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Hibryds - by Alarkius Jay
In Novels
AlarkiusJay
Jul 01, 2022
EP 9 | Fever Dream! After the incident with the Obelisk, everything was back to normal and working effectively. People started to revisit the place after some maintenance and many enjoyed going. With the Golden VIP pass that Gregory Polth gave us earlier, we decided to put it to use. The incident happened near lunch time, and I collapsed for nearly a few hours. It should be around 5 in the late-afternoon now. “What do you want to do first? Grind for coins or hunt monsters?” I asked Raeya. Raeya thought about it, since this place offered a diverse field of systems. “I want to check out the housing stuff! Though we’d probably have to grind for coins..,” Raeya said, thinking her thoughts out. “So…Let’s kill some monsters!” “Alright, that sounds like a plan!” I responded back. “We should probably get registered first with these passes first.” “Wait, our IDs!” Raeya exclaimed. “Oh, don’t worry about that! I’ve stored them safely,” the receptionist told us. She took them out of a secret compartment and showed us that they were safe. We both felt relieved, because if we lost the IDs, we’d have a tough time replacing it. We gave her the passes and she scanned them both, verifying and registering us into the system. After the scan was done, she gave us back our passes and id cards. “Enjoy your time here!” With the entrance to the place close to us, we both entered it and was greeted with the floor’s vast, massive scene. It felt much different than the world outside. There were tech-like billboards near us and we went to look at them, since this was our first time here. One of them had a list of floors and we both took notice that the housing system is on every floor with their own seasonal theme. “Which theme do you want to visit?” I asked Raeya. She looked down on the list a few more times before selecting a choice. “Oh! This!” Raeya said pointing at the name. “Fairy-Modern Spring on floor 241!” “Let’s see…,” I said, tapping on the name. A display popped out in front of us showing Floor 241. The floor was filled with colorful themes and modern-like buildings that spanned over the vast area. We both took a liking to it. There was an option to teleport to the floor rather than taking the elevator tram. “Which way do you want to go? Tram or teleportation?” Raeya asked me. I thought about it for a bit. “Whatever floats your boat, I’m fine with it!” She pressed on the teleportation option and blue light emitted around us. Instantly, we disappeared with the light and reappeared on the designated floor. “That felt weird but surprisingly cool!” I said, looking around. The floor was completely different than the one we were on before. It felt surreal, much like the world outside. All the townsfolk moved along the streets and various chatters filled the area. A sign was next and it said that all available information can be found within the Adventurer’s Quarters. The Adventurer’s Quarters is exactly what it sounds like, and the building is in the center of the town, which stood out since it was quite tall. We both went towards the Quarters. Once we arrived there, we were greeted with chatter among the streets. “Wow, this place looks lively!” Raeya said, looking around. There were many shops and stores that surrounded us, and many inns and buildings. The Adventurer’s Quarters stood in front of us, and we opened the door and went inside. Inside the place, it was quite dazzling and gorgeous. It was built with dark oak wood and a mixture of materials I haven’t seen before. It was quite lively here too. It was also quite huge inside. There’s a lot of tables off in one section, another section had minigames you could beat for quick coins, hot springs near the backs, and a small training center. “I’m gonna take a look around!” Raeya told me flying off. Lots of people had come from the back to exit this place. Some were near the minigames and some were over at the tables eating their meals. The reception area was in the center of the area. Some of the people here began to recognize me due to the incident a while back. “Oh my gosh! Look! It’s the person who saved this place” one said. A huge crowd suddenly formed around me. They all asked various questions and I couldn’t answer all of them. “Where did you gain such power?!” “You look so handsome!” “Who on earth are you?!” All of these questions got into my head and I couldn’t ignore them. It was stirring me up. However, this was my first time experiencing something like this. “I-” I tried to speak but more people began to form around. “P-please! I only did it because I was there!” I projected my voice. “Although I admire all of your enthusiastic looks, I’m a little uncomfortable about this huge crowd around me. I’m not used to this..” I tried to deescalate the situation a bit but it was a little too much for me. The crowd didn’t listen and started to ask for my autograph. I wasn’t used to this type of popularity. “But still! You helped this place survive!” another said. “Can I have your autograph??” someone else said. Suddenly, I heard Raeya’s voice in the distance. “Kydel! Where are you at?” It was her voice. Her voice was the only thing my ears could catch. But I couldn’t find her due to this massive crowd. I wanted to use my powers to break free, but I didn’t want to startle the crowd nor hurt them. But eventually, she found me by flying above. She landed on my shoulders. I assumed she didn’t want to handle a big crowd but it looked like she was fine. Maybe being with me allowed her to open up. “Seems like you’re quite popular!” She laughed. “Oh! You’re the friend who helped him!” someone said from behind. I was being pushed around due to the movement of the crowd and they kept asking me questions. I don’t know how long I could hold on. “Raeya, can you do something about this..?” I asked her. “Okay!” She giggled. She flew up in the air and activated a spell that lit up beneath me and the huge crowd. She closed her eyes, put her hands together and spoke. “Let there be peace within this tavern!” She said, trying not to alert the crowd. The light from below glowed and faded away, and the crowd’s behavior changed as I noticed them stop talking. It then gradually went back to what they were doing before. Raeya flew back down. “Wow, I didn’t know you could do that!” I said surprised. “Is that a subset of what your powers can do?” “Indeed!” she responded back. “It’s quite useful sometimes.” After the small commotion, we both went to the reception in the center of the place and showed the VIP pass to the clerk. The clerk got us registered into the system and we were given a small tiny remote called “Skydroid.” The remote that the clerk gave us lets us access the system’s features. This included inventory, skills, exp, currency systems, and an overlay system that binds our powers into it. Our remotes both had 100 coins as starter currency. “Wow, to think every feature can be accessed with this Skydroid!” I said, astonished. “What happens if we lose it?” Raeya asked the clerk. “The Skydroid will find its way to you! If you manage to lose it, it will pinpoint your location and fly towards you using its built-in NFC detector. It can find you because of the VIP cards you have,” the clerk responded. That feature sounded very helpful. “Hey, let’s head back outside. I want to explore the place!” Raeya told me. “Alright!” I responded back happily. We both headed outside of the Adventurer’s Quarters and were struck with awe once again. This place was truly amazing. It felt like a whole different world here and almost like one of those novels where the protagonist gets sent into another world. The surroundings were very surreal and had a very fantasy-like atmosphere. “That domain was too hard…” someone said passing by. “Seriously, no one can even beat it!” another said. Hearing this so-called domain piqued my interest and I wanted to give it a try. “Hey, Raeya, want to try out that domain those people were talking about?” I asked her. “Well, sure, but aren’t we like, new here?” She replied. “Yes, but given how new we are, we should try something at least,” I responded to her question. “Then let’s do it!” She agreed. “Excuse me, what’s this domain you’re talking about?” I asked the two. “Oh? Some newcomers?” one of them said. “It’s super hard and you won’t be able to beat it.” “It’s also said to be one of the hardest domains on this floor,” the other said. “What’s it called?” Raeya asked. “Crescent Spifflyarge is the name. It’s deep in the forests with a red flag next to it,” one replied. With the name that was given to us, I entered it into the skydroid and it automatically found the location of it. It was indeed in the forests behind this town on the floor. The skydroid lifted out of my hands and guided us to the domain. It stayed by our side. “Let’s go!” I said. Walking with the skydroid as the guide to the Crescent Spifflyarge, many people chattered on the streets with the sounds of anvils in the distance. We both crossed the paths that merged with the town into the plains. There was also wildlife in the Skypeak Obelisk, which made it even more fascinating. With the forest coming into view, lots of adventurers came from that direction and passed us. “Man, this domain will never be beaten!” one of them complained. “It even stole our coins!” A domain that steals coins? That’s a new one “‘’xcuse me, but what do you mean by “coin stealing?”” Raeya asked the two who passed us. “Oh! Haha! Coin Stealing is a system and setting with all domains here in the entire obelisk. At the entrance, you give a fee of 10 coins to accept the domain challenge. There is a time limit of 6.5 minutes for you to complete the challenge. Otherwise, if you lose or forfeit, you lose your 10 coins,” they answered. “But if you clear the domain, you get all the stacked rewards that the domain has collected. Crescent Spifflyarge, the one we tried to beat currently, has a stacked portion of 10k coins, 50 Emeralds, 25 Diamonds, and a Rainbow Ticket.” “The rainbow ticket is a ticket for housing systems!” another added in. “That’s some stacked awards,” I said shocked. “Raeya, let’s go!” I took her by her hand and followed the skydroid. As soon as the skydroid reached the place, we both were stopped by a ton of adventurers leaving and entering the domain. There were a lot. Many were in line to try out the domain and they entered one by one giving a fee of 10 coins. We followed the line and did the same. Upon entry inside the domain, its expanse was huge. Pillars surrounded the group and us, with decorations of hieroglyphics and pictures. Torches lit themselves up around the area and the atmosphere became dense. “Woah, this place looks intense!” I said under my breath. A sound alerted and a display text appeared in the air. “Challenge starting in 5…” it said. “4…’ “3…” “2…” “1…” The countdown to the timer went off and many adventurers scattered around. In a split second, a monster appeared. It looked like a combination of a minotaur and a huge stegosaur. It was quite large. An HP gauge appeared on the top of the monster. “Hey, we should observe first before we wipe this domain clean!” Raeya told me. “That sounds like a good idea,” I responded. We both sneakily stepped to the sides and observed the group fight the boss monster. The group fired a range of attacks, from melee, swords, AOE, and magic. But to the monster’s surprise and to us, it did nothing at all. The monster then attacked with intense beams shot from its mouth, it clawed the group, and used its tail as its weapon. The group couldn’t do anything after the monsters’ attack. This was only the first stage though. After some time and some clashes and exchanges, the second phase began and this time, the monster was given a huge claymore sword, two in fact. “Aah! This phase is the hardest!” one of the members from the group shouted. As the group charged in to deliver some blows, the monster did one fell swoop to the group and knocked them out. The domain immediately took the groups’ dropped items as the domain’s stacked rewards. However there was still time, 3 minutes in fact. The group felt defeated and retreated outside of the domain. “Let’s do this!” Raeya tugged on my arm. “Haha, alright!” I said, popping my knuckles. We both approached the monster from the sides and I shot a bolt of telekinesis to get its attention. This monster had a name next to its hp gauge. Kingslayer Titan. The titan had felt my attack. “You’re mine,” I menacingly told the mob. As the monster went in to attack, I closed my eyes and breathed in and out. The monster attacked but I dodged it. It’s two swords it swung dug into the ground. Trying to pick them back up, I morphed my arms into dual swords and knocked the weapons out of its grasp. I used telekinesis and amplified the energy and shot it at the weapons. An explosion happened as the titan tried to recover the weapons but they were destroyed. “Grwaah!” the Titan screeched. Its eyes puffed out viciously and it glowed red. It changed its target to Raeya. Raeya however, after being targeted, fired multiple magic blasts at the titan. It dealt massive damage. “It made a scratch!” Raeya told me. “Let’s keep at it-” I said. However, the timer decreased to 2 minutes and a sound alerted us. “Time is almost up…!” Raeya said, pointing at the timer in the air. “Do you mind if I take the honor? I asked Raeya. “Sure!’ She replied back. She flew off into the distance and watched me fight the monster. I wanted to see how much damage I can do to a weakling. As the titan charged onto me, I let my eyes glow to amplify my powers a few times. This caused my aura to change to the color orange. The monster pummeled its fists against me, and I did the same. I countered its attack with mine. As I began to ready a telekinetic punch, the monster shot a beam from its mouth at me, but I deflected it using my fist. This sent sparks and flames everywhere in the arena. The shockwave shook the domain as the vibrations even shook the entire field. The monster shook. It then attacked again with its tail while I jumped and dodged its every attack. I was ready to go all out. The monster tried to take me out with one fell swoop, but I stopped that from happening. I raised my hand with three of my fingers, flew up into the air, and tapped them against the monster. I lifted my other two fingers and began to muster up my energy. With the energy building up in my hand, a small, light ball appeared as I commanded my mind to use telekinesis. The titan couldn’t move. My grip on it was far too strong for the titan to move or budge. With my hand against its head, the beam of light grew bigger and bigger as it lightened up the entire arena. I then pushed my hand into the titan’s head and the light blasted forth, sending a huge beam that swallowed the entire monster and the arena together. The beam of light became so large, the HP to the monster drastically dropped. The ground began to crack, the walls shook, debris from the ceiling fell, and the system started to glitch. “Kydel! Stop! You might break something!” Raeya shouted. The beam I shot from my hand faded as I retrieved my power. The HP to the monster decreased before it fainted. It stumbled and fell to the floor before dissipating into thin air. The timer was almost near its end time. After the timer went up, a text lit up in the center of the room which said we completed the challenge. It also showed the rewards. “Accept the Rewards?” “[ X ] | [ O ]” “Oooh! Rewards! Stacked Rewards!” Raeya said excitedly. I pressed the O button and accepted the rewards. The rewards appeared out of thin air and on the ground and I held my skydroid out. Both me and Raeya gained some experience points. The droid scanned the rewards and stashed them into its inventory. Raeya’s droid did the same too. After that, the domain teleported us out into the open field where the entrance was. There were many people outside yet again, and they were surprised. The red flag next to the domain turned green. Meaning that the domain was cleared. “No..no one has been able to beat that domain in ages!” an adventurer said. “Dude, this is the first time someone beat it!” another said. “Who are you?” “Wait, wasn’t he the one who protected the Obelisk?!” Others took notice and a huge crowd formed again right around me. I was the center of attention, again. Some began to bring out their phones, some had cameras. A bright flash had startled me and I jumped up and landed on top of the domain. “I’m just a passerby, nothing serious,” I projected. “But you saved this place from the attack before!” a red-leathered adventurer exclaimed. “And you cleared this domain without any effort!” another said. A person in the crowd laughed. He laughed like he was being a jerk. “Haha! This guy? You’re all serious?!” the jerk said. “For all we know, he might be a cheat! Someone who’s so powerful he has nothing to do but fulfill his boredom! You know how he cleared this domain? He’s too powerful!!” “Shut the crap Den!” a member from his group said. The jerk’s name was probably Den. “People like you, the ones who hold so much power and authority, have no place in this world!” Den pestered. However, the amount of people there didn’t seem to care what he had to say. Some joined Den's rally against me. And somehow, the crowd was divided. However, I didn’t think lightly of it. “Let’s leave, Raeya,” I said. “This is too much.” I got up and jumped down from where I was. Raeya followed behind. “And that companion of his…she’s just a tool!” Den yelled at me, pointing at her. I tried to ignore Den's false accusation but what he said made me break my patience. I ran to him and grabbed him by his shirt. The only thing that was important to him was his ego. “Take back what you said!” I said. Raeya flew away immediately after and hid near some trees. “She’s just a tool! To you!” Den pressured. “You’re trying to manipulate her into following you around!” “You’re going to use her and exploit her powers for your own selfless needs!” “Take it back!” I growled angrily. “Or what? You’re going to beat up a weakling like me?!” Den laughed hysterically. I wanted to. Den almost tried to take Raeya’s pride away. I wasn’t having it. “No..,” I said, trying to think about what I was going to do to him. “You’re, a, COWARD!” He yelled into my face. However, I lost my cool and transformed into my beast form. This shook the entire group, no, the entire crowd. Instead of holding him against his shirt, my mouth bit it. I stared merciless into his eyes. I growled intensely at him and he screamed in terror. I tossed him up into the air. “Wait, wait what are you doing?!” Den said, scared. I opened my mouth and crunched him against his body. I wanted him to feel the slightest pain he could experience. Fear. “Ow!” he hollered. “Don’t eat me, please!” I threw him against the domain and approached him. He tried to get up but was too scared to. “You think you’re the only one who’s full of pride and stubbornness?” I growled. “Think again!” I looked down on him as he shook in fear. I grunted as I turned away and transformed back into my human form. Raeya flew right back to me and sat on my shoulder. “You alright?” I asked her. “I’m fine..,” she said silently. But just as we were about to leave, I felt the slightest hint of malice from behind. I sighed and closed my eyes. I readied my fist in front of me and it morphed into a blade without doing anything. Just as the person was about to attack both me and Raeya, I swung my arm behind very fast and I felt the slash go through and out of it. I heard murmurs. “Kydel….!” Raeya gasped, with her hands covering her mouth. I looked back only to see Den’s blood spewing everywhere, and some got on my hand as it turned back to normal. He was cut through clean. “He had it coming! Plus, he was a jerk!” I said. “But that’s murder! That’s a big taboo!” Raeya said sternly. “You could face charges!” “Murder?” I scoffed. We both walked away from the scene casually. “Murder may be illegal, but not for me. I’m not a human by nature. I’m a beast. And Beasts prey for food to survive. This was just an act of self-defense.” “That may be true but you’re part human now! Half human!” Raeya told me. She hit me on the head and it hurt a little. “I’m sorry..,” I said, admitting. “Maybe it’s time you learn some rules in the human-world,” Raeya teased. We both left the scene and went back into the town-square of where all the shops were. We got a lot of rewards for completing the domain back there. Raeya tugged on me. “Hey, look at this!” She pointed at the sign. We both went towards it and looked at it. On it had information of a vacant, giant tree-house mansion that no one would buy. There’s two buildings to it: a house entrance below the tree, and the main house up in the leaves. There were also images of the interior. There’s a huge living space, a balcony on the top floor, and a total of six rooms. It also had additional information that this house could be transported to the outside world for portable travels as an option after purchasing it. The place pretty much maintains itself since it has self-AI working features. “Let’s get this!” Raeya said happily. “I want a place where we can make home without having to rent rooms!” On the sign, it included information about the portable use since this was the only feature this house came with. The house comes miniaturized and placed inside a magic-like container that activates with a magic spell. Once done, the house will return to its original size. You can ask to buy it at the Adventurer’s Quarters. “I don’t have magic powers..” I said with a gloomy tone. “Don’t worry! You can leave that to me!” Raeya said laughing. “Then let’s get it!” I expressed my happiness. We both went back to where the AQ was and went to the front desk. “We saw a sign where we could buy the Treehouse,” I said to the clerk. The clerk heard that and let out a big sigh “Oh, finally, a customer is willing to get it!” she said. “What do you mean by that?” Raeya asked. “We’ve had a lot of adventurers come and try to buy this house off, but their magic is too weak to un-miniaturize the house. You see, when you buy the house, you need to learn a specific spell that can miniaturize and un-miniaturize it. But none of our previous adventurers were able to go that far,” the clerk explained. “Perhaps I can give it a try!” Raeya offered. “Can you do it?” “I sadly can’t, since my magic isn’t at the current level yet,” she told us. She knelt down and opened a door to a cabinet from behind. She took a cube out that had a mini-sized treehouse mansion inside. On the top of the cube, a magic rune was engraved onto it. “This is what it looks like.” I knelt down and looked at the cube, with a mini treehouse-like figurine inside. It’s crazy what technology and magic can do together. “Why don’t we find an open field?” the clerk said. The three of us went outside and out of the town and to some fields where we won’t be bothered. When we got there, the clerk asked Raeya to put the cube down. The clerk began to teach Raeya the magic that is needed to bring this house back to its original size and how to miniaturize it. After learning it, Raeya activated the spell. A giant circle appeared underneath the cube, and it shone brightly. Instead of normally speaking an incantation, she moved her hand and the cube started to expand and disappear. The treehouse grew and grew, like a plant before reaching its original size and form. It stood tall and high, almost like a grand tree with a house built into it. “Amazing..!” the clerk reacted to Raeya. “No one has been able to be this successful! Your magic must be strong!” Raeya blushed at the compliment. “Woah!” I reacted under my breath. I knelt down and touched its roots. It felt very hard and solid, almost like stone. It felt very durable and it looked like the tree could hold up more weight than itself. “What is the tree made out of?” I asked the clerk. “It’s made out of condensed briarstone, Hardwood, and a hexicule core,” she replied. “Raeya, what do you think?” I asked her. She flew around the enormous treehouse and studied it from top to bottom. “I like it!” she said, floating in the air. “Great! We’ll take it!” I told the clerk. Raeya flew back down and shrunk the house back into its small box form and gave it to the clerk. “Normally, you’d have to pay a total of 9k coins to purchase this, but since you have VIP passes, it makes your purchase worth 1k coins. Would that be ok?” the clerk asked us. “That’s a major difference, but it’s alright,” I responded, taking out my skydroid. The clerk withdrew 1k coins from the rewards we got and released a magic-tethering spell from the cube and the Obelisk’s system. She then gave it to me. The cube was placed on my hand, though I put it in one of my pockets. “Thanks for making the purchase! Enjoy your stay here at the Obelisk!” She told us, going back to the AQ. We saw her off as we wandered back onto the streets. “Wow, to think that this is a portable home..,” Raeya exclaimed. “This makes our adventures together even more fun!” “I hope you’ll continue to bear with me, Raeya,” I said. “The same goes with me,” Raeya responded with a smile. We both laughed as we walked around the streets admiring the vast, enchanting scenes. “Hey, we should explore the treehouse we just got! Let’s go back to that field!” Raeya happily said. I tagged along from behind. We went back to where we were before and I placed the cube and let Raeya do the thing. The treehouse became big once again. This time, a key appeared out of thin air, right before the box around the huge tree disappeared. “This must be the key to the place,” I said, grabbing it before it fell. I held the key in my hand and went to the basement door that led inside the tree and up to the main house itself. I placed the key in the keyholder to the door and twisted it until I felt it unlock. Streaks of lines emitted out of the knob and sprung the place up to life, giving light to every corner. The lamp-posts lit up one by one, like a torch ablaze. The door opened by itself, as if the house invited us in. We both walked inside and the sight was amazing. The base of the house wasn’t as boring as most houses have. It was decorated with green vines, old-style torches, wooden counters and cabinets, and comfortable couches to sit on. Near the back of the room, stairs spiraled up to the top of the main area. “Woah! This is better than I expected!” Raeya said, stunned. I, too, was stunned at the houses’ beauty. We both went up the stairs that spiraled up. There were lights in the spiral-hallway, and as we went up, a window appeared where we could both see outside. Continuing up the place, we both made it to the main complex of the tree-house, the mansion. Yet, another sight to behold, a wonderful luxurious living room. It was quite big itself and every piece of furniture we could think of was right before our eyes. The kitchen was there, two bathrooms opposite of each other, a huge living space with a fireplace before it, tables, and among others. There was even a piano against a wall next to a guest room! “I cannot even fathom how wonderful this place looks…!” I said happily. Next to the guest room, there were stairs that led up to the final floor. We both ventured up the place and came to two huge separate rooms, connected to each other via a curtain door. In both of those rooms, there were bathrooms, couches, and most importantly, beds. And to tie these two rooms together, there was a door that led outside to a balcony. Both of us were in awe at the great appearance of these two comfortable rooms. They were perfectly parallel opposite of each other. “Which one, oh which to choose…” I said playfully. “Raeya, I’ll let you pick!” “Really?!” She responded happily. “Yes! You first!” I told her. “Then I pick this room!” she flew towards it. It was the one opposite of the one I was standing in. She made herself at home instantly by using her magic to shape the room to her comfortable needs. “I’d say! This is amazing!” Raeya laughed. “It feels just like my previous house in Variah!” “You should do the same, Kydel!” I thought to myself what I should change in my side of the room that was left for me. Given that I could morph and alter objects with my powers, I decided to turn the bed into a giant bean-bag like bed. I placed my hands down onto the bed, thought of an image of what I wanted, and it turned into exactly what I wanted. Though I didn’t know what else to change, because before I had this life, I was just a mere beast citizen. “I think this will do..” I said to myself. I sat down on it and it felt comfortable. So comfortable it almost made me feel drowsy. “Is that the only thing you’ll alter?” Raeya asked me. “It’s the only thing I can think of. It reminds me of my mother’s soft touch,” I responded. “Though I’m not too sure on what else to alter..” I raised my left wrist up and Zohl, who was still in his wristband form, was still asleep. I poked at him. “Hey, Zohl, wake up!” I said. I felt the gem flicker and Zohl woke up. Zohl then transformed into his creature form. “What a lovely place you two chose! I could make myself at home here too!” he said hovering about. Zohl flew towards me and landed on my shoulder. “Oh! Kydel, I think it’s time you should master Outbreak,” he alerted me. “I worry if you experience another fault with your powers, it would be much harder for you to control.” “But the last time I experienced that, I almost ended up hurting Raeya!” I complained. “I don’t want that to happen again!” “Kydel, I understand your frustration with this power you have, but if you don’t master it in time, you could end up hurting not only us, but yourself,” Zohl said seriously. “He’s right, you know,” Raeya told me. “I don’t want you to get hurt either!” I mumbled to myself. I groaned and sighed. “Alright. If you are concerned about me and what may come true, I’ll do it,” I admitted. “I’ll try my best to control this power!” We stayed in our brand new house for a while before heading back outside. I rested up well and was able to feel the warmth of the newly comfortable warmth of my bed. It felt rejuvenating. After a few minutes, Raeya was up. We both headed outside. “Hey, I think I’ll give ownership of the treehouse to you” I asked her. “Since I don’t have magic, you’re the only one who can unshrink it and re-shrink it.” “Are you sure about that?” she answered, concerned. “Yes. I trust you Raeya,” I responded to her concern. With that out of the way, we got back to the activeness of the streets, we followed a path that led to some training grounds. I felt this uneasy tug of readiness and unreadiness. But I have to face my fears. So we started off training against magic enforced dummies. As we continued for a while, I was able to gain xp and unlock the power of Outbreak. At first, I had trouble controlling the power, but after some time and gaining more xp, I was able to control the power like normal. “Looks like you’re getting the hang of this,” Raeya told me, as we were sparring together. We both clashed our powers against each other. Raeya got stronger in terms of magic and we were evenly matched throughout our spars together. And shortly after, I mastered the power of Outbreak. “Kydel!” Zohl alerted me. “You just unlocked another power!” “What?! I had one more locked power?” I said, surprised. “Well yes, not only you mastered Outbreak, you gained an additional power. This power of yours relies on all aspects of your current powers you have,” Zohl replied back. “Hold on, let me see what it is..” Zohl returned back into his wristband form and slid onto my left arm. A screen popped up in the air and it listed this unknown power I had unlocked. “Ooh! Congrats Kydel!” Raeya congratulated me. “Let’s see what it is!” “Aha! I found it!” Zohl said. “Aura Focal Projection - ​This power allows you to focus aura energy to one point and manifest a physical aura-like blade. You can also use this power to boost your other powers ten-fold.” “I want to try this!” I said excitedly. I closed my eyes and imagined my aura, focusing it to one point, my hand. I then imagined my aura becoming a physical light color, orange. I then opened my eyes and looked at my hand. It worked. Since this power also boosts my powers ten-fold, I used telekinesis and tested it. Looking for a huge object, I spotted an old dumpster. I pointed my hand at it and telekinetically picked it up. I crunched my hand into a fist, and in an instant, the dumpster disappeared. It was like it disintegrated into atoms. “Wow! This could be useful!” I said. “Actually, I want to master this power too. Raeya, is it okay if we stay a little longer?” “That’s fine by me!” She answered back. After hours and hours of sparring, Raeya and I finally got tired. It was a blast. I mastered one of my newest powers, Aura Focal Projection, along with Outbreak. Now I wouldn’t have to worry about messing up with my powers. I did so once, but I will not let it happen again. "Man, that was fun!" I said, wiping my sweat away with a cloth. The stench of both our sweat scrunched our noses as we exited the training arenas. "Hungry?" I asked her. "Yeah!" She said, giving an answer back. As we walked to a nearby food-stall that was stacked in rows, we heard some citizens talk about something that seemed like a sensitive topic. The conversation gave off an ominous vibe. "Dude, did you hear about Amberwick?" one said. "No....what happened?" another responded. "I heard someone took control over the town...!" the same voice said again. "Really? I wonder what's going on..,” the other replied. I became really curious about the conversion, it made me worry about what was happening. "I know what you're thinking, Kydel," Raeya said with a concerned look. She gripped my cloak in hesitation as she sensed my worriedness. "You want to help, don’t you?" Raeya guessed it correctly. I did want to. It felt like I was chosen as a hero for this world. No, I was chosen. Zohl even said I was chosen at the start as a Hibryd. It was also when I first met Leon, who gave me his inheritance before he passed away. I couldn't answer, but Raeya took that as a yes. I at least remembered what the towns' name was. "I'm not stopping you, in fact, I want to help," Raeya said out of concern. "I just don't want you to die! I care very much about you." We both stood still. A moment of silence has passed after hearing what Raeya said. "I promise you, I won't," I responded back, lifting the mood. "What if you're not careful? What if you did?!" Raeya complained to me. I sensed a lot of doubt from her, and I couldn't talk after she said, 'don't die.' "What does Zohl have to say about this?" "This is on Kydel's terms, not mine. I don't make the decisions for him," Zohl interrupted. "A-anyways, let's just get some food!" I said, taking Raeya's hand, changing the subject. Walking to a nearby stall, we got some food and sat down on a bench that was under a tree. We both ate our meal while I thought about what would've happened if I had lost Raeya, or if I died. I couldn't bear the thought, so I clenched my fist as I bit into my meal. "Are you that worried?" Raeya asked me. "I sense a lot of dreadful sorrow in your heart." I gulped down the remainder of my meal and finished. I paused for a moment and collected my thoughts. I sighed. "Yes. I am that worried. Not only do I want to save the town, I don't want to lose you," I said unpleasantly. "You're literally my first ever friend I've made along the way. You're my best friend, and I want our friendship to grow even stronger throughout our travels together." I saw her get flustered after I said that, a faint pale-red color showed on her cheeks. She smiled and held my hand and calmed me down using her soothe touch ability. I felt relieved and refreshed. "Whatever you experience, I will too," she said. "And that includes pain and suffering." After a short while of this tense conversation, we both went back to our treehouse. Not only the treehouse mansion had baths, it had saunas and a hot spring near the back porch of the place. So, we went our separate ways. I went to the males' section of the area, stripped down and dipped into the warm water. Even though I am agender in this form, I still consider myself a male at this point. After a short while, I got out of the pool of relaxing water and took a shower. After that, I went back to my room and laid on my bed, relaxing my body. I heard the curtain move. "Come on in," I said. The curtains slid open and it was Raeya. She flew towards me while leaving the curtains open. "I'm back!" She told me. "Feeling refreshed?" I asked out of concern. "Yeah! It certainly was!" she said. "I'm glad you felt that way," I replied back. Raeya flew around the place and then settled down on her side of her room. It was late in the evening already and I didn't feel that tired yet, though the warmth of the water back there almost made me drowsy. I then had a curious thought if beasts and humans could get married and mate. Zohl, who was in his creature form, flew in from the little place he made for himself. "Hey Zohl," I said. "I have a question.., or so..., if you could call it a question." "I was wondering if beasts like me, if there are, could they potentially become partners and mate with humans and such?" Zohl was fascinated by the statement. Raeya found it curious too. "No,” Zohl responded abruptly. “Beasts and Humans are incompatible to mate and produce offspring." “If this were to happen; humans and beasts alike; their offspring will not be of the same. The genetic markers and DNA will be randomized, and there is no possible way to tell if that offspring is related. However, if it is just a relationship you want to pursue; say boyfriend or girlfriend; or a partner for marriage, that is completely fine.” "So...what you’re saying is that marriage is fine but producing offspring is like, 'illegal?'" I asked for clarification. "That is correct." Zohl replied back. "Also, there is something else you both should know.” ”Humans, Sylphs, Elves or any of the sort, falls under the category, 'Hernumiaus Sapherius', or Hernumias. Beasts are not humans, since they are classified as Bestianes Animalia. But I guess you’re the exception, Kydel, since you’re part human now. Therefore, this type of knowledge sticks as a worldwide law.” Hearing that made me lose a little fraction of joy, but that did not stop me. I want Raeya to be mine, forever. I've known her quite a long time and we get along very closely. I wonder what she would say.…. "Wait....," Raeya said, realizing something. Raeya must have picked up on where I was going with this. She put her hands over her mouth. She became flustered. "I see what’s going on..," Zohl said, picking up on the mood. He then flew away and out onto the balcony, perching on it while he gazed out into the view. Knowing what's going to happen next, I approached Raeya. I opened up my Magic Pocket and pulled out the rings I had custom made before. It was the copy of the flower I gave Raeya way back. It was shaped as a ring with a metal structure to support it. I had my version of it too. Raeya felt embarrassed and her face was red. "Raeya," I knelt down, holding the ring. "Will you be mine? Forever?" Tears started to swell up in her eyes, happy tears. She yanked me in towards her and gave me a kiss on the lips. I didn't know how to react, so I returned it. My heart skipped a beat. She pulled back. "Yes!" She said happily. "I'll be yours forever..!" She took the ring and put it on my ring finger. I did the same for her. "I couldn't bring myself to say this on our travels together," I stuttered. "But now I can say this from the bottom of my heart." "I love you, Raeya." "I love you too," She replied back. My heart was beating fast. I've never felt like this before. Raeya put her hand against my chest and felt the heartbeat and listened to it. But listening to my heartbeat made her drowsy because of the rhythm it made. I smiled as I hugged her and tucked her in. I looked at my hand and stared at the ring that was on my ring finger. I then started to feel drowsy. As it kicked in, I fell asleep, next to Raeya. I woke up on the ground, conscious, but everything was pitch black. I could hear, but I couldn't open my eyes. The sounds of fire cracked in the distance and the sounds of screams could be heard for miles. I didn't know what had happened, so I tried to get up, but I couldn't. I couldn't muster the strength to sit up. I heard a familiar voice in the distance, and it was Zohl's. What's going on? "Raeya!" "Raeya!" I heard Zohl repeating my name over and over, and felt a warm feeling on my arms and legs. "...Z..ohl?" I said weakly. I coughed out blood. My arms twitched. I moved my legs weakly. "Please don't move, I'm trying to heal you!" Zohl told me. I did as so, trying not to move while Zohl was helping me. "Try moving now since I restored your strength." I instantly felt strength coming back to me and recognized what his power was. It was Zohl who was healing me back up. I still couldn't speak or see quite a bit, so I healed my throat to help Zohl speed up the healing factor faster. "Zohl...," I said, reaching out towards him. I felt Zohl tickle me with a static like feeling, and I held my hands out to let him land. Zohl landed on my hands. I felt his cloud-like body. Thank goodness it's his flimpie form! "What happened?" I asked weakly. "It's Kydel! He's out of control!" Zohl told me frantically. "I tried to stop him... but he ordered me to heal you up!" “He’s my friend, but you’re also another!” “I can’t bear the sight of you two hurt!” I could tell Zohl was serious, in this heat of battle. Everything around me felt hot and warm. There were still a lot of bruises on my body and my healing powers were limited to what they could do. I still couldn't see, so Zohl helped me out. With a warm tingling sensation from Zohl’s ability, I weakly opened my eyes and rubbed them with my left hand. I blinked to clear away the dirt and saw Kydel fighting the demon witch who took over Amberwick. I tried to get up, but my instincts said no. Something told me not to. I focused my eyes onto Kydel to see if his aura was still black, but it wasn't. Instead, it was Red. Bright, Crimson, Red. His aura made me get the worst chills, and I couldn't move to him. I wanted to save him, I needed to save him, but he was too consumed with hatred, and his tenacity was too powerful. I got scared. I was afraid. "W-why is his aura red?! What does that mean?!" I asked Zohl with a tone of distress. "The Red Aura that shrouds Kydel.....," Zohl said. "...cannot be reverted, for the color means near-death, evil, foul, hatred, and infernal." I covered my mouth. No.... this can't be happening! Zohl then changed into the form of a necklace and attached around my neck. "I'm sorry, but I can't stop him," Zohl told me with a disappointed tone. "He's beyond control..." I looked at my hands, then my fingers, and stared at the ring. The ring Kydel gave me was almost destroyed. I started to tear up as I sat there watching Kydel battle the Demon Witch. Kydel's morphed arms, slashed and clashed with the demon's weapon. With a telekinetic helix he created, he hurled it at his opponent, but it did nothing. The demon witch then spit out a gooey substance at Kydel, paralyzing him in place. She spat on the ground. "All these ineffective blows, not a single scratch. Yet you can't even make me bleed...," the witch said menacingly. "You did manage to bruise me....but that was not enough." Kydel scoffed and broke free of the goo. He then reverted into his beast form and attacked the witch. But there was no effect. The Demon Witch stopped him in his tracks, raised her weapon, and sliced his leg off. Kydel screeched and roared in pain. I could feel his pain, his suffering, and his torment. I couldn't bear to watch, but my eyes were glued onto the scene. My emotions were crying out, asking for Kydel to stop, but it couldn't reach. I watched again, and the witch pierced him in the heart. I tried to scream, but all I let out was nothing. Then, out of nowhere, an Icegray Swan appeared and changed her form into a Metaphysical Spirit. "I'm sorry I couldn't protect you Raeya...," he said weakly. "No...stop..," I said, stuttering, crying in tears. I felt his presence shift. "Don't leave me!" "Please...don't!" ( NEXT PART COMING SOON )
