Imagine you’ve been cursed by a magical entity and turned into a python. Not knowing how to break the hex, you wander aimlessly in forests. One day, you spy a tall, dark haired man near your lair, looking as lost as you feel. You notice him using magic to throw pebbles into a lake, making them dance on water. Feeling hopeful for a cure, you cautiously slither closer to him. You’re afraid he might try to kill you, but a chance at being back to your old self, drives you forth.
Loki sees the python approaching and notes that there is something special about the creature. It almost seems sentient. He decides not to harm it. It slithers up to him and sits next to him, much to his surprise. Loki greets the snake, internally deriding himself for talking to an animal, but the snake gives a little head shake of acknowledgement, surprising Loki again.
From then on, Loki visits the lake daily, and the snake comes up to him every time. They sit together, he talks about himself, vents about his woes, and it makes him feel better. On a lark, he decides to take the python as his pet, for it’s very docile and friendly. He keeps the snake in his palace chambers, which he doesn’t let anyone visit. They form a nice camaraderie, wherein Loki often reads with the python coiled on his arm and shoulder, or it hangs around him while he tests new spells and improves them. He gives it lots of treats and is delighted when the snake coils itself around him almost affectionately. The snake slowly becomes bolder, and one day, Loki wakes up to find it coiled around his naked torso in bed. It strikes him as odd, but he’s unable to reject it, thinking it seeks comfort. He allows it to become their routine, with the python coming to sleep in his bed every night. Around same time, Loki begins to dream vividly, of a fair maiden making love to him. During one such dream, he wakes up….. to a surprise: his fair maiden from the dreams is intimately wrapped around his body, and his pet python is nowhere in sight.
Somehow, the hex is broken… and you’re not even aware of it until you open your eyes and look directly into Loki’s shocked ones.