As the stars shined bright and the moon overlooked the earth the night was peaceful and beautiful, the night sky not hindered by the lights of man as it watched over the forest , the light shimmering off the rippling water as hands pulled out of it slowly, pulling out a fish who's scales shined colourfully in the moonlight that brushed its skin. Slowly it was put into a basket beautifully crafted with thatch from the forest that was filled with a collection of fish, exposed to the night sky the scales glowed silver as if they were ghosts but the shining stopped as a lid was softly placed on top, silently not damaging the silence that surrounded it. Picking it up was a woman, their long black hair flowed in the wind and as the star's gazed upon it the tint of purple could be seen at the tips slowly fading into the blackness that surrounded the forest floor. Her eyes were sharp and were a defined purple that slightly glimmered in the darkness around, her upper half was well fit, soft to the touch and delicate to the eyes, her skin was slightly pale as if she shunned the light. Around her middle, covering her breasts was a black strap sown from the cotton from the forests plants. She moved from the pond without a sound, not even a footstep could be heard, but as she moved through the tree's light shined through showing something different under her waist, scales. She had a tail, a long one at that which mimics the look of a snake, black scales coating the top and sides of the tail, as dark as charcoal with a purple shimmer to them when the light struck them, and below, the belly of the tail, it held silver scales, a dark silver. she blended right into the night.
She was a species of legend, one not known to humanity, she was a naga, a half human, half snake being, known as a beast by most. This one was named Vila, she had lived in the forest her entire life away from humanity, she had been alone without another soul nearby for so long. As she slithered through the forest the basket moved silently and swiftly onto her tail, it sliding down a slide before the tail caught it and held it in light coils as to not to damage her prey inside of it. Her hands now free she moved them up holding onto a sturdy tree branch pulling herself up, the start of her tail lifting her to give her height, she was close to him but smelt a very odd smell. She looked around as if a beacon or guard on a lookout tower and her ears twitched as the silence of the forest was broken by the shocking screams of man, Vila met this sound with a hiss, humans caused nothing but trouble for her kind as the occasional hunting party would steal her prey leaving her hungry making it harder to survive, he followed the sound, her tail waving side to side aggressively as if ready to bat it out like a whip and kill the cause not wanting the trouble. But as she got closer the sound got more clearer and her body slowly down as if cooling, relaxing her as she realised what it. She lifted her body over some tall bushes and saw a human boy not even 5 years old curled up on the forest ground, hugging a sweet wolf plushie as he cried into it screaming for his mother who would never come.
This made Vila's heart drop, she hated humans for all they did but she saw the innocence in their children and would rather attempt to take care of one instead of kill it. She looked back at her tail with one of her hands reaching down to stroke the strong scales, she didn't want to scare the fragile thing. She looked to the ground and lowered her body, pushing her upper half through the bush she looked over, the twigs inside scratching but not harming her body as she made it through, hiding everything below her waist, she looked to the human child and opened her mouth gently to speak.
"Poor child" She said with grace lowering her body to seem less threatening, the child froze hearing the voice and looked over at her with eyes wide as if he saw a ghost, he sat up slowly and started to back away from her slowly not sure what to think. Vila could taste his fear as she flicked her snake like tongue out and so she backed away into the bushes. She kept note on where the child was and slithered down to the river, raising herself above it to get to the other side, once there she moved to a hillside which held a small cave, The entrance was as big as a door but the inside was larger, the main cave entrance was like a living room which held a small fire and self made cabinets she stored trinkets she made in. She slithered deeper where the cave split into 3 dead ends, one was occupied by a pile of pillows which was her bed, the next was a kitchen type area where she had boxes of food from berries to meat. She slithered to them and put the basket down next to the meat one as she opened the fruit chest. Reaching her gentle hand inside she pulled out a few prime apples she had picked only hours before, the fruit of the forest were rich with flavour and she hoped the child would eat it and trust her. Holding the apples she slithered back out of her home, over the river and through the tree's, tracing her steps back to see the child once again holding their stomach, hungry for a meal. She did the same plan as before and his her lower half only allowing her upper half to be seen as she put an apple on the ground carefully not the bruise it, and rolled it towards the child who starred as it like it was a five course meal. He didn't looked up at Vila as he crawled towards it on his hands and knees as if he couldn't walk and grabbed the apple in his hands holding it up to his mouth and taking a large bite out of it. His eyes closed as he enjoyed the taste of the apple, it feeding his hunger and making him slightly happier, he took a few more bites and as he did Vila slithered closer carefully looking at him, she would try again to speak to him.
"Are you all alone young one?" She said gently and calmly in a motherly voice towards him, he looked up at her and shivered but did not move away, her arms moved towards him and pulled him into a gentle hug pulling him against her upper half, giving him room to eat the apple. He continued with it surprisingly letting her touch him. She watched with interest as he finished the apple, putting the core on the ground. Moving him to face her she lowered herself to be face to face with him. "Where are your parents?" she asked carefully, understanding if she didn't get an answer.
"They...g..gone" he said as if only learning to speak, he was young so Vila doubted he was taught many words. she didn't move.
"They abandoned you here?" she asked to confirm which the boy replied with a soft nod, getting up and hugging her, wrapping his arms around her neck as he cried into her. She was frozen and shocked, she hadn't expected it at all from this child. 'I'll take care of you young one' she said in her mind as her arms scooped him off the ground and cradled him like a baby. He cried into her quietly and she stayed there every second being there for him until he softly fell asleep in his own tears.
Free to move she pulled out the bushes with the child in arms, his slumber freeing her tail to be seen without his cries of fear. Following her trail she slithered back home, into the cave to place the child down on the pillows, kissing his head motherly as she watched him sleep. She stayed there the entire night, moving her tail around him like a nest to protect him and keep him warm. She didn't sleep that night, she didn't want to scare the child.