...Well, I guess the snakes are here.
Gerold kinda knew that it was probably only a matter of time before it happened...but then again, he hadn't exactly expected them to literally rear up their ugly heads in the middle of the Scorch, in broad daylight.
He also hadn't counted on himself being more or less alone when it happened, at least in the terms of human company. Daisy the yellow Chocobo didn't really count here, because not only was she more of the talkative birdlike variety, she also stood on the far side of the place he might have otherwise gone had he not suddenly found himself in danger.
In other words, there was now a King cobra literally uncoiling itself between him and certain freedom, its golden-brown hood shining just a little in the brightening light above.
And, sadly enough, he could only guess that this same cobra wasn't exactly in the mood to negotiate.
"Sorry to bother ya, buddy..." he began quietly, taking care not to make any sudden movements. "...But is it too late to get a 'get out of poisoning free' card?"