...to. She shrugged the straps off her shoulder and opened the first container, kneeling at one of the pools to start her task.
Katara heard a soft rustling and turned around again. She saw no creatures to speak of, nor did she hear any growling, so she assumed it was a small creature. That was nothing to be concerned about. She would just refill the canteens and come back to the site.
Suddenly, she found herself in the air. There was something wrapped around her middle, and her hands were yanked above her head by her wrists. Something formed a firm grip under each of her knees. At the first instant, she thought she had been ambushed by bandits, but how was she hanging up in the air? She looked up, seeing a few trees, but mostly sky, and that formed the conclusion that she was not hanging from a trap. She twisted against her binds and felt something gently caress the back of her neck before moving along her ear. She was unable to bend the water that was so near her because she could not even move her limbs, and she struggled wildly.
"Put me down!" she cried out as she felt whatever it was touching her move along her cheek. It felt scaly, and she wondered if it was a tongue or tail. She looked up to see what was holding her arms and in the almost-darkness, it looked as if there were snakes wrapped around them. The light of the waxing gibbous moon shone on them, confirming what she had thought were s...