She had found so many things that day. The day she had been drawn to that home, to that basement. The day she had murdered vampires, drawn them dead into the sun to watch them burn for what they had done. The day she had carefully coaxed the huddled and forgotten form from his confines and carried him in her arms to her home. She had found life, again. A meaning, a reason to be alive. Until that point Daevika had been nothing but a drifter. An immortal being in the world of man, hidden among them with none the wiser. Quietly tasting the ones who came her way, but never bothering with anything more permanent. It wouldn't last, anyway. The moment they discovered what she was they, too, would turn on her, and Daevika would face iron, and darkness once more.
Eros was like something else, a new breath of life breathed into her old lungs and inflating her body. Within the first week she had fallen in love with the man, and not in the way one might expect. It was his gentle innocence and curiosity, the enthusiasm she was slowly beginning to pull out of him in every day life as she taught him what she could. His smile brightened her day, his laughter lightened her heart, and the happiness she could bring him with every small thing made her feel a purpose once more. Like a mother to a child, Daevika had taken to Eros, and it was with that same vehemence that she would protect him from harm.
While Eros moved about the small patch of trees, Daevika watched silently from above. Now one might think the form of a gigantic snake might be impossible not to see, but seeing as the branches were knotted together and thick in this space, one would hardly be blamed for missing it. Many feet off the ground she lounged, heavy lidded eyes half closed, a lazy smile on her face. She'd been drifting for the better part of an hour now, the end of her tail occasionally bouncing from tree to tree, wrapping about a branch, stripping the leaves from the entire length so that she could drop them on Eros head, who seemed all to happy for the raining projectiles and, in fact, had been collecting them for a while now. She had no idea why, and hadn't bothered to ask. If he wanted to fill his entire room with the things, she would let him, and she knew it.
She had just allowed her lids to droop completely over both wide black pitless eyes, when something cleared its throat. The reaction was sluggish at first, because the truth was she'd been so close to sleeping she'd not bothered to scent the area, and therefore hadn't the foggiest the sound hadn't come from her own charge. As her lids opened, her lips parted, and the length of slender tongue darted outwards to taste the air around her. Within a second of time her whole body was moving, the different body and presence as obvious as if she had come face to face with the person.
All at once her whole body dropped completely and suddenly from the canopy of the trees. As if the trees themselves were coming down it happened with a shuddering of trunks, cracking of branches, and a great shower of loosed leaves. The hit on the ground was thick and solid, one giant earth shaking 'thump' as twenty-seven feet of pure cobra body found purchase in the dirt. Every movement was smooth and precise, the length of her body undulated and rolled, sliding across the ground as it sought itself to coil, and from behind the mass emerged the upper torso of a woman, bare save the bra she had left on for Eros's sake. A set of completely black eyes peered from the woman's otherwise oddly innocent seeming freckled face, framing curls bouncing forward as she peeled her lips back slowly from her teeth and emitted an oddly deep rattling hiss in Ricco's direction.
"Eros, leave the leafs and come to me." Without hesitation she leaned her upper body forward, fingers reaching and grabbing for her Charge, urging him towards her and behind her as she shifted her figure to completely cover him from sight.