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Hibryds - by Alarkius Jay
In Novels
AlarkiusJay
Jul 01, 2022
EP 8 | An Early Advancement It’s now Wednesday, the day we are leaving from Zentell to Grelladore in Nharvenile. We both thanked Ron for the welcome stay at his place we rented to stay in Zentell for the time being. Our time here in Zentell has been amazing. Ron showed me what “phones” are and how to use it. I even got one of my own! Zentell has its own city-like atmosphere which both me and Raeya enjoyed. “Leaving already? You could stay longer!” Ron told us. “I wish, but me and Raeya have already made up our minds,” I replied back. “I want to continue exploring this vast world more.” “Well, I’m not stopping you! Have fun and stay safe!” Ron laughed as he saw us off. “Stay bright and healthy!” We both responded back as we left his place. We both walked among the paths that lead out into different directions to the city. “Did you enjoy our stay here in Zentell?” I asked Raeya. “Yeah! It was fun!” She responded back. “I know it takes about three hours to get to Grelladore. How about we fly there?” “Oh?” I said. “That would be fun, so sure!” I jumped in the air and hovered above the ground. Raeya made her wings visible and followed along. I sat in the air, cross-legged while we both flew. Zohl happily changed to his flimpie form. “Are you even comfortable flying like that?” Zohl teasingly said. “I mean, we are flying right?” I laughed. Zohl landed on my shoulder. “As long as we get to relax our limbs, I think this is fine.” We all laughed at the peculiar conversation. However, Zohl’s laughter felt a bit delayed. “Hey, what’s wrong?” Raeya asked Zohl. I noticed a slight change of mood in Zohl’s silence. “Kydel…,” Zohl said, slightly breathing out. “Yes?” I replied out of concern. “There’s something you should know,” Zohl seriously said. His tone changed. “Is it okay if we delay this trip for a moment?” Both me and Raeya stopped in our tracks, while we still hovered in the sky. “Zohl, is there something you’re not telling me?” I asked him. “Or something you’re not telling us?” Raeya said, continuing from where I left off. “I…..hmm..,” Zohl said, flying. “There are no excuses. And this is something you should know, Kydel.” I felt Zohl’s aura change. It felt very ominous. I didn’t like where this was going, however, I was a bit curious what Zohl had to say. “Just...give me a moment!” Zohl said, lighting up the area. Both me and Raeya were blinded by the bright light since we were caught in it. The surroundings changed while the light was still active, and we both felt it. It felt like we were somewhere else. Somewhere inside a cave. It felt rusty and damp. I could hear droplets of water trinkle. The light then faded, and we were brought to what looked like ruins. “Zohl…, where are we?” Raeya asked, gripping onto me. She felt scared. I held my guard up. “We are in the Ruins on the continent of Norrane. I transported us here,” Zohl told us. “What?!” We both said, shocked. “Norrane?! You mean that continent east of Lynneria?!” I said. Suddenly, a loud sound that was of a swan hit our ears. Just seconds later, a swan showed up next to him. “My my, how nice it is to see you, Zohl,” the swan said. “Aloria!” Zohl said by surprise. “It certainly has been a long time!” “Oh? I see you’ve brought guests here,” Aloria observed us. “You must be Kydel…, right?” she said, looking at me. “Yes...that’s me..,” I said, confused. “Wait, Zohl, what does this have to do with anything?” He didn’t say anything. He just observed me. He looked at Aloria, and then back at me again. “You don’t think he’s ready,” Aloria told Zohl. “What? Ready for what?!” I said, getting annoyed. “Kydel..calm down! They may be getting something ready,” Raeya nudged me. “Give us a moment,” Zohl said flatly. Zohl and Aloria flew elsewhere in private to discuss something. I tried to listen in with my ears but I couldn’t. They blocked my senses off so that I couldn't eavesdrop. “What am I going to do?? Is Zohl upset?? I can’t tell! They shut my senses off!” “Kydel, please, calm down!” Raeya said, comforting me. “Maybe it’s something important to them, but little to you. Whatever it is, please, calm down!” “In fact, I don’t know of this either! I’m not them, and neither are you!” I didn’t know what to say. I wanted to speak, but I couldn’t muster up the words. Moments later, the two came back to me and landed next to our feet. Zohl perched on Aloria’s head. “Kydel…,” Zohl directed at me. “Are you ready for what you’re about to know?” My thoughts jumbled around crazily. I couldn’t control them. But no, I wasn’t ready. Though as soon as I spoke, Raeya cut me off. She placed her hand on my head and did something to me. My body became cold and tensed up. I felt my heart rush until it calmed down. Was this another variant of her powers? It felt much different. I couldn’t move. Raeya picked me up and sat me down. “I really didn’t want to do that!” Raeya sighed. “But it had to be done.” “Kydel, get yourself together!” She scolded me slightly. “Raeya, can I ask what you did to me?” I questioned her actions. I couldn’t move. “I temporarily disabled your movements with one of my powers,” Raeya told me. Aloria was surprised by Raeya. “Raeya, dear, would you mind if I ask you about your relationship with Kydel?” Aloria asked her. “Uh..sure!” Raeya responded hesitantly. “Zohl, I’ll leave you with Kydel,” Aloria told him. Both Aloria and Raeya went off deeper in the ruins as they talked to each other about various things. I didn’t have the heart to pry into their conversation. Zohl coughed. “Ahem,” he said. I was startled by Zohl. “Now that we’ve got some alone time, there are a few things I wanted to tell you, but I didn’t have the heart to. And trust me, we all have secrets.” “Okay. Shoot it,” I responded, straightening up. “I’m here to tell you about your Direwolf Lineage. What came before you,” Zohl said. “Actually, I can just do this.” Zohl gestured out and tapped his wing against my forehead. A bright, signature light shined and entered my head. I heard Zohl speak inside my head. “Long ago in the ancient past of Hetra, there used to be one singular entity called the Earlywulf, named Runerus. Runerus was a powerful spirit and blessed it’s lines into two; the Wulfwings and the Coppercrests. These two direwolf lineages coexisted with one another, and they still exist to this day.” Lots of visuals flowed into my head. My eyes widened. There were splitting images of the ancient past, people and creatures who coexisted together. It also showed the Earlywulf who created the two direwolf species. Zohl continued. “Kydel, you’re not the only one of these Wulfwing Direwolves. There are Coppercrests. You may not have encountered them in your journeys, but I know you will in the future. Since you were the only one blessed with powers from me, I should also tell you something I should’ve had a long time ago.” The stunning visuals faded from my mind and I saw Zohl in a peculiar form. It wasn’t of his pendant nor his flimpie form. A singular, floating, spectacle of a spirit’s essence floated in front of me. He was colored bright orange...no, divine orange. A color so divine and bright, I shielded my eyes from it. “I’m the creator of this world, the planet you all live on,” Zohl ended. “Yes, you heard me correctly. I created the planet of Hetra. Not the life within, but the planet itself.” I didn’t speak. I took the information in calmly and tried to process it. Zohl hadn’t told me this before, but I was glad he was able to now. I get that most secrets are valuable to their owner, and should only be told directly out of trust. I was also able to learn about my ancient direwolf history. I smiled to myself. “I hope you’re not upset,” Zohl said out of concern. “Hey, it’s all good. We all have secrets of our own,’ I said addressing the situation. ‘Meanwhile, I’m curious about this Earlywulf you mentioned.” Just as this conversation finished, Raeya and Aloria came back all chatting energetically and laughing. “I think this is something you both should know,” Zohl said, gesturing to me. “You two almost done?” Aloria asked me and Zohl. “Almost! Though I think Raeya here would appreciate some little info about Kydel’s direwolf lineage,” Zohl told them. “I am intrigued,” Raeya joined in. Raeya then remembered something “Oh, I should probably do this.” Raeya snapped her fingers and released me from her power. “Follow me,” Aloria said, taking the lead. As a group, we all went deeper into the ruins. We passed many degrading stones, texts, and buildings that once thrived here. Everything was completely old, moldy, and rusty. As we went farther in, torches lit up one by one, which led to a secret entrance embedded in the side of the ruin’s walls. The gate opened up and we went in. There in the center of the room, stood a bright, golden, altar with a statue of the Earlywulf that Zohl mentioned. It looked intimidating, with a lion's mane, a dragon's head, and the body of a sabre-tooth. “Woah…,” I said under my breath. I felt this surreal sense of authority climb over me, as if something told me to approach the statue. The text on the altar read: “Behold, the Almighty Power of the Earlywulf.” “What’s this?” Raeya asked curiously. “Let me fill you in,” I responded. “This statue right here, is of an Earlywulf. This is an Ancient Spirit of the past that governs the direwolf lineage. Apparently, this is what my past heritage came from.” “Wow! This is...enticing!” Raeya said, feeling the atmosphere around us. I observed the altar and it had a flat indent of what looked like a handprint on it. Maybe it had something to do with me. “Kydel, if you would please, place your hand on that,” Aloria told me. I was hesitant at first, but I went anyway. I approached the altar and a strange sound came from it. The sound filled the room and echoed off the walls. It sounded like the Altar was calling me. I inched my hand near the platform and a light glowed to the activeness of my hand’s energy. I then placed my hand down and lights of orange, blue, and white brightened the entire room. The bright light turned the room into a non-euclidean space. A whirring sound started and I felt the altar move. A needle pierced my palm and I flinched a little. I moved my hand away and the altar gathered a small drip of my blood. It took the droplet, analyzed it, and stopped. It glowed a white color. “Who dares awaken me from my slumber?!” a mysterious voice appeared, which startled me and Raeya. Zohl and Aloria didn’t seem to think much of it. “Hmm? This presence…,” the voice said. It sounded like the engine of a tractor combined with a lion’s growl. The voice was quite heavy. “Zohl! Aloria! My dear friends, it has been a while.” “Indeed it has, Runerus,” Zohl responded. “Yes, it has been a while,” Aloria joined in. “To what may I owe my presence to?” Runerus said. “Wait…” “My my, what have we here? A Wulfwing?” His voice loomed over me, as if his presence was right behind me. It made me feel a little intimidated. “That is me. I am Kydel,” I responded. “Out of the two lines I’ve created, you managed to break free of the chains that once held you back,” Runerus told me. I felt his presence shift once again. It felt like he was looking at me, observing me, from afar. “What do you mean by that?” I asked him. “You are the first direwolf I know of to gain such power,” he answered. “Splendid! You are the finest of your race!” I took his compliment to heart. It was my first time communicating with an ancient spirit that created the direwolf lines. It felt very surreal and almost like a dream. “I assume Zohl and Aloria bought you here, am I correct?” He asked me. “Well, at the start, it was Zohl. I think Aloria came here on her behalf,” I replied. “Hey, I only came here because Zohl showed up,” Aloria sarcastically laughed. Zohl did too. “I was able to at least gain some knowledge of the direwolf lines from Zohl. Though I’d never thought I’d be talking to the one creator of that,” I added. Runerus chuckled and laughed. His presence floated around the room to which I could sense. I gave off an aura so strong that everyone in the room took notice. “Goodness me! Your aura is very potent, Kydel,” Runerus told me. “Why don’t you dial it back a bit? Many other living beings on this planet can easily get startled.” “Wait, really?? I didn’t know that,” I noticed, looking at my hand. My aura was a lot different than before. It wasn’t black back when Raeya mentioned. Instead, it was bright orange. I dialed back my aura’s presence a few notches back. “Wait, how come your aura isn’t black like before?” Raeya asked me, looking at it. “I don’t know. This is my first time seeing this color,” I shrugged. “You have a lot to learn, Kydel,” Zohl said, teasing me. “Let me tell you something about auras. Auras can come in many different forms of color, depending on the user’s mood. Back when you had a black aura, it gave off a battle-type potency. Yes, I have observed that as well. Depending on your mood and emotion, your color can vary.” “This room you’ve entered here, Kydel, nullifies all other colors except for a specific color, including divine orange,” Runerus continued off from Zohl. “You could probably tell why.” “Bright orange is my default aura color, isn’t it?” I tried to clarify. “Since you said “specific color,” I assumed it would be something related to me.” “You are correct!” Runerus congratulated me. “Since you’ve come a long way, I want a private conversation with you.” Runerus opened up a small opening of this white infinite space. The others went back outside. “We’ll wait for you!” Zohl told me. The three of them left the room and the area shut. I was now alone with Runerus. But I was quite curious about what he wanted to talk about. Maybe he’s going to bestow me something? I wouldn’t want to jinx this opportunity so I straightened myself out. “Kydel, I am going to bestow this Earlywulf form to you. Since you are the successor within the lineage, I will give you the ability to change into this,” Runerus said. “However, this form comes at a cost for you. After you use this form, you’ll experience immobility and tiredness for a while. It will be stressful, but you will get over it quickly.” “Are you sure about this? I know this is a huge responsibility for both you and me," I said concerningly. "Yes. I trust that you will not abuse this," he answered my concerns. “Think about it. It’s okay if you don’t want this just yet.” I thought about Runerus’ offer. An Earlywulf form has to be powerful, so it’s a huge responsibility not to abuse it too much. Also, given that I’m the successor for the Wulfwing race, and with the amount of powers I have, it would not be a wise choice to have this form so early in my adventures. Although there was one idea I had in mind. “I, myself, have a proposal for this,” I proposed. “I’m listening,” he responded. “Since this is very early in my travels, would you consider an option where I can call out for this form? My only concern is that this is far much more than myself. I wouldn’t know how to control this power you are giving me. I’m very cautious about my choice, but I do hope you understand,” I offered. Runerus stayed silent about the offer and gave it some thought. After the silence, he cleared his voice. “Very well. I will consider this an option,” he accepted. “How do you want to call out to this form?” I thought about it for a while and an idea sprung. “How about through a ring with the power of spiritual activation?” I asked. “Hmm, yes, I suppose that can work,” Runerus said. “Since this form I’m bestowing you is of the color of divine orange, I will grant you your offer.” “Is that okay?” He asked once again. “Yes,” I confirmed. “Alright, let’s finish this!” Runerus barked. He formed a very round orb, ring sized, and infused it with the aura essence of the Earlywulf. It lit up the room with the color of divine orange. A slight appearance appeared and it was of the Earlywulf. Up close, it looked intimidating, with a lion's mane, a dragon's head, and the body of a sabre-tooth. The presence of the Earlywulf went inside of the ring. As the ring floated, I held out my left hand and it slid onto my middle finger. The ring then glowed a bright color, sending lit up lines down from my hand and towards every limb of my body. It then faded. “Kydel!” Runerus said with a loud tone. “Yes Sir!” I responded. “I wish you the best on your journeys with Raeya and Zohl. Hold them close to you and never let go!” He told me. As his voice faded, the white infinite space in this room disappeared and returned to normal. The altar was still there, and everything was the same as before. The entrance to the place opened up and I exited. The others were waiting for me and were eager to know what happened. “Kydel! Tell us, what happened?” Aloria curiously said. “Well, in simple terms,” I said, showing them the ring on my left hand. “I was blessed with the form of the Earlywulf.” “WHAT?!” They all said, shocked. “Haha, Kydel! You’ve done it again!” Zohl laughed. “You truly are impeccable!” “Wow, that’s amazing!” Raeya congratulated me. “Although this is worth celebrating,” Aloria told us. “Shouldn’t you three be somewhere else right about now?” “Ooh! You’re right! We’re supposed to be at Grelladore right about now,” Raeya took notice. “Thanks to a certain someone…” “Ahh, I hope we can still make it there in time,” I teased. “My my, you two,” Zohl laughed. “I suppose we should get going.” “Have fun you three! And come visit me when you get the chance,” Aloria told us. Zohl flew in front of us and lit up a white space. We both went through it and waved bye to Aloria, who saw us off. This was a fateful encounter. The white space that Zohl created opened up on the other end, and we jumped out. It was very close to Grelladore, a few hills away, different from before we left Zentell. Right in the distance, I saw the floating building that I read earlier. The Skypeak Obelisk. It was almost the shape of a spherical cylinder pyramid that floated in the sky. “Wow, would you look at that!” I said. “That’s got to be the Skypeak Obelisk.” The floating building looked a lot much bigger in person. It loomed over the city of Grelladore. It was bigger and taller than your average building, bigger in size. The size itself could fit over a billion individuals. The building itself had over millions of windows, an entrance where flying cars can exit and enter, and billboards that floated around it, along with blimps. The blimps were almost the size of the window, compared to how big the building was. It outranks the height of the tallest building in Zentell. Flying vehicles flew around, from the ground and into the skies. Grelladore felt not much different from Zentell, as if it had almost the same vibe. I became excited. “C’mon! Let’s go!” Raeya said, grabbing me by my hand. “I can’t wait any longer!” I laughed and tagged along. We made our way past the looming fields and onto the pathway that led into Grelladore. We followed the path and made our way into the city. Grelladore. A capital city of Nharvenile and a sister-capital to Riverchnaut’s Zentell. The atmosphere here didn’t feel much different from Zentell. It felt more relaxed. We looked around and many people walked among the streets, interacted with one another, and cars, flying and driving about. There were a lot of restaurants and the smell was incredible. Gourmets, buffets, and high-class restaurants appeared in every corner. The buildings here were a mixture of modern-medieval, minimal designs, colonial, and contemporary. I looked up at the Obelisk and it loomed over us like a flying megalodon. “This is insane!” Raeya said, surprised. “The building’s so big!” “No wonder this place is so famous,” I said in awe. “Man, I’m excited about what the Obelisk has to offer.” “Actually, do you wanna stop by? I’m very curious what the insides look like.” “Sure!” Raeya eagerly agreed. I jumped and flew up, Raeya tagged along. The entrance to the Obelisk was near the lower sections of the floating building. Many flying cars went in and out. Some weren’t even cars, but motorcycles too! We both proceeded with caution as tons of cars passed by us. “Woah!” a driver said, almost crashing into us. “Sorry!” I responded. “Nah man, it’s fine! You two are a rare sight to see in the skies,” the driver told us, laughing. He flew off driving his motorcycle as he waved at us. “Air traffic, am I right?” I joked. “Let’s go!” We flew towards the entrance of the place and it was spacious. There were many stalls for food parked inside the area, and a receptionist near the actual entrance to the place. We both landed onto the ground and stared at the vast ground below us. The cars that flew in parked on one of those moving elevators, with robots that help move the cars. I guessed that the lower section of this building is a parking garage. I looked out from the place and the view from above was gorgeous. “What a view!” Raeya said, looking down. “It’s like we’re giants!” We both laughed at the tiny people down on Grelladore, as if they were ants. I observed the area around me and I noticed a tour sign next to the receptionist. There was one right at this time. “Hey, want to take a tour?” I said pointing at the sign. “That sounds great! I’m up for it!” Raeya replied back. We both went towards the reception. “Hello! Welcome to the Skypeak Obelisk! What would you like to do?” the receptionist asked us. “We’d like a tour for two!” Raeya responded. “We’ll make that arrangement happen. Tours are free of pay!” the receptionist told us. She pressed a button and a robot the size of a fan drove out of the closet towards us. [ “Hello visitors and guests! I will be your tour guide!” ] the robot said. [ “ You can follow me.” ] We both followed the robot into an elevator-like room and the door shut behind us. It went into the center of the place and siphoned itself down onto a round platform. [ “Take a seat. We’ll get started shortly.” ] We both sat down on the couches that were provided. The robot began to glow and lights streamed down onto the ground and up around the room. The walls began to take form and moved like a gear, turning the room itself into a tram-like system. Windows started to appear from our four angles and we saw a sight like never before. [ “ Welcome to the Skypeak Obelisk!” ] The robot welcomed us. The room-like tram started to move and fly over the vast scene. We both stared out the windows and we saw huge fantasy-like cities populated with individuals. There were growing forests, animals, beasts and dragons, caves, and a lot of game-like systems. The tram continued to fly. [ “ Here at the Obelisk, we offer a majority of fun systems. There’s Players Versus Players, Battle Domes, Battle Towers, Hunting and Bounties, Treasure Collecting, Housing Systems, and a lot more of varieties. These systems span throughout our floors, up to 800 floors, with our top floor serving as the control deck for the entire system. “ ] it added. The tram flew at high speeds as we looked out. Every floor almost looked the same, but they had different themes to it. The tram then stopped at the 800th floor, with the robot turning on auto-pilot. The ride became very smooth and relaxing. [ “We also offer seasonal themes with seasonal bosses.” ] [ “ Any questions so far?” ] the robot asked us. I looked at Raeya and she looked back. I then remembered some information I read about this place on my phone, so I spoke up. “How does experience and levels work?” I asked. [ “That is a great question! Though the answer may be different from what you expect,” ] The robot told me. [ “Experience and Levels, more often called as “xperiencePoints,” are assigned to you when you become a member of this system. This feature only works here. After you gain a certain amount of levels, this allows you to select skills and powers that can be used outside of this place. However, these points can only be accessed inside the Obelisk.” ] This answered my question with a straight and definitive answer. I was curious as to how those work here and how I can improve my abilities. “You got any questions Raeya?” I asked her. “Hmm….,” she muttered. “Oh! Do we use real-world currency here? Like, Hetrix?” [ “We do not use real-world currency here at the Obelisk. We have a feature that implements the use of Gems and Coins you can collect here. You can either receive them as rewards from drops, or sell rewarded items to the market in order to purchase tools, buildings, acres, and houses. This also goes for weapons, blacksmithing, and any of the sort.” ] the robot answered. “That makes sense now! It’s like the Obelisk here operates differently than what we have out there,” I deduced from the points the robot told us. “We won’t have to worry about spending our real money!” Raeya laughed. [ “On the topic of money, I should let you know that you can convert our system coins into real-world Hetrix. We have a coin-conversion shop on each floor which allows you to convert them. They are located near the entrance of each floor.” ] the robot added. “That sounds insanely broken,” I complained. “A bit too powerful..,” Raeya agreed. [ “Oh, trust me. We’ve had so many people complain about how unfair the coin-conversion system is, despite it’s fast and accurate use of our system-based coins. Despite the shops’ ratings on the internet, this is proven quite useful and popular for most people who like this option.” ] the robot told us. [ “ Our tour ends right about now! Would you like to know anything else?” ] “What’s the best way to gain coins here?” I asked. [ “You can gain coins through defeating bosses and plenty of other options!” ] the robot answered. [ “Coins are pretty much rewards at this point.” ] The tram flew back down to where we came from and we exited the place. The robot drove near the receptionist and parked there. We followed it. [ “If you have any other questions, feel free to ask the receptionist or call out to me!”] the robot said. [ “Thank you for attending the tour!” ] The robot then went back inside the closet. “That was quite informative! I learned so much!” Raeya said. “I definitely want to become a member!” “Me too! Do you want to sign up to be a member?” I asked her. “Yeah!” Raeya said excitedly. “Alright! Just two for membership?” the receptionist asked us. “Yes, that’ll be us!” We both responded. “If I could take a look at your IDs, that would be wonderful!” the receptionist requested. We both took out our IDs and showed them to her. However, when she tried to scan them using a scanner, it didn’t seem to work. She tried again, but to avail, it didn’t work. “That’s weird,” the receptionist said. “Everything’s supposed to be working fine..” She had a worried look. Something is happening, but I don’t know what it is. I then felt goosebumps shiver down my spine, and vibrations shook the entire building. “You hear that Raeya?” I asked her. “I can, a little. It sounds like sharp incoming pitch-” We were both cut off as we heard an explosion from below. It shook the entire building and it began to tilt slowly. We had no idea what was happening. [ALERT. ALERT. ANOMALY DETECTED.] The sound repeated throughout the megaphones of the building. It was very loud. “Oh no! The hexicules that power the building! It’s being attacked!” a bystander took notice. “They’re missiles!” “Is Ironbark at it again?!” the receptionist doubted, yelling. The whole building began to tilt faster. Food Carts began to roll and people couldn’t stand straight. “There’s no doubt about it! I see their logo!” another bystander said, looking outside. Both me and Raeya absorbed what we learned about this attack. But we didn’t know anything about Ironbark. Everything in the building swayed and rolled. It tilted even faster. “Hey, what’s “Ironbark?”” I yelled. “It’s a city here in Nharvenile that rivals us! They often send surprise attacks to shut down this attraction!” an acknowledged cyclist told us. Just then, the building lost it’s hexicule energy. We all heard it shut off. It lost its ability to float temporarily. Everyone was in panic, not knowing what to do. The hexicules that power this building are going to take hours to fully regenerate, and everyone here knows that. “Really?! On this first day here in Grelladore?! Not now!!” I said rhetorically. “Raeya, c’mon! We’ve got to help!” “I can’t do anything! None of my spells can lift this place up to stay afloat!” She replied back drastically. “Wait! It’s too dangerous to go out there!” the receptionist yelled at us. I didn’t listen. As the surprise attack subsided, I flew out with Raeya and we witnessed a very huge cavity in the hexicules from below. The building began to fall and the people from below the city witnessed what had happened. They also managed to see me. I could hear chatter and rumors starting to form. “I’m going to stop it from falling!” I said, flying in at fast speeds. I sped to the grounds and went straight for the center where the building was falling from. The ground cracked. “Raeya, do you think you can lend me some of your power?” I asked her. “I sure can!” She replied, activating a spell. She did what she did best and applied a boost to my physical state, giving me enormous use of raw strength. As the building fell, I jumped and launched myself at the bottom of the building, with my arms up. As I reached the hexicules that powered the obelisk, I placed my hands against the glassy texture and flexed my muscles. My hand flexed, along with my arm. I poured my strength into stopping the building, but it kept falling as it pushed its weight against my force. With a deadly push against me, it pushed me down. It kept pushing me down as I tried to push back against it. However, Raeya’s spell wasn’t enough as I could feel it drain from me. “Rae..ya! You’re spell..,!” I yelled. She frantically tried to place a new one on me, but my heart-rate couldn’t contain much more. I gritted my teeth, breathed in, and unleashed the aura I had suppressed from earlier today. My aura flared and my strength increased. The building kept pushing against me. I pushed back, without holding back my presence. I yelled and used my strength to its full extent. I propelled in the air and gave some fly-boosts, forcing both my flying and strength abilities to its potential. I pushed harder and harder against the building and gave it my all, flying under it as I managed to push it back up into its original position. However, I had to hold it here long enough for the hexicules to regenerate. But time couldn’t help. “Zohl, how much does this damn building weigh, let alone the people?!” I yelled in pain. Zohl flew around and did a rough scan. “By my approximate guess, 950 thousand heunix right now!” he responded quickly. “Damn!” I yelled aggressively, pushing my strength against the building. It was damn heavy. “Will my..telekinesis hold this?” I wheezed as my strength oozed from me. “There’s only one way to find out!” Raeya told me quickly. I grunted as I pushed against the building, flying in place, as I released a huge radius of telekinesis with a telekinetic barrier around the building. Again, the people inside witnessed this, including the ones from the ground. I had put up a giant telekinetic bubble around the entire damn building, for everyone’s sake. I shifted it’s position back to normal. The use of telekinesis, however, rendered the weight of the building useless, so It became an easy job for me. However, I was cautious about letting go. “Kydel, you can let go..,” Zohl told me. I huffed out a breath, and floated away from the vicinity of the building. And to my eyes, it was a success. The building was back in place with my help. I became worried about the people inside, so I went to check up on them. I landed near the entrance and asked how everyone was doing. They all responded greatly, thanking me for the great deed I had done. However, after using too much of my strength, I collapsed on the ground, worrying both the people I saved, Raeya, and Zohl. I instantly got up and felt a wet-pack fall from my forehead. Getting up too quickly caused my muscles to cramp. Raeya was next to me and helped out. “My..!” “Bubble!” “Telekinesis-” I fumbled around with my words as I tried to speak. “Hey, hey, shh. Try not to speak too much,” Raeya told me softly. She held me from behind. “You’re still recovering from the amount of strength you used.” I listened to Raeya and stayed quiet as she helped heal me up. “You’re Kydel….right?” Someone approached us. “You’ve done a great deed by protecting this attraction.” “Oh, where are my manners? My name is Gregory Polth. I’m the governor of this city.” Gregory announced. Raeya helped me up to my feet and I shook Gregory’s hand. “Likewise…,” I said softly. “I understand you’re still recovering from the incident and from your feat, but I would like to give you the Golden VIP pass to this place, for free! Word has gotten around quickly about your actions,” Gregory told us. “I can’t simply help but thank you enough! With the amount of time given, the hexicules have fully regenerated thanks to your telekinetic abilities!” “On the topic of that VIP pass, are you sure you just want to give it to us for free?” Raeya asked, speaking in my place. “Should I not?” Gregory sarcastically told us. “You and your friend here greatly helped us!” “Nothing can ever replace this thank you reward for protecting this attraction!” Raeya looked at me with a doubtful look, seeing if I wanted to accept Gov. Gregory’s offer. It seemed like we were leeching off the deed we had done, but I told myself that if a great deed is done, you should accept the reward even if it comes from a higher presence that had acknowledged your help or contribution. “We’ll take up that offer then, Gov. Gregory,” I responded to his offer. He took out a metallic-looking card which had the VIP logo on it and gave it to us. “We truly thank you, for what you’ve done Kydel!” Gregory said, shaking our hands as a greeting and a farewell. He walked and opened the door to his car, with his driver waving at us. The door shut and they drove and flew off back to their governor building. I looked at the card he gave us and put it in my pocket. “Raeya..,” I hugged her. I wanted comfort. She took this in as a surprise. “It’s okay Kydel. You’ve done well,” she said, patting me on my back. “Rest easy..” After a while, it became late. We both sat out on the ledge from the Obelisk and stared at the sunset. Hues of orange, purple, blue, and red shone everywhere in the skies as the sun set in the distance, with the stars glimmering up, and the clouds fading away. The vast scene expanded over miles and miles. “I could get used to this every day..,” I said, staring at the vast scenery. “Hey,” Raeya said. “Yeah?” I responded. “Are you all good now?” She asked me. “I am now. It’s all thanks to you,” I said, patting her head. She took my hand and held on to it. “I’m glad you’re alright. You’re a very kind and generous person after all!” She told me. “Thank you..,” I replied back to her compliment. I smiled to myself as if something had freed me on the inside. This sensation felt relaxing and calm. It was as if a crashing wave finally found solitude.
