" Yuuku cries as the compressed ball of electrical energy smashes into his head just below his purple hood and shatters the coating of ice across his fangs.
Electricity runs through his veins, forcibly reminding him of the electric prod he was jabbed with whenever his trainer grew displeased with him.
Instinctively he stops his attack and curls up defensively with a whimper as he crouches low against the ground, dragging his sister with him as the lightning sparks in their shared body. Both serpents are sturdy battlers but the fear of punishment curbs Yuuku's natural aggression.
Curling backwards away from the source of the shock his spread hood visibly droops with his attack being cut off.
His desire to avoid the pain over-rides his desire to eat the little mouse.
He was always the head that got the worst jabbing from the electric stick, even if its shock ran through his sister too, and he had learnt to fear whenever it was applied. It meant that he had done something wrong and wrong things meant there would be no yummy meat for them; just the cold and the sharp pain of metal in their scales.
Yuurei hisses in pain as the shock reaches her too, causing her muscles to tense against her will.
As her brother falls the interwoven muscles between their heads cause her head to drag down as well. The tight curls of her tail loosens, letting the mouse go free as another milder shock runs through her and the Arbok hisses and lies still in the hopes the next jab of the electric rod isn't to a more tender area.
Struggling to lose the feeling of paranoia that overcomes her Yuurei feels a sudden hard pain strike the side of head, knocking her over.
"Don't you know it's impolite to hit a lady?!
" She hisses irritably as she curls up.
Her slit-pupil eyes glare outwards at the shape of the little mouse with wings.
It smells delicious and its body plainly pulses with the heat of the living in the sensory organs underneath her nose but the shock of electricity makes Yuurei afraid.
If she did bad in battle they would shock her and it hurt bad but the only time she'd been shocked before was when she'd tried to attack Yuuku or he'd tried to attack her because it would be bad if they ate each other.
Yuurei's forked tongue flickers out but she remains still. Does that mean she wasn't allowed to eat the little mouse?
Experimentally she tries to lunge forwards at the mouse in front of her with the cold flappy things on its ears. Fire is starting to build in her throat when against her will the muscles in her body freeze taunt. The fire dies before it is begun and for a few painful seconds she is transfixed mid-curl. The energy of her strike has nowhere to go until eventually her body is released and she relaxes.
The mice were not for eating, she thinks sorrowfully. What will they eat now?