Hunted ‹~(Closed Roleplay)~›
“Do about what?” I heard Faolan’s voice inquire from behind.
I was quite surprised to hear him, looking back only to barely make him out against the darkness of the forest’s shadows. If it weren’t for his voice, I might’ve mistaken him for someone else. I waited for him to sit down next to me before I answered.
“Life,” I answered jokingly, picking a blade of grass from the ground and twirling it with my thumb and index.
I let the blade go, watching the night sea breeze blow it away. “Well, there’s something I’m missing from my memory, though I can’t figure out what. It has been bothering ever since Triton showed up...like it has to do with him.”
I looked up once again at the moon, my now green eyes glinting as it caught some light from the celestial object. I felt bad concerning Faolan with the missing memory. It wasn’t worth him worrying about an extra thing like that. Something that really couldn’t have been helped.
“Anyway, that’s the least of my problems,” I said as I looked over at Faolan. “I’m more concerned about you and the other escapees. You sure it’s fine for you to be up at this time of night? Er, day?”
Aki answered me by saying life, playing with a blade of grass before she finished her answer. I watched as she looked up at the Moon, the way the light glinted off of her green eyes was captivating. She passed off her problems as irrelevant and then concerned herself with me and the other hybrids.
"I know how it feels to have something missing in your memory, usually something pretty scarring has to happen to block a memory... my memory of my parents was blocked due to me having to watch them be captured and having to flee my home" I told Aki, thinking, "usually there is some trigger, a key actually, that unlocks a memory once hidden away, sometimes there can be several... as you probably saw, a key to my old memories was hearing the name "Cora" though I am sure seeing my father would triggered a less violent reaction" I told Aki.
"I to am worried about them" I said looking over my shoulder to where the camp lay, "it's kind of why I am awake, never thought being a leader would bring about nightmares of failing those I lead" I said with a rueful chuckle, "I don't know, though the same can be said about you" I said with a draconic grin that was hidden by the darkness.
((It's late and I'm not feeling very well (soreness everywhere + stomachache >o<) so if this post is terrible, I apologize and I'll edit it tomorrow))
Unfortunately for us, the two unknowns decided to make a mad dash into our bathroom. One had characteristics that reminded me of a dragon, and the other seemed to be a lizard hybrid. Instinctively, I lowered my head to expose my horns and spread my wings to cover the others, a tactic that both made me seem larger and intimidating while also protecting my newfound companions. When the strangers rounded the corner, both becoming mildly shocked for a few moments at the sight of us, I prepared to strike.
"Oh, hi Rose! What are you doing here? Who are those two?" The lizard inquired with a bubbly and optimistic demeanor.
"Doing here, what are you?" The other asked with a tone of surprise, pointing at Amelia and waiting for answers.
Yet another shocking plot twist in my day. I was starting to get frustrated, honestly. I returned my stance to a neutral one, my brows furrowing in confusion as I looked at Amelia. She seemed to have the answers everyone needed in this moment.
"You know them?" I asked, watching as recognition dawned on her face as she surveyed the other two. I took that as a 'yes'.
What on earth were Baske and Ryu doing here? Had they been captured as well?
I scanned them both, taking note of their mildly shocked facial expressions while my mind processed their questions. Seeing two familiar faces dash into our trio's hiding spot had shocked me a bit, and I needed a moment for my brain to catch up on what was going on. Everyone seemed to expect answers from me, which was understandable considering the circumstances.
"Erm, yes I know them." I answered Lucifer.
'Hardly.' I added mentally.
"To answer your other questions, I was captured. A shark hybrid took me down, and Cora had me taken for... Punishment." I struggled for a moment, trying to find a mild word that would accurately depict how awful that experience was. I failed, instead settling on 'punishment.'
"As for these two, well-" I gestured to Lucifer and Cromex.
"Baske, Ryu, meet Cromex, my ex-cell mate, and Lucifer, our rescuer." I quickly butchered introductions, knowing our time was probably limited.
"Long-story short, we're trying to get out of here. Care to join us?" I jokingly asked, trying to lighten the mood a bit.
As Amelia explained our mission and quickly introduced everyone, I backed away and stood beside Cromex's frail form. At this moment I realized just how much of a mess he truly was. His hair had grown out and now hung in mats around his dust-covered face. His clothes reeked of sweat, his wings hung like dead weight, and his twin tails didn't curl like I knew they should.
Making up my mind right then and there, I turned to one of the bathroom mirrors, popping open a compartment next to it that I knew held spare uniforms, toothbrushes, combs, scissors, and a variety of other things. They were kept here for quick clean-ups after missions or training. I took what I needed and returned to my friend's side, quickly confirming with him that my next actions were alright.
I pulled him off to the side a bit and started cutting his hair, trimming it to a fluffy black mess instead of the mop it used to be. I combed it, styling it a bit before moving on. I handed him the spare set of clothing and helped him to one of the stalls, politely closing the door while he changed.
A few minutes of scuffling later, I heard a knock, and Cromex emerged. He still looked frail and sick, but there was at least some improvement. I helped him back to his original spot and again stood beside him, ready to react in case one of Amelia's acquaintances decided to attack after all.
((Bluhh. Sorry for that kinda awkward scene of Cromex cleaning up, but I didn't want him to stay stuck with his original imprisoned look, so I improvised. Hope the rest of the post was okay. G'night now, I'm tired))
((The post was fine Random))
The dark coloured one with purple hair and wings asked Amiela if she knew them,Amiela said she did. Amiela then said something about somebody named Cora. She then quickly introduced them all. "Long story short were trying to get out of here,care to join us?" Amiela said. "Sure! We're trying to escape too." Baske told them.