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Hibryds - by Alarkius Jay
In Novels
AlarkiusJay
Jul 01, 2022
EP 7 | About Raeya It’s been four weeks since we have settled here in Zentell, the city capital of Riverchnaut. Ron gave us great hospitality and the citizens of Zentell were polite as we visited there often. Raeya and I had a lot of fun, experiencing a city with great diversity. Even the footprint I left weeks ago in the ground was put as a display for every citizen. I laughed about it and shook it off. It was two in the afternoon on a September Sunday. We were near the city square where the fountain was the last time I came to explore by myself. The water trickled down to every inch and crevice of the wall that blocked it from leaking. “Hey, did you hear? There are a lot of people from Amberwick fleeing from there to here!” a citizen said. Many people started to talk about this. I tried not to get those rumors to my head, so I focused my hearing and blocked out random chatter except for Raeya. “Tch, rumors,” I said, blocking out random chatter using my ears. “Rumors are nasty. I don’t really like them. A lot of misfortune,” Raeya told me. “Haha, you said it,” I said sarcastically. “Wait, how can you hear me but not other people?” Raeya asked me. “I’m able to twist the frequency of sounds using my hearing sense. That’s why I can hear you and most sounds, but not others,” I explained. My ears twitched as I felt small vibrations in the ground. Raeya sensed it too. “Did you feel that?” She said looking around. She held onto my arm. “Yeah, I felt it,” I responded. Out of nowhere, I smelled the scent of smoke. I looked over to where it was and a black fog started to appear in the air. Another tremble shook the ground. It felt more intense. “Look!” I said pointing to the smoke. Raeya saw it. “I wonder what’s going o-” I was instantly cut off as a huge explosion shook the center of Zentell. A huge shockwave flew past us and parts of buildings came flying towards us and random citizens who were in harm’s way. A metal shrapnel threw towards us and I deflected it by shooting a telekinetic plasma ray at it. “Let’s go and check it out. Maybe you can help and tend to those who are injured,” I told Raeya. I started to hear sirens in the distance and they zoomed past me to the location of the explosion. We both followed it and witnessed a very aggressive flame of fire. Firefighters started to spray the building with a high-pressure water hose but the fire just kept burning and burning. It wouldn’t give up. “Quick! Tend to the people who escaped!” I told her quickly. “I’ll rescue those who are trapped in the building!” “Sure thing!” She responded back. She went to help out the people who were injured from the blast while letting the medics know. While she was there, she also explained my help to the officials while I sped my way into the building. As I entered the burning building, the atmosphere was thick, foggy, and smokey. My scent was heightened because of the smell. I found injured people among the rubble and helped them out. “Hold on tightly!” I told them. They all gripped onto my arms and hung around me. I sped out of the building while avoiding the debris. I gently helped them down against the wall that was facing the opposite direction of the burning building. “Thank you…,” one of them wheezed weakly. I gestured a hand signal giving them my thanks as I sped back into the building. Coming back into the building the second time was harder. The fire started to get intense and scorch marks became visible on my skin. I looked around to see if anyone else was there until I heard someone call for help. “Help!” I traced to where the sound was and it was near the top floor. Running around the falling debris slowed me down because of how sharp the placements were. But as soon as I got to the top floor, it was completely burnt and was about to collapse. I need to do this effectively and quickly. “Please! Save my husband first!” The woman said. I didn’t know what to do. It was either the wife or the husband. “Please! Let him live! He’s important!” I gritted my teeth knowing that I might lose someone that isn’t even close to me. “Agh!” I grunted. I used all my might and ran towards the husband who was laying near the desk. He was heavily injured so I picked him up, ran, and smashed the window. I flew outside and gently placed him on the ground. “Please….save my wife..!” The husband said weakly. As I turned around and flew up, I flew into the building but it was too late. The roof that was above the wife fell and crushed her to death. I was too slow. I dropped to my knees and moved the rubble away. But all I felt was blood in my hands. The innards of the wife splashed out and landed near my hand. My eyes widened and I looked at my stained hands. I tried to speak, I really did. But all that came out was nothing. I had never felt this much guilt. I heard a lot of rumbling and crashing sounds, along with the firefighters shouting. “The fire is too much! We can’t put it out!” one of them said. I failed to deliver the task the husband had requested. The surroundings around me fell as they continued burning. I kneeled down with agony. My brain was full of remorse and guilt. I didn’t want to speak. The anguish was too much. The voices in my head stirred my thoughts. But I heard a voice. “Kydel! Where are you?!” It was Raeya’s. Her voice was my beacon and I snapped out of it. The atmosphere around me felt dense and thicker than before. With the pent up anguish in my brain, I tensed my hands and telekinetically grabbed all the fire that was in the building. I quickly noticed that the fire wasn’t ordinary. It was Naeo-Chemical. Meaning that it can’t be put out with basic water. After tensing my hand, I squeezed it into a fist. The fire disappeared and transferred into my hand. I then ran to the roof, stopped, and released the fire that I held in my hand into the air above. The air above me exploded as the fire disappeared within seconds. Everyone down below took notice, and so did Raeya. She flew to me all worried. “Kydel!” Raeya said out of concern. “Oh my gosh, you're burnt!” I didn’t want to speak. I fell down and had my head down. “What’s wrong?” She asked. I know I didn’t want to speak, but I couldn’t hold it in. “I…” “I couldn’t save her!” I said falling to my knees. I tried not to tear up as Raeya tended to my wounds. But I couldn’t. I wept and mourned. She didn’t speak either. The surroundings around me and Raeya became solemn. After she healed my wounds, she hugged me out of concern. “I know you want to be the good guy and help out, but sometimes, the universe just doesn’t want to obey,” she said, reassuring me. “Let’s both let the husband know.” …. After commotion, both me and Raeya went back down. The husband frantically came to us and asked what happened. I told him the details and he cried. I hugged him to comfort him and he gripped onto my jacket. I can sense the sorrowness in his heart. I bid condolences for him, and so did Raeya. Even though we didn’t know these two couples well, we wanted to pay our respects. I asked the firefighters and police what the building was. They told me it was a production unit and that the failsafe was heavily injured. A spill of chemicals released a fire so I told them that the fire was a naeo-chemical flame that couldn’t be put out using basic water. They understood the explanation and shook my hand as a gratitude for helping them out. Through the majority of the day, the injured people were transported to Zentell’s hospital. We saw off the husband as he went to let his family know. It was just me and Raeya. We both went back to the fountain from where we came from. I sat down on the bench near it and I felt empty. I couldn’t get rid of the agony I had in my heart. “Do... you want to talk about it?” Raeya asked me. “I know it’s a lot to take in.” She took my hand and held it. “I...can’t get rid of this agony after what I witnessed,” I said anxiously. “It’s like a hole has dug into my heart.” “Why is life like this? It’s not fair!” Zohl transformed into his flimpie appearance. “In times like this, it’s very painful to witness the death of someone,” Zohl told me. “But the thing is, it’s inevitable. Death and Life plays a part in nature, and in the universe. These two supernatural forces can’t be stopped.” “Kydel, heed my words. When you first came to Hetrania, you made friends. Not only am I a Spirit, I too, am your friend. Friends help each other when in need. You see, this is what Life truly offers: experiences and memories to those who you’ve spent time with. Even if someone close to you passes away, you can still remember the memories you share with that person.” My heart somehow felt lighter, as if a layer of paper had unfolded. “However, you are right. Death is unfair. But the good side is that those bonds you have built with one another lasts forever. Relationships, experiences, and memories is what makes Life very fun while it still lasts,” Zohl concluded. “I hope you understand this.” I took Zohl’s words in and felt relieved. He’s not wrong about this. “I agree with Zohl,” Raeya said. “You’re my friend and I cherish every moment I spend time with you.” I smiled to myself and gave Raeya a pat on the head. “Thanks,” I said. I got up, stretched, and yawned. “Well, what do you want to do next?” I asked Raeya. “I have no idea,” she responded back. “Why don’t we go over to the plains near Ron’s place?” I said. “A nice change of scenery would be nice.” We both headed off east and walked along the buildings that led out to the plains. Zohl flew around and followed us. The stone pathway stopped as dirt overlapped with it. The change felt nice as wind from the east flew past us and into the city. It was very serene and grass waved in the wind. Birds flew and played with each other. After a while, we both walked around the plains admiring the beautiful scenery of both the city, the towns, and mother nature around us. We came across this huge tree that loomed over us and felt amazed at how tall and sturdy it was. Life blossomed from the roots below to the skies above. Maybe this is why Zohl said, “Life offers experiences and memories to those who you spend time with.” We both sat under the tree. “Zohl is correct. If I want to grow as a person, I need to experience what life has to offer, even if it has downsides,” I said, reflecting on it. A thought popped up about the rumors I’ve heard earlier. “Raeya, do you know about Amberwick?” I wondered. “Amberwick? From all I know, Amberwick is a town in Nharvenile, a country up north. I don’t know what’s going on there but I’m just speculating that people are moving out,” Raeya answered. “Huh, interesting,” I said. “Maybe we can visit Amberwick later in our travels.” “Okay!” She responded. “I know this is probably late, but you got to know me through our adventures together,” I said. “And….I’m kind of curious, what type of Sylph are you?” Raeya giggled at my question. “It’s my first time hearing that question,” Raeya responded. “Really? I would assume most people ask that,” I claimed. “Nah, they would assume I’m just a Sylph, but they don’t know what’s behind it,” she clarified. “Alright, sit tight and imagine this while I explain it.” I got curious about it and listened. “I’m a Highland Sylph and I came from four different races that bred throughout time,” Raeya said. “In the past, there used to be two sylph races that lived among each other: Southwing Sylphs and Sunpike Sylphs. They both lived among the Cloud Abode, which is high up in the skies. However, two of the sylphs from those races decided to fly down and traverse the world of Hetra. When those two sylphs were down there, they encountered other sylphs they hadn’t met.” “I’m guessing that’s when the cross-breeding happens, right?” I asked as I deduced some points. “Exactly!” Raeya confirmed. She continued. “The land sylphs call their race Northtint Sylphs and Greenpetal Sylphs. When they met the Southwing and Sunpike, they all came to agreement that cross-breeding can be fulfilled. When the rest of the Southwings and Sunpikes heard of this from above, they wanted to stop the cross-breeding, but failed. The leader of both of those eventually agreed even though there were two present at the time.” “As for me, a Highland Sylph is a rare breed. It may be a genetic marker that activated when I was born. Many of the older sylphs at the time recognized the shape of my wings; a Highland Wing. Although there are other highland sylphs, I have no knowledge of them,” she added. “Wait, question,” I said. “What is it?” She replied. “Where do Highland Sylphs come from then?” I asked. “I mean, after all, I’m sitting right in front of one!” We both laughed. “I don’t know where Highland Sylphs come from. It's a floating rumor amongst us and no one really knows about it,” Raeya answered. “Though there is one speculation that Highland Sylphs can live for a very, very, long time. Also, I like to think that they are an ancient race. Like a forefather to the current four.” “Well, if that’s the case, I’ll treat you with elegance,” I joked, kissing her hand. She giggled and thanked me for my respectfulness. “Why, thank you,” she said sarcastically. “So, what I got is that you came from a secret race, and your genetic marker confirms it,” I clarified. “Yep! ” She said optimistically. “Out of those four races, which one is more common?” I asked. “Southwing and Sunpike, is what I would say,” Raeya responded. “Does Zohl know of this?” “Spirits like me aren’t omniscient or omnipresent,” Zohl said laughing. He flew down from the branch above and landed on my left shoulder. “However, she is right. Southwing and Sunpikes are common currently.” “Wow,” I said under my breath. “You must be really special then Raeya.” She blushed at my compliment. “I know I probably shouldn’t ask this, and it may be uncomfortable for you,” I fumbled with my words. “But…., did you grow up with parents? For me, my direwolf parents left me so that I could survive on my own. I don’t know where they are now.” I hesitated at first because I didn’t know if Raeya would want to answer a question that might be beyond uncomfortable. She stayed quiet and thought about it. Though as I looked at her, I could tell she didn’t want to answer it. Her eyes drooped slightly. “It’s okay if you don’t want to answer it,” I told her. She shook her head as if she wanted to answer, but didn’t know how. “It’s okay..,” she said. Her voice started to shake. “It’s just that… I’ve never been this open about myself before..” “And you want to know more about me...” Her voice trembled even more. I took her hand and held it to soothe her down. Tears started to form in the corners of her eyes. I came to a realization that whatever is making her tremble, is probably because I’m prying into something that shouldn’t be discussed. However, she does seem to know that I care about her. “I’m sorry if I am prying,” I said, apologizing. “But it seems like this burden is weighing you down.” “If you want to talk about it, I’m here. Just let me know when you’re ready.” She smiled as I let her quietly let out tears in front of me. I honestly didn’t want to pry, but the topic about Sylphs seems to have put an emotional toll on her, since I asked about her ancestry and family. She leaned on my left and spoke up. “Well, back then, I lived in the Cloud Abode, a domain that is invisible in the sky,” she said. “And if you recall back to our earlier conversation, those two sylphs that flew down to land were my parents. During their time on land, they met tons of different sylphs. But after a while, they were killed by the hasty nature of Elves. This predicament alerted every sylph that lived in the Cloud Abode.” I felt sorry for her after hearing this. I wanted to speak and comfort her, but something told me to listen. Maybe I can learn something new about her and myself. She continued. “After I heard what had happened, it left me shocked and afraid. Sylphs around me told me that we shouldn’t co-exist with elves because of how rash and violent they are. This was a moral code they taught me: ‘Don’t be near elves.’ The sylphs there in the abode also despised me because of my secret lineage, and how well known it was. They talked behind my back and I hated it.” Her voice started to break up. I felt this huge weight of pity for Raeya. I gazed out into the sky as I continued to listen to Raeya’s history. She took a breath, sighed a little, and started to carry on. “But when I was around 14 years of age, a compassionate dryad noticed me and took me in,” she said. “She nurtured me, she took care of me, educated me, and loved me. I’d never felt this much mercy!” “It seemed like she loved you the most,” I said, speaking up. “Mhm. She did! But when the time came for me as I got older, she told me to go discover myself around the world and figure out what I should do,” she responded. “So, I flew down to Lynneria, where I met tons of polite beings! I ventured around and discovered many cultures of the land itself and I found myself in Variah. I was hungry at the time when I discovered the town, so the people there took me in and helped me with some food. Despite the diversity there being so big, people seemed to care for one another!” “I stayed in Variah for roughly four or five years because of how calming the atmosphere was. Though after some time, some groups started to make trouble in Variah..,” she said, allowing me to conclude for her. “And that’s where I ran into you!” I finished, remembering that time. Raeya smiled as she reflected on the time when I first met her. “You showed me what true kindness is, and I felt that when you stood up for me,” she said under her breath. I didn’t really know what to say, or how to respond. “And... because of this, I’ve come to show affection...for you..” She hesitated because she didn’t know what my response would be. “Really? I swear, I didn’t pick up that vibe..,” I stuttered, feeling embarrassed. “That’s because I’ve kept it a secret for a long time. I didn’t know when or how I should express my feelings for you. But since you asked about my past, I decided this was the day I should,” Raeya divulged. “I don’t expect you to return those same feelings quickly. We both know this takes time.” Her words struck a nerve. She is right about the last thing she said. “If that’s how you feel about me, you can expect my answer later in our travels together,” I assured her. “Also, I’m sorry for your loss.” She hugged me as a thanks for listening to her. “Thank you! This really means a lot to me,” she accepted. Although I learnt much about Raeya, there wasn’t anything in particular that I could take away. However, the key factor is that caring for someone’s well-being is a good thing. After a while, we both went back to the place we were staying at. The day went by quickly and onto the next. It is now Monday the 12th and I asked Ron if there were any physical maps we could get our hands on. I wanted to get one so that we could track down where we are and where we can go next. I noticed Ron took out a small handheld device and went to do something on it. “Hey, what is that?” I asked him. “Oh this? Haha,” Ron said, showing me the device. “This device is called a ‘phone.’ First time seeing this?” “Yeah! But what’s the point of it?” I questioned. “Well, devices like these help you communicate and store photos and such,” he explained. “Simply, you can do a lot of stuff with phones like these.” “That sounds…...useless,” I said, addressing my fair concerns. He let me play around with his phone and I was so deadpan on how to use it. It’s screen was so tiny and my fingers looked like they covered the entire area. Ron and Raeya laughed at me since I was so confused. “Hahaha! Here, let me do something real quick,” Ron said. I gave him the phone as I watched what he was doing on the screen. He pressed something that looked like a camera and aimed it at me. A bright light shined from where the phone came from and I got startled, jumping behind Raeya. “Oh! I’m sorry! I forgot I had flash on!” Ron said, turning it off. He then smirked. “Look!” Ron showed me a photo that he took. It was blurry. Wait no. It’s me! “Hahaha!” Raeya laughed at the photo. They both laughed. I didn’t think it was funny, but their laughter was so contagious that I laughed along too. Is this what happiness and laughter sounds like? All my life, I never felt happy because I’m always self-aware and alert of my surroundings. Maybe, just maybe, I can let my guard down for once and experience what humanity is like. “Oh-! I’ve never laughed this hard before!” Ron said, calming down. “Aside from taking photos, haha, you can basically do anything with a device like this!” “A-anything?” I said curiously. “Yes! Want me to teach you how to use it?” he told me. “I mean, sure, I guess?” I fumbled with my words. “Raeya, do you have one?” “I do! I haven’t used it for a while and it’s stored somewhere in my magic pocket,” she responded. “If you have one, I’ll get one!” I said eagerly. Ron taught me the basics to the phone and the many functions it has. I was amazed at what it could do. Afterwards, both me, Ron, and Raeya went out to a local department store where I could look at different brands and models of phones. There were a lot of different ones, from small to big! I never felt this excited before. There was a phone design that stood out to me, and it belonged to a brand and company called HERA. It had a very fantasy-like design to it. It had color accents of brown, gray, and gold. It also felt very textile because of the metallic design it was made from. “Got your eyes glued there mister?” the store assistant said. “Very,” I responded back politely. I played around with the phone and it felt like the right size and the right quality. It fits perfectly in my hand and has a bigger screen than Ron’s. I was amazed at what this device could do. I looked at the details next to it and it read the following: HERA Model 5 Space: 12TB CPU: HeavyDragon 10 OS: HexicoleOS based on Cyborg 12 RAM: 128 GB | GPU: Uenix 550 Battery: 6,700 mAh + Instant Charge 60 | Can last up for 67 hours I didn’t think much of it because the price next to it was a fair decent amount of 15,000 Hetrix which I could pay for. I still couldn’t take my eyes off of the phone I was looking at. “I see you’ve chosen a phone to your liking,” Ron said approaching me. “Yeah, I can’t seem to take my eyes off of it,” I responded back. “Well, it looks like I’ll pay for it,” Ron said. “H-hold on! Are you sure?” I grabbed his shirt. “It’s fine! Really!” He replied. “I know I can pay for this!” I whined. Ron laughed at me. “Let me! I bet you wouldn’t know how financial expenses work right?” Ron told me. I grit my teeth and felt defeated. Yeah, I don’t know how financial expenses work. I’m still new to this world after all. I settled with my thoughts and allowed Ron to pay for my phone. “Yeah, you are new to this world,” Raeya said to me. “You have a lot to learn Kydel!” I laughed defeatedly. After Ron was done, he handed me the phone he paid for. “Thanks…,” I thanked him. “You should teach me about Finance after.” “Ooh alright! Man, today is going to be a productive day!” Ron responded to me. After the trip to the department store, we went outside and sat down at one of the tables. Ron helped me set up my brand new phone for me, while Raeya went to buy some snacks for us. He told me that I could work out the security details myself after he explained how it worked. There was a fingerprint encryption and a voice recognition feature that could unlock the phone. There’s also a pin feature, a magic response system, and a supernatural security system. I went with the supernatural security system. Ron explained how it works. Upon choosing the supernatural security, the phone requires a power of your choosing that you can use to unlock it. Since the phone is made of materials that are powerful enough to withstand supernatural powers, I used the power of Telekempeture. Telekempeture allows me to raise the temperature of the power of telekinesis, and the phone registers this as the lock to it. The amount I can raise my power to unlock my phone is at 70 degrees helphranites. “Wow! It seems like you’re getting the hang of it!” Ron congratulated me. “I never knew phones could be useful,” I responded happily. I put the phone down on the table. “Though I wish I could repay you since you helped pay for my phone…” Ron could tell I was sincere after what he did for me. “Your form,” he said. “Pardon?” I questioned. “Your form!” He insisted. “I can tell you’re not human right when we first met. This also explains why you haven’t heard of what a ‘phone’ is up till now.” Ahh..he caught me. Well, he’s not wrong. I’m a beast by nature. Though I didn’t tell him what type of beast I was. Raeya came back at the perfect time with the snacks that she bought. “Oh? What’s going on?” she asked. “Mr. Detective here sniffed me out,” I said. Raeya wore a smirk and covered her mouth. “Hey! Come now, hurry up!” Ron persuaded me. “Well, don’t blame me if you get scared,” I alerted him. “Huh? Why would I be-” I cut him off as I switched into my beast form. “-scared..?!” I stood over Ron as he leaned back too far and fell. I gazed at him intently. He screamed as he saw my true form. Raeya laughed and helped him up. “First time?” She told him. “Holy shit! You’re a direwolf!” Ron fumbled with his words. “I don’t keep this secret you know! You could’ve just asked me from the start!” I told him, telepathically projecting my voice. He got startled because the tone of my voice is different from my human one. “Woah…,” he said under his breath. “Wait, Raeya knows about this?!” “I’ve known Kydel for a long time, and he’s right you know,” Raeya reassured him. I popped back in my human form since my beast form almost takes up half of the pathway. “That’s so cool!” Ron exclaimed. “Haha, thanks,” I replied. “You must be very powerful then, given that you have powers,” he said examining me. “He is! You should’ve seen him in action!” Raeya babbled. “Do I really have to prove to you how powerful I am?” I sighed at Ron. He nodded his head eagerly. “Alright, have your phone out and prepare your stopwatch.” He took his phone out and opened the timer. “Raeya, give both of us a countdown,” I asked her. “3..” Raeya started. “2..” “1..” “Go!” As soon as Raeya said “go,” Ron started the stopwatch, and I ran and zoomed around the planet, circling back to where Raeya and Ron were. I stopped right in front of them and barely broke a sweat. Ron stopped the timer. He didn’t want to look down. He tried to resist but couldn’t. “130 MILISECONDS?!” He said, shocked. “Wait what?!” I said, shocked. “What the fuck?!” Raeya said after us. “Wait, wait, wait, wait..!” “Since when can you go that fast?!” Both Ron and Raeya said in unison. “That fast?! I held back!” I responded, trying to comprehend the time on the stopwatch. “Zohll…!” I whined. “The stopwatch isn’t fake,” Zohl said, transforming. He flew around it and examined the display. “Your powers are growing, Kydel!” Ron became extremely flabbergasted and passed out in front of us. Both me and Raeya giggled as I helped Ron up. I grabbed my phone and we went back to our airloft. Some time after, Ron woke up on the couch and I told him everything about myself, how I met Raeya, and how we’re traveling around the world to experience what it has to offer. Ron also offered to teach me about finances. The day was filled with chatter and productivity. The sun shined into the living room on an early Monday afternoon at 11:30. Rays of light hit every crevice of the area and lit up the surroundings of the room. I sat on the couch pondering. It’s almost been a month since we came to the city of Zentell, maybe even weeks. I took out my brand new phone I got yesterday and opened up the news apps. “Eulerich is prospering! Ton’s of trades and profit mining…!” one of the articles read. “Come to Grelladore! We have the Skypeak Obelisk where you can train yourself!” A title showed. I read articles to absorb the worldly news that happens around the world. It was very intriguing and informative. “Grelladore..,” I said under my breath. I searched up Grelladore in the maps and it was a city capital for Nharvenile, a country north of Riverchnaut. It was surprisingly a three hour walk from Zentell to Grelladore. There were lots of images of Grelladore and it looked very big. Frankly, the size of Grelladore might be bigger than Zentell. A picture caught my attention. It was of a huge floating building up in the sky called the Skypeak Obelisk. It seems to operate on magic crystals. I read the information about it and my assumption was close. [ The Skypeak Obelisk is a place where you can train and get experience, along with battling other power-users. You can also unlock powers through vigorous training. There are a total of 900 floors that serve as a fantasy-rpg MMO event where you can kill mobs for coins. It’s all made by magical augmented reality. ] Aside from the information inside the building, the Skypeak Obelisk operates on Hexicules. Hexicules are magic crystals that help serve as a fundamental core when it comes to buildings. There are two attributes to these Hexicules. [ One, Hexicules are core crystals. They can be used as a variety of things, like batteries, engines, and technological inventions. And second, they are very dense because of the high molecular structure it is made from. It’s so dense that it is physically impossible to make a scratch or dent on them. ] Looking at the pictures of both Grelladore and the Skypeak Obelisk made me interested in the place. There also seems to be a lot of stuff to do there. Raeya popped up from behind. “What are you doing?” she asked me. “Me?” I said. “I’m looking at pictures of Grelladore! It’s a city in Nharvenile, a country up north from here.” I handed her my phone and let her look at the images that were present. She looked fascinated and curious upon seeing the beautiful images of Grelladore. She handed me back my phone. “Let’s go there!” she told me excitedly. “I’m interested in this “Skypeak Obelisk!”” “Sure! When do you want to go?” I asked her in response. “How about…...this coming….Wednesday?” She replied. “So…, September 14th?” I clarified. She nodded her head in response. “Alright, we’ll set out around 9 in the morning. It should only take 3 hours to get to the entrance of Grelladore in Nharvenile,” I explained. “In the meantime, I want to visit some landmarks here in Zentell. There were a few I saw on the newspage when I opened the browser. Want to come?” “Sure!” Raeya agreed. Monday went by fast since we didn’t head out as much, aside from relaxing against the sun’s warmth before night time. And as soon as we noticed, Monday left and up came Tuesday. Today is the 13th, a day before we leave the city of Zentell. Me and Raeya wanted to spend our last day here visiting a landmark that was close to the border of the city and of Lynneria, the continent that Riverchnaut is in. The landmark was called “The Statue of Veria Manor.” The statue is of a person that lived in Zentell in the past, and her name was called Veria Manor, a well-known knowledge seer. Many people would go to her place to seek answers that they don’t know yet or have her tell them their past lives or future lives. However, less people would visit less because they speculated that Veria Manor’s predictions have become more blunt than before. But as we got to the statue, a crowd had formed and they were trash-talking and assaulting a person that was there. “You are not Veria Manor!” “Liar!” “If you really are her, prove it!” Some people even threw trash and started to harass the person there. “What now?” I mumbled. “Raeya, sit on my shoulder, this might get a little crazy.” She nodded and shrunk down in size and landed on my shoulder. “What do you think is happening?” She asked. I focused my hearing and I could sense the person who was being harassed. “Doubt, probably,” I responded. I walked up towards the statue to see what’s going on. “What seems to be the problem?” I asked one of the individuals from the crowd. “This...woman here claims she is Veria Manor!” the citizen responded harshly. “But we don’t believe it!” I made my way through the crowd and towards the statue. The Statue of Veria Manor stood high and had details of what Veria looked like in the past. I observed the woman who was sitting on the ledge and looked at the statue again. The statue had a “V” symbol on its shoulder etched into it. I then looked at the woman again and noticed that she had a “W” instead of a “V.” It was on the side of her neck. “Please, help me! I don’t know what to do!” the woman said, scared. The crowd got rousey and started to throw paper. “What do you think?” Raeya said to me. “Hmmm….,” I mumbled. “This is suspicious.” “Yeah! It definitely is!” one of the people from the crowd said. They began to get noisy again. A paper hit Raeya on the head, and on my back. “Stop throwing junk!” I projected my voice at the crowd. “You can’t tell us what to do!” a person said. I heard someone throw a heavy, sharp object, thanks to my powerful ears. As the object got close, I caught it with telekinesis. “Did I stutter?” I asked, turning around. It appears I caught a sword. The person who threw it got startled as I gazed into his eyes. I threw the sword to the ground. “Come back here again and I’ll personally send you flying!” However, the crowd didn’t seem to take my presence lightly and switched their target to me. “Oh yeah? Let’s knock some sense into you!” one of them said. “Kydel! Geez!” Raeya whined. “But after all, it’s your play.” “I’ll be right back,” I reassured the woman. The crowd ran towards me as I emitted a small glow of telekinesis around me and Raeya. “What’s this?” she noticed. She looked at her hands. “Telekinetic Cloaking. It’s like a barrier,” I responded. The crowd of people drew out their swords and hit me and Raeya. She yelped but the clatter of swords did nothing against both of us. We just stood there as they continued hitting. “It’s not doing damage!” one of them yelled. “Oh? A sword fight?” I said. “I can play this game.” I had a smug look on my face. I flung my arms in a downward movement and morphed them into blades coated in hard, sharp, black obsidian. One of my powers, Morph, has this sub-ability called “Armament Hardening,” so I used this to my advantage over this fight. “Ooh! I haven’t seen this at all!” Raeya said, flying over and sitting on my head. “Teach ‘em a lesson!” My arms startled the crowd but they just ran towards me to attack. I attacked first, clashing my morphed arms with their swords. I then sent a telekinetic stomp of vibrational waves. This made every opposing foe fall down, including their swords which became bent because of the wave. I ran around the crowd super fast and knocked them out one by one. After that, I telekinetically grabbed a branch and morphed it into a rope and tied the mob up against a tree. “Haha! Buncha losers!” Raeya said, blowing a raspberry at the defeated group. “Nothing beats a good exercise!” I said laughing, morphing my lower arms back to normal. I approached the woman who was still a little frightened after what happened. I powered off the telekinetic cloaking I put up earlier. “What’s your name?” I asked her. “A..Avia Remyls..,” she stuttered, responding back. “I’m Kydel. This is Raeya,” I introduced us both. “What made you get harassed in the first place, Avia?” Raeya asked her out of curiosity. “I claimed that I was Veria Manor. The mob didn’t seem to like it..,” Avia said. “And they started to attack me.” “I mean, are you really Veria Manor?” I asked Avia. This took Avia by surprise and she didn’t know how to respond to my question. “If you aren’t, then this incident shouldn’t have happened.” “Or….did I miss something?” “I…,” Avia said, trying to think. “I’m not her, at least. I’m trying to take her title back.” “Title?” I asked. I looked at the engravement on the statue’s mount. It only said “Veria Manor.” “Veria Manor is the title of the seer’s name. Her real name is “Aviel E. Remyls the 3rd,”” Avia told us. “What we’re standing on is what used to be the mansion that Aviel lived in. The mansion’s name was “Veria Manor.” People in the past called her Veria Manor, which eventually became her title.” Both me and Raeya were surprised. With Avia telling us the reason behind this, I could see why she was trying to take the title back. Not only her name sounds the same as Aviel E. Remyls, she might be a descendent of Remyls the 3rd. “So, I take it you’re like, a descendant of Aviel?” I asked Avia. “Yes,” she replied back. “Wait, something doesn’t add up!” Raeya noticed. “How are you supposed to take the title? You’re not like a demon or anything, are you?” Avia stared at Raeya cautiously because of her choice of words. “I am. I’m one of the lesser kinds of demons,” Avia came clean. “More particularly, a half-demon.” Avia’s back coat moved and out came a black, thin, tail. Her eyes changed to the color yellow. “Woah!” Raeya said, shocked. I got startled and jumped back. “Relax, I’m not here to pick a fight,” she chuckled slightly. “Aviel’s title is imbued as a spell in the statue. Sadly, I don’t have enough magic power to claim it. I was waiting for someone to come by if they had enough power to help me claim the title, but that noisy crowd didn’t do any good until you two came.” “Oh..! That’s why you were picked on,” I came to sense. “My powers wouldn’t be of help though. Raeya, what about you?” I asked. “I can help out! I happen to know a few magic spells that amplifies power,” Raeya offered. “Really?! Are you sure?” Avia happily said. “I don’t mind helping out!” Raeya responded back. The two of them got ready while I watched. Avia stood in front of the statue while Raeya’s spell lit up underneath both of them. The ground glowed pink as Raeya chanted the spell. “This power..!” Avia said, responding to the enormous surge coming from Raeya’s spell. Avia then chanted her spell and aimed her hands at the statue. And right after she finished, green particles flew out of the statue and onto Avia’s hands. She spoke one more time and the green lights faded into her hands. While that was done, Raeya’s spell disappeared from the ground. “Thank you, Raeya,” Avia thanked. “Without your help, I wouldn’t be able to take the title back.” “No worries!” Raeya responded, shaking her hand. With the commotion that happened earlier, both me and Raeya talked with Avia before we headed back to our AirLoft. Today was a fun day, if I was being honest. I got to meet some new people and got to be a little productive. Later, we went back to the loft and got to see Ron there. We talked about how our days went and as time passed, the day ended and onto the next.
