shoving Kaa away from him. Surprised by this, Kaa thought to himself, 'He is sssstrong for his sssstature.' Half asleep, Kovu said to Sammy, "It's just what I should do, but I'm not. Now please go to sleep man-cub." Ignoring the sleeping lion, Kaa turned and smiled at the man-cub as he wrapped his tail gently around his chest and covered his mouth to keep from shouting. Sammy started to panic from this, but Kaa soon started to lift him up as he said to him, "Why don't we go ssssomewhere more private." Then as the huge snake lifted him up into a higher branch, Tony soon woke up an noticed Sammy was gone. "Ssssammy?"
From up above, Kaa soon giggled as he removed his tail from Sammy's mouth. "Hey!" Sammy said, "Let me go!!" Chuckling, Kaa said to him, "Don't worry man-cub. Trusssst in me." As he said this, spirals appeared in his eyes while Sammy just looked sceptical while lurching his head away from the snake. "It is sssso nice to ssssee you," Kaa added, "I'm a friend." "Somehow I'm finding it a hard time to believe you." Sammy said as Kaa put him on the branch. "I hear you wanna sssstay in the jungle," Kaa said as he put a coil on his shoulder, "With me, you can sssstay here forever." "You wanna eat me," Sammy said as he shove the coils away from him. Chuckling, Kaa got close to him as he hissed, "That's not true, I just wanna play with you. Although mother ssssays I shouldn't play with my food. Heeheehee, you'll see, it's a ssssplenid game." As Tony slowly inched his way up to Kaa's branch, he gasped in horror from this as he said to himself, "I gotta wake up Kovu." Soon a song started to play as Kaa immoblilized Sammy and locked his eyes on the boy. "Don't worry dinner, I mean, uh, man-cub. Let's sssstart the game."
I can slide, I can swirl,
I can twist and I can twirl.
I can slither, smooth and slow,
you will see just what I show
I am in the mood to play with my food.
As Kaa danced and slithered around the boy, he hypnotized him and let the boy dance alongside the massive snake. "That was ssssuperb little one," Kaa commented, "But now it's time to get sssserious!" Then he made the boy walk from the tree branch onto his long body. Kaa soon formed a long slide made out of his coils as he continued to sing his playful yet deadly song.
I have spark, I have charm,
I know painless ways to harm.
Look right in- to my eyes.
Let yourself be hypnotized.
I am in the mood to play with my food.
Then he smiled slyly, then his smile turne wicked as his tail made it's way towards the boy, slowly wrapping him up. "You're almost within my power, but that'ssss enough," Kaa said as his tail reached Sammy's neck and cut off his ability to speak. Meanwhile down below, Tony slithered up to Kovu an trie to stir him awake. "Kovu, wake up Kovu!!" Tony said, but it didn't work. Then he went over to his tail and said, "This may ssssting a little." Then he bit into it jolying Kovu awake by this. "Ouch!!! Tony, what's the big idea!?!" he roared. "It's Ssssammy," Tony said in a panic, "He's in trouble."
Sway, with me.
Sleep, little Ssssammy.
I am in the mood to play with my food.
As he licked his lips, Kaa opened his jaws wide as his song finished and was ready to slide the boy down his throat. "KAA," Kovu shouted, "Hold it Kaa!!" Kovu climbed up the branch and raced over to them an just in time, the lion smacked Kaa's upper jaw making him conk his head on the branch above him and dropped his massive coils onto the branch, snapping the boy out of the trance. Shaking his head in pain, Kaa said, "My sinussss." Angry at what Kovu just did, Kaa slithered over to him hissing, "You have just made a sssserious misssstake my friend, a very sssstupid misssstake." "You had no right to take my friend Kaa, you had NO RIGHT," Kovu roared. "Yeah," Tony hissed right back, "Didn't your mother ever tell you not to play with yur food?" Angry at this, Kaa's eyes flooded with colorful spirals again, while he also grabbed Tony and flung him over to Sammy ignoring the tiny snake. As he turne his attention back to the lion, Kovu grew scared as he tightly closed his eyes at this sight. "Look me in the eye when I'm sssspeaking to you," Kaa said as Kovu made the mistake of opening one of his eyes. Whimpering, Kovu's eyes started to form the same spirals as he pleaded for mercy, "Please Kaa." "BOTH eyes if you pleasssse," Kaa hissed as he completely hypnotized him.
Shocked by this, Sammy quickly scrambled out of the coils after shaking off the dizziness from his trance, and tried to think of a way to save Kovu. He stepped out of the coils as Tony smiled as a plan formed in his head. Then Tony slithered up to Sammy's shoulders whispering his plan. Then pointed to the massive coils as the two smiled. Making a sly smile, Kaa stared at Kovu while he smiled stupidly completely hypnotized. "You have jusssst ssssealed your doom, " Kaa hissed as he slithered closer to Kovu and started to unhinge his jaw ready to swallow him whole. Then Sammy shoved Kaa's coils off of the tree branch. Not seeing what he did, Kaa soon found himself flying and unraveling from his tree. Then he wailed as he fell out of the tree. He smacked his head and chin several times as he unwound from many of the branches until he finally landed on the ground in a massive heap of his coils with a thud as he said, "Ooh."
Laughing at this sight, Sammy and Tony turned their attention back to Kovu as he was still deep in a state of hypnosis. "Look Kovu, look! Kovu? Wake up Kovu," Sammy said as he shook him out of the trance. "Huh, what?" Kovu said looking around and confused. Angrily taking his leave, Kaa slithered away muttering to himself, "Ooh, first I lose my dinner, an now my ssssinuses are stuffed!! I should've lisssstened to my mother!" But he was suddenly stopped dead in his tracks. Kaa turned and saw why he was stopped, his tail had a huge knot in it and was caught between bamboo trees. Laughing, Sammy said, "Kovu he's got a knot in his tail!" Angry, Kaa mocked Sammy in a high voice saying, "He's got a knot his tail." Then he started to pull. He struggled to get his tail free from the trees. When he finally pulled free, his coils got all tangled up. Wimpering, Kaa slithered off saying, "Oooh, this is going to sssslow down my sssslithering." With that, Kaa slithered off dragging his tangled up coils and knotted up tail as he disappeared into the jungle. "Ha!! Good one Ssssammy," Tony said as they both laughed at this until they saw Kovu. He wasn't too happy about this and was stern at Sammy's behavior. "So you can look out for yourself can you?" he said, "So you want to stay in the jungle do you?" "Yes," Sammy answered, "I want to stay in the jungle." "Now for the last time, go to sleep!" Kovu said. Tony just said nothing as he went back to sleep while Sammy just sat in his spot scowling. But he finally fell asleep as Kovu muttered to himself and drifted off to sleep again, finally getting some peace and quiet for the night.
The stories and shows mentioned don't belong to me, they belong to their respective owners!
Jungle Sammy, Rajah, Harimau, Kelabu, Putri, Tony the python (c) Me
The Jungle Book (c) Rudyard Kipling and Walt Disney
The Lion King (c) DIsney
Ferngully: The Last Rainforest, Lou (c) Diana Young, Fox
Tarzan (c) Edgar Rice Burroughs, Disney