The scents led the Soldier to the bathroom, this was confirmed by the heat signatures on the door's handle. The Soldier switched out of heat vision and chambered a round and steadied the gun before he opened the door.
He didn't noisily kick it open, nor did he come in shouting, he just opened the door and pointed the rifle at the five hybrids. The the dragon and lizard hybrids smelled like the ones who had fled their cells so he kept the rifle trained more on them, "hands on your heads and lay on the ground" he ordered the two he knew were escaped prisoners, their collars showed their status as prisoners.
Even in his flat and emotionless voice the resemblance to Faolan's was uncanny. "Identify" he ordred to the other three, noticing the collar on one of them and a headset on the other, "and define task" he finished. Even in his slightly hunched firing posture, the white dragon hybrid stood taller than all of them.
“I know how it feels to have something missing in your memory, usually something pretty scarring has to happen to block a memory... my memory of my parents was blocked due to me having to watch them be captured and having to flee my home,” Faolan said, “usually there is some trigger, a key actually, that unlocks a memory once hidden away, sometimes there can be several... as you probably saw, a key to my old memories was hearing the name "Cora" though I am sure seeing my father would triggered a less violent reaction.”
“Oh,” I breathed, quickly determining how to apply Faolan’s theory of a trigger to my situation. It must be Triton. Maybe when he wakes up, something he’ll say could trigger my memory to return...though it may not be so nice like Faolan said.
I returned my attention to the black dragon hybrid, though his ghostly white mane-like spine showed otherwise, as he continued to speak.
“I to am worried about them,” he looked back towards the camp, “it's kind of why I am awake, never thought being a leader would bring about nightmares of failing those I lead.”
He chuckled remorsefully at his remark. I gazed back as well, wondering what kind of nightmares he could’ve had. I turned to ask, but he spoke up again in response to my last question.
“I don't know, though the same can be said about you,” He remarked.
I chuckled in response. “Guess we all have our own insomniac sides. I hope you don’t always stay awake because of nightmares. They’re terrible, huh?”
I paused to brush back some hair which had fallen into my vision from a breeze. “Wanna talk about it?”
Ok, why did I ask about nightmares? That was so stupid of me! I thought, my heartbeat quickening for a moment as I covered up the question with some reasoning. “It’s better to let some things out than harboring all your troubles in yourself, so it’s the least I can do to offer to listen.”
“Oh Hi Rose! Why are you here? Who are those two?!” Baske asked as well, excitement clear in her voice.
I lowered my finger and glanced briefly at a hybrid to Amelia’s side. The hybrid gave off an awfully similar aura to someone I had met before, though I couldn’t figure out who exactly.
"You know them?" that hybrid asked Amelia.
"Erm, yes I know them." she answered him before looking towards me and Baske. “To answer your other questions, I was captured. A shark hybrid took me down, and Cora had me taken for... Punishment.”
Amelia seemed to be hiding something as she faltered at the end of the sentence. Perhaps it was something nasty, which I decided was best not to ask about.
“As for these two, well-” She gestured to the previously speaking hybrid and the frail one. “Baske, Ryu, meet Cromex, my ex-cell mate, and Lucifer, our rescuer. Long-story short, we're trying to get out of here. Care to join us?”
“Sure! We're trying to escape too.” Baske immediately jumped in to reply for us.
I nodded. “To meet you, Cromex and Lucifer, it is nice. Join you in escaping, we absolutely will.”
I offered a grin, though the moment was quickly ruined when the door clicked open. I turned only to see a rifle pointed right at the five of us with the holder towering over us.
Ruined my sense of presence, the conversation did, I thought miserably. What luck I sure have.
From the sense of presence, he was the same hybrid who had been chasing me and Baske.
“hands on your heads and lay on the ground,” he ordered, his voice flat like he had done this thousands of times. “Identify and define task.”
I frowned, guessing things were up to Lucifer in terms of response. In the meanwhile, I scanned the halls outside. I felt the presence of the guard I was waiting for to move out of range was just turning the corner, about the time I was hoping for Baske and I to run.
To go now, we’ve got to, I thought, trying to figure out a way to convey the message without spilling the plan as I looked frantically at the others. I didn’t want to fail to escape...what would Emberlyn say when she found out? What would she do to me? I didn’t want to see her disappointed face...
Ah, the Soldier. This hybrid had become a bit of a legend around the facility, or at least the parts of the facility I was familiar with. He silently pointed a gun at the five of us, ordering Ryu and Baske to lay on the ground with their hands visible while the remainder identified.
Knowing Amelia still had a collar around her neck and Cromex was wearing his headset, I stepped forward, quickly forming about 3/8ths of a plan.
"Identity: Lucifer Wither, head of Hybrid Group 6. Task: Bringing escaped prisoners to Cora for reevaluation of punishments and/or cells. Task to be completed alone, without hindrance, sir." I replied in my most confident voice, moving to stand directly in front of the gun with my wings spread out to sheild the others from any bullets.
'Please buy it please buy it please buy it please buy it...' I begged in my head, keeping my posture strait and my face emotionless as I waited for the tall, white dragon hybrid's verdict on the matter.