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Hibryds - by Alarkius Jay
In Novels
AlarkiusJay
Jul 01, 2022
EP 6 | Zentell It was around lunch time when we arrived at the gates of Zentell. The atmosphere felt very mechanical, with distant smells of gasoline and metal. The city was filled with mechs walking around, cars, and flying devices. A lot of billboards lit up the buildings, advertising their brands. The diversity of people that lived there was a mix of humans, hibryds, mechs, cyborgs, and AIs. A guard showed up near the gates, asking for verification. “ID Verification please,” the guard asked both of us. He took out a gadget and scanned my card first, and then Raeya’s. He then gave them back. “First time here aye?” The guard asked. “Definitely,” I replied back for the both of us. Raeya was off admiring the city, flying freely around. “The names’ Hayden Karst. You can just call me Karst,” Karst said. “If you have any questions, feel free to ask us, Guards. There is also an automated AI that can answer any question you have about the city, Zentell,” he added. “Thanks for the tip!” I responded politely. Officer Karst saw me off. I caught up with Raeya, who was admiring the mechanical scenery that was laid before our very eyes. Lots of buildings were constructed from the ground up high, with metal imbued magic. “Woah…,” I said, admiring the buildings. “This is something else!” Before finding an inn or hotel to stay in, we walked around the city for quite a bit. Every inch of the city was plated with metal. The sounds of footsteps echoed in every distance of the city. Gearsmiths worked, blacksmiths, forging. A sharp pierce of sound waves hit my ear, causing me to cover them. “Ow!” I said covering my ears. “This frequency is too high! I can’t get accustomed to this if my ears get hurt every once in a while.” Once the pitch stopped, I moved my hands away from my ear, only to see blood.. My ear bled a little. “Oh shit!” Raeya said out of concern. “Let me!” She healed my ear up, and minutes in, my ears felt better. I gave Raeya a pat on the head showing my thanks. “Hey, I have an idea-” I said to Raeya. “What is it?” She asked me. I gestured to her quietly and looked around. There weren’t any people within our vicinity. “See that highest point?” I said pointing up to the tallest building that loomed over us. “Yeah?” Raeya responded. “I’m going to jump,” I told her. “So hold on to me.” “Ah! We’re gonna look at Zentell from up high right?” She clarified, asking me. I nodded in return. Raeya shrunk down in size and sat on my shoulder, gripping onto my cloak. I got in position, like a runner’s pose, knelt down, and delivered a powerful jumpforce which left an indent of my foot into the ground. The wind brushed up past us, as the force of my jump launched us really high up into the sky. We passed some birds flying, and above the clouds, where I stopped our force by flying. My cloak floated from it’s loose ends as we hovered in the air. I gusted away some clouds that were blocking our view and the sun peeked in from all directions. “Woow! I’ve never been this high before!” Raeya said in surprisingness. Raeya let go of my clothes and wanted to fly around the vast scenery, but to her surprise, the wind threw Raeya even higher. “Oops! I didn’t know your wings are too light for the atmosphere up here,” I said, flying towards her to grab her hand. “Haha, don’t worry!” She said with a happy smile, finally settling down on my shoulder. Another view, from the highest place of the sky, made us gaze with another gaping amazement. The highest point of the tallest building, even reached up to where we are. Zentell ran for miles and miles. I flew over to the building that stood high and mighty, scanning the windows and flying about. Raeya giggled as I continued to fly around the air, spinning in circles and freefalling. The skies felt like a playground, for beasts of the skies. “Are you enjoying this?” I asked Raeya. “Definitely!” She responded back. The sun in the distance shined brightly, with hues of orange and yellow. It gave out an intense feeling, staring at the epic scenery. The warmth spreaded out, inching to every air crevice between the clouds that floated high. Gusts of wind blew into the clouds, pushing them. “Hey, let’s freefall to the ground!” Raeya told me excitedly. “Sure,” I replied back laughing. Flying a bit higher than where we were, we passed the highest point of the building. I then stopped mid air, above the open area we gazed down on earlier. “You ready?” I asked her. “Yeah!” She responded. I stopped flying and fell in a freestyle fall. Raeya did the same. My back was aimed towards the ground and the scene quickly flipped. I stared at the sky, falling with style. My arms were out feeling the brush of wind, and Raeya laughed, as we fell together. I closed my eyes, feeling all directions of the wind, catching me as I fell. It felt like I was sinking in water. I listened to my surroundings. The breathing of the air, the chirps of birds, the tools being used down in the city, and the sound of our heartbeats. I fell and fell, among the blankets of wind and clouds, passing through them, and past the opening we made. We were close to the ground from a great height of a fall, and I enjoyed it to the very last seconds of the freefall. A moment before we hit the ground, we stopped our fall by flying. “That was fun!” Raeya exclaimed happily. “Yeah!” I responded back, giving her a high-five. I stopped floating in the air and plopped onto the ground with my two feet. “Man, falling from great height really is something.” After a short while, we walked around Zentell in search of a hotel where we could stay for a while. And since this was the last place in Riverchnaut, we extended our stay here for a few months. It seems like there is much to do here, even with a diverse city like this. We went to have lunch together by buying some food from some street carts and continued on our way to find a place. But we couldn’t find any hotels or inns, even after searching for a few hours. Shortly after, it was three in the afternoon. With no luck searching throughout the city, we decided to ask one of those automated AIs. We approached a device that looked like a small billboard that stuck out of the ground and typed in a phrase. [Nearby Hotels] I entered. A voice responded in a female tone. “There are no nearby hotels,” the automated AI said. “Excuse me, what?” I scoffed. “This has to be a mistake.” “Oh! Kydel, I remembered something,” Raeya perked up, getting an idea. “Back in Variah, we had places where people could rent a place from a citizen’s house to stay in. It’s like an AirLoft. You rent out a place temporarily to stay in from a citizen’s house. Zentell probably does the same. I failed to mention this to you back in Variah--sorry about that.” “Wait, really?!” I responded. “I didn't know that. Thanks though.” I patted her head for the attempt she failed to make, but still applauded her efforts. “Also, don’t worry about it,” I added. “Excuse me,” a voice said from behind. “Are you guys not from here?” We both turned around and happened to be interrupted by a cyborg. His arms were mechanical, including his torso. Bright yellow eyes. He had a rough build around five feet seven, an orange like cyborg eye, while his other was black. His hair was brown and his tone was very soft and gentle. His voice was as close to a muted piano. “Indeed. This is our first time here,” I replied back. He looked a little jumpy. “The name is Aulph Eron. You can call me Ron,” Ron introduced himself, shaking our hands. “My name’s Raeya, and this is Kydel,” Raeya introduced us both. “I take it you guys tried to find a hotel right?” Ron asked us, trying not to laugh. “Yeah, we’re looking for a place to stay. Do you own an AirLoft by any chance?” Raeya asked Ron. “Indeed I do!” He responded back. “Zentell does not have any hotels built. Though as citizens, we offer what we call AirLofts.” It seemed like Raeya knew what she was doing, so I let her talk it out with Ron while I played around with the AI for a bit. I was fascinated. After a few minutes, everything was sorted out. “Hey, Kydel,” Raeya asked me. “Yeah?” “You don’t mind if I pay for us, right?” “Are you sure? Do you want me to pay you back?” “You don’t need to. But if you want, you can do so.” “Alright.” Ron showed us through most of the parts of Zentell, giving us a quick tour of what is to come. We talked amongst each other, getting to know one another. Gazing around, most of the buildings here are part of the Mayor’s branch while some are brands and other related stores. While we gazed at some of the fantastic buildings that were built, Ron showed us his car which was parked near the curb side. “This is my car,” Ron flexed in front of us, trying not to intimidate us. Ron’s car looked amazing. It was my first time seeing something technologically advanced and magical. The seamless flow of lines that built the car around were smooth. It felt aesthetic, sleek, metal, and futuristic. Neon lights lit up the exterior as details and designs. The car looked like a humongous computer mouse. It’s head pointed out, with a dome like appearance on top, with the back, flat and sharp. It had no wheels since it is powered with magic intakes. Ron opened the door, showing us the inside. It was almost like the cockpit of an airship, roomy and spacious. “Like what you see?” Ron asked us. Both me and Raeya were phased at a glorious sight. “I have no words,” I responded. “Haha, same here!” Raeya added. “Well, hop on in! I’ll take you to my place,” Ron offered us. We hopped into his car and closed the door behind us. Ron, held his hands up and started the car with a short pulse of magic. Using his hands, he gestured in the air. It was like he’s controlling a gyro-ball as the steering wheel. The space inside felt luxurious and minimalistic and the seats were minimal to the design. It felt like we were in a completely different room. We passed through streets and streets, heading east into the suburbs where homes were. Grass started to appear alongside, with the upholding sight of scenery from afar. Blocks of buildings scattered far and wide, spreading along the land before the borders of Lynneria. “This view is gorgeous,” I said with amazement. “Raeya, look!” We gazed out of the window of the car, and awed. “This isn’t something you see everyday!” Ron told us. “It’s true Zentell may look all mechy and techy and whatnot, but we try to preserve the ways of Nature-- how beautiful it can be when treated properly.” The greenery that we passed blended in with the buildings as we made a turn towards some neighborhoods. Different shapes and tones of houses appeared within sight. From modern to futuristic, the houses had a very sleek and authentic design. The edges of each building looked seamless and satisfying. After a few turns into blocks, we made it to Ron’s place. Parking in front of his house on the driveway, we got out as I had memorized the route . Ron’s house was a mixture of traditional and modern-tech. It’s white design looked like a smooth canvas, black roofing, smart windows, and smart-everything. His house looked like the ideal house of anyone’s choosing. It measured in size like an averaged-sized restaurant., and looked like something from a movie. “Well, this is it,” Ron said. “Welcome to my place!” “Thanks man,” I replied back politely. “No problem,” he responded. “This house looks amazing!” Raeya said in amazement. Ron took out a small device and pressed the button that was on it. The garage to his place slid open, and we both walked in. The atmosphere changed from open-nature, to a cozy feeling. Ron showed us to our side of where we were staying. There was a door by the side of the garage, painted white and the opposite, a black door. The label on the white door that showed up read, ‘AirLoft.’ “This door leads to your AirLoft while mine’s on the other side of the garage. Why don’t you guys head on in while I park my car here?” Ron told us. “Great, thanks for your hospitality,” Raeya replied for me, while I was off admiring Ron’s place. I opened the door to the AirLoft and walked in. Both me and Raeya felt like we’ve been welcomed into a luxurious home. It was a very satisfying sight to look at. The AirLoft had a mix of colorful furniture that lifted the mood of the room, a kitchen with white countertops, and two separate bedrooms that were next to the living room. A huge flat-screen TV hung down from the wall, and a fireplace under it. The windows were open and huge, and it gazed out onto the open scenery. It was the same for the bedrooms. I could get used to waking up to a very pleasant scene. “Wow,’ I said under my breath. “This is amazing.” “It is, isn’t it?!” Raeya told me excitedly. I took in the time to relax and breathe. I let out a very deep and relaxing whiff of air. “Definitely,” I replied back. “So, how is it for you guys?” Ron asked us, entering the place. “I’m at a loss of words,” I replied back. “This is just amazing!” “I get that a lot,” Ron said. “And it still gets me every time when I invite people over.” “Really?” Raeya said. “Yeah,” he responded. “Still, this is something,” I said sincerely. Ron looked at us since we didn’t have any luggage. Well, we don’t have anything since we packed lightly, so to say. I mean, both me and Raeya don’t need luggage since we have specific powers of Magic Pocket. “You guys light packers?” Ron asked curiously. “You said it,” I replied, showing off my power. I gestured in the air and showed Ron my luggage. It was just my Magic Pocket that I used to carry cargos and items. Raeya did the same. “You guys have POWERS?!” Ron said surprisingly. “In a sense, yeah,” Raeya responded. “Wow! Well, make yourselves at home. I have to head to work soon so I’ll catch up with you guys later!” Ron told us as he went back to his place next-door. We waved bye as we saw him off. “Hey Zohl,” I told him. “I want to see your flimpie form again.” “Alright,” Zohl responded to my request. Zohl changed forms quickly. Light shone around Zohl’s pendant-like body and transformed into his counterpart, the form that I saw a day ago. Zohl flew around the place freely before perching onto a coat rack. I held my hand out and Zohl quickly perched onto my arm. Zohl’s flimpie form distracted my eyes from the tempting scene of the AirLoft. “You needed a distraction eh?” Zohl asked me. “From the scene of the AirLoft.” “Haha, yeah, you said it,” I chuckled. “You look cool and cute at the same time.” “Also, tell us more of your counterparts.” Both me and Raeya went to sit down on the couches. It felt very plump and comfortable. It was like sitting on a fluffy cloud. Zohl then hopped onto the table that was next to us. “Being a form of a pendant is one of my options. My main appearance is a metaphysical spirit that is as big as a titan. Our metaphysical forms are around 47 feet tall and we can pass through objects. If I were to change forms, this place wouldn’t be destroyed. Though we do have the option if we want to solidify our structure,” “Now, our counterparts are given to us by the King, of where we are from. My counterpart represents “lightning and fast,”” Zohl explained. I thought about it for a moment before asking a question, but Raeya butted in. “Oh? Then where are you from?” she asked Zohl. “I’m from the Divine Realm, a realm that exists outside of all universes, matter, time, space, and reality,” Zohl responded to her question. “It is not possible to get there though. Only us spirits can since we have the power to do so.” “Zohl, what else should we know?” I asked. “I am not spoiling future information-” he said cheekily. I stared out the window for a while admiring the scene after the short conversation. Coming to a city like this still felt very surreal. Raeya yawned and stretched her arms. “Tired?” I asked her, taking her by the hand. “Yeah, I could use a small nap,” she responded. “What about you?” “I could probably use one too. I spent my energy from freefalling with you,” I replied back, getting up. “And it’s starting to catch up.” With Raeya going to a separate room across from mine, she closed the door. I went to my room and it looked aesthetically pleasing. With my mind still jumbled, I flopped down onto the bed with my arms laid out. Today was a crazy day. A lot has happened. Zohl flew into my room and perched on the windowsill that was next to the bed. I asked Zohl about the time. “It’s 4:30.” “Also, you seriously need to get a watch, a device that counts time.” “Hahaha, alright. I’ll see you in a bit,” I responded. With that out of the way, I let my mind wander around, sending me into a graceful sleep. I woke up two hours later feeling famished and hungry. I got up and exited my room, opening the door. I went to check if Raeya was still awake and she wasn’t. I thought this would be a great chance to get dinner for the both of us. Zohl woke up and flew towards me, perching on my shoulder. I walked around the place for a while, admiring the interior design of the place before heading out. I then had an idea pop up in my mind. “Hey Zohl, you still have that data entry of the flower I gave Raeya?” I asked. “Of course! I can make a copy for you if that’s what you’re asking,” he replied back. “Lmao that’s great, thanks!” I replied. Zohl, while in deep thought thinking back to the point where I found the flower in Variah, managed to recollect the data he had stored. “Processing Information.” Zohl’s white stomach blinked colors, and then manifested the flower out in thin air. “That should do it. I made an extra copy just in case.” “Man, this is accurate!” I said in amazement, holding the flowers. I placed them into my magic pocket for the time being while I went out to get some takeout for dinner. I opened the door to the garage and walked outside. I sniffed the air and the scent of machinery traveled it’s way from Zentell to my nose. I then walked into the open field of the front yard, which was right across some greenery, and a big tree showed up in the middle. The view from here was gorgeous. I stretched my back and my arms, relaxing them as I puffed out a huge breath. Different scents from different places started to flow in like a water stream, into my nose. I can smell everything, including food, items, and such. “I think I’ll fly.” I looked west and peered into the buildings and towers of Zentell. I then ran forward and jumped, launching myself into the air which left an indent of my foot in the ground. As my jump propelled me up in an angle, the wind brushed past me. I stopped in the air floating about, and reminisced over the scene. Zohl caught up from behind. “You seem to enjoy having this flight skill,” Zohl said, flying with us.. “I sure do! It’s fun and is a better form of transportation,” I replied back with a snicker. We both laughed as we flew around, before heading into the city. After a short while, we both flew over some trees and houses that were still in our vicinity, following the main road that led into Zentell. I slowly released my flight, hovering down onto the ground, and landed, with Zohl landing on my right shoulder. “I still can’t get used to this wonderful place,” I said under my breath. With Zohl still in his form, he changed back into his wristband form and flew onto my left wrist. While walking around the city, I ran into a lot of stores, restaurants, and people. The people here all sounded friendly and showed me ways to different small landmarks within the city. Out of most of them, the City Fountain that was in the plaza was very large and beautiful, made with smooth andesite, and a mix of stone and marble. Out of the ordinary, a shop caught my attention. The billboard placed in front of the shop said, “custom rings!” and “we make custom rings from items you bring in!” That reminded me of the flowers I had. I thought this would be a perfect chance to turn those into a ring or some other jewelry. I opened the door to the place, and a small jingle sounded. “Welcome to Custom Jewelry!” the worker here said. “Feel free to take a look around.” I waved and greeted the worker, and as I walked along the shining jewelry, I gazed and admired the craftsmanship they were made by. It ranged from rings; to necklaces, bracelets, and hairpins, and quite frankly, a lot more. “All these here are made by our store boss from hand!” the worker told me. “It’s amazing, and no one else can outdo the boss himself!” “Really?” I said, shocked. “It sure is! Most of these ores are either mined from crystals, or made from natural materials,” the worker responded back. “It must take time and patience to make these then..,” I said in amazement. “You have items that want to be turned into something?” The worker asked, noticing my enthusiastic tone. “I sure do,” I replied back, pulling two flowers out from my magic pocket. “Alright! Let me notify the boss,” the worker told me. He picked up the phone from the counter, pressed some stuff and dialed in. “Boss, you got a custom order!” [“Alright, I’ll be there in a moment”] the voice said from the receiver. After a short while from the call, a person opened the door to the place. It was the boss of the shop. He wore a white shirt with a thin, black, jacket, and he almost had the stench of a blacksmith. “You the customer?” he asked me. “Indeed,” I politely responded, shaking his hand. “You can call me Kydel.” “Charmed! Gordon Smite,” Gordon introduced himself. “The worker here is Hal, my top worker!” Hal waved at us, with the flowers in one hand. “Ah! Pinkbloom Flowers! These are a wonderful pick, Kydel,” he told me. “Any idea what kind of jewelry you want it to be?” I thought about it for a moment but I can’t seem to choose. “Honestly, I have no idea. Surprise me!” I said scratching my head. “So, a Custom Surprise?” Hal asked. I nodded in agreement as I still couldn’t think of any. “Alright then! I’ll get back to you shortly after I finish turning these into something special!” Gordon told me before he went to the back areas of the store. After he left, I let Hal know that I’ll be waiting outside, somewhere nearby. I found a bench that was close to the shop and sat down, taking in the diverse sounds of the city. I closed my eyes, relaxed my body, and my ears. All far away sounds became distant. I could hear people chattering; people playing, children, wildlife, machinery, and diners. My ears twitched and danced to the tune Zentell offered, until moments later, Hal told me to come back in. I got up and followed him back into the shop, where Gordon greeted me at the counter. “That was quite quick, not gonna lie,” I said. Gordon chuckled. “Here!” he said, holding out a box. I opened it up and saw two rings, one slightly different colored, and the other, the pink version. The edges and details were defined and sharp, it felt sleek and smooth. “Wow…,” I said to myself. “Make sure you give that to someone you hold dear to you!” Gordon told me with an optimistic tone. I closed the lid to the box, preserving the rings from falling out. I then locked it for safety and put it in my magic pocket. I smiled on the inside while I paid for it, and said thanks to Gordon and Hal. After that, I went back outside to the streets of Zentell. After that small little detour, I went and found a food court. There were many places that had delicious tastes, and I could smell every scent of meals coming from different places. I went ahead and bought some fresh meals for both me and Raeya, including Ron, so I stashed them in my magic pocket to keep it warm and fresh. Then out of nowhere, an explosion happened in the city. “What the heck was that?!” I mumbled. I headed to the source of the sound, a few blocks where I was at. When I got there, there was a duel between some random cyborg and Ron. The cyborg Ron was fighting was ten times his size and even more powerful than Ron himself. Ron was almost beaten up, worn out, and tired. But before the other cyborg could hit, I intervened from behind and telekinetically stopped the fight. “Huh?! What the?!” the attacking cyborg said. “I can’t move!” I walked up from behind the crowd and to Ron. “You good man?” asking if Ron was okay. “I’m good-” Ron responded with a short breath. He was beaten up real bad. “Hey! Let me go!” the cyborg said with an unpleasant tone. His tone caught my attention, so I looked behind and gave him a sneer, crushing his robotic- limbs with telekinesis. Shocked, he tried to move, but couldn’t. I released my telekinetic hold on the cyborg and helped Ron up to his feet. “Hold on to me,” I told him. Ron grabbed onto my shoulders tightly with his arm around. I knelt down, and then jumped into the air, flying off and back to Ron’s place. Shortly after a while, we arrived back at Ron's place, and I took the liberty to restore his parts. His arms were almost falling apart, so I restored them using my power. I gave a light tap and the bits that were broken restored itself and fully reconstructed Ron’s arms. “Thanks,” Ron said, stretching his robotic-like arms. “I normally get fixed by my doctor but you are something else!” “No problem! Having powers like this comes in handy,” I told him. “You sure you’re alright?” I asked once again. “I’m alright! Thanks for the concern,” he replied with a happy tone. “How are things for you?” I thought about our recent encounters, including me and Raeya’s first stay here. “It’s going great! Raeya’s getting some shut-eye while we speak. I went out earlier to get dinner for the both of us,” I replied. I gestured and opened my pocket inventory, grabbing the still hot meals I got for us. “Who’s getting some shut eye?” Raeya said, listening into our conversation. She appeared behind us and flew towards me. I handed her her meal, including Ron’s. “Ah, speak of the devil!” Ron laughed. While we both were outside of Ron’s place, we talked amongst each other as we ate our meals and watched the sun set. And then sooner, the day was almost at the end. The next day, I decided to go out myself and get a watch, a time device that Zohl recommended me to get instead of having him to tell me the time. I found a store that had watches and purchased one. I then followed the instructions from Zohl on how to configure it and wore it on my left arm. I then went back to the AirLoft that I was staying at, where Raeya was waiting for me. It was 11:30 in the morning. Raeya was outside near the place, flying around the tree that was across from Ron’s place. “Hey!” I said flying around with her. “Got what you need?” She asked me. “Yep!” I replied, showing her the watch on my arm. “Now I can tell the time with more efficiency.” Raeya wanted to explore around the city with me, so we did that right away since she wanted to learn more about Zentell. There were a lot of landmarks here within the city, most are sculptures and some are historic tablets that were built around the area. Traversing around the area, there were libraries and laboratories that make up the majority of the city, which is probably why there’s no such thing as “hotels and inns” here in Zentell. “Hey, let’s go to the library! I want to learn about what kind of planet we are on,” I told Raeya. “Sure!” She responded back. We saw a building a while back which was a library and retraced our steps. We both stopped at the grand entrance of the library, built with highly detailed aesthetics and decorated with a lot of tech. The doors to the place magically opened as we entered the place. The interior was massive, with columns that soared high into the dome-like roof, pattern like designs on the walls, glass mosaics, and a black-white patterned floor. “Woah…,” she said in amazement. “Architecture really is amazing,” I said under my breath. I looked around the area and saw one of those A.Is that were outside and around the city. Based on its appearance, the A.I was built for the library and nothing else. “Hey, let’s go to the A.I over there,” I told her. “Perhaps we can get some answers to my many questions.” We found our way to the A.I and sat down on some benches that were near it. The A.I greeted us. [ “Greetings fellow citizens!” ] [ “To what may I help of you today?” ] “I have a few questions,” I responded to the A.I. [ “What is it you need answered?” ] “What planet are we on? And what type is it?” I asked. The A.I scanned the question and lit up a box of what planet we are on. It then spoke. [ “ All of us, technology and living beings alike, reside on the super-planet called Hetra. The formation of this planet and its origins are still a mystery and still needs answers to how it was made. For all we know, Hetra is a super-planet, with two super-continents, Varleqe and Eulerich, and two smaller supercontinents by the name, Lynneria, Norrane, and Hetrania. All oceans are completely explored, with the help of advanced technology that was developed by Zentell.” ] Listening to this information felt intense. It also felt like we’re needles on a haystack on this super-planet. Oh, and if you think about it, the letters from “Hetra” reassemble to “Earth.” That sounded nice. The A.I continued to spew information. [ “ Hetra, otherwise known as HRTX-1, (it’s code name), is home to the Anadeya’s Eye, a galaxy where we reside. There are many galaxies that can house inhabitants and give life to other extraterrestrial beings. Space Exploration is also possible, for Zentell has developed a system called “Hyperspace Travels” using a biochemical fuel called Lhureanium.” ] “Wow, that’s amazing,” Raeya awed at the information that was displayed. “There’s so much we don’t know about this planet!” “Indeed! I bet we’d need some information about where we are and probably learn about past history,” I said thinking my thoughts out loud. [ “Are there any other questions?” ] the A.I asked. “Oh! Where did life originate from?” Raeya asked. [ “ The Origin of Life is still a mystery to this day. Some say it’s all a myth and that life came from the Divine. But the knowledge from the Amberians tells us that life originated from Hexphos Island, an island that is very far off from our reach. However, one person had succeeded to traverse to Hexphos. This person came back to Zentell differently; he felt empty and had no motivation.” ] the A.I said in response. “Woah, there’s so many missing links-” I said intriguingly. “What do you mean?” She asked me. “There’s a lot of stuff that we don’t know of and neither does the entire population of Hetra know of. Most mysteries are still mysteries and maybe some legends. Heck, some of these myths and texts aren’t even answered or solved yet,” I clarified. “So, even if we do solve some of these across our adventures, we can report back to this library or some scientist that might update this type of information.” “You’re correct there,” a voice said from behind. “Oh, excuse me. Darren Fau,” Darren introduced himself. “I’m a scientist, inventor, and the owner of this library.” We shook his hands in exchange for our greetings. He hada lab coat, white. He wore glasses and was biting on the end of a pencil. Seems like he was noting something down. “I’m Kydel. This is Raeya,” I said, introducing both of us. “I see you two were listening to the A.I here,” Darren said. “Indeed we were!” I replied back “Have any more questions?” Darren asked us. I didn’t seem to have any, nor did Raeya. “No, I don’t think so…,” I said, trying to think of something. “Wait! Do you know how the planet was formed?” Darren picked up on it. “We know a little bit, but majorly, no,” Darren responded. “For all we know, Planet Hetra has all the similar properties that other planets might have.” “Oh! Why don’t you follow me to my lab? It’s below this library.” I looked at Raeya if she wanted to go, and it seemed like she was curious too. “Sure!” I responded. I too was eager about what Darren wants to show us. We followed Darren to the elevators that were far east from where we were. It had a very sleek metal design and it felt like I was inside a luxurious lobby. He pressed a few buttons and we both felt the elevator going down. In a moment, the elevator stopped, doors slid open, and we stepped out of it. There were a multitude of hallways that led for miles. We went straight, turned right, and approached a white door that said ‘Laboratory.’ He opened the door up and inside was shown with lots of fancy equipment, scientists, analysts and of the sort. “Welcome to the library’s lab!” Darren welcomed us. “Sir, you shouldn’t be bringing guests in here,” one of the scientists said with concern. “They may or might have foreign substances!” Oh yeah, it’s a laboratory. We do have to be clean. “I got an idea, Raeya,” I told her. I placed my hand on her shoulder and on my own. I activated the power of restoration, but instead, I changed it’s ability to purification. A warm light shone over us from head to toe and both of us were free of bacteria, germs, and dirt. “What the shit just happened?” Darren said surprisingly. “Both me and Raeya have powers,” I responded. “That was Purification, a sub-power of Restoration.” A bunch of scientists began to gather around us, curious about what we are and how we performed a miracle. They talked amongst themselves the possibilities of having powers and none of them reached a solution. I laughed. “Are you two….both..Hibryds?” one of the scientists asked. “Yes, yes we are!” Raeya replied. “That sight was truly an amazing feat!” another said. I tried not to get the compliment up to my head too much but I gave my thanks to it. “So, what was it that you wanted to show us?” I asked Darren. “Ah, yes!” Darren exclaimed. “Rock samples taken from Planet Hetra itself!” Darren showed us each of the rock samples. They had a rough outline, sediment layers, crystal shards, and looked like they were recently mined. “We recently discovered that whatever formed these rocks contains small traces of Jadeite and pure cosmic energy,” Darren explained. “We have no idea where the Jadeite comes from or where the cosmic energy came from. It’s all a mystery. Even if we have the answer, we’re far from it.” “Jadeite is a special ore that holds very close to Spirits,” Zohl said, detaching from my wrist and transformed. This startled Darren. “And you are..?” Darren asked confusingly. “I am Zohl, a Spirit,” Zohl responded back. “A Spirit?!” Darren responded with a shocked tone. “I thought spirits and ghouls don’t mix well with this type of civilization.” “That’s where you’re wrong, Darren,” Zohl said. “This world inhabits Familiars, a branch of spirits that help maintain the balance of Nature.” “Without Familiars, Nature will overgrow and take over the world,” Zohl added. “Really?” Raeya asked. “I thought Familiars can do more than that.” Darren gestured us to sit down near some lab tables to talk about history, beasts, and creatures. He also grabbed us cups of water. “To my understanding, creatures of this world make up the following;” Darren explained. “First up are Beasts. Beasts are creatures that have high lethal power, such as Direwolves; Werecats, Werewolves, Witches, Demons, and the following that fits in the category.” “Next are Hernumias. Hernumias are a group of human-like appearances. This includes Humans; Elves, Sylphs, Pixies, Fairies...and similar creatures in that category. Us scientists decided to use the term, Hernumia Sapherius to brand creatures like us into one category.” “Third are Ruin Guardians. Ruin Guardians are legendary beasts that guard high sacred places that cannot be located easily.” “Last are Familiars, which Zohl mentioned. They help balance the act of Nature and Human Civilization. If I may add, they also maintain peace between race quarreling,” Darren added. “You are correct there. But us Spirits are divine beings. We sometimes place ourselves here to observe interaction between Hernumias, Familiars, and Beasts,” Zohl said, clarifying some points. Zohl transformed back into the form of a wristband and went back on my wrist. Darren looked at me from head to toe, examining my presence. “Say, Kydel, what are you exactly?” He asked me. “Me?” I responded. “I’m a Direwolf!” This caught Darren off guard, along with other scientists who were listening to Darren’s explanation of creatures within this world. “That explains the eyes you have.” Darren said, surprised. “Direwolf eyes are very sharp and intimidating.” “I can show you my form if you want,” I told him. “Please do, I haven’t seen a Direwolf up close before,” he said, accepting my offer. “We have some vacant spaces over there.” Darren pointed to the vacant spaces. I headed over there and transformed into my beast form. My appearance caught every scientist off guard. Raeya got to see my form once again, and Zohl flew over to me. I appeared strong and gentle, and my stare almost intimidated most of the workers. Raeya on the other hand, helped out some of the other scientists since there were shorthanded staff. “Woah..,” Darren said under his breath. “This is my first time seeing a direwolf!” Darren walked all over the place, around me, observing. “Hey, do you mind if I scan this powerful body system?” He asked for permission. “Sure,” I consented. Darren prepared a launchpad scanner and directed me to it. I went over to the pad and stood there. A green-like holographic light lit up in the space around me and scanned my body, retrieving information about my beast race and power information. The light disappeared after and I stepped off the pad, transforming back to my human form. “With information like this, we should be bound to discover secret information about direwolves! This includes other different races of them!” Darren excitedly explained. “I’m happy to be of help,” I said sincerely. I shook his hand. “I don’t think we should overstay. You guys seem pretty busy.” “Oh-! I lost track of time! You’re right, haha!” Darren said being optimistic. Both me and Raeya waved by to the workers in the room and Darren saw us off. We went back to the cortex of the library that was above us and exited the place. It still felt surreal, like only a minute had passed. “Now then, what do you want to do?” I asked Raeya. “I don’t know..,” Raeya said, thinking about it. “What about you?” “There’s so much to do, but I don’t know where to start. Maybe we can familiarize our surroundings for the following weeks,” I said. “I’m fine by that!” Raeya responded. With that being said, we decided to stay here in Zentell for a while. Both of us got to know Ron better, had adventures, and explored unexplored areas in Zentell. And throughout the following weeks, both me and Raeya got used to the surroundings of the great city.
