Naga Pachami: A day of Worship
By: Gabriella Balcom

"We're preparing gifts for the all-powerful snake gods, the nagas, so they'll bless us," Shalva explained. "You can give this."

Scoffing inwardly, Corine accepted the tin of sweets. She ate the candy while her foreign exchange family bustled around, replacing it with greens.

At the festival later, the Nepalese people bathed a silver snake effigy with milk, surrounded it with gifts, and offered sacrifices.

Bored, Corine wandered off.

When a snake slithered out of the nearby grass, she gasped.

Others oozed from the ground and materialized out of thin air. One serpent darted forward, biting Corine. Then the others attacked.

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