I thought on Aki's words, "we all do... only on the ocasion.." I started before Aki added reasoning behind her question, I again smiled a hidden smile when I realized she was just adding it on to cover up the question, "..do I have them and usually when they wake me up I don't remember anything about them, all that remains is the fealing that they were horrible" I told her as I thought about the dreams. "They usually are me being bound and gaged and being forced to watch, unable to help, as you all are captured, beaten and then thrown into vans. Only after I watch the scene does a faceless woman come out, mock me for my failure and then shoots me, not to kill at first, only when I suffered enough does the dream end with a final 'bang' " I told Aki.
"Now what's keeping you up?" I asked, curious as to why she was awake.
He watched the escaped prisoners closely but he listened as Lucifer spoke. The Soldier closed the bathroom door behind him just incase any of them made a mad dash towards the outside. The Soldier recorded the hybrid when he identified himself, his holographic arm band displaying that Lucifer had clearance to do this task, however the evidence did not follow, "identity accepted: Clearance approved. Error: evidence does not follow: explanation required for presence in bathroom and observation of prisoners not under restraint" The Soldier ordered, his mind much like a compter, speaking like computer code.
Baske turned around when a voice spoke up and saw a large white dragon hybrid pointing a gun at them. The white dragon asked them to identify themselves. Baske looked at Lucifer as he gave an explanation as to why they were there. Baske was pretty sure that Lucifer was lying. The dragon hybrid only seemed to half believe Lucifers explanation. "Hey,you look like Faolan,but you're white instead of black...are you guys related?" Baske asked "You're not going to ki.ll us are you? I can't di.e! I haven't even been to space yet!" Baske said,looking at the white hybrids gun,she wasn't completely sure it was a dart gun.
The Soldier looked at the lizard hybrid when she said the name Faolan, he blinked and lowered his weapon slightly. In this pause Salastar tried to force his way into control of his body. The Soldier shook his head to clear it and raised the gun back up, "Explain" he demanded from Lucifer once again.
Aki answered my question, saying that it was not as bad as my nightmares and that it was about the hunters,"I don't know if they will ever stop hunting us unless we do something that keeps them from coming after us" I said, sighing, "they want us because we are not fully human.. you pit pretty much any hybrid against a human the hybrid will win.. now you brainwash that hybrid, strap armor on him or her and stick a gun in their hands, and you have something that can tear through humans even if they are also in armor... almost like the queen in chess but with the numbers of the pawns and against nothing better than a knight" I said, thinking slightly, "if we want to escape this persecution we must seek refuge with those who will sympathize with us, only when we have brought the scientists shifty project into the light of the rest of the human population can we hope to have some rest" I told her, this was something I had kept to myself for I knew most of the hybrids would not be so happy if they heard this.
I heard Aki's voice quaver as she she spoke some more. I stuck an arm out and put it over her shoulders, careful of her wings, I didn't quite know why I did it but I did know it that it felt right. "You and I are alike in that thought, we've both gained so much in this past week or so that we now have people and friendships we cherish which we used to not have, but with that gain we now stand to lose it all but that will only happen if we let them win" I stated.
the Soldier ~Salastar~
Now the dragon hybrid asked if he knew Faolan, the Soldier just grunted, trying to ignore the thing that was welling up in the mind he ocupied.
Salastar banged on the boundry of his own mind, trapped their by the scientists, he watched as the Soldier confronted hybrids who asked him about Faolan "My name is Salastar, Faolan is my son!" Salastar souted into the abyss of his mind fighting to gain some control over his own body.
I had finished my little surprise for Cora and stored it in a little bag, I would write the acompaning note tomorrow. I got ready for bead in my miniscule office that doubled as my room, locked the door, and went to bed, smiling about what was to come for Cora.
Faolan sighed. “I don't know if they will ever stop hunting us unless we do something that keeps them from coming after us. They want us because we are not fully human.. you put pretty much any hybrid against a human the hybrid will win.. now you brainwash that hybrid, strap armor on him or her and stick a gun in their hands, and you have something that can tear through humans even if they are also in armor... almost like the queen in chess but with the numbers of the pawns and against nothing better than a knight. If we want to escape this persecution we must seek refuge with those who will sympathize with us, only when we have brought the scientists shifty project into the light of the rest of the human population can we hope to have some rest.”
It was the harsh truth that I had tried to reject. I had pushed it away and ignored it, but now it came plummeting down on me, which had made my voice quaver as I spoke. But one day, I’ll prove them all wrong.
As I spoke, I felt Faolan gently wrap his arm around me from shoulder to shoulder. The feeling was a sweet one, one I hadn't felt in a long while. As if it was natural, I leaned onto the black dragon hybrid’s side and listened.
“You and I are alike in that thought, we've both gained so much in this past week or so that we now have people and friendships we cherish which we used to not have, but with that gain we now stand to lose it all but that will only happen if we let them win,” Faolan stated.
Then there was that feeling again.
“Yeah,” I agreed. “Let’s keeping fighting for what we stand for. For all the hybrids.”
I looked up at the sky once more from my position. “Back in my village, my sister and I were protected until they found out we were there. Maybe we can try to find refuge there...but who knows how far we are from there. Who knows how far we are from civilization in general.”
I chuckled, going off topic. “Hey, have you noticed how nice tonight is? It would be a waste to spend it all feeling sorry for ourselves.”
I nodded at Aki's statement and looked up at the moonlit night sky, the stars shined like a million sparkling diamonds, it was a serene scene, fitting for the occasion. I listened as Aki spoke about her village nodding that is was possible that it could be safe, "the same could be said about my home, which is probably just charred ruins now" I commented on the part of it once being safe and also probably being far away.