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Hibryds - by Alarkius Jay
In Novels
AlarkiusJay
Jul 01, 2022
EP 5 | MONSTER After two weeks in Variah, it was August 20th, around lunch time. I finally settled into the town’s atmosphere and everywhere I went was enchanting. Raeya popped up from behind and asked me how my experience was. “What do you think about this town so far?” She asked me while we were walking around. “It’s not bad. I like the atmosphere here!” I said, smiling. “The sound is enchanting and luring, the water in the lake feels nice, and most of all, how friendly the citizens here are.” I looked around and gazed at everything in my sight. “Really? That’s great to hear!” Raeya said happily. “Yeah, it’s sort of what you would call--uh..what’s that word…” “Encaptivating!” We passed some street stalls that were selling fruits and food so I went ahead and bought some for our trip to Zentell. The stall I bought food from had some bread, fruits, and pastries so I put them all in my inventory after the purchase. “Thank you for your purchase,” the lady behind the counter said. I waved and smiled at the lady as a token of thanks. “So, what made you want to tag along with me?” I asked Raeya. “We’re friends, aren’t we?” She asked in response. I nodded “Then as friends, I’ll follow you wherever you go!” She looked happy and had a charismatic tone. I felt alive with her even though my buddy Zohl is here with me. “If you’re willing to come with me, does that mean you’ll tend to me whenever there’s danger? No matter if I get injured?” I asked her seriously. Raeya was startled at my question. She paused and thought about it. It took a while until her response. She then spoke. “Y-Yes! No matter the cost!” She replied abruptly. “Good,” I said, holding out my hand. “I hope you know what you are agreeing to.” She took my hand and shook. Then a light formed around it. Zohl didn’t do anything. It was the pact I told her. Zohl knew about it so he didn’t speak. After the light faded, a connection was established between us. I could already tell that our friendship together will strengthen throughout our journey, even if there were ups and downs. “Do you think you’ll pack?” I asked Raeya, noticing the amount of clothing she has. “Not likely! In addition to being a sylph, changing sizes adjusts my clothing so I’m all good,” Raeya explained her idea. “Ahh...okay,” I said with a smile. “I hope we can understand each other better.” Raeya flew amidst our walk around town until we went to the opposite side of the lake, far from the buildings and the traffic of the busy roads. As I gazed across the lake, the tiny buildings reflected back at me from the lake’s far side. I looked down at the lake’s still water as it reflected the sky, the clouds, and the rays of the sun. It was completely still. Then, an idea popped up in my mind. “Say, is Lake Grasschn always this still?” I asked Raeya. “Sometimes, though it’s predictable when waves will come,” Raeya replied. “Hmmm….” I said mumbling to myself, thinking. It’s possible, isn’t it? Running on water…. “Yes it is!” Zohl echoed in my mind. “What are you thin-” I cut Raeya off, jolting into the distance as I kicked a wind behind me which brushed past Raeya. I ran over the rocks bordering the lake and onto the water, creating a current of splashes behind me. I felt each splash of water on the hilt of my feet as I ran at fast speeds. “Hell yeah!” I shouted as I ran the shape of the lake. This...feels amazing!! Suddenly, in the corner of my eye, I saw Raeya matching my pace. “Who knew you could run so fast!” Raeya shouted while flying. “Who knew you could match my pace!” I shouted back sarcastically. Raeya took that as a challenge. “Sylphs can fly faster!” Raeya said, challenging me to a race “Is that so?!” I replied. “You're on!” Agreeing to her challenge. Raeya rocketed forward, passing my speed. I smiled and pushed more, matching her pace. We were evenly set. We ran around the lake one more time before going onto the border of the lake, the jagged rocks. Dust started to allocate in the air. A small water twister was forming. “Try and keep up!” Raeya shouted as she propelled another speed-rocket against me, darting a few yards farther than me. I laughed and boosted up my game. I propelled the same way Raeya did, which I finally matched her pace. Raeya saw me keeping up with her pace but she was gradually getting slower. “I-I c-can’t go on…,” Raeya said, panting for breath. I looked at her wings and they were becoming tense and numb, straining from the flapping and speed boosts. “Fall back!” I said to her “Wha--Why?!” She shouted at me. “I’ll catch you! Trust me!” I replied back. She couldn’t talk as she was catching her breath, so she nodded at me. She relaxed her wings as I boosted my speed infinitely, circling around the lake while Raeya casually fell slowly as time started to dilute for me, as if it was slowing down. I circled around, went off the border, ran in an angle, onto the tree, and jumped to where Raeya was. Before Raeya hit the bordering rocks within a few seconds, I caught her as my speed allowed me to splash into the lake--when time officially went back to normal for me. A huge splash was created from the impact of my speed, sending droplets onto dry land. I held my breath under the water and noticed that Raeya’s wings were soaked and wet. She coughed water as she realized we were in the lake. She tried to move but couldn’t due to the fact that her wings are like rocks in water. A little air bubble escaped from her mouth. I bit my lips. I swam and caught up to her. Crap! Raeya can’t swim if her wings are out!-I noticed quickly, creating a telekinetic bubble around me and Raeya. Water spilled out of my bubble as I floated up and out of the lake, only to see Raeya coughing water out while I held her. Her wing muscles twitched before disappearing. I floated down and dispelled my bubble, landing on the bench next to the lake. My clothes were drenched so I restored it with a glow with my hands, heat emitted from it. Raeya coughed out water, breathing for air as I took the liberty to restore her clothes the same way I did with mine. “Are you okay?!” I asked her, placing my hand behind her chest, soothing the pain from her throat and neck while rubbing her back. “I-I’m fine. Thanks though,” She said panting, placing her hand against her chest. A light emitted from her hand, intensifying before slowly fading away. “That...just now..what was it?” I asked her. “Oh, the light?” She replied. I nodded. She took my hand without hesitation and placed my hand against her chest. I felt the pulse of her heartbeat. It was back to normal in an instant. Maybe it had to do with the light that emitted from her hand earlier. “One of my abilities, Soothe Touch. I’m able to calm down a raging beast or a person’s heart if it’s pulsing too fast. I did that just now and it worked,” she responded. “Us sylphs have that ability.” “Wow. That’s pretty useful,” I said. Raeya smiled at me and I brought myself to smile after what just happened. “Either way, yeah. You seem fast yourself,” she told me. Zohl chimed in. “I had some time to calculate how fast you two were going. You both were going Mach 1. Unfortunately for Raeya, she can only travel that fast,” Zohl notified us. We were both shocked. “What about me?” I asked Zohl. “For you, Kydel, your speed is unbelievably endless!” Zohl told me in surprise. Both me and Raeya dropped our jaws. I found it surprising. We were both found speechless. “You could circle the entire continent within 0.05 seconds,” Zohl added. “Wow….” Raeya said under her breath. “I didn’t even know you could go much faster!” “I never tried until Zohl told us,” I replied. “I can control how fast I go, correct?” “Yes,” Zohl answered. Raeya started to yawn. She stretched her legs and arched her back, giving her muscles flexibility and freshness. She put her hand over her mouth a second time, yawning. “Tired?” I asked her. She nodded. “Alright, why don’t we rest here in the sun before going to Zentell?” I stretched my legs in the sun’s warmth after the insane speed-run with Raeya and leaned against the bench. I relaxed my muscles and noticed Raeya dozing off, as her head tilted and fell against my right arm. Raeya looked beautiful up-close. The elegant brown-pink color of her hair shone brightly against the suns’ rays. I closed my eyes and let my body rest, absorbing all the sun’s energy and warmth. After that short nap, I opened my eyes and felt energized. I turned my head to see that Raeya was gone. I scanned around the area to see if I could find her and there she was, near some trees picking some fruits. She flew back to me with some fruits in her hands. “Someone’s up,” She said, handing me some fruits. “Thanks,” I said, taking a fruit from her hand. “What’s this?” “That is a Wild Folist, a fruit great for strength boosting,” she replied as I looked at its round, purple-red shape. I took a bite into it. It was sweet, juicy, savory, and very delicious. “Dang, this is...tasty!” I said, gulping down the bitten pieces. Raeya smiled as she bit into her portion. As juicy as it is, energy started to flow through my body. My strengths’ power raised even more as I finished the fruit, leaving the seed out. I juggled the seed in the air, catching it over and over. Out of nowhere, I had an idea. I tossed the seed into the air and let it float using telekinesis. I then converted my telekinesis’ energy to my restoration power. The seed looked good as new. I got up and dug into the ground, placing the seed there. I then covered the seed with dirt. Curious, Raeya asked what I was doing. “This?” I replied. “Just watch.” I smiled. I gestured at the lake and telekinetically picked up some water. I then let it hover over the place where I buried the seed and drenched the place. Then after, I stood back a few meters from the spot. I told her to stay back. I then created a light-like energy in the air, using the telekinetic force in my hands. Pushing pressure into it, I gestured the floating light into the spot where I put the seed. Just then, the seed sprouted quickly and grew into a tree that Raeya harvested the fruit from. Raeya watched as it grew, taller than most trees. It then stopped. “Wow! That’s amazing!” Raeya told me after the feat I just did. I blushed slightly. “You just grew a new tree instantly!” “Well, I didn’t know it would work until I tried,” I replied to her. “At least I learned something new now.” I stared at the tree I’ve grown in only a few seconds, it felt good to see life blooming. I stretched my arms and legs out in the sun’s warmth. I felt the wind brush past my head, Raeya, flying around the area. “Well then,” I cleared my throat. “Why don’t we head out then?” Raeya, flying around, shrunk down in size and sat on my shoulder. “Okay!” She wore a smile, a pretty one. On our way back to the town, the air brushed past my face once again. Birds sang their songs and life bloomed among the grass and fields. As soon as the gravel path appeared, the atmosphere of the town enchanted my ears once again. It always felt surreal and moody. I told Raeya to wait for me by the lake since I needed to check out at the Inn I was staying at so she saw me off when we both arrived. “I’ll be back in a bit.” I headed back to my inn, grabbed most of my stuff, and headed to the receptionist. “Checking out?” The receptionist asked me. “Yes.” I pulled out my C-Card and hovered it over the scanner the receptionist held out. She overlooked the receipt and asked if I wanted a copy. I politely rejected and headed out. “Have a great rest of your day,” the receptionist said right after I opened the door. I wore a smile as I exited the inn. The spare clothes and food I grabbed from my room in the inn left my right arm heavy since it hurt my arm, so I gestured in the air and opened my inventory. I placed them inside and closed out, heading back to the lake where Raeya is waiting. As soon as I got there, she came and greeted me. “Are you ready for a great adventure?” I asked her. “Yeah! This adventure already sounds amazing!” “Oh? I wouldn’t jinx that just yet,” I said back to her. “Who knows what might happen later on.” Once we approached the exit (the entrance of the town I came to a couple weeks ago), we both stepped out and saw the grassy hills once again. “I hope we can get to know each other better, Kydel,” Raeya told me. “Yeah, me too,” I smiled back. It took us nearly a fat minute to cross the hills to the forest path, and the forest where I saved Raeya. We both stared at it for a bit. The memory of me unleashing only a portion of my powers just to help out Raeya filled my mind with emotions I’ve never experienced. Zohl tingled but ignored. “You’re experiencing changes within your human-response time. Emotions are one of them. Continue to grow and better understand how this world works,” Zohl echoed in my mind. I smiled slightly. “What’s wrong?” Raeya asked me. “Huh?” “You’re distinctly feeling pressure, I can hear your heartbeat beating differently,” she said. “Also, even though you're powerful and all, I acknowledge that. But keep in mind that there’s room for you to grow, through bad times and good times,” she added with a serious tone. “It’s not that simple really, it takes time to identify yourself. We all have weaknesses but we can work from it.” It’s true. What Raeya says applies to me, and her alone, let along with other humans. “You’re right,” I responded. I thought to myself the feats I’ve done in the past and up to now. The only feat that stuck out was when I helped out Raeya in her predicament. “I wonder what the future has in store for us,” I said my thoughts out loud. We were both left speechless, not knowing how to answer that. Once we passed the hills and into the forest path, animals from each direction chittered. The gush of wind flew into the forest path and out. An acorn fell from the branches atop. It seems like someone’s almost ready for hibernation. It was a squirrel that dropped the acorn. Asking me to pick it up and give it back, I did so. I waved to the squirrel and chitted thanks in return. “Huh? What was that just now?” Raeya asked me, curiously. “Oh that?” I replied. Raeya nodded. “I'm an animal by default, so it would make sense to communicate with animals and beasts,” I responded to her curiosity. “It’s more like a default ability.” “Wooow...you can communicate with animals!” Raeya reworded what she just heard. “Yeah, that.” “Show me more of that, if you don’t mind.” Surprised, I took it to heart. “Why not? I’m curious too.” I closed my eyes and adapted my ears to the surroundings of the forest, listening to different critters among the trees, rocks, grass, and unseen areas. A growling sound came from afar in the forest, it came from the grounds below, from a cave entrance not too far away from our location. Using the presence of the mysterious creature from the forest, I expanded my aura through concentration. The creature picked up my presence. Meet me outside the forest- I communicated with my aura. The creature roared in the distance. “What was that?” Raeya said, shocked. “Don’t worry, we’ll know soon who I asked to come,” I responded, opening my eyes. It was a long walk getting out of the forest path. Light started to seep into the forest path from the other end, which means we are nearing the exit. As soon as we got there, a creature appeared, sitting on the well I noticed from earlier in my travels. “Eek!” Raeya cried, being startled by the creature sitting on the well. “That is the Beast of the Forest, a Forestaen Elder,” I told her. The Forestaen Elder resembled a tree-like anamorphic creature. Raeya, surprised, wanted me to converse with the Elder. With my aura tingling, the Elder spoke using telepathy with me. My mind translated what he was saying. (“You…..you’re the first to summon a Beast like me”) the Elder telepathically spoke. (“Who are you?”) (“I’m Kydel Starr, a Hibryd direwolf”) I spoke back. The Elder was intrigued. (“If you don’t mind, can I see your default form?”) The Elder asked curiously. I changed back into my direwolf state. Raeya observed. Her presence told me she’s amazed at what I can do with my abilities and powers. The elder observed me with a clear gaze, circling around me. (“You have potential”) The elder responded, starting to go back to his place. (“What?”) I questioned. The Elder turned around. (“You will learn soon enough as you progress in your journeys”) The Elder told me, disappearing back into the forest. That being said, the Elder’s presence vanished. Left dazzled, I changed back into my Hibryd form. I went to the well to sit down and Raeya came along. “What did you two talk about?” She asked me. “The Elder told me I have potential and that I will learn soon enough in my journeys, but I’m still confused on why he said that,” I responded. I was still left dazzled. I wonder what the Forestaen Elder meant. “Do you have any idea Zohl?” I asked. Zohl, who was listening, perked in. “That’s for you to discover, Kydel,” Zohl told me. I knew Zohl would say that, though it won’t be easy. “Huh….well, show me what else you can do!” Raeya said positively. “Alright.” I smiled. “You’ve seen a couple for them, morphing and speed,” I said. “I’ll show you the rest.” I got up and stood next to the well. “Flying.” I breathed in and out, relaxing my body. I slowly lifted my right leg up, and then my left. Raeya was left amazed as I could fly, just like her, but differently. “I’m telekinetically flying,” I explained, turning the glow effect on. It showed a blue outline around me. I noticed a rock nearby, so I gestured my hand and picked up the rock with no effort at all. The glow emitted from the rock as it flew to my hand. “Now this is telekinesis.” I deactivated my powers and moved on to a few others. “Restoration.” I walked along the path of the opposite direction and Raeya came along. I located a dirty grass patch and emitted some light over it. The dirty grass patch, once dirty, returned back to it’s fresh, healthy state. “Wow, this is amazing,” Raeya said with a surprised tone. “You’re powerful alright.” “He is truly one of a kind,” Zohl chimed in abruptly. “Haha, yeah,” I scoffed sarcastically. I got up and stretched my back, relieving it from bending over. A fresh breeze pushed me from behind, telling me to walk. Raeya shrunk down in size and flew along by my side. I looked at her flying around and I suddenly had a question while observing her in that small, tiny state. Her wings were flapping so fast, I couldn’t track its speed and beat with my vision’s ability. “Hey…,” “How fast can you go when you’re small?” I asked her. “I really have no idea,” Raeya replied back, flying to me. “My wing’s speed is measured in bps, beats per second, so I wouldn’t really know how fast they flap for.” “Why don’t we have Zohl measure?” I told her. “Good idea!” With Zohl already in his wristband form, he observed Raeya’s wings. “Perch on Kydel’s hand, we’ll start from there,” Zohl told Raeya. I lifted my hand out and let Raeya stand on there. “I’ll start a color-initiating sequence as a countdown, and after it hits the green color, I want you to flap as fast as you can for thirty seconds,” Zohl explained. Raeya, understanding, waited for Zohl’s signal. Zohl started the color-timer. It blinked red two times, a yellow, one time, and then one green. Raeya started flapping her wings like crazy. The gust from Raeya’s wings brushed down and up from my palm, escaping to the flow of the wind. “Times up!” Zohl said. Raeya, breaking no sweat, stopped. “Your normal beat per second in your smallest form is around 90-110 beats per seconds. My guess is that if you go Mach 1, you’ll need to require two sonic booms with that form,” Zohl explained. “Oh...now that’s interesting,” Raeya said, thinking about it. “I wasn’t aware my wings could go that fast!” “Now that’s something new I didn’t know about,” Raeya said sarcastically. “All this talk is making me quench for water.” Raeya, flying up and to the well that we were at, pulled out a canister from somewhere and scooped up some water into the canister. She put the canister back into somewhere. “Huh? What? What the-?” “How and where did you pull that canister out from?” I asked her. “Magic,” she responded back. I didn’t know what else to say, so we both went our way to find Zentell. It was still out and sunny, so we walked for a bit to the direction we were heading. A lot of flowers bloomed on the green fields, animals playing out in broad daylight. Birds flew in the skies and the fluffy clouds above disappeared shortly over time. A lot of travellers appeared, tourists even, as if there was something up ahead that was worth sightseeing. It caught my attention. “Excuse me,” I politely said to one of the travellers. “Is there something up ahead?” “Indeed there is,” the traveller responded. “Up ahead lies an ancient crystal that’s stuck to the ground. A lot of people have been trying to mine it out, even prying, but none of those methods work.” “Is there some sort of inscription or rule?” I asked the traveller. “There is, but it isn’t much,” the traveler said. We both waved bye to the traveller as they headed off the opposite direction we were going for. “Want to try it out?” I asked Raeya. She nodded yes. Shortly after a while, we arrived at the destination of the scene. There were a lot of people trying to pry the crystal out, some tired, and some, gave up. I walked up to the crystal and observed it. It shined in the sun’s light, emitting an ancient aura. It’s colors were bright and abstract blue and pink. The rock the crystal was wedged in had an inscription of some sort. “I can’t read this, can you?” Raeya said looking at the text engraved in the stone. I knelt down and observed the text. I tried to decipher it but all I could make out was a few words that I didn’t quite understand or couldn’t comprehend. “Let me try,” Zohl said. Zohl scanned the inscription. After a few minutes, Zohl was finished. “This is what the text says,” “Heed to those who approach the crystal, for it contains an ancient power that only the strong can destroy.” People behind us started whispering to each other about both me and Raeya’s presence. After hearing the message that Zohl said, Raeya wanted to give it a try. Raeya mumbled a magic spell and her hands lit up with a triangle like pattern. She aimed it at the crystal and tried to move it. Using all her might, Raeya’s hand turned into a grip, pulling the aura of the crystal up. But it wouldn’t budge. It simply stayed put. Raeya let out some breaths as the magic faded away. “No good. I can’t seem to move it,” Raeya said. “That was even my strongest spell.” Strongest spell? Not even one of her strongest powers can lift this thing? I became intrigued. Observing the crystal again, I placed my hand on the ground. Shutting off all my senses except for hearing, I closed my eyes and focused. I shushed the crowd. I focused my hearing into the ground, feeling the vibrations of each living organism. Shifting my focus to the crystal, I heard a heartbeat and sensed a vicious aura. “This crystal’s alive. It’s a part of a powerful being. If we destroy the source, we can pry it out of the ground,” I spoke towards the crowd, Raeya included. “No way!” one of the crowd members said. “Even if one of us tries to take on this foe, we can't!” Another crowd member said, admitting to their fault. I scanned the crowd using my eyes. Judging from the aura the crystal was emitting, neither of the members of the crowd can stand up against taking down a powerful foe except for me and Raeya. “Kydel, how could you tell?” Raeya asked me. “Every being, inanimate or alive, has a heartbeat. That includes crystals too,” I responded. “Each object emits an aura, depending on how powerful it is. White is the weakest. Yellow is strong, Pink is supernatural, and Black, the strongest aura of them all.” I explained. “That’s interesting,” Raeya said curiously. “You can see auras right?” I asked her. “Activate your power and tell me what mine is.” Raeya, emitting her eyes, saw through me. “Your aura’s Black,” she told me. “Expected as is,” I said. I stared back at the crystal that was stuck to the ground. It’s black aura grew stronger. I smirked. “Everyone, stand back,” I warned them. I closed my eyes, focusing my aura and energy into my hands. I felt the power surging from my body. It felt like vines growing continuously. Opening my eyes, they lit up with an intense flare, with my aura, extending towards my powers. Manipulating the energy around my body, I telekinetically smashed my hand down into the ground, digging up the crystal from below. I mustered my strength, and managed to break a portion of the ground, grabbing it, and holding it up high. A root was extended from below. It was almost the diameter of a year-old tree. “A tail….?” I said. I sent a telekinetic zap towards the tail, and as it went coursing through, a sound from the ground below screeched loudly. I covered my ears, dropping the crystal. The screech died down and the ground began to tremble, shaking violently. The crowd began to run away from a safe distance, and Raeya flew towards me. “What is going on?!” Raeya shouted, trying to talk to me as the sound of the ground grew larger. “I don’t know!” I shouted back. As the trembles got bigger, a creature plowed out from the ground beneath the forest that was over it. Trees fell off the giant creature, crumbs of soil, falling from the crevices of its hide and wrinkles. The creature screeched once again. It’s scales popped off, with a face of a monster-like appearance. Horns stuck out and it’s big tusks came out from the sides of the mouth. The creature loomed over us, leering. The crowd of people ran into the forest opposite of the creature, scared, while me and Raeya stood in front of it. “Man this creature’s big,” I said. “Kydel, look at the crystal it has!” Raeya told me. The creature, who emerged from the grounds, had a crystal attached to the center of it’s chest. Not only its tail had a crystal on it, there was one in the center of it’s chest. It was almost the size of a houses’ roof and it bulged out. It’s color emitted everywhere within the vicinity of us. The creature swooped down its huge, heavy arm towards us, smacking me into a tree while Raeya dodged. “Kydel!” Raeya flew towards me. “You okay?!” I stood up and popped my back, and then my neck. “I’m not going down that easily,” I said, relieving Raeya’s concern.   As the creature continued to smack it’s surroundings with its’ arms, I casually evaded it’s swings. They were both fast for a heavy giant who was almost as tall as a building. Its’ gleaming eyes glowed and stared right at me, which made me get goosebumps. It seemed to be fixated on me. I mean, after all, I sent a telekinetic jolt. “Raeya, distract the giant from hitting me while I go in,” I told her. “Okay!” With Raeya preparing to shoot magic at the creature, I flew in at full speed towards its neck, morphing my arms into sharp spears. But as I tried to swing, the creature blocked me with its tail. I tried to hold it but the force of collision sent me flying towards the opposite direction. I managed to recover my pattern mid-air. I need to keep its tail from swinging. I flew in again but the creature shot a purple like flame out of its mouth. I screamed in pain as the fire burnt my skin. I fell to the ground, smoke rising from my body. “You’re burnt!” Raeya said, aiding me with her healing magic. My arms twitched. The flame inflicted on me made me burn as Raeya healed my wounds up. “Tch! This foe’s powerful!” I scoffed. “Don’t beat yourself up too much,” Raeya told me. I took that into account. “Thanks Raeya,” I replied. “Raeya, watch out!” Jumping into action, I raised my arms up in the air and created a barrier using telekinesis, blocking the attack of the fire, which sent it streaming the opposite directions. The creature then shot out fireballs, fast ones at me and Raeya while my barrier was still active. The blasts were powerful, I couldn’t contain how much longer I could hold the barrier. Time was running out until we were both toast. “We need to attack the creature together,” I told Raeya. “What’s the plan?” Raeya asked me, as the blasts from the outside of the barrier continued. “Buy me time so that I can fire a telekinetic-plasma blast,” I replied to her. “Okay!” She said back. As I deactivated the barrier, one last fireball was hurled right at us before Raeya could move out of the way. “Raeya!” I quickly stood in front of her and charged my fist into a telekinetic fist and punched the fireball, sending flames everywhere within the vicinity of the field. The collision between the punch and the fireball created multiple different colors. “You alright?” I asked. “I’m fine, thanks!” Raeya replied with a smile. Raeya, understanding me, flew up and distracted the monster for the time being, while I flew up and positioned myself far from the monster. Watching Raeya dodge and evade its attacks gave me enough time to form a telekinetic-plasma ball. I got into stance, with my right hand out, open wide. I visualized my energy flowing around my body. I closed my eyes and focused my energy into my hand. As soon as the energy coursed through my veins, I opened my eyes, causing them to glow. I mustered the energy, making a small light appear from the center of my hand, floating. As I continued to scrunch my hand, more energy appeared, making the small ball of light become bigger. The air current played as it began to get sucked into the ball of light, becoming bigger and bigger as I focused more into it. I started to fly towards the monster, charging up my attack. The light then turned into plasma, emitting a bright orange color. “Raeya, come and attack with me!” I shouted, getting nearer and closer to the monster. Raeya flew out of my range and appeared next to me. Within a few yards into the monsters’ vicinity, the ball of telekinetic plasma became bigger. Raeya shot out magic beams, which surrounded the ball of plasma. I turned my hand into my fist, creating a telekinetic glove and punched the ball of plasma along with the magic beams into the monster, causing an enormous explosion, which sent me down to the ground. The explosion from the impact blew up, like the size of a tsunami and knocked out the monster-like creature. The crystal in its chest shattered and the monster spewed out purple blood. It fell backwards. “Kydel!” Raeya ran towards me, helping me up. “You good?” I nodded thanks in return. “Yeah, I’m fine.” “Let’s go check it out.” The people who were hiding came out of the forest and started to talk amongst themselves. Through the damaged ruckus and debris around the area, me and Raeya found our way to the monster that died from the explosion. It laid over dead trees that were torn apart, and a huge crater, visible from where the monster emerged. I flew up and landed right next to the damaged crystals on the monster’s chest. “Look at this,” I said to Raeya, picking up a few shards of crystals. I held them up against the sunlight and stared into the crystal. It was mesmerizing. Zohl, flying about and around the area, analyzing the crystals. “This is dated back 25 million years ago!” Zohl said, alerting us. “Really?!” Raeya said surprised. “Yes. This could be sold….for millions,” Zohl responded. “The inscription from before, ‘Heed to those who approach the crystal, for it contains an ancient power that only the strong can destroy,’ only meant for people who can put up a fight against the monster.” I stood there speechless, not knowing what to say. “I think I’ll keep a shard,” Raeya said, picking up a small piece of crystal. “I’ll go grab the crystal on its tail and infuse it with my powers,” I told her. I ran around the body of the monster, reaching the tail that was extended from its hind legs to the farthest tree that was east of it. I telekinetically raised the tail up and popped the crystal off. Meshing it with the energy of my telekinetic properties, it turned into bright condensed light and fused it with my body. With a new source of energy, I felt stronger. The flow of the energy coursed through my veins, causing me to flex and stretch my muscles. I stretched and relaxed my hands, feeling this new sensation of energy in my body. “This feels…amazing,” I said. “It feels like I’m stronger.” I pointed a finger up in the air and condensed my energy into a ball of light. I shot it up into the clouds above me, which exploded, causing a hydrogen-explosion. The explosion made the cloud vaporize and disappear from sight. “What should we do with the rest of these?” Raeya asked, pointing to the massive pile of crystals. I walked towards the pile and gazed at it for a while. “Let’s give them to the crowd of people,” I responded, telekinetically picking all the pieces up. Walking back out to the opening from the opposite direction, people started to give us the cold eye. The piercing gaze I felt sensed like hostility. Setting the pile of crystals on the ground, the atmosphere around the crowd changed a bit. “Here, take these,” I said, projecting my voice. “I have no need for this.” “Are you sure about that?” a person from the crowd asked me. “Yes, take them,” I responded with an eager tone.   