When the snake charmer came to he was still lying in the middle of the forest clearing in which he and the warrior had found the Naga. The force of the warrior's attack had knocked him out for some time, as there where now stars in the sky. There was a gentle breeze rolling through the clearing and for a moment he almost forgot the circumstances in which he had come to this clearing. However he quickly was reminded by the pain in the back of his head. The warrior who wielded the tetsubo had betrayed his trust and had knocked him down when he had tried to keep him from attacking the Naga.
He sat up, fearing the worst had befallen the Naga, when he spotted her by the edge of the lake in which she had been bathing. It was clear that the warrior had won the fight between them; the Naga lay battered and bleeding out into the clear water. He could see, however, that the Naga was still breathing ever so weakly. He moved quickly to the Naga's side, picking her up as best he could, for the Naga