King Parikshit climbed the tower and shut himself in the highest room. Guards stood around the tower and at every door. They searched everything and everyone, making sure no snake could find its way inside.
As the seventh day drew to a close, King Parikshit finally relaxed. He enjoyed his evening meal. Then, for dessert, he bit into a fruit.
There was a worm in the fruit.
The worm transformed into Takshaka, a mighty naga.
Takshaka then plunged his fangs into the king's flesh, and seconds later the king was dead.
He didn't even have time to call for help.
Inspired by: Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik.
Notes: This story is on p. 4.