After that small commotion, it was around five in the early-evening. We still have ways to go, and it will take a while to get to Zentell. My stomach was growling, but I had strength left to spare before finding a place to camp for the night. “Let’s go foraging for berries!” Raeya told me eagerly. “Sure,” I replied to her. Walking among the grassy paths, the sun was setting. It’s mystifying colors beamed everywhere in the sky, from the hues of purple to orange. I was distracted by the scene while looking for berries. “Raeya, look,” I said to her, gesturing toward the sky. “That’s beautiful,” Raeya said looking at the sky. We both stared into the sky, admiring the beautiful colors. This was the very first time we both saw a sunset together. “I’m glad I got to see this pretty sunset with you Kydel,” Raeya said to me with a generous tone. “Me too. It makes it better with a friend,” I replied back. Raeya blushed at the compliment. A huge berry bush appeared as I walked near some trees. On the branches hung wildberries. I picked some up and determined if they were poisonous. They weren’t. “Hey, I found some wildberries,” I told Raeya, holding them in my palm. “Here.” Raeya took some out of my hand, and plopped some into her mouth. I plopped a few into my mouth and the taste was savory. The juiciness of the berry covered my mouth, giving me plenty of energy and some extra boost of power. It felt like the berry was melting inside my body. The sun then set in a few minutes, scattering it’s remaining colors before the sky turned into a dark-blue hue. “We should find a place to set camp,” I said to Raeya. Raeya and I both left the scene of the sunset and went off to find a place. Crickets began to sing in the distance, cicadas, humming their wings. Along the path we were taking, a small wooden campsite became visible in the distance. We both went towards it and sat down on the stumps that grew out of the ground. I lit up the unlit torch poles for light to surround us. Then the weather around us then shifted temperature, making it somewhat cold. I shook a bit, shivering--but that shouldn’t happen since I’m in a human form. “Zohl, why can I feel the cold in this form?” I asked him. “A human appearance has fewer layers of skin. If you want, you can revert back to your beast form,” Zohl replied to my question. “Oh, okay. I see why,” I said. “Raeya, what about you?” “I have a fluffy jacket that I can pull out,” Raeya told me, gesturing a magic symbol, pulling out a jacket that has a very furry appearance. She put it on and felt comfortable. “Can I feel that white fluffy wool?” I asked her. “Sure!” Raeya responded. I went and touched the fluffy parts of her jacket. It felt soft and comfy. It’s almost like I was touching the wool on a sheep. “This feels amazing,” I said, touching the fluff. “But nothing feels better than the fur of my beast form.” “Yeah, it feels fluffy!” Raeya said, remembering how we first met. I too remembered how we first met. Raeya was bullied, but I jumped in and ended it. The bond we created together, will remain strong. A cold gust of air interrupted our moment together, making me send a chill down my spine, so I reverted back into my beast form and I felt warmer than usual. The air blew against my fur, only making me warmer since I have multiple layers of them. The sound of the wind blew against the trees, making them swerve, and the stars started to appear in the sky. The moon was faintly out and critters started to make noise. “You’ve been pretty quiet,” Raeya said to me. “What are you thinking?” I smiled and thought about where my life has taken me. I was a mere beast of Varleqe, and yet somehow, I was chosen to become a Hibryd. I chuckled to myself and let out a sigh. “I’m just thinking of where life got me,” I replied to her. “I was a mere beast citizen of Varleqe, a supercontinent where I originally came from. But that led to my first home being attacked and ambushed by werecats. I was forced to find a new place after, and I went to a floating island called Hetrania. That’s where I met most of my friends, and also how I achieved this great, enormous power.” “Then, I went to Kharphan, to register as a Hibryd citizen. And after that, that was when I first met you, Raeya. Saving you from an unwanted group, you made me realize something--I can’t always rely on power. Friendship is important too. But that got me thinking,” “I’ve achieved such great power. I’ve done feats. I may be strong, I may be powerful, but I am confused on what my role is. Why was I brought to existence? I know you can’t answer that, I don’t expect one.” “But I want to ask you….” “What am I, to you?” I asked, ending my speech. My tone shifted and changed. I was scared. I trembled in fear at what Raeya might answer. I never, ever, had been this open. I feel afraid. Why is that? “Who am I to you?” Raeya, after hearing my ramblings, came next to me and sat down. She patted my head, calming me down. Her touch was soft and gentle. "Who are you to me?" Raeya said. "I think of you as a friend. The one who cares. The one who puts others first rather than oneself. True, you may be powerful as heck, but that doesn't stop you from worrying for others' safety." "The first time I met you, you cared for my well-being. I liked it. It made me realize there's always someone to look out for, no matter who they are, regardless of their race or appearance. This applies to everyone, not just us." "Friends help each other right? I want to share this bond and experience with you, no matter the obstacles or challenges it may take." "Friends support each other, don't they?" I felt relieved. Raeya isn’t that kind of person to give a very hard answer. She just went straight to the point, giving me a straightforward answer. “You’re not wrong,” I responded. “But I fear that if I couldn’t control my powers, I would end up hurting you!” I felt shocked when I said that. Raeya, too. I’ve never felt like this before. What is this feeling? I couldn’t control my feelings. I felt...lost. “Then make me a promise,” Raeya told me. “That you will always come back to me, no matter the consequences.” I feared for the worst. Willing to accept the promise with no hesitation and no second thoughts, I responded to her request. “Okay. I promise,” I responded with a serious tone. “Thanks for letting me rant.” “Not a problem! That’s what friends are for, right?” Raeya told me, giggling. Time passed since I talked about myself, it was nearly seven. I started to feel tired, but not an inch close to sleeping. I wanted to move and do something. “I’m itching to move,” I said sarcastically. “Want to let some steam out.” “How about we spar?” Raeya asked me. “Oh? That would be interesting,” I accepted, changing back into my human form. “I’ll hold back. I don’t want to injure you.” “Don’t worry about that. I can heal both of us!” Raeya said to me. “Okay then,” I replied. And so, both me and Raeya got ready in an open field near the campsite. Getting ready, I punched around Raeya's vicinity, creating a telekinetic-like energy that trapped Raeya around her attacks. But that didn't stop Raeya from attacking me. Raeya emitted magic around her body, escaping from the grip of my telekinetic hold, shooting bursts of magic at me. A blast hit near my arm, but I managed to fend it off by dodging. I quickly lunged in and punched Raeya in her arms, blocking my attack. I dodged her incoming strikes and magic bullets while I created a shield to defend myself from them. I then raised my hands up and telekinetically bind Raeya, making her yelp. I tightened my grip, making the force stronger. I ran in, close to her face, and held her by her chin. "Had enough yet?" I said, staring into her eyes menacingly. "Oh my, so scary," Raeya said sarcastically, punching me in the stomach. I lost my grip and Raeya flew around me, kicking and punching me even though it wasn't really effective for me, but I let her have her share of the fun. But in a split second, Raeya gave me a hard blow against the back of my neck, almost sending me to sleep. But I managed to recover. That made me lose my sanity. I weakly stood up, arms drooped and dangling. "Kydel…?" Raeya said, worrying. I charged at Raeya, punching her in the stomach, then used telekinesis to bind her in place. I readied my fist and charged up a small plasma blast, and hurled it at Raeya. She managed to fend it off by stopping the impact using her magic. It created an explosion and dust allocated around us. But I quickly blew the dust away with my breath and located Raeya, morphing my hands into iron claws. Raeya, shocked, tried to escape from me but I telekinetically grabbed her down and pulled her toward me. I gripped her neck and she started to choke. "Ky-del...!" Raeya choked weakly. Her eyes were scared. I rammed her into the ground and sat on her with my left hand holding her. I prepared my right but I was stopped. "Kydel, stop!" Zohl said, flashing a bright light at me. I jumped back and screeched, unable to control the power I was experiencing. I darted back, trying to regain control, but I couldn't. My forms started to revert and glitch out, from human to beast. All I heard were my screeches, Zohl, and Raeya.   “You alright?” Zohl asked Raeya, healing her injuries. “Thank you,” she replied. Raeya looked towards Kydel, who was spazzing out on the ground. Fear started to show in her eyes. “What’s wrong with Kydel?” Raeya asked with a scared tone. . “Kydel’s experiencing an enormous side-effect of Outbreak. Outbreak is a locked power he can’t access, but this is something that needs to be stopped,” Zohl explained. “Hurry, we must make haste!” Raeya ran towards Kydel, kneeling at a safe distance. Kydel began to hurl some telekinetic waves around his vicinity. “Calm him down,” Zohl told her. “I don’t know if I can!” Raeya said dramatically. “What if I hurt him?!” “You won’t. I know you won’t,” Zohl said seriously. “If anything I have learned between you two, it’s that Kydel can trust you.” Raeya, cautiously approaching Kydel placed her hand on his head, emitting a bright glow that lit up the area of their surroundings. With the light shining against Kydel’s head, Kydel began to calm down. After a few minutes, he was asleep in his beast form.   My mind was feeling heavy, I didn’t know what had happened yesterday. I felt the warmth of the sun hit against my face, waking up to it. I felt sluggish. I weakly got up from the ground that was next to the campfire and noticed that I was back in my human form. It was around 10 in the morning, judging from the shadow that I was casting onto the ground from the sun. “Raeya?” I said weakly, covering my eyes against the bright surroundings. As I got up and sat onto the stumps, I fumbled around the area with my hand. I hit a metal feeling, a bucket. I put my hand in there and happened to hit a cold sensation of water. I splashed some water onto my face to clean myself. Rubbing my eyes, I opened them once again. It was quiet and Raeya wasn’t around. Zohl wasn’t here either. Zohl doesn’t ever leave my side, but this was a first. My ears twitched as I heard footsteps in the distance, and some flapping noises? I collected my thoughts and remembered what had happened last night. “Oh look, Kydel’s awake,” someone said, flying towards me. Raeya caught up holding some grubs in her arms, including a huge prey that she caught. “Zohl, is that you?” I asked. “Yes, it’s me!” Zohl said. “Us spirits have creature counterparts. I switched to the form of an Orange Lightning Flimpie.” Zohl in his form had bright yellow eyes, a round body, lightning-shaped ears, and a fluffy cloud he sat on which was a part of his form. Zohl perched on my shoulder. “Arrrg yee, a pirate I say!” I said imitating a pirate’s speech. Zohl laughed. “I got us some food,” Raeya said, putting them down onto the stump. There were heaps of food, from berries, mushrooms, and fish. “Thanks Raeya, for calming me down last night,” I said sincerely. “I didn’t know what had happened.” “Sorry.” “You don’t need to apologize, Kydel,” Raeya said, gesturing towards me. “Sure, I may have been scared, but I stepped up and took the risk to help you out.” Raeya took my hand and held it. I wanted to speak, but I couldn’t. Raeya’s soft touch and gentle words made me break a tear, but I held back. I wouldn’t want Raeya to see me crying like this. “Here, take some roasted fish,” Raeya said sarcastically, killing the mood. “You’ll need strength.” “Thanks,” I replied back, taking it from her hand. I chomped down into the fish and got up, stretching my arms and legs. Raeya stored some of the food she collected into her magic pocket. Zohl flew around, tree to tree. Thinking back to last night on how I couldn’t control my power made me fear myself. I finished eating, got up, went to Raeya and hugged her for the first time. “What’s wrong?” Raeya asked me out of concern, touching my arms that were around her. I didn’t want to speak. I didn’t want to. But something told me to speak. “I just need a hug,” I replied to her softly, hugging her gently. Raeya wore a gentle smile and stayed silent, understanding what I’ve been through the past few moments, including last night. Zohl flew back, perching on my shoulder, returning to his pendant form. With the sun still out, we decided to continue our way to Zentell. Leaving the campsite, we walked along the path that led north, admiring the nature that was around us. Turns and curves, up and forth, the path unwind as it curled around the forest trees, where a faint sight of Zentell could be seen. “Wow, would you look at that,” I said, gazing out into the distance. Tall buildings rocketed over the skies, built with metal, technology, and magic. Cars of a futuristic look zoomed all over the streets, and blimps flew over the buildings. Zentell spanned to the ranges of the mountains and hills in the back, east to the continent border of Lynneria, and stretched to the border of Lynneria’s desert on the west. There were lots of machines that stood high and mighty, and a building that reached the clouds in the center of the city. “Well then, why don’t we find a place to stay there for a bit?” I asked Raeya. “Sure!” She responded. The hint and smell of the flowers' aroma filled our noses, the wind brushing past us. The sun was up and shining bright, sending it's godrays everywhere. Birds chirped in the distance, flying around and about, twittering with each other, and the songs of their language. Thus, we walked along the path, where it led us to the gates of the great city, Zentell.
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Hibryds - by Alarkius Jay
In Novels
AlarkiusJay
Jun 23, 2022
EP 4 | A New Friend It’s August 6th. The sun rose and peeked through the window of my room. The warmth of the sun shone brightly on my new human body as the light irradiated everywhere in the room. I woke up on the side of my right arm which made it numb to move. The bed covers were messed up, so I fixed it as soon as I got up. My arm was still numb, so I waited for it to come back to sensation. It was around eleven in the morning as I looked up to the clock on the wall above the window. Thinking back to the past on Hetrania, I got curious about what my powers are so I talked with Zohl for a bit. “Hey, Zohl, what types of powers and abilities do I have?” I asked him. I had my left arm up since he was in his wristband form. “This is what you have: Morph, Telekinesis, and Restoration. As a Human Hibryd, you have five additional enhanced abilities along with one locked power,” Zohl informed. “Want me to give you a rundown?” “Sure,” I replied. Zohl made a UI Display in the air with text that I could read. It explained what I could do with those and also some other information. I started to read from the main display where it showed my powers. “Your Main Powers are: Morph: The ability to take form as something else. You have used this ability multiple times. Telekinesis: The ability to bring forth objects into your hand using energy condensation. You can also lock onto a specific object to bring it towards you. Telekinesis can also be used for flying/flight. Restoration: The ability to purify or change a worn out, dirty, object back to its original state. Magic Pocket: Allows you to store items in a space-like pocket. ” “Do you want to change or modify anything?” Zohl asked me as I was thinking about something. I was thinking about my morph forms as default forms so I responded to Zohl. “Let’s modify my morph forms as default forms. My original dire-wolf form as 1 and this form as 2.” Zohl shimmered and flew onto my wrist. “Changing settings.” Different colors of light shimmered as Zohl modified the default morphs I asked for. Zohl then made a sound and finished. “Default Morphs complete. You should be able to change at will,” Zohl told me. “Thanks,” I said as I continued reading the list of powers. “Wait, I probably didn’t notice this, but wouldn’t my clothing get ripped when I morph?” I asked Zohl. “They wouldn’t. Back in the station, I tailored your clothes with a special material that allows you to change forms while your clothing doesn’t tear or rip,” Zohl answered. “Oh, now that makes sense!” I said. I then moved on from the display list. The additional Hibryd abilities are on the right side of the display region I read from. The locked powers were underneath it. “Additional Hibryd Abilities (Enhanced): Hyperspeed: Allows you to travel at great, unlimited speed. You’ve gone 105 miles before. Hyper-strength: Makes you super strong. You are able to pack punches and other physical combat. Enhanced Vision: Allows you to see through objects at a far distance or by focusing your eyes at a visual target. It’s like X-Ray. Enhanced Combat: Your combat skills are enhanced as a Hibryd. Enhanced Hearing: Allows you to listen to far-off places with minimal dialogue. You can also use this ability to hear pulses and heartbeats. You can control how much you want to hear by focusing on one object or place. You can also hear and feel vibrations Animal Communication: This [default] ability allows you to freely communicate with beasts and other varieties of animals. This applies to you since you are a Direwolf. Locked Powers that require Experience: Outbreak: This power requires the maximum emotional impact for the user to use, which requires a specific emotion that the user has in mind​. It is very powerful and it also takes a toll on the user. ” Aura Focal Projection: A locked power that is not accessible yet. Aura Focal Projection is a new power and ability that derives from Kydel's Aura Perception Sense and Ability. ​This power allows Kydel to focus his aura energy to one point and manifest a physical aura-energy. This may be similar to the powers of Telekinesis, but this is completely different. Depending on Kydel's Aura Color, this can vary across the color spectrum. This locked power also overlays to Outbreak." I asked Zohl what I could do to achieve the locked power. “You need to gain power points, known as PPTs, to let you unlock this power,” Zohl responded before I could ask the question. Zohl let the display on for a little longer. I was surprised at what I could do with my current powers. There are some that are locked, which means that I need to gather experience to unlock. I have all these unique abilities and powers, I’ve only used a few of them before. I certainly did use my speed in the past, along with strength, so I would’ve guessed right on some abilities that I have. “I can use these abilities and powers free at will, right?” I asked as Zohl took away the display box. “Yes. Yes you can,” Zohl responded. I went to test out Telekinesis. I held my hand out and manipulated the energy around the apple sitting in the casket on the table using the force my hand was emitting. The apple flew into my hand and I took a bite into it. I was surprised. Needlessly, it felt cool with Telekinesis, so I tried it on a few more objects. There was a dumb-bell near the door, so I used my power to get it. It worked even on heavy objects. I was in awe of my newfound power that I could do. I wanted to fly so I jumped into the air and used telekinesis around my body. Flying telekinetically is awesome. I wanted to see some sort of outline for Telekinesis when I pick up objects which would make it easier for me to locate an object. I asked Zohl to configure it. "I want a glow effect when I use Telekinesis, though I can control it if I want it visible. Could you do the work?" I asked. As of course, Zohl began to configure it. It took a while to configure the power setting since Telekinesis was a tricky ability for Zohl to work around with. Once Zohl was done, I tried again on some type of object. I scanned my room and saw a ball on the floor, next to the patio door. I then again used my hand, pointed at the ball, and an outer blue glow started to show. The ball floated straight into my hand. "This is great," I said with an energetic tone. "Why don't we start heading to Variah?" As I checked everything that was in place, I tidied up the room a bit using telekinesis. It looked clean. I went back to the counter where I checked in for a night to check out. "Checking out, Sir?" The clerk said as she removed my name from the list. "Yes, checking out," I replied. I waved goodbye. "Thank you for staying at our free service!" The clerk said in the distance. As I passed through the exit of the inn, I stretched against the warm weather that blew right past me. “Right then, how do I get to Variah?” I asked. “Continue up north. You will fly past the brick pathway onto the gravel road, which will lead you up to green plains. Once you see a well to your left, turn right onto the solid dirt path into the forest. You will encounter big green plains after you exit from the forest. You will be heading east. Your desired transportation will be up to you,” Zohl responded. Desired transportation eh? I guess I could try flying for once. As I emitted the energy around me, I started to float and levitate off the ground. The cool glow shone around my body as I followed the directions Zohl told me, but I turned the glow outline off since it looked like I was a target. I tilted and flew north for a bit, passing various buildings. Buildings from great height and short height started to turn into a wave-like effect as I flew. The wind brushed past me and every sound out in the open filled my ears. From construction to chatter, chatter to music, and music to the serene sounds of nature and the abundance of animal sounds. I smiled as I flew happily, from different angles. I flew up into the sky, rocketed as I propelled in the air. Free flowing air brushed past my torso as I propelled myself even faster. People from below noticed me as they saw with awe and inspiration, looking at the sky wondering if they could fly someday. I gradually flew back down and slowed down my momentum. As I enjoyed the sound of the indigenous Hibryds and humans working together as I passed the brick roadway onto a gravel path in front of me. The sound gradually faded as I traveled my way to the next destination. As I continued flying for a while, I noticed some children playing in the field. They noticed me and started chasing me. I laughed along with them. It wasn’t that urgent to get to where I needed to go, so I played with the children for a moment before continuing my trip. Time briefly passed and as I said bye to them, they waved as I proceeded to fly. I waved back in return for the fun they gave me. As I continued my way, I noticed a well on the left, just as Zohl said. I was quite thirsty, so I morphed my hand into a cup-like object and scooped some water up from the well. It was dirty so I restored it back to its old state using my restoration power. I drank it and went onto the dirt pathway like Zohl described. I saw some berries on the way so I picked some up to eat some, since I didn’t get a meal in the morning. The pathway led into a narrow forest where light could barely shine in, so I tried my best to get around the path. It was a very long path. I stopped midway since there were some unwanted species in this forest that were bothering other animals. I just told them to find some place else to stay or else they would have to deal with living in the forest. “Hey, Zohl, what else can I restore?” I asked as I continued my way. Zohl detached from the strings and floated alongside me. “Basically anything that is old,” Zohl responded. “You could restore your clothes if they are worn out.” I thought to myself how handy that could be. Nice. Light shined from the end of the forest which means that the exit is there. As I flew out, the sun was out. Green hills were in plain sight, hovering over each other like a domino. It was a massive place. Yellow flowers and blue flowers grew out on the beds, bees flew to gather honey. Birds landed on the bright green grass and started plucking out worms to eat. The warmth of the sun started to shine on my bare skin. It was a gorgeous sight to behold. As I made my way up the hills, I heard someone scream in the distance. It was coming from the forest to the right of the green plains. Ugh. Forests. The place where you don’t want to be if there is trouble. I suspected there was trouble so I went to see what was happening. I quickly found a place so I sat down against some trees near the inciting incident and used my hearing to hear what was going on. I heard a group of Hibryds, likely humans. I also heard someone crying. I continued to spy on their shenanigans. “Why are you so weak?!” one said. The others chimed in the conversation. “Stupid Hibryd! Weak! Pathetic!” I heard some kicking, so I was worried for the person who was being mistreated. “Scum!” another said. “Get lost!” I heard some kicking, though it seems like the group was kicking dirt. I then turned around using my keen eyes and stared through the tree. My pupils opened up--and as I saw, there was indeed a group of Hibryd humans. Five Hibryds to be exact. A punk girl group. They were bullying a low class Hibryd which was a fragile Sylph. My instinct kicked in and I wanted to help, but that would probably distract them and make more disgust at the weak girl. I then had an idea. I’m going to make an entrance and battle them. Not the brightest idea, but that was the only idea I could think of. I flew up and used my speed to my advantage by creating an invisible effect of wind while I was in play. I flew in zig zags at fast speed, going through the open entrance from the forest up top. It was barely dark in the forest so this could do the trick. Using the light coming in, I was basically like the wind, invisible. I whistled to make noise to startle the group of bullies. I flew right past them. “What was that?!” one of them said. One said it was probably the wind. Another pointed out that wind flows don’t normally enter the forest only if there was an opening. Oh, there was one, from the top. I wanted to startle them once more, so I used telekinesis on a rock and dropped it on some twigs. It made the sound of something breaking or being stepped on. They then jumped due to the sudden sound of it. As they looked back, I stopped my speed right in front of them, creating a current of wind flowing past them. I put my cloak on the girl laying against the ground. “You’ll be safe,” I whispered. As I got up, I turned around and spoke. “You should probably stop,” I said to the punk group. “Bullying? That’s not nice.” My voice startled them as they heard and turned back. They shrieked while one didn’t. “Who are you?” one said in a nasty attitude. “This dude thinks he’s tough, OOOO,” another said. They all made sounds and made fun of my level of power. Even if they were going to beat me up, they shouldn’t lay a finger on me. “What kind of business do you want with us?” The leader of the group said. Her hair was blue, spiked up in a mohawk. She wore some gangster-swag clothing style. The others were in a similar style. They all made gangster-like moves at me. I wasn’t fazed at all, nor intimidated. Instead, I smirked. They all noticed it and I laughed. “I would like a challenge.” I said confidently in my strength. They all looked down on me as a mere mortal who seemed like a weakling. “A CHALLENGE? AgaINst fIve of us??” The leader said introducing herself. “Only if you’d stop bothering that girl,” I replied. The leader grunted and spat on the ground near her foot. She wiped her mouth with her arm. “The name’s Kala!” She said ferociously. “Kydel. Make sure you remember my name,” I replied boldly. I got ready in a stance. The girl who was laying on the ground sat up and watched. “You’re on Kydel! Just wait until we beat the crap out of you!” They all said as they lunged toward me in an open space where we moved to. The challenge has started. I quickly moved away from their attack and swiped them from behind. I knocked them down but they all got back up. “Is that the best you can do?!” I stayed silent and continued. They all targeted me with combat moves, but I quickly evaded them thanks to one of my abilities, hyper-reflexes. I then created a telekinetic barrier around my hands and formed them into fists. They glowed as I hit them each time, at intense speed while evading their attacks. Each hit blatantly affected them as they choked on it. They all received the hit, but it did nothing to them. Bruises started to show on their bodies but it didn’t wear them down. They’re strong and diligent, so I’m going to defeat them by going all out. I chuckled to myself. Using telekinesis as an offense, I created a glowing wave and knocked down the four with intense strength by pulsating the ground with waves. It was just the leader left while the others became immobile. Kala was shocked. My eyes started to glow. “Wha?