"It is a splendid night, calm and serene... it helps clear the mind and ease troubles" I started, pausing only slightly, thinking, "true... but sometimes it takes such a peaceful moment to rest our troubled minds and see what may lie ahead". I gently squeezed Aki after I finished, the feeling I had for her was still hard to explain but was not entirely foreign, it had just been a long time since I had last felt it.
Felt a warmth coming from Aki as we spoke, it was a soothing and comforting fealing.
I nodded at what she had said about her village. I felt one of her tail feathers brush against my tail before she asked me what I had planned, teasing me with the title of "leader" and then poking me softly in the cheek. I tured my head to her and playfully blew a gentle stream of cool air in her face before I answered, "follow the water, look for signs of a human town or city, and try to make friends with them, if that doesn't work I know Elizabeth could prbably use some more medical stuff and both her and Mr. Ritz could probably use some human things and after they have their things we can continue to get farther away from the Dome" I said, Elizabeth and Mr. Ritz would be our greatest assets in getting other humans to see our plight.
Faolan blew a small stream of cool air at my face in return. I smiled at the pleasant feeling.
“Follow the water, look for signs of a human town or city, and try to make friends with them, if that doesn't work I know Elizabeth could probably use some more medical stuff and both her and Mr. Ritz could probably use some human things and after they have their things we can continue to get farther away from the Dome,” he replied.
“Sounds good,” I said.
A yawn escaped my mouth. I covered my mouth with a hand, though I now realized how tired I was. Serves me right for not sleeping properly when I had the chance to.
I blinked, fighting to stay awake for a little longer, but the lack of sleep the past week had gotten to me. My eyelids drooped and I felt the world dim around me as I fell in Faolan’s lap, unconscious.
I noticed Aki yawn and it caused me to yawn as well, I mouth gaped open, my fleshy yet forked tongue curling slightly and my sharp teath glinting in the moon light. Not long after Aki yawned she collapsed in my lap and from the way she was breathing I could tell she was asleep, good, she needs it. I lovingly carresed her face before I gently took hold of her shoulders and eased both her and I down against the grass that seperated the forest from the beach. I placed a wing under her before seh was flat against the ground, almost protectivly. "Good night Aki" I said to her, letting the sounds of the beach and her breathing to lull me to sleep.
She looked over at Ryu when he asked the white dragon hybrid if he was related to Faolan. It seemed Ryu had noticed the resemblance just like she had.
(( BUMP ))
A grunt was all I got from the white dragon. But time was ticking and I wasn’t going to let them just catch us because we couldn’t run past a hybrid.
I noted that the dragon hybrid lowered his gun despite the fact that we didn’t surrender. I didn’t know how powerful the gun was, neither did I want to find out.
But the fact that the hybrid grunted was some sort of start. Maybe it meant yes…
“What’s your name, by the way?” I asked, hoping to find the right moment to break out.
The Soldier heard the dragon hybrid ask his name. "I am... the Soldier" he siad through a clentched jaw, the way he said it sounded like he had to force it out, like somthing was trying to prevent him to say that.
The Soldier felt faint for a second, he lowered his gun completely and clutched his head with his left hand and staggered back slightly, he groaned like he was in great pain. "my.. name is.. Sal.. astar" he whispered, it was so quiet that it was almost inaudible.
Salastar foud the walls of his mental cage bend he continued to try and breack through the walls to take his body back.
No one saw me, she told herself.
It's dark out, the water murky, and it seemed at glance that most of the hybrids were asleep.
It's not like a lot of them have exceptional senses and could have noti- she stopped herself from continuing that sarcastic thought. None of them could have noticed her, right? Her goal was to get to her sister and talk to her. After that, she would notify the scientists. If anything went wrong and she was caught by the escapees, she would simply notify the scientists anyways, and hopefully. help would come. She had a plan and she would follow it. Nothing would go wrong. But she would have to do it later. First, she had to follow them and make sure her sister was with them before she could do anything.
She swam back up the river some ways and slipped out before finding a nice tree to sleep in. The particular tree wasn't exactly comfortable. It was kind of prickly. At least it decreased her chances of being found though.
((Open for interaction))
((Both chars are asleep))
Mystery yawned. She looked around at the little crevice she was in. She yawned again 'Hmm I must of fallen asleep' she thought. She didn't hear any rain,so she crawled out of the miniature cave. She looked up at the sky,the stars were shining brightly. Carefully avoiding the puddles left over from the storm,she walked a few steps form the bolders and took flight. Flying near the top of the trees,she followed the river 'I don't know how far away they are,but they were following the river the last time I saw them' she thought. Soon she started smelling an increasing amount of hybrid scents. Slowing down she landed in a tree and peered through the leaves. She saw a bunch of small shelters and most of the hybrids appeared to be asleep,except for the ones who were guarding the makeshift camp. Mystery leaned back against the tree trunk with her hands behind her he.ad,looking down at the camp through the foliage that hid her from sight. 'They'll never see me coming' she thought.
“I am ... the Soldier” the hybrid said through clenched jaw.
I cocked my head at the strange name. The hybrid surely seemed like he had a hard time pronouncing it. He completely lowered his gun and staggered backwards, clutching his head with his left hand and and groaning.
He seemed to mumble something to himself, but I felt it clearly. The presence I felt from the Soldier wavered and went faint for a moment just as another presence from the same exact spot appeared, though not completely. It was as if this Soldier was two entities in one body.
