I am pinning this because I have such a similar story and it makes me happy seeing I'm not the only girl that was treated like a "girl" in a dojo and had to show a cocky boy how to really be a man. Accidentally broke his nose.
The snake lunged for Ardhoniel with a lighting fast strike. I moved equally as fast, putting myself between it and her, and moving her out of harm's way. I then felt a white hot pain in my calf as the serpent sank its fangs into my leg.