-” As Kala tried to speak, I zoomed right in front of her and grabbed her neck with a vice grip using my hand. I then used telekinesis to render Kala immobile. The glow in my eyes faded. “Yi-yi-you….!!” Kala said, whimpering. The others were caught in distress. They were surprised, confused, and scared. “S-so powerful!” “You got that right,” I said to her while still holding her neck. “Let us go!” The others shouted. No, I didn’t think so. I didn’t plan to release them from my telekinetic grip, yet. I wanted to lecture them a bit more before releasing them from it. “Who said you have the right to bully a low class Hibryd? Hm? From where did you plan to go this far?” I growled and barked. I then let go of her neck, but kept her floating. My direwolf-nature was beginning to show. “You think YOU’RE far more superior than me?!” I yelled as I changed forms to show them who I really was. I reverted back to my beast form. The group showed fear and distraught. “Is this really the best your group can do?!” I growled with a loud voice. Their eyes drooped, frightened, and scared. Trembling with fear, I decided to release Kala and her group from my telekinetic hold. They all sat on the ground, heads down. “I’m sorry, we’re sorry, we underest-” I cut Kala’s speech off. The four started to tear up, even Kala too. “NO! I’m not the one who you’re apologizing to!” “Let this be a lesson! You think you’re full of pride and power? NO! Power comes to those who boast and misuse it for evil, rather than a blessing. You think you're full of authority? High and almighty? What makes you think that?! Authority and power isn't something that can be used with pride and boastfulness.” “Do you girls understand?” I grunted, alerting them as they all silently nodded and whimpered. They knew right away I wasn’t going to let them go, so they went up to the defenseless girl who was already standing with my cloak covering her. Though it was surprising that they knew what to do which caught my attention. They all bowed down and apologized to her. The fragile girl waved weakly as we both saw the group off. Then at that moment, I told myself a promise that I wouldn’t risk breaking; Losing someone dear as a friend or seeing them get hurt. “I don’t think they will be bothering you for a while.” I said as I approached her. I helped her up, giving her support. I noticed her wings were damaged, so I asked her if I could restore them. “May I?” I asked politely. She nodded. As I went behind her, all her feathers were dirty and worn from all the kicking from before. I lit my snout with light energy and restored her wings to their previous state. This also affected her clothes too. “Thank you,” the girl said as I held her up by hand. She kissed my paw as a way of giving thanks. I blushed and got embarrassed. She gave me my cloak back and I held onto it with my tail. I noticed that she could barely walk, leaning on the trees for support, so I offered her up on a ride for the time being. As I let her ride my back, she touched my fur. She then laid against my body, hugging it. “You’re so strong and gentle! Your fur feels so smooth!” She said elegantly. “Well, it’s the least I can do,” I replied. “My name’s Kydel Starr. You likely saw my human form back there.” We shook as she we both introduced ourselves “Raeya Flutter. You might have a hint of what I am,” Raeya responded with a weak smile. We both exited out the forest and sat down on the green, luscious, warm grass. The sun shone directly on it. Her eyes were bright blue as she stared into the sky, hair as dark as brown, but dyed pink near the ends. She was stunning and cute. We both started a conversation. She played with the grass as I laid down against the warmth of it. “Is it true Direwolves are on the top of the Hibryd kingdom?” She asked me, staring at my fluffy body. I didn’t know the answer to it but Zohl jumped in. “Very. Direwolves are the first rank-hierarchy in the kingdom. Werecats are second.” Zohl responded to the question as it detached and flew out, startling Raeya. “Who’s this little one?” She asked curiously, trying to catch it playfully. “That’s Zohl, the Spirit of Hetra,” I answered as Zohl flew towards me. Raeya was dumbfounded and shocked in disbelief. She was left speechless for a while. “Yeah…..it’s a long story,” I said as I let out another sigh. “A bunch of stuff has happened a lot to me.” “You don’t need to explain, I’m sure you’re tired,” Raeya responded, trying to stand up. I helped her up and asked if she wanted a ride again. She insisted not to, but when she tried to walk, she stumbled and fell. I laughed and helped her up to it. She pouted as I let her onto my back, traveling up the hills. Zohl flew back and merged onto the strings. There were many hills to conquer. “Where are you from?” I asked her as she wiggled and stretched her legs and arms. “Variah!” She said happily. I was surprised since it was one of my destinations. “Really? I’m headed there!” I said excitedly as we both laughed together. “Yayy!~ We’re both headed in the same direction!” Raeya giggled, “it’s just past these hills! You’ll see a town sign near some big rocks.” I nodded and trotted over the hills. They were very steep, so I told Raeya to hold on as I jumped forth like a bouncing frog. The wind brushed past her hair as it glittered in the sunlight, making some dust fall off. As we made it over the last hill, I saw a sign up ahead. It was very big and it stood next to some big rocks. “Ay! We’re here!” I said as before we went through the open entrance. “Can you walk or fly?” “I think I can fly now that the limbs are fixed after some rest,” she replied. “Don’t really know if I can walk yet.” Raeya fluttered her wings at a speedy tempo which lifted her into the air. She shrunk down in size and flew around faster in her tiny form. I changed forms once again. “Weeee!~” Raeya giggled. I watched her fly, gazing at how small she was. She then flew back to me and wanted to land in my hands. I handed my palm out. She shrunk around the size of a plush doll that stood around one foot, five inches. “W-what do you think?” She asked as her tiny feet touched my hands. I coughed as a reaction which made her tilt her head. I stared at her and tried to talk. “Amazing...,” I said, complimenting her. “Hahaha, thanks!” She giggled embarrassingly. She then flew up and around in the air and as she resized, she fell without warning me. “Hey, catch me!” she said, falling towards me. “Woah!” I said as I used my speed to catch her. I caught her in my arms as I followed her shadow as she fell. I caught her in a princess style hug. My tail wagged in embarrassment. My face turned red. Raeya turned red too, speechless. “This ...is... embarrassing,” I spoke up, trying to break the silence while holding her. I didn’t know where my hands were placed so when I tried to grip something, the feeling was ...squishy? I kept squishing the place where I didn’t know where my hand was. “Eeek!” Raeya squealed. Her face was even redder when I looked down to see what her reaction was. I finally noticed where I was grabbing --the side of her breasts. I reacted and almost dropped her, but luckily, she flew and resized back into her form. “Wha-I’m sorry!” I said. “It was an accident, honestly!” Her back was turned at me but she flew and turned around, arms crossed. “Even though we just met, I’ll let this one slide for now,” She said sarcastically. “But being with you..has made me happy.” Her tone became soft and friendly afterwards. I felt relieved that she said that. “Want me to show you around?” She asked me as we both entered Variah. “No thanks,” I said politely. “It would be rude to drag you around after what happened today.” She giggled and waved bye to me as she flew back to her place. I scanned the area and looked around. Variah is full of life. Distant chatter and the sounds of blacksmiths sang into my ear. It smelled quite nice. There was a view of a huge lake just a few yards away from the entrance. As I scanned the buildings, I quickly found a place to stay for the next few days here in Variah. I wanted to see what this town’s surprises are. From what I heard, this town is like a diversity. There are many different Hibryds living here or roaming about so I got curious about the types of Hibryds I can meet. The inn I found is near the lake that I visited before. It’s got this vintage vibe to it and it also had a restaurant inside. As I entered, the restaurant clerk welcomed me. “Welcome! Service for one?” The clerk asked. I replied and the clerk showed me the way to my seat. It was near a window that had a lake-side view. She left the menu on the table for me. The sounds of metal clicking screeched into my ears as the sounds of talking citizens stood in place. I looked down at the menu and scanned all the meal options. There were a lot of options to choose from. It ranged from pasta to burgers, meals to appetizers, and homemade meals. I picked out a homemade meal when one of the waiters came by to ask what I wanted. As soon as the meal came, the warm delicious aroma of food filled my nose with joy. I picked up the utensils to the right of the plate of food and started eating. It was tasty. I haven’t had anything like this in my life! It was rich in flavor, savory, and hot, all the flavor of the meal soaked my mouth and energized my body. After the short rejuvenating meal, I went and paid for it, along with room service. I headed out and went to the lake. Judging from my shadow, I guessed that it was around 1 in the afternoon. It was a bright afternoon. The lakeside beds were tainted with water. Arranged with white and yellow flowers in the grass beds, I went to take a seat down under some shade near a big tree that grew out of the land. The tree was almost like a hanging umbrella. Ahhh...it felt nice under the shade. The captivating sounds of water and the wind sounded nicely, the chatter of citizens raised in the distance. There were Hibryds playing in the water, fishermen, kayakers and other Hibryds that camped and played near the lake. I stared at the flowers sitting on the grass, reaching out for the sun and the air. One of the pink flowers stood out, it almost looked like Raeya’s presence was here. An image of Raeya started to appear in my mind as I stared at the pink flower, adoring it.I picked the pink flower up and thought that I would give it to Raeya as a present. I kept thinking about being friends with her, but I don’t know how to express it. I twirled the flower around my fingers. “You should give it to her!” Zohl said as if he read my mind. “Don’t keep those feelings to yourself!” I kept quiet, but Zohl was right even though both Raeya and I just met recently. “Okay then,” I spoke abruptly. “Can you set the lifespan of the flower as infinite? Also, don’t let it get dirty.” I held out the flower in my palm to Zohl. Zohl floated and scanned the flower. Multiple blinks of light appeared on Zohl for the first time that I’ve never seen before. The light stopped after Zohl was done with the flower he modified. “It’s done,” Zohl said as the flower floated back into my hand. It was very pretty and cute. Glitter shined everywhere on the pink flower as I secretly put it in my inventory as I pressed the pin behind the back on Zohl. I gazed out onto the lake wondering what journies my life will take. The blueness of the lake shimmered in my view as ripples of water pushed back and forth. I heard some rustling in the tree that stood over me. A shadowy figure jumped out and landed right next to me. “Hi there! It’s very rare to see your kind around here,” the figure said. “I’m Gray Arsul, a Woodland Elf.” I shook his hand as he sat down next to me, staring at my large tail and bushy ears. “I’m Kydel Staar, just call me Kydel,” I replied. His ears were pointed, green hair, green clothing, shifty, green eyes, and athletic. He wore a huge smile so I suspected he’s optimistic at times. “It’s a lovely view, isn’t it?” He said as he gazed out onto the lake. “It sure is,” I replied. I then had a thought in my mind. I could use a companion to sightsee this rural town. There might be a lot to show and see. “Hey, why don’t you show me around later today?” I asked Gray. “Since I’m new to this town, I would love some company,” I added. “Very well! We’ll meet at 3. Are you okay with that?” He responded and asked me, all happily. “Sure!” I responded. As we both got up and out of the shade of the tree, we waved at each other as we went in different directions. I went back to the inn I booked for as Gray went back to his place for the time being. I walked back into the Inn and went to the room that had been picked out for me. It was a lakeside view with a small patio outside. I laid on the bed and went to take a short nap. I woke up as the sun shone in from the window. It wasn’t much but I got up and put my cloak on. I exited out of the inn and went to wait for Gray under the same place where we met once. I was there early as it became two-forty as I gazed out onto the lake again. I heard a familiar voice in the distance, though it wasn’t Gray, it was Raeya. I chose to ignore it but I wanted to surprise her. As her voice traveled, it felt like she was already here. It couldn’t be though, or it was probably how powerful my ears are. Her voice gradually became louder as I felt her presence coming to me from behind. Trying to scare me? Haha, that won’t work. Truth be told, she was actually behind me, behind the tree. I quickly jumped up onto a branch above me as she tried to scare me on the other side. “BOO!” Raeya shouted. She never noticed that I was above her. “Huh?? I swear I saw Kydel ...maybe it was just my imagination,” she said as she was about to leave. Oh no, I wouldn’t let her off easily, so I jumped down just as she turned the opposite direction of the lake. “BOO!” I barked as she turned my way. “AHH!” She shrieked and minimized her size as she flew behind a leaf hanging from a tree. “No fair!! I wanted to scare you!” She said as she flew around me. “I couldn’t help but be sneaky,” I said with a smug look. I then remembered about the flower I had in my inventory that I picked up earlier today. “Raeya, I have something to give you. Try not to peek through,” I said with a hesitant look. “Okay!” Raeya squealed, closing her eyes. I reached into my magic pocket and took the flower out. “Hold out your hands, palms out,” I said. She did as she was told. I placed the pink flower I plucked from earlier onto her hand. “Surprise!” A pink flower, glowing and glittering in the sun’s light. I felt double the presence of her. I saw a reflection in her eyes as she gasped. “Is this for me??” She said, smelling the flower. “Yeah! I want this to be the start of our friendship. Do you want to be my friend?” I asked and explained. As I felt her presence, she screamed on the inside. It felt like I could hear it. “Awwwww…..thanks! I’m glad to be your friend!” Raeya said dashingly. We both heard footsteps coming towards us from the back. “Huh? Whomst art thou?” Gray questioned as he approached us. Raeya jumped and hid behind me. Gray was curious who this mystery person was that I made exchanges from. “Ah--...This is Raeya. I ran into her earlier today who was being picked on,” I said as she emerged from behind. It was Gray’s first time seeing a Sylph. “Why hello there, I’m Gray,” Gray said to Raeya as she held onto my arm. She didn’t say anything. Her grip tightened as she shrunk in size and hid in my jacket. Gray jumped. “Woah! You can change size!” He said curiously. Raeya peeked out and muffled. I moved my hand in and grabbed Raeya by her arm to shove her out. She tried to forcefully fly back in, but no, I didn’t let her. “C’mon...don’t be shy,” I said to Raeya, nudging her cute little back. She pouted, crossing her arms. “H-H-hi…,” Raeya said grumpily. Gray looked at her and smiled. He bent down a bit and shook her tiny hand. A thought popped up in my mind and I told Gray to give us two a moment. He nodded and went towards the bench next to the lake. Raeya turned around and looked at me like a puppy. She flew up and floated around in front of me. “How’d you meet?” She asked me about Gray. “Ah...he was up in this tree earlier. He noticed me as a visitor and we eventually became friends,” I responded to her question. “Really?” “Yeah. He told me he’d take me around town sightseeing,” I said. “Want to come along?” I offered her. “Oh, I’m sorry. I have something to do. I wish I could tag along, but I can’t,” Raeya told me. “You two go on ahead.” She smiled at me, darted and re-sized, waving at me. “Wait!” I shouted, catching up to her. She turned around. “I want the ability to communicate with you if you are far away. It would be a hassle if I tried to find you,” I told her. “Sure,” she giggled. Zohl then floated in response and detached from my neck. “Please place your finger on the indent behind me. Once you do, we’ll be able to locate where you are and message you freely.” Zohl told her. "Oooo," Raeya said as she did what she was told to. She put her finger on the indent behind Zohl. A little sound like a click pinched her finger. She didn't hesitate but felt a slight pain on her finger. "Done! I've collected a drip of blood from you in order to contact you," Zohl explained. "How does that work?" She asked Zohl. "In order to contact Raeya here, gesture your hand around your ear. You should be able to link to Raeya's mind to communicate with her," Zohl told us. "Why don't you try it?" We both were very eager to try the new communication ability Zohl made for me and Raeya. I gestured my hand around my ear and a small zap activated in my mind. ("Raeya? You hear this?") I communicated through my mind. ("Yeah, I'm here!") She echoed in my mind. "Wow, this is amazing!" I said. “I should go. Thanks for everything,” Raeya said. She flew back in the direction she came from towards her place. I saw her off as I found Gray sitting on the bench. I looked at him to see him half sleeping, snoring. Should I wake him…? I thought it would be a bad idea but he said he would take me sightseeing around Variah. I shrugged it off and tapped his arm. “WOAH!” Gray screamed as he reacted to my touch. “So…..” I said to him. “Where to?” He cleared his throat and spoke. “Lake Grasschn, the one you’re looking at,” he said pointing at it. I looked at it but it was just the same lake that I’ve passed by a few times. I tried to wrap my brain around it but I got confused instead as a peak of pain jabbed my head. “But-” Gray cut me off. “There’s more to this lake.” As curious as I am, Gray led me around the huge lake walking to the east of the bench he got up from. We passed wooden buildings and services that were filled with sounds and life. I quickly noticed that we were going farther than the lake. “The lake’s over there…,” I said to Gray. “Nu-uh. Just follow me,” he said, shushing me. I followed Gray for a while. After passing some buildings, we made our way onto a grassy pathway, trampled over, making a faint walkway. It then changed from being grassy to a crumbly, rocky, gravel pathway. Caves started to appear in the distance, cowering over a small cabin’s height. Cool air escaped from the inside and exited out as we approached it. I felt it hit me in my face and my tail, brushing it like a feather. My spine chilled. Gray walked in and I followed along. Entering into the cave, light shimmered everywhere as the light from the sun entered into the cave. The cave had crystals growing everywhere, on the walls and even on the grounds. It was very pretty. Vibrant colors of purple, blue, and white glimmered among the cave as we went deeper into the system. “Woaaahh….,” I gasped in awe. “Amazing!” Gray snickered at me as we walked more. “There’s more to this,” he told me. A brush of air flew past us again, creating a sound before it dispersed into a huge cave-room that I saw up ahead, brimming with light. It was miles away. “There’s a room up ahead, though you’d probably see with those powerful eyes of yours,” Gray said. “Let’s race to it,” I told him with a cocky tone. “OOooh...You’re up!” Gray said as he dashed. Dang, he’s fast! I watched him as I rear-ended the ground with my foot. I ran and sped up, easily overtaking Gray’s speed and pace. Gray saw me top over him, which surprised him. “Oh.. do me better..,” Gray shouted at me as he sped up, eventually keeping up with my pace. Matching eyes, I noticed some heavy breathing from Gray’s mouth. He must be at his limit ... let's surprise him - I thought. I snuck a smile and he noticed it. I jabbed the ground with my legs with brute force and rocketed past him, overtaking his top speed. “Wha?!” He gasped as I sped over the bright crystals, creating a gradient color of blue and white fire behind me. My speed kept rising and before I knew it, I sped into the huge round cave-room and ran the perimeter of the room. The feeling of the wind brushing past my face felt so good, I decided to run on the walls as I traveled onto them, creating a ring of speed. As Gray entered the room, gasping for breath, he watched me as I ran with the trail of fire. He looked at me as if he was amazed. Carelessly, a thought came into my mind. Crap, how do I stop? Zohl echoed into my mind. “Create a telekinetic bubble,” Zohl quickly responded. I shot my arm out against the empty space and as I concentrated my energy, a blue glow appeared in the form of a giant bubble. “Run into it!” Zohl told me. Judging from the order Zohl told me, I ran off the wall and into the giant, blue, telekinetic bubble, which stopped my speed as dust gathered around in heaps of clouds. I coughed as I regained my sense of walking. Gray ran up to me, catching his breath. I never got tired nor did I lose breath from running. As the dust disappeared from the air and fell back to the ground. I plopped down onto the floor with my legs wide open, stretching them. “Dude,” Gray said, panting for air. “That. Was. Sick!” I thought I’d scare him off but I didn’t. He accepted me for who I am. Gray sat down in front of me. “So, what’s so special about this cave?” I asked him. He looked at me and gestured to me to look up. Looking up, I stared into a see-through space of crystals bonding between together. I also noticed water above the crystals. I then got a hint that we were under Lake Grasschn. “Yo, is this Lake Grasschn?” I asked him. He nodded. “How are the crystals doing this?” I got up and floated in the air, touching the hard, solid smooth crystals that held the water up. Light beamed down from the sky as it passed through the water, the crystals, and onto the ground around us, shining a wavy pattern. It became luminescent due to the colors of the crystals. “These crystals have a mind of their own,” Gray explained. “It was a very long time ago. Some would say it’s a myth, others would say it’s impossible. These crystals were originally from an asteroid that flew in and crashed landed here, creating a huge crater in the center of this land. The remains of the asteroid’s spheric rock is magnetic, creating a very strong magnetic field. Over time, these crystals would grow in the air, floating, creating this huge bowl of what we see today.” “One of the observers who came to look at this phenomenon watched it grow over time. And as expected, the crystals began to react to the magnetic field, but there doesn't seem to be one though. Others say that the asteroid is deteriorating. Though it’s still a mystery.” As Gray finished the story, I took it in deep and stared at the crystals once again. Magnetic, huh..? I got up and stretched up, reacting to a frequency that hit my brain. “Wait here,” I said to Gray. I walked around and chipped some dirt against the ground, trusting my sense of hearing. The frequency that I am hearing is getting stronger as I continue to jab against the ground with my foot. “This..sound…” “Gray, I’m gonna need you to move onto that ledge on the wall over there,” I said pointing to it. He questioned my reasoning and actions but he did it anyway. “Your story is quite accurate but you are missing one thing,” I said, holding my arm out as I pointed my hand against the ground. Generating an amount of heat and telekinetic force, I lifted all the dirt off the ground, clumping it into a big ball, and revealing what was beneath it. “This is the asteroid,” I stated. “What?! But how?! ” Gray reacted as he came back to me, stomping on the ground that was once an asteroid. It was still intact. I looked at it and touched it, which jolted my brain. Another statement entered my mind. I couldn’t believe it. Zohl started to react against the magnetic frequency. I need to tell him that this asteroid ...is an Immphorus! I cleared my throat. “Have you ever heard of an Immphorus Asteroid?” I asked him. “Yes, but I’ve briefly known about it,” he responded. “Immphorus means that if an asteroid hits a clean land with no viruses and starts growing crystals in the air….,” I said, letting Gray finish the sentence, gesturing to him. “It becomes magnetic due to the core of the planet’s cosmic materials…disallowing it to age...” I nodded at him. “WAIT,” Gray said just realizing. “WE’RE STANDING ON ONE?!” “Yeah, we are,” I said, agreeing. “Ever since I created a telekinetic bubble to stop my speed, I’ve been getting this sound frequency from the ground below. I suspected that my telekinesis triggered it,” I explained. Gray couldn’t speak. He was too bewildered. His mind couldn’t handle all this information. “I’ve been blown away,” Gray said laughing sarcastically. “Hey, at least we solved a mystery,” I added on the positive side. I looked up at the bowl formation once again as light radiated everywhere. A gush of wind flew in from the cave’s tunnel and into the room, spreading the cold temperature along with it. I let out a sigh and a small puff of white air moved out from my mouth. Gray walked around the room, staring at all the crystals that were growing out. With the clump of dirt still floating around due to my telekinesis, I let go of it as the dirt fell down, staying in form. Mind all over the place as I stared at the elegant view of the crystallized bowl. Suddenly, a thought jumbled up. “What happened to the trail of fire?” I asked Zohl. “You’ve generated the trail due to the crystal’s composition,” Zohl informed. “You mean from what it’s made of?” “Yes, you are correct,” Zohl replied back. I looked at Gray who was walking around, touching all the smooth crystals that stood out. A tiny piece fell out after Gray let go. “Oh! It fell!” Gray said coming back to me with a piece of crystal in his hand. “Take a look at this gorgeous!” Gray gave the crystal to me. I took it from his hand and held onto it, feeling the natural frequency and the smoothness of the edges and faces. It shone brightly in my eyes as it reflected the sun’s rays that shone in through the crystal bowl. I held it up against the light that shone through from the top of the bowl. With light hitting it, the entire room lit up. “Wow ...,'' I said in amazement as I looked around. The room was radiated with bright and energetic light. It looked like I was in a room full of neon lights dispersed everywhere. Then the light faded away slowly as the sun shone through the crystal dome. “Come now, there’s more to Variah,” Gray said to me, giving me a hand. I took his hand and he helped me up. We both exited the crystal cave and back onto the green, grassy fields. The wind gushed past us once again. In a few, we started walking again, north-east of the cave we visited. Passing through grassy plains and rocky shores, we reached near the border of Lynneria. “Behold, another wonderful sight!” Gray triumphed happily. “The Rigid Calm Sea!” Out I gazed into the calm blue, reflecting sea, rays of the sun hit the water, dispersing everywhere. The water looked transparent as if I could see the sea-ground. The scent of the ocean smelled like lavender-foam as birds flew over the vast body of water. Sea animals jumped out of the water and dived back in. Water rushed to the coast and back, like a rocking chair. I began to wonder if there’s another continent at the end of the sea so I let my eyes glow as I saw past all the water. There it was, a land of mysterious adventures waiting to be explored. I then asked Gray the continent’s name on the other side of the sea. “What’s the name of the continent beyond The Rigid Calm Sea? “Norrane, the Green Continent,” Gray responded to my question. “It’s all greens and forests, with a few exceptions to ruins and caves.” “Is it possible to get there?” I asked again. Gray sighed and responded. “Unfortunately, it’s not possible anymore,” Gray said. “East City Harbor, which is in Nharvenile, (a country north of Riverchnaut), shut down due to heavy conditions of the Rigid Calm Sea. Oceanographers say that it’s unpredictable to detect the waves of the ocean since it’s too rocky and crazy to pass through.” “Then comes Green City Harbor, a place in Norrane. Apparently, it became useless due to the continent’s crazy forestization growth,” he explained to me. “Wow, that’s crazy,” I said in response. “I know right?” He charmed back in. I gazed out into the sea again, letting the mood bring me in. It was before long until I asked another question. “Is there any other place here for sightseeing?” I asked. “Nah. There’s only two places for sightseeing. We’ve visited them all today,” Gray said back to me. “Want to head back?” “Sure.” Walking back in the opposite direction from the places we visited, we eventually arrived back at Variah through the same pathway we took before. Civilian sounds began to fill my ears again. “So,” Gray said. “What do you like about this town so far?” I stayed quiet and thought about it. We were walking back to the big tree we were at before and I gazed around. I cleared my throat. “It’s not bad. There’s plenty to do and to see,” I answered his question. Gray had his arms up and held behind his head, leaning while we were walking. “This town is diverse, so to say,” Gray told me. “What are you going to do after?” I really had no idea what to do after exploring and traveling, so I thought about it. Aside from travelling around…..my final destination in Riverchnaut is Zentell. I’m not in a hurry anyways. “I think I’ll stick around for a few weeks maybe. I want to hang out with Raeya,” I responded to his question. We both sat down on the bench that was facing the lake. “What about you?” “Ah, I’m a bounty hunter, I hunt bad guys. I think I have one around this time,” Gray replied. “Wait, what time is it?” “It’s 4:45 in the afternoon,” Zohl chimed in. “SHOOT! I gotta go. I’m supposed to be at the Bounty Headquarters at 5,” Gray panicked. I saw Gray off as he trotted his way to his workplace. I stared at the lake again as I turned around. This might be an adventurous month perhaps. Variah was active. Brimming with the sounds of citizen life and wild animals, I sat on the bench where me, Raeya, and Gray met at the start. For the following weeks, I took my time to absorb all the different elements of the town of Variah to get familiar with it. I then finally asked Raeya to hang out with me until she told me what I might do next after staying for a while. I told her I’d go to Zentell, the capital of Riverchnaut. She said she’d tag along since she has nothing else to do. And thus was the start of our adventurous journey on Lynneria.