Explain that would...I thought.
I shook my head and focused on the situation at hand. The aura that had just appeared seemed to be fighting, screaming to be free while the hunter half, the first presence, struggled to press him down. There was no better chance for us to run.
I grabbed Baske’s hand and ran for the door and threw it open, thrusting Baske forward through the door and ran after her.
Ryu asked the dragon hybrid his name "I am... The Soldier" The white scaled hybrid replied,then he clutched his head like he was having a horrible headache. Ryu grabbed her hand,opened the door and pushed her through. "Eeep!" She started running down the hall,then stopped. She turned to Ryu "Which way do I go?!" She whisper-shouted.
Anger in the Soldier flared when the two hybrids ran past him and it allowed him to push Salastar down a little more. The Soldier looked at Lucifer "transfer those prisoners" He barked at the hybrid before he opened the door and trained the rifle at the two fleeing hybrids as he ran after them.
Four rounds were sent quietly flying down the hall, The soldier had turned the Taser part of them on two rounds and Salastar turned two of the into just trackers. The Soldier was to focused on the hybrids to notice Salastar aiming a little as well. The Taser rounds hit Salastar's mark, the collars and effectively ruined the devices. The Soldier's tracker rounds also hit their marks as well, the backs of the two fleeing hybrids. The chips would not go that deep but it would take surgical tools to actually remove the chips.
The Soldier stopped chasing the hybrids and tapped his his wrist screen, two blips showed up and with that he focused on suppressing Salastar, it was not that hard for Salastar had done what he wanted and would be content on fighting the Soldier later when his walls became permeable again.
Baske stumbled as something hit her back. She reached around and felt a small bump in her scaly skin. She then noticed that her collar was somehow no longer locked and she pulled it off.
((I'm going to take control of Ryu for this post. Just to keep things moving))
Baske stopped and asked me which way she was to go. I was about to answer when I felt something hit my back. When I felt my back all I felt was a small bump. Baske suddenly pulled off her collar. I was about to ask her how she had done that when I noticed that my collar was unlocked. I pulled it off and dropped it on the ground. I reached out with my dragon six sense thing and found the way out "Follow me" I said and headed in the direction. Baske followed me.
We ran through the maze of halls, avoiding guards, eventually reaching the stairs to the roof. Thousands of thoughts rushed through my mind. Amelia, Lucifer, Cromex, forgive me for running off like that. That was enough distraction for you to get out like we escaped, I hope. And the Soldier, who is he really? He stopped chasing us, thank goodness. What that thing that attached onto our backs is, I wonder.
I hadn’t seen much of an option in terms of escape routes. Going through the entrance was suicidal. Maybe if I had more time, I could’ve found a better way out.
“Past these stairs, we’ll be free,” I muttered.
It was a lot of work to plan a course through the halls. But we made it. I led the way up the stairs until we reached the door with a lock, needing a keycard. I noticed that I still held onto the gun, perhaps what I should’ve used earlier if I remembered I still had it. There was no doubt the Soldier would report the fact that a hybrid got on the loose with a weapon. I felt something wedged comfortably between the gun and my hand. Taking the gun into my other hand, I saw the keycard from the koed guard pressed into my palm. Oh what luck.
I inserted the card, the door clicking open without alarms. For the first time since the morning, I felt fresh air as the door opened outwards. I stepped out and looked around. It was already night, the air cool and the sky dark. Stars twinkled above us and I smiled.
Baske followed Ryu through various hallways. "Past these stairs,we'll be free" she heard Ryu say. They went up the stairs and Ryu opened the door with a keycard. They stepped out onto the roof. "Wow look at all the stars! And the moon!" Baske said excitedly,staring up at the night sky. "Ooh and look,you see that non-twinkly star?! I think that's mars! Coool!" She said pointing. "I can wait until I get to see it up close!" She said.
((So I'm guessing Ryu's going to fly them out of there?))
I froze up when the Soldier questioned me further. It was true; none of the hybrids were restrained or hindered in any way to prevent escape, and why would I take them in the bathroom of all places? I went into overdrive trying to think up an excuse, tuning out everything else that was happening around me until the Soldier suddenly shouted: "Transfer those prisoners!" and ran out of the bathroom.
Startled out of my thoughts, I looked around, confused. Ryu and Baske were gone, and I could still hear the dragon hybrid's thundering footsteps dashing away from the bathroom. Amelia and Cromex were still there, looking like they hadn't moved an inch since I walked forward. Cromex's breathing had become rapid after watching the whole encounter, his frail frame shivering as he blankly stared at the door.
I wanted to console him; to wrap him up in a hug and take away all the damage the Scientists had done to my best friend. Unfortunately, this could be our one chance to run, and we couldn't risk loosing more time.
"Let's go." I told the pair.
Amelia nodded knowingly and picked up Cromex, wrapping three of her four arms around his shell-shocked form. I started towards the door, ready to throw it open and make a mad dash to the exit, but then I remembered something. Growling in frustration, I turned and faced Amelia. The redhead paused mid-stride, confused.
"I have someone else here I need to collect, and you still have a collar you need to take off. If I'm correct, there should be a spare key hidden in the plastic plant in the hallway to our left. One of the staff likes to keep it there because he's been the victim of countless pranks, and he can't afford to loose that key. Once you're free, get to the nearest exit- it's down the same path the other's just ran, I believe. You two fly to freedom, and I'll meet you there with Perlac. Understand?" I explained to the butterfly hybrid. After a moment, she nodded, but surprised me with a question.
