Shou wakes up choking and knows that he must have fallen asleep. His hands are already up and tugging at the thick tendrils of scale and muscle that are tightening around his throat. He rolls off the bed.
“Whazzat?” His roommate murmurs.
Shou fights to tear the giant snake off. Darkness bites at the edges of his vision.
A light flicks on and his roommate screams. The coils loosen and still he fights and chokes. The door is thrown open and footsteps and voices enter.
Shou coughs raggedly, drinking in grateful breaths of air. It’s over. The snake is gone.