"Does this 'Perlac' have a memory block?" I stiffened, but nodded shortly after.
"If she's who I believe she is, then yes."
Amelia quickly shoved her remaining hand into her sweater pocket, pulling out two injections in plastic packaging labeled 'Memory Stimulant'. I raised an eyebrow in question as I took the supplies and put them in my jacket pockets.
"Seems to be a popular way to keep hybrids in line." Amelia answered simply, shrugging. I hummed thoughtfully, realizing this was true.
"Thank you, Amelia." I smiled.
"Don't mention it." She replied, returning my smile with a more sorrowful one.
I nodded in understanding before looking at Cromex. His breathing had returned to a normal rate, but he was still looking blankly at nothing. I frowned, realizing how much trust I was putting in Amelia after only a short time of knowing her. My best friend's freedom, and quite possibly his life, rested on her ability to escape.
"I'll take care of him." She promised, seeing my worried expression.
I didn't respond, forcing myself to turn and exit the bathroom. I would see them soon, all four of us united again. I feigned confidence as I took long strides down various winding hallways, passing doors and a few elevators as I looked for the training grounds. She always seemed to be bettering her skills in that place filled with death-traps.
I was in a state of shock after seeing the dragon hybrid talking to Lucifer, gun in hand while demanding information. An assassin. One of them. He had discovered us, discovered me, and was probably going to put us all back in varying cells. I couldn't go back so soon to that room. I couldn't.
All of this brought forth a torrent of memories, fears, and emotions. The pace of my thoughts sped up along with my breathing, and I found myself drowning in my mind once again. Flashes of memory flitted through the ocean that overwhelmed me, images from times past flickering across my vision for several moments at a time. I relived my mutation, loosing my sister, my first several years being trapped in that place with only spiders and the silent guard outside for company as I was forced to work.
While I struggled to fight off the torrent, I was vaguely aware of being picked up. I heard the sound of Lucifer's voice, and then I was moving. I registered a brief period of stillness as something clicked and fell to the floor before I was moving around once more, this time at a much faster pace. I focused on my breathing, trying to force back the past and bring back the present. Slowly but surely, the overwhelming force receded. I recognized the faint buzzing from the headphones covering my ears along with the bland whiteness of the floors and walls around me.
"We'll be free soon." I reconized the voice of Amelia, the butterfly hybrid.
I craned my neck around, antenna twitching slightly as I looked at her face. It was now that I realized Lucifer was gone, and we were running towards what I beleived to be an exit. I wanted to ask where my best friend was, feeling my anxiety flaring again at the lack of a more familiar face. However, before I could form the words, we arrived at a door. I instantly noticed that the door was only accessible via keycard, which we lacked. Fortunately, the door wasn't closed, wedged open by a stray pebble stuck in the crack.
Amelia didn't hesitate to throw open the door, kicking out the pebble to make sure the door actually shut behind us. Baske and Ryu were a few feet away, looking like they were about to take off into the star-filled sky. Amelia quickly closed the distance, stopping next to the pair of hybrids as her orange wings snapped open.
"Lucifer will meet us back at camp. Let's go." She explained, ready to spring and take off into the night with the others.
"Come,I'm sure that day would" Ryu said. "But for now,the group let's get back to,wherever they are" he continued "Climb on" he said. Baske had just climbed onto his back when Amiela crashed through the door carrying Cromex in her arms "Lucifer will meet us back at camp. Let's go" Amiela said.
Baske climbed on just as the door suddenly opened, slamming against the wall and closing as two figures exited onto the roof. My heart leaped at the sudden entrance, but I called myself when I saw it was Amelia and Cromex, not some guards.
The two stopped over at our side. "Lucifer will meet us back at camp. Let's go." She explained, ready to spring and take off into the night with the others.
“Got it,” Ryu said. To Baske, he asked. "Ready to go?"
"I'm ready. Let's go!" Baske said in reply to Ryu question.
"I'm ready. Let's go!" Baske said in reply to my question.
I nodded. "Hang on." With that said, I took off into the night.
I watched the exchange between the two before they took off. I quickly followed, clutching Cromex tigher in my arms to keep him from falling. I saw he was trying to say something, but there wasn't time.
"We'll be safe soon." I promised, flapping harder in a haste to get back to the safety of the camp.
The stars shone above us, twinkling bright without a care in the world. I wished I could be more like that: carefree. Maybe someday, when this was all over. Together, the four of us were swallowed by the inky blackness, leaving the facility far behind us as we flew to our current home.
I woke when the morning light of the sun struck my closed eyes. When I opened my eyes I found myself on the beach I had fallen asleep on with Aki who lay on top of one of my wings and an arm. I getly removed my wing from under her still sleeping for and stood, streatching, I had not slept that well in a while. I looked over my healing wounds and found that some of the smaller ones were close to being fully healed. This reminded me of Aki's tears, I made a plan to ask her about it when she woke but for now I enjoyed the serenity of the moring.
The sun was just rising off the water, not a trace of the storm that had just gone through, in the sky. I stood there on the grass between beach and forest, wings outstreatched as I sunned myself. I listend for the noises of waking hybrids, not wanting to worry them if they started waking up to find their leader gone.
He woke in his room and began work on his self assigned mission. He had sent details on it to Cora the night previous, Salastar omited several parts, like the Soldiers lapse in function and Lucifer's name, simply stating "domestic". The Soldier finished packing his supplies and left his room, heading for open air.
Scytha woke up. It was a bright,sunny morning. She moved out from under the tree she had been sleeping under. She appeared to be the first one up. She looked around at the sleeping hybrids,her gaze rested on the tree that Faolan and Aki had been sleeping under,they weren't there anymore. Could they of woken up before her? It was possible. She stared at the tree for a few more seconds,the marine hybrid was still under the tree. Scytha turned and walked away.
((I tried something a little different here. Just a warning: The dream part might be a bit unnerving. I'll put a summary of it at the very end of the post. Everything else should be safe to read though.))
Two halves makes a whole. That's what I was taught as a child. 1/2 + 1/2 = 1. It was basic logic, really. That's why twins were such a big deal at home. A single powerful magic, split in half at birth to keep from imploding. Imagine the power, the possibilities. A spark like that could change the world.
My brother and I were treated like we were the same person. I was born first, inheriting the magic. He was born second, inheriting the control. Two sides of the same coin, connected by blood. We balanced each other, helped each other, and we were happy for the first few years.
Then we noticed the stares. People whispering, glancing, and frowning down on us. Everyone was beginning to talk when we started spending time apart. To them, we were ruining our potential by splitting up occationally. We should be training, fighting, and working together. Always. Naturally, we rejected the philosophy. Our drastically different personalities repelled each other as much as they drew each other close. Our differences made us stronger, but like a coin, only one side can be seen at a time. The sides never clash or touch, apart from their backs pressed against one another.
I tried to be strong for both of us, enduring the training my brother couldn't stand at the time. I explained each lesson in exciting detail, trying to make learning together fun, like it used to be. Lucifer wouldn't have it and always snuck out to spend time with his human friend, Cromex. Don't get me wrong, Cromex was charming and his little sister was sweet, but Lucifer didn't have his priorities strait. It wasn't long before whispers turned to shouts, and I found myself being exalted as the 'Alpha' twin.
When Connatus was born on the night we were captured, we could hear the others yelling from the clifftop. Cheering us on, thinking we had finally found our 1/2 + 1/2 = 1; our true form. They were dead wrong. Connatus, the two headed dragon we 'fused' to form, was a chaotic mess. Our inner selves meshed in an unnatural way, ensuing in nothing but turmoil and pain. With a crack, Connatus was split soon after they had formed, and the two of us were left winded and weak as the scientists dragged us all away.
I still remembered that night. The last night seeing my brother, and it ended in suffering...
A pool, clear and still as glass, lay before me on open terrain. The surface shimmered slightly, almost as if it was containing secrets untold in it's depths. A mystery left unsolved, with only the fragmented remains left alone to glint like lights upon the surface.
The air was still as death, and no noise could be heard in the abyss I existed in. Only myself and the pool were here, and that's how it would stay. I could just tell.
I felt odd, like my limbs were jelly and my thoughts slow. My plain of existence outside of time, yet being time itself. It was confusing and I couldn't wrap my head around it, so instead I did the only thing I could do. I stepped forward to the pool, and stared into the water.
The light, the fragmented mysteries and secrets I spoke of, turned out to be my own. Memories, doubts, and thoughts were all contained in the water. Some were stationary, floating like dead fish on the surface, while others zipped about; hiding before reappearing, twisting and writhing like snakes, or prey trying to survive being chased by a vicious predator.
In the center of it all was my face, except it wasn't. My signature hat was charred and covered in ash, my wings cracked and brittle. My eyes had lost their sparkle, my hair cut uneven and short, and a permanent smile was stitched onto my lips, sealing away my secrets forever in a prison created by my own mouth.
Shocked, scared, and disgusted by my own appearance, I covered my mouth with my hand to stiffle a cry, watching in a trance as my reflection did the same.
"Oh, I'm sorry, is that too scary for you?" A voice called out.
Before I could reply, the reflection twisted, momentarily becoming a whirlpool before settling again in a new frightening image. This time, I was scaly. My eyes glowed pure gold, and my face was covered in dull, thick scales. Broken teeth jutted unnaturally from dry and cracked draconic lips, while a broken pair of horns grew from my skull. I stared in horror as the image threw back it's head and laughed. A deep chuckle that echoed through the nothingness as withered claws suddenly shot forth from the surface and scrambled for purchase on the shore. The dragon emerged in all it's unholy glory, glaring at me for several seconds before shrinking in a flash of blue, turning into a boy of around 20 years.
He flashed a smirk at me, and I wish I could say I didn't recognize him. Unfortunately, he had the same characteristics of both myself and my brother, all pieced together like it should've been.
"What's wrong, half-baked? I thought you liked a good show?" He feigned disappointment, taking off a hat that bore a strong resemblance to my own.
"Who are you?" I asked, although I already knew the answer in my heart.
He looked up into the infinite blackness.
"Who am I?" He mumbled before looking into my eyes.
"WHO AM I?" He yelled suddenly, and I felt a force like a sledgehammer suddenly throw me backwards, slamming me into the ground and sending me skidding several feet.
I gasped in shock, trying not to scream in pain as I heard the sharp crack of several bones breaking at once. The quiet tap of footsteps drew near before my head was abruptly yanked upwards by my hair. I gritted my teeth as I was forced to stare into the dead, sharklike eyes of the boy.
"I am what you were supposed to be." He hissed before shoving me backwards once more.
"The real deal, not the jigsaw puzzle you two turned out as." He dryly laughed, turning away to face the pool again.
I panted, trying force myself into a standing position. However, it felt like several weights kept me chained down, forcing me to remain at the mercy of the true '1'.
"You know it wouldn't have worked. That much power would've imploded if it didn't split." I tried to reason with the monster as I lay on the ground in pain.
"You don't KNOW THAT!" He screeched, using his magic to raise me up in the air before dropping me down again.
Another loud snap could be heard, and I started hacking. A few crimson droplets splattered on the ground. Internal bleeding.
"I would've been the spark everyone wanted. The true user of the power you hold. But, because of your lousy choices, no one goes home happy. If you hadn't done what you did, you two wouldn't have been born, no one would've been captured, and none of this resulting pain would exist right now." I felt a squeezing pressure around my heart as he spoke each word, almost as if he planned to crush it as an act of vengeance.
"It's all your fault." He turned back to face my pitiful form, his face now blank and emotionless.
He strode towards me, painfully planting his foot on my back as he whispered in my ear.
"And I will always be here to remind you of that."
Suddenly his hands were grasping my arms, an unnatural strength possessing him as he dragged me, kicking and screaming, to the pool of secrets. Without another word, he threw me in. Instantly I was dragged down by invisible weight, the surface growing further and further away as the boy started to laugh again. The echos of his eerie voice played over and over in my mind, chasing me down into the pond as I ran out of air and started to suffocate...
I woke up gasping for breath and clinging to the ground, the nightmare still fresh and vivid in my head. A few similar ones had occurred before this, but none as vivid and gruesome as that. I took in deep gulps of the crisp air, watching as rays of morning sunlight illuminated patches of earth through holes in the tent roof. I was safe, I was okay.
I rolled over and saw Xenophon was awake. I attempted to smile, but I was pretty sure it turned out as a grimace.
"Good morning." I greeted verbally, forgetting for a moment that the insect hybrid only spoke broken english.
((Dream Summary: Lucy sees frightful versions of herself in the reflection of a pond, and is then terrorized by a young boy with no name. This boy is who Lucy and Lucifer were supposed to be before their magic split to avoid imploding and ensure survival. He claims it was Lucy's fault because it was her half of the magic that decided on the split, and Lucy has guilt over it because she feels it was one of the causes of herself, her brother, and their friend's misfortune.))
As the sun began to rise up into the sky, it's gentle rays slowly shined into the small shelter that Hawk and Tigerlily are soundly asleep in. Before long, Tigerlily began to awaken from the sun's gentle rays.. well somewhat she still was more like in and out of sleep though subconsciously, she rolled over to Hawk's side of the shelter and placed her right arm over him like if he was a pillow. Unaware of this, she stayed like that for a few minutes.
Bright light glowed outside of Mynah's eyelids. She had actually slept past the sun rising. She got up and stretched, climbing out of the shelter.
Everyone else seemed to be waking up, so she slowly walked over to the stream, enjoying the sight of the golden sunlight shining on the river. She submerged herself in the cold, crisp water, putting her head under. Any remains of sleep left her head, so she went swimming for a moment. She climbed out of the water, hoping the warm sun would dry her.
She then went off to find some berries, but it seemed that there weren't any of those raspberries. Thinking of hunting, she figured that all of the nearby small game had been scared off when they had made camp, and she didn't feel like going far. Defeated, she went back to where everyone else was.
She opened her eyes. She slipped back into the river and traveled back to their camp. Surveying them, she saw that most of them were waking up. As she arrived , she saw a white feathered hybrid leave the river.
Sperehope opted to continue watching them before doing anything. She still didn't know where her sister was. For all she knew, she was miles away and traveling in a different direction.
Rita opened her eyes and was instantly blinded by the sunlight streaming through the entrance of the shelter. She yawned wide and sat up. Her uncle was still sleeping. Deciding not to wake him she quietly excited the makeshift hut. The rest of the camp was waking up. Rita went to see if Aki,Faolan and Triton were awake. She saw that Triton was still asleep under the tree,but Faolan and Aki were nowhere to be found. She frowned. Why would Faolan and Aki run off? Faolan was the leader and if he was missing it might cause a panic. Rita saw some tracks in the mud and she followed them. After a little walking she came to a beach. Faolan was standing there. Aki was lying on the ground,asleep. "Good morning" she said walking towards Faolan. She walked a little past Faolan,her toes sinking into sand. "Really need to get some shoes. I'm going to have sand in between my toes for weeks" she said. She took a deep breath through her nose,the sent of the ocean washing over her. It seemed like such a peaceful place... She looked over at Aki "Taking a nap?" She asked Faolan about Aki.
I looked over my shoulder when I heard Rita wished me a good morning, "morning" I replied. I we pass a human town you uncle might be able to get you some" I told her when she spoke about getting shoes. I looked over at Aki and smiled at her sleeping form, shaking my head slightly "she's stilll sleeping, we had a insomniatic night last night though the peacfullness of this" I gestured to the sea scene before me, "helped lull us into some much needed sleep" I told Rita, "are some of the other's waking up as well?" I asked her.
"If we pass a human town your uncle might be able to get you some" Faolan said in reply to what she said about shoes. "She's still sleeping. We had an insomniac night last night,though the peacefulness of this,helped lull us into some much needed sleep" Faolan said,gesturing to the ocean and beach. "It IS rather peaceful" Rita agreed. "And yes the others are starting to wake up. Better get back before they realize your gone and think you've been captured by hunters" Rita said.