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Hibryds - by Alarkius Jay
In Novels
AlarkiusJay
Jun 23, 2022
EP 3 | Departure …....Days have passed, then weeks, only till I noticed that it's been two months that I've stayed on this isle, Hetrania. So much has happened in the past few months: gaining powers, being appointed to a leader by Leon, learning how to control my new body, and making friends. I thought it would be a good idea to stay for a while to cope with everything that I have experienced. Nothing less expected to be a direwolf--gaining such popularity, hah. Most of my friends I hung out with came to see me off to Kharphan, Riverchnaut. Since I have powers, I wouldn’t want to waste it on such a long trip, so my friends saw me off once we got to the bridge I came from before. There was another one leading north, so I went by it. “Have fun ...and visit us when you can!” The pack of animals shouted at me. I laughed as I dashed off into the distance. I gazed back and barely saw them waving and jumping. I never thought I would part away from them like this. But since my mind was made up, I waddled down the slope, onto the mainland of Lynneria. I asked the Spirit of Hetra what month and day it was. “As of right now...it is August 4th, 2022, ten in the morning,” The Spirit responded. I let out a sigh. As I made my way down, I looked up and gazed at Hetrania. Floating with multiple old rusting roots descending from, it gradually made the sunlight disappear as I walked before it. The breeze blew under and through the stone-like forest canopy of the isle. The wind made my fur a mess. There were many critters that liked the shade. A frog jumped up from a rock and snakes slithered on the ground. Suddenly, my stomach growled. I probably haven’t eaten yet. As I scavenged the area for food, I came across a plant growing Earthened Mushrooms and Luminescent Apples. I made sure they were edible by asking the Spirit of Hetra. It answered back that they were good to eat. I picked the juiciest ones based on scent and chowed down into my meal. Shortly after that, I began to ponder about the pendant’s name. “Hey, Spirit, Do you have a name?” I asked. It glowed to my question. “Yes, I do,” I responded. “My name is Zohl.” “Well then, it’s nice to meet you, Zohl,” I replied. “Right back at ch’ya!” Zohl responded back happily As I continued to take my time down the path, the sun set. The illuminating radiance of purple shone everywhere even through the smallest cracks of the forest canopy next to me. It’s a long walk, so I suppose I could use some breaks. I found a small rest area right after. It was located near an old campfire site which did not work anymore. There weren’t any trees there and it was out in the open space next to some wild berries. The sun died down and night began to take place as I walked around in circles and then settled down for the night. As I gradually let my body rest, the sounds of each cricket chirping singing into my ears. The croaking frogs jumped and did the same. The wind played to the beat as they flowed through the forest and exited out the other side. Owls began to wake up, in search of food, as they graciously hooted against the cold, brewed night. As the sun rose again on the fifth day of August, I woke up instantaneously. Something must have woken me from my relaxing slumber, which actually did. A month-old squirrel kept poking my leg as if it were scared or needed help. As I yawned, I showed my sharp teeth to intimidate the baby squirrel but the squirrel was not scared of me. Though it was very bold and brave to approach a higher race in the Hibryd kingdom. I blinked my eyes to relax my muscles. I slightly got up and let the squirrel onto my scruffy mane. “Hi there, little one. What is your need for help?” I asked. As the baby squirrel popped out of my mane, it squeaked. I told my name to the little squirrel. “I lost my mama! Help me find her Kydel! I know she is worried!” The tiny squirrel said, trembling in fear. As I felt the shaking vibrating onto my body, I got up and offered help. “I’ll help you. I’m heading to a county up north,” I said as I accepted his offer. “I assume you and your mother are migrating in the same direction, hm?” The squirrel nodded as he washed his paw and cleaned his head with it. “Alright then, let’s get going.” The squirrel squeaked happily. I spent my time venturing with the tiny squirrel, keeping it in my sight whenever there might be danger coming. We both came across some healthy herbs and ate some. The squirrel played with my fur which didn’t hurt me much. I then asked Zohl about what time my destination to Kharphan will be. It responded and said around four. Right now, it’s ten in the morning, so I should be able to get away by asking the squirrel some questions to help him find his mom. “How did you get lost?” I asked as the squirrel sat on my horn. “My momma was carrying me on her back until she jumped to a branch from a very long distance! I couldn’t hold on!” The squirrel responded as memories began to form. “I fell from a high place and almost got into danger! Some snakes appeared and I barely escaped!” It used its tail and wrapped it around his tiny body. “Oh no, that sounds terrible!” I said, I felt empathy for the tiny squirrel. “Maybe things will speed up if I run faster to find your mother.” Agreeing to terms, the squirrel dove into my puffy mane and stayed there for the time being as I launched and ran up the straight and curvy paths. I morphed my mane into a furry seat and let the squirrel sit in it while he got to enjoy the wind flowing past. “I made a seat for you to sit in, Rel,” I said to the squirrel as I made a name for him for the time being. Rel scurried onto the seat. “Wheeeee!” Rel squeaked as the wind brushed past him and my fur. I asked Zohl what time it would be if I ran to my destination. It glowed and responded. “Possibly around one in the afternoon." I smirked. While I kept running, Rel and I both took a break and settled for some water. There was a tiny spring next to the path we were on. We settled down for a bit and then continued. Along the pathway to the north, a sound of a sharp whistle pierced both Rel’s ears and mine. It was coming near the forest, somewhere in the trees. I skidded to a stop. The sound kept going for quite a while shifting positions. Suddenly, Rel squeaked and jumped off my back. He started scurrying around, listening to the sound of the sharp whistle. It kept going for a while for around three minutes until my ears started to hurt. A rustle in the trees sounded. Rel, who was standing, stared into the trees. “What’s wrong?” I asked Rel who was sniffing the air. “I can smell mommy!” Rel squeaked. Suddenly, the whistle stopped. “Mom?” Rel started to make chirping sounds while running against the tree roots, sniffing the air each time he landed on one. Near the fourth tree, Rel was at, a squirrel darted out. It was his mom. I found a patch of grass and sat down. “Oh, sweetie! You had me worried!” His mom hugged her little one. “Where have you been all this time?” Rel squeaked and ran towards me. “This huge wolf, Kydel, helped me come find you!” Rel explained. He ran all over me, excited. I was happy for him. Being reunited with his mother is so pure, my heart melted to pieces. It would be impossible to be alone, separated from the one who is still taking care of her little one. “Thank you, noble one for going your way out of this.” The mother said to me, “Yes, thank you!” Rel added. I snorted and laughed. I responded. “Haha, no worries. I was going in the same direction as you guys. This happened to be a minor incident.” I got up as I stretched my legs. Rel’s mother climbed over me and touched me in various places I did not expect. It felt weird, but it seems like something a mother would do to her own child. “Oh my, how very loyal you are. A gracious body, yet so powerful!” The mother said while she was spoiling me. “You seem very well like a leader!” “Thank you for your kind words.” Then, the wind began to pick up and the sun shone brighter. As Rel and his mother regrouped together, they greeted me off. “Thank you!” They both responded. I waved them off as I trotted north again. They both disappeared from my sight as I looked back into the forest. I began to run again, using my remaining time to get to Kharphan faster. “Hey, Zohl, how many more?” I asked. “You’re almost there! It’s 12 in the afternoon right now” Zohl chimed in. Alright, time to get there on time! As I continued running, a pole appeared with a sign which said, ‘Kharphan, 3.5 Kilometers.’ This will be a breeze, considering how fast I am running. Without controlling my speed, a light suddenly flashed ahead which blocked my vision. I halted to a stop and heard the voice of humans running towards me. “Unknown Subject traveling at 105 miles per hour! HALT!!” As they caught up to me, I panicked and started slowly backing up while the bright flash was still on. “I-I-is that a d-d-direwolf?!” One officer said in fear as they approached me. They chatted and mumbled among themselves in a group for quite a bit. I couldn’t hear anything other than mumbling and a slight sense of confusion. They then turned around to me and said some more. “I couldn’t believe my eyes!” one officer said. A few other officers noted and nodded their heads in advance. One dropped his cigar in disbelief and a few others started to question my abilities and powers that I might contain. “No creature like you should be able to travel this fast! That’s impossible!” another officer exclaimed. Another slight confusion grew in their faces as they questioned my speed. They looked at each other and gazed at me, then back again as they shrugged. “Who are you and what are you?” They assumed that I could speak, so I responded to their confusion. “I’m Kydel, a Hibryd and a direwolf. You should be aware there are other Hibryd species living on this planet.” They were surprised and amazed when I responded. They didn’t expect me to speak their language though. Suddenly, the light behind me turned off and an older officer walked out from behind. “Yes, we are aware of that. But we never knew someone or something like you existed!” someone said as they approached me. As I turned around, he had a badge on his left shoulder, so I assumed he’s the head of the station. Carlton had a rough build, standing nearly 6 '5. I chuckled to myself. “Yes, I do exist,” I laughed. The officers laughed too, at my sarcasm and the joke. Then, one of the officer’s watches rang since the alarm was set to one in the afternoon. “Sir, we need to be back there, like right now.” One officer alerted me. Receiving the heads up, Officer Carlton gestured to his crew. “Heh, anyways, sorry for the intrusion. I’m Officer Tim Carlton, and this is my squad.” Officer Carlton said as the laughter died down. “I’m Kydel. Charmed to meet you.” I replied. Officer Tim wanted to shake but we quickly noticed the joke as we all laughed at it while we shook it off. Before I realized, I was at the gate of Kharphan. As Officer Carlton escorted me into Kharphan, he asked me a few questions regarding my venture and why I came here in the first place. That’s his role as an officer. As we made our way into the station, his other members went back to their cubicle to resume their paperwork. “So, what made you come here to Kharphan, Riverchnaut?” He asked as he gave me a cup of water. I drank it in one sitting with my tongue morphed into a straw-like instrument. I wasn’t in trouble since there was a little misconception back there. As I gulped down my hydration I spoke up. “Oh, I heard from a friend of mine that there’s a place to register to become a legal Hibryd citizen. He said this was it.” I responded. I began to think about morphing into a human Hibryd. Officer Carlton spoke up as it reminded him about the same place I was informed about. “Ah yes! You’ve definitely come to the right place, but not this office station,” he said as he showed me outside and pointed to where I needed to be. He pointed south, opposite of where this station is facing. I closed the door behind me using my tail while trying to be polite without making a fuss. I kept my second thought a secret from Carlton. “If you follow the sidewalk near Kentucky’s and make a left, there will be a big red-yellow sign that says, ‘Hibryd Citizen Registrar Office’ at your right. The person behind the office is Erick Huffle. He should be able to help you,” He informed me. “Something on your mind there?” He added as he noticed that I drifted off to my second thought. I did pay attention to his directions so I responded. “Indeed I do. Thanks for the directions though,” I barked. “There is something I do need to do though.” Carlton tipped his hat and responded back. “Yes, what is it?” he asked as he opened the door back to the station as we went in. “Do you have a spare vacant room in your station? I’ll try to shapeshift into a human Hibryd.” He gestured as a yes and showed me the way to the vacant room. The room was under the stairs to the left of the station labeled as `empty`. He unlocked the door and opened it for me. I said thanks in return. “Also, if I appear naked, I’ll give a knock, so bring me something to cover up later,” I added as he gave me an okay signal. “I’ll wait by my desk, which is against this room on the outside. There’s a mirror inside by the way,” he said as he went to his desk. I closed the door behind and began to talk to Zohl. As Carlton went back to his room next to the stairs, all his officers stared at him. “What?” Carlton said as he stopped to look at them. “Did Carlton just let in a Hibryd for the first time?!” All the officers cooed as Carlton hid his embarrassment while he went to his room rummaging through his boxes to find an extra piece of clothing. Back in the room, I spoke to Zohl. “Hey Zohl, is it possible for me to gain a Hibryd human form?” I asked. He shone in response. “Yes, it is possible. Do you wish to proceed?” As I thought about it, I came to terms and agreed. “What features from your current form do you wish to have as a human?” Zohl added. “Just my wolf eyes, including the current color,” I responded. “Alright, processing information and transformation,” Zohl replied As I sat like a dog waiting for its reward, Zohl shone brightly in vibrant colors that covered my whole body. I started to notice my body taking shape. I closed my eyes and let the process begin. Each light shaped my body, first with my hind legs. My hind legs became human legs. Then my body started to glow. Emitting massive lighting, my animal body began to take shape into a human body, excluding the tail. As I straightened out my back, I stood up like a human with my two legs. Then the light faded off from my body and onto my front legs and toes. They started to take shape as my front legs became human arms and my toes as hands. Last was my head. As the light transitioned up, it formed my neck and my head. My snout became shorter and shorter, turning into a nose. My face became round and flat, just like how Carlton looked, but a different style. My eyes are positioned above my nose, eyebrows above my eyes. My eye color remained the same-- orange. I stared into the mirror and my eyes looked sharp as ever, having my pupils shaped as a sharp oval. My ears appeared on the sides of my head. Then my hair started appearing as all the light began to fade. My hair turned into various colors before turning to a light-brown color. I opened my eyes and looked at myself in the mirror. I looked like a cute cloud, but more ferocious. Uh, take that away, not ferocious. I stood around 5’5 and looked like a chillaxed gentleman. Curiously, I looked down and I noticed that I did not have anything down there. I screamed internally. I asked Zohl what gender I am. “You are genderless. But if you ask me, I can make a p-” I cut off Zohl. “I’m fine the way I am, thanks though.” The room became silent. “I was just joking……” Zohl said quietly. I sighed. But on the bright side, I’ve now achieved a human-like form only with my eyes, ears and tails remaining the same as before. “Why am I genderless?” I asked again. "You were configured genderless when you were abruptly taken in by the binding light back on Hetrania. I can't do anything about that, even now. It's too late to change your gender," Zohl explained. I felt bummed but I'll have to make do with it. …..Meanwhile Carlton found his past fashion style. It was a fluffy brown leather cloak with straps and buckles on the shoulders, waist, and arms in particular `V` and `X` patterns along with stripe designs. The cloak had pockets on each side. He also found black comfortable jeans that are cotton on the inside and one gray undershirt. He sat down in his chair and waited. Back in the room... “Oh! Take your arm out! I have an idea!” Zohl told me. Zohl turned into a pendant wristband, with the top having a rectangular jewel stone, and the bottom as a clip. He slid onto my arm’s left wrist. “Is it too tight or okay?” Zohl asked me. “It feels comfortable!” I responded. Overall, I felt happy about my transformation, so I knocked on the door to let Carlton know that I finished. As he opened the door, he looked, reacted and shouted, walking in the opposite direction. “Hoooly smokes!” he shouted as his hands reacted. The door was left open and I stood near the entrance, making a bland reaction. “It’s that bad, isn’t it?” I asked him as he walked back, “surprise?” He gave me the old clothes he found. “It’s just…...rare to see a genderless Hibryd!” He exclaimed mysteriously. “NAKED!” I shrugged and made a gesture. “The more you know!” I said with a smirk. I went back in and put on the clothes Carlton gave me. It looked like I was living in 2010. “I didn’t know you had this pizzazz style when you were young, Carlton!” I shouted from the room. He hid his embarrassment once again. I then looked at my pants and noticed that they fit loosely so I asked Zohl something. “Want me to modify your cloak too?” I replied back with a yes. Zohl started lasering the design and removing some parts. I could feel the heat of the laser moving everywhere while most parts were magically forming. Once it was done, I looked in the mirror. It had a sleek design: brown, slanted clips, a waist tightener, wrist tightener, a collar strap, and decorated zippers. The hoodie was gone, but oh well. I moved positions to check if there was anything else to modify but it seems like there doesn’t seem to be any. “Lit,” I said to myself, patting my clothing clean. As I walked out, I suddenly felt gazes on me. Each officer looked at me, including Carlton. “What a mysterious figure,” the officers in the prescient said. I waved my hand at them. Mysterious. I like the tone of that. Carlton noticed the new design like it looked brand new to him “How did you manage that design?” He asked me, curiously. “My buddy here Zohl, did all the work,” I replied, showing Zohl’s magical pendant body off as she floated in the air. “Officer Timothy John Carlton of the KEPD. Hello,” Zohl said, spitting out his full name. Carlton jumped and asked me how in the world I afforded the Spirit of Hetra, which was a well-known myth for them. I let out a sigh. “It’s a long story.” As I made my way back to the front of the office near the doors, Carlton saw me off. “Thanks for everything, Officer Carlton,” I said, shaking his hand properly this time. “No problem!” He said laughing. “It’s great to meet different kinds of Hibryds!” I laughed along. As I said bye to Carlton, I went ahead to the Hibryd Citizen Registrar Office. It wasn’t a very long walk. The sounds of people working and chattering filled my ears as they proceeded to their usual pace. The air was filled with different scents. Kharphan looks amazing, with small to medium buildings trying to overtake each other in height. As I saw Kentucky’s, I followed the sidewalk for quite a bit until I saw the red-yellow sign. My tail wagged excitedly. The Registrar Office looked bold standing out in color, making it very noticeable. It stood out in the open. I opened the door to the place and a voice welcomed me. “Welcome to the Hibryd Citizen Registrar Office.” A voice said over the counter. Warm air flew in as I walked through the entrance to the counter. The warm air was made with the AC ventilation system. There are multiple chairs pressed against each wall and people walking in different directions. I skimmed to the counter where the clerk was standing. He stood around five feet, brown hair, a top hat, a mustache, and a monocle. “Erick Huffle?” I asked the receptionist. “I was referred to this place by Officer Carlton.” He gestured his hands and went to get something from the cabinet from behind. As he came back to the counter, he handed me some papers. “Yes, I am the Erick Huffle,” he said. “I would assume you’re here to register as a citizen?” I overlooked the papers and saw they were documents for transportation, legal information, and other confidential information. “Yeah,” I answered. Erick handed me a pen. “Well, you’ve come to the right place! It was good of Officer Carlton to show you the way here. Not many Hibryd citizens come around this time of the year,” he replied. “If you fill out the application in a few minutes, I’ll overlook it when you’re done. I’ll process it and validate it. I’ll give you your ID later.” “Thanks!” I said as I went to sit down near the bush decoration which was next to the entrance. The hallways were busy and loud, so I found somewhere quiet to fill out the application. I asked Zohl since he seems to know me better than I know myself. “Hey Zohl, can you scan this application? Leave the signature blank.” I asked. Zohl responded and floated. Zohl then used it’s light to scan the application filling out various forms about me. Only my first name was shown but not my last. “Would you like a surname, sir?” Zohl asked. “Sure,” I said as I thought about one. While Zohl was waiting for an answer, I looked around for some inspiration. Though nothing came to mind as I tried to formulate some words. “How about Starr??” I asked. Zohl’s light confirmed and scanned it into the box. My name was Kydel Starr. That fits perfectly. I left the middle name section blank. My height showed as 5 '6 in the box under my name. The place of origin was from Hetrania, which is in the field text left of my name. As Zohl finished scanning, I overlooked my information. There was a field missing that had a ‘race’ option so I picked up the pen. As I clicked the pen to show it’s ink tip, I tried to write on a spare piece of paper attached to it. I tried to write, but I noticed I wasn’t equipped with that function. “Um...I don’t have the ability to write yet,” I said as I drew squiggles. Zohl chimed in. “My bad,” Zohl responded as it floated back into the indent underneath my shirt. “Configuring alphabetical writing analysis mode,” My hands and eyes began to glow as the configuration was implemented into my brain. “You should be able to write now. Give it a test.” As I continued doodling on the spare sheet of paper, I wrote some letters and dribbled a bit. It worked. I then filled out the race field and noted that I’m a Hibryd and also a direwolf. As soon as I added my signature at the bottom, I let Zohl scan a copy into its core database. I got up and gave the filled application back to Erick. “Ah, your back.” He said as I handed him the papers. He overlooked it from his end. He clicked his tongue a couple of times. As he finished he asked me a few questions that weren’t on the paper. “This seems legitimate. I noticed that in your possessions that you have the Spirit of Hetra, Zohl, right?” He asked as he noticed Zohl floating around. “Ah, yes,” I responded back. He hummed and checked it correctly on the paper. “Alright, last question. Can you confirm you’re a direwolf?” He requested. I nodded and quickly changed forms to show him for validation. “I’ll need a picture of that for one second.” He added. He pulled out a cybernetic digital camera and pointed it at me. “Smile!” A low frequency flashed and captured my direwolf form into a picture. I then changed forms back to a human to have another picture taken. “Thanks! I’ll process and fax it over. I’ll have an ID ready for you.” He said as he went into the back room. I waved to give thanks. As I was waiting for him, I leaned near the countertop with my arms wrapped behind my head. People walked past me and I noticed a few girl groups heading to the exit. They all whistled at me and whispered to each other. “look at that cute, mysterious boy~”--- which I could clearly hear due to my incredible ears. They giggled and exited out of the office. I got embarrassed and blushed. “Oooo, someone’s being hit on,” Erick said behind me which scared me. I jumped. “Woah! You scared me!” I said loudly. He grinned and laughed. It seemed like he got everything done which I saw in his hand the ID he created for me. “Here’s your ID and a Currency Card,” he said to me. “Don’t lose these! IDs are important so keep it somewhere safe. Your currency card is loaded with five-thousand as a start.” I shook his hand in advance for thanks. I took the ID and the C-Card from his hand and managed to see if I had any secret pockets on my cloak. There weren't any on the outside or the inside. I then had an idea. “Oh,also, your C-Card can track experience whenever you gain. Some are converted into currency while you get the option to transfer it or not,” he added. I smiled as I leaned against the wall next to the counter. “Hey Zohl, is there a power called Magic Pocket?” I asked Zohl as Erick was watching me. Zohl shimmered. "There is. I would assume you want it?" Zohl asked. "Yeah," I replied. “Alrighty, I will bestow that power for you,” Zohl responded. Zohl, floating around, went back onto my wrist and did his thing. With rapid blinking of color sequences, Zohl manifested a pocket-like dimension where I could store my items, clothing, and any of the essentials that I might need. The space-like pocket in the air flowed with magical colors, as it was being made. After a fat minute, Zohl was done. “Your new power is completed! In order to activate it, place your hands together and form a gap. Then you can think of the item you want and it will be manifested in your hands,” Zohl explained as it attached its pendant body back onto the strings. As soon as I finished placing the essential items in my newfound power, I said thanks to Erick and waved bye. As the day passed, it became four, so I went to find a place to stay. When I was strolling around the city, I found an inn that serves new Hibryds for free since its service said ‘FREE SERVICE! Anyone is welcome.’ I went to sign up for only one night. As I got my room and the key room, I entered and jumped onto the bed and laid there like an ice cube for quite a while. I closed my eyes for a bit to get some shut eyes for a while. After a short period of time, I got back up and asked Zohl where I could go and explore in Kharphan. “Places you can visit: Variah and Zentell. Both of these are in Riverchnaut.” Zohl listed as it made a holographic display of each place. The display lit up as I read it. Variah - North-east of Kharphan. Variah is a rural town known for a huge diversity of Hibryds. There are also many places to sightsee. Zentell - North of Kharphan and west of Variah. A Cybernautic-magic city which only consists of technicians, scientists, robots...etc. It is near the border of Nharvenile and also the Capital City of Riverchnaut. “ I stared at each visual on the display. Each image flipped as I swiped across each one. Pictures of Sylphs perked my eyes as I stared intently at them. I swiped through the images of Zentell. It looked all cyber and mech, buildings were coated in robot parts and other technological machinery. Variah stood out to me, so I decided to visit that place. “Let’s go to Variah then!” I said to Zohl. Zohl floated in the air and a light sequence shined. “Destination marked!” Zohl said as it locked the destination. As I left my room, I went to explore the city and noticed that it grew purple-dark. It was getting late as Zohl said it was around 6 in the evening. I went to Kentucky’s to grab a quick dinner. I ordered a huge meal that cost nearly $25, so I used my C-Card to pay. After the delicious meal, I went back to the inn to get some rest for the next day.
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Hibryds - by Alarkius Jay
In Novels
AlarkiusJay
Jun 23, 2022
EP 2 | The Confusion I woke up on the floor after being attacked by something strange. The floor was hard and rocky, almost as it gave way from below. I looked around and noticed that I passed out inside a cave--the one that I was currently exploring. A stone statue appeared on the side which looked as if it were next to me. It was hanging on the wall to the left where it showed a jacket that had no sleeves to it. It had spike-like cylinders on the belt bulging out of the statue. Abnormally, I felt a lot stronger than before. Suddenly, a bright shimmering light flashed and turned into a floating spirit. It floated towards my neck and turned into a pendant collar. “A direwolf! How quite pleasant to become a pendant.” A voice echoed in my mind. I got startled and jumped as the voice suddenly spoke. Its male-like tone echoed in my mind when it spoke again. Its pendant-like-body is shaped like a water droplet. “Oh, excuse me. I’m the Spirit of Hetra. I chose you to become a Hibryd. I reside in the depths of Hetrania and those who approach me will be chosen.” “As for now, I will unlock your speech recognition pattern. You will meet someone later if you are beginning to question some disturbances. Excuse me for a moment while I work on your body system. A sound from the pendant clicked and pierced through the center of my collarbone below my neck. It grew and implanted into me. I let out a tiny yelp. After the voice faded, I got up on my fours and walked to see that the entrance was opened up. Memories started coming back and I remembered why I came here. I was exploring this island and found a cave. But what even happened back there? I started to doubt. As I walked along the path that led to my den, I noticed crystals that grew out of the ground which held my reflection. I had a scruffy, fluffy mane, puffed out in all directions around my cheeks and neck. I noticed the pendant-like collar which bulged out of my collar. A white horn shone on my forehead above my eyes in the center. It pointed outward and bent up a bit, looking shiny and sharp. Near my eyes, there were diamond-patterned shapes. It almost looked like I had eyebrows. The fur to my body was a color of silver-gradient brown, with my head and neck silver, a brown torso, and my tail’s tip as silver. My ears were fluffy like a cloud and my body looked like it upgraded to a powerful system. I looked bigger than before. My bushy tail was almost as long as my legs. My snout stayed the same, but my smell feature felt enhanced. I held orange eyes, which looked sharp and intimidating while my own reflection stared back at me, which startled me. "Have I always looked like this?” I suddenly spoke. Wait...I SPOKE?! That’s weird. A thought popped up and I remembered the Spirit gave me my speech. I was confused as heck. It said it was the Spirit of Hetra right? It did say that I’ll get some answers later. As I exited the room from where the cave was, luscious scents of hetra berries enveloped my senses. Suddenly, my body acted strangely. It felt like piercing needles. “Ouch!” I tried to walk, but my legs wouldn’t allow it. My ears twitched. Suddenly, a new surge and flow of energy rushed into my legs. My tail reacted and stretched out like a cat getting scared. Then shortly after, the surge of energy took control and merged with my body. That was probably the Spirit of Hetra working on my body. It said something like that but I was still confused. I let that slide for a bit. Noticing the environment around me while stretching, I recovered my steps and began to run past my den. Each stomp was louder and stronger as I ran to where the bridge and the sign were. The sight beyond the floating island was insanely beautiful. I noticed the sign was about to fall and break, so I bit into the sign with my teeth and shook it until it loosely fell out of the ground’s grip. There was also a huge, heavy boulder so I gave it a push. In one strong push, the boulder bolted across the island and out onto the mainland. Luckily the boulder I pushed landed in a huge lake. “Looks like I have super-strength,” I said to myself. I tried to read what was on the sign, and I noticed only a few letters. Maybe I can read after all. It read, “Hetran-” but I couldn’t make out the last few letters of the name. The letters below the name were visible. It read, “Prohibited Place - DO NOT ENTER.” I wonder why it said that. “What does that mean?” I mumbled. As I sat down and gazed into the summit and horizon, I began to ponder about what happened. Then I came to a realization that whatever happened in the cave or the `pendant,` must have given me, a direwolf, supernatural-like powers. That would explain how strong my legs are now, how fast I became so suddenly, and how I was able to read. I let out a bark just to see how loud it would be. “Wooof!” It sounded normal like an animal, so I barked again. This time, it sent a loud shockwave of sound waves into the distance. Seems like I have hyper-voice. The sound-waves kept going until birds flew out of the trees and yet somehow, they seemed to head in my direction along with other animals that took shelter here. I felt very obnoxious about why they were running towards me. Maybe they became attracted to me since I’m partly a foreign animal on this floating island. Well, it could be. What could go wrong with them chasing towards me at a time like this? “It seems like our new hibryd has been born,” a voice said in the distance, flying towards me. It was a great horned owl, puffed with brown and grey patterns and a short, stubby tail. It was flying wobbly but managed to recover its flight pattern. “Who are you?” I questioned and turned my head to an owl who flew to me and perched on my horn. “I am Leon, one of the oldest inhabitants of Hetrania,” Leon said, bending his head towards my face. Leon then jumped and flew onto the broken stick which I broke the sign off. “Oh my, it seems like the Spirit of Hetra has chosen you.” He noticed as it stood out with vibrant colors. He has one too, but it was between his eyes, centered above. He continued to speak. “You must not be from around here. What brings you here, fellow direwolf?” He gestured his wings. I was a little intimidated because of his low voice and his piercing gaze on me. His bright blue eyes reflected and shimmered. “Well, nevermind that, you have questions. Your furry face says it. Ask away.” “Where am I?” I asked Leon, tilting my head like an innocent dog. I also noticed that I have the capability to hear certain languages, so I let him do the talking. “You, my friend, stumbled onto this floating island called Hetrania. That pendant you have there has chosen you to become a Hibryd,” Leon flew and perched on my nose. Well, that answers my question about the pendant. “You see, what was inside that cave was meant to be sealed off. However, it was activated since this island was interrupted by a foreign animal—it attacked you, so to speak. That’s why it chose you.” He leaned in toward me, so I had a hint he was talking about me. “But why?” I asked again. “Every decade or so, wild animals come to this place, though it’s prohibited. It was either to seek power or become a refuge here. I was one of them. I was given wisdom and guidance.” I nodded, telling him to continue. “Sometimes, if new animals come, I would be wise enough to guide them. Fellow spectators, please come out of the bushes.” Leon hooted and commanded them. Bushes rustled and each individual came out. Among one of them, four furry and fluffy wild bears ran towards me and bowed in advance. The birds flew down and perched on the old broken chair next to me. Some perched on the bridge's rope. They bowed their heads too. An Ox, a deer, a lion, and lioness came out of hiding and did the same thing. “Excuse me, but you don't need to bow, really,” I said sincerely with a happy bark. They nodded, howled, and made noises in the sky with their heads up. As they retreated to their places, a few stayed. Leon spoke. “These animals recognize you as their new leader. I am far too old by now and I’m about to pass, which you may have been able to sense. Heh, I can barely fly properly anymore. Perhaps I can pass my inheritance to you, young one,” Leon said in a raspy fading voice. I noticed as he started breathing heavily. He gestured and coughed again. Clearing his throat, he continued to speak. “There is a country north of this island, on Lynneria (mainland) called Kharphan, Riverchnaut. If you head there, someone may be of help, ” he informed. “It’s not very big, but you should fit well there.” “Who thereby lives in the city?” I questioned. “Humanoid Animals (otherwise known as Hibryds). You don’t need to be afraid since they are willing to accept anyone,” He added. Using my sharp and keen eyes, I looked past the mountain and a scene appeared in black n’ white coloring showing the county with different shapes of buildings. “I…. I think I see it,” I said as my retinas opened up. Leon was amazed. “I will give you time to think, son.” Leon told me. I walked around for a bit and as I reflected on what has happened so far, I thought about Leon’s offer. He’s about to pass away, and his inheritance will go along with him if someone doesn’t accept it… Perhaps I should be the one. I thought about it again while Leon started coughing again. I think I can do this. Then I spoke with generosity. “I will be at your command, Leon,” I said bowing. “I know for a fact that you are well beyond youth, so I will offer up your inheritance as mine.” Leon then let out a sigh and laughed. He then perched on the stick once more. He cleared his throat. “You need a name, so I shall appoint you one.” “A name?” I questioned. Suddenly, my pendant glowed. Leon noticed and continued. “Yes. It’s a unique way to address someone.” Understanding what he meant, I nodded. Leon cleared his owl-throat. “Ahem! To this day forward, I hereby declare, this young direwolf as Kydel, a citizen of Hetrania.” As he continued mumbling the chant, I thought to myself about my name. Kydel sounds unique; it had a cool ring to it. I like it. Then the pendant began to trace the name, `Kydel`. After that, Leon lifted his wings up and made a gesture. He moved his right-wing onto my right shoulder, and then my left. He then clasped them both like a prayer hand and then onto my head. Suddenly my pendant shone vibrantly in colors that beamed everywhere. The animals in the distance lifted their heads curiously and went to see what happened. When the wild animals gathered, the light continued to shine. “I will give my inheritance and wealth to Kydel with an addition of three powers: Morph, Telekinesis, and Restoration. You shall be able to adapt well and communicate with others,” Leon spoke in a loud hoot. “I will also pass down my title, “The Will of Leon,” to you.” As each individual heard Leon’s speech, they began to make noises. As the light faded, a new surge of energy filled my body and the pendant. His appearance started to fade lightly into a soul sequence in the air. “Kydel, be safe on your journey,” he said, saying his last words. As he faded, his voice followed. Then a yellow light glowed around me, clarifying my existence and my name. My body felt refreshed and clean with a proper name given to me. I howled along with the other animals in the sky in remembrance of Leon. What he has done so far has helped me answer some questions about why I was chosen. As I kept thinking about what had happened, I started to head back to my den while the other animals went back to their places. As I walked, the ground trembled from below which startled other animals. A loud mysterious voice spoke from the cave: “PERMISSION GRANTED, Kydel of Leon.” I had no idea what that meant, but I can tell that Leon had stayed here for a very long time. I’m sure something good is meant to happen in the near future. After the minor-calamity passed, I sat and howled at the sky, in mourning for Leon. My name is Kydel and I’m a Direwolf. Near the evening, when the sun began to set, some of the other wild animals started to appear in front of me. A large gathering had occurred. Knowing what they might do, I spoke. “Hello, friends.” I smiled. A tiny lion cub came out of the large pack to me and looked at me with eyes of determination. I can tell he looked up to me. “I wanna ride!” The baby lion said, jumping around me while gazing at my strong, gentle body. I sat down and let the baby lion onto my broad back. “Hold on tight,” I said to the cub. Since there weren’t any grips on my back for the cub to hold onto, I grew my mane out as a seat using the newfound ability Leon gave me. The tiny cub used its claws to grab on the seated-mane. I started to jump and run around in circles, entertaining the cub while his parents watched. They smiled gleefully. The cub laughed and barked with excitement and joy, entertaining him as he gripped harder onto my mane. I snuck in a smile. This may be a fun night for all of us. “Go higher! Higher!! ”The cub shouted with glee. I laughed and chuckled and the cub joined along. The tiny cub continued to laugh and as I jumped, the pendant’s voice inside my head announced something. The pendant spoke, “Skill acquired: Telekinetic Flight.” As I made a final jump, I launched into the air and flew while I kept my legs running. The cub was even more amazed than before and the animals below were mesmerized. They began to make noises. “Mister, mister! We’re flying! ” The cub happily barked as I flew even higher. As we both looked down on the flat, expanding land, the sun had set which let out a purple, pink illuminating flow of light. The cub yawned. “Now that’s what I call a beautiful moment,” I said to the cub. The cub didn’t respond, so I assumed the cub passed out, sleeping on my back. So I made my way down to the ground gently where his parents were waiting. “Apparently, this young cub passed out while he had so much fun.” I smiled while I told the parents as I returned their cub to them. They smiled in return. “Our kid hasn’t had enough fun now that Leon has passed. Thank you for everything.” The father said. The mother held out her paw. “We are this island’s pact and troop. Anything that goes wrong will be under our protection.” The mother said. I understood since Lions are at the top of the hierarchy. I held her paw, agreeing to their terms. The morphed mane seat I took shape returned into my scruffy mane. “All praise our new Leader, Kydel!” The father lion spoke. Each animal made a sound in accordance with me as the island’s new apprentice. It was near midnight, and all the animals went back to their places, sounding safe and sleeping happily. I stood near the cliff and sat on my rear. I looked at the bright, beautiful moon that shone in my eyes. As I reflected on what happened earlier, I took an oath for Leon. “I will keep my word, Leon.” Near the early morning, on the second day of the sixth month, it was around five when the sun kept rising from the east. The sun’s rays shone in all directions throughout the spanning island and peeked through the tree's tiny gaps between the leaves. As the sun continued to show off its coolness, I woke up in my den of the warmth of the sun’s rays. Yawning, I exited my den where the rays of light came from and stretched like a dog, sticking my rear up in the air, waving my tail freely around. I sniffed the air, smelling different scents of berries and wildlife. My stomach made a noise. I supposed I could go for a meal or a snack. As I continued exploring the floating island, I stumbled upon a gushing waterfall, located on a small mountain that flushed down into the lake next to me. Tiny sprinkles of water droplets hailed lightly over my body as each splash made a huge impact. I noticed some fish swimming in the lake as my stomach made noises again. I sat next to the edge of the lake, waving my tail. As my stomach continued to make noises, I morphed my tail into a stretchy spear and gutted a fish that swam close to me. Apparently, I gutted two at the same time as I retracted my tail-like spear before it turned back into my fluffy one. I placed the fish on the ground and roasted them with my hot, fiery breath. “Huh? Did I crank the heat up for my breath?” I said, taking notice of it. Though I didn’t think much of it and shrugged it off. I then chomped down into my meal. After my delicious meal with the fish I ate, I jumped over the lake onto the other side where earl-grey trees are. I noticed a gravel path, so I followed where it led to. Birds began to chirp and crickets jumped around the shrubs. The sounds of cicadas buzzed and as the gravel path faded, I came across an old abandoned mill that didn’t work anymore. The door was broken and an old barrel was deformed to the right of the mill. The hay to the left was rotten and flies flew wildly around it like a stack of horse dung. I poked my snout in the broken door and sniffed the area. Nothing. It had a bland smell and had no taste at all. Near the old broken mill, there was an opening view of Mainland Lynneria and the vast sea below, which expanded to the horizon. A bird, more specifically a parakeet, flew down and perched on a stack of unused anvils that were rusted and old. I noticed the bird right away since it came to the gathering that one time. “Hi there, Kydel!” The parakeet said, twitching his head. “Call me Kane!” Kane was fidgety a lot, and his body shone brightly with vibrant colors of yellow, blue, and green. “Hi, Kane!” I said as Kane flew and perched on my horn, just like how Leon did. “It’s quite a view, isn’t it?” Kane said, staring into the distance. I stared too as the sun shone brightly as its rays hit the ground and bounced up into my eyes. “Yes, it’s quite something,” I said as the sun continued rising. It was around ten in the morning when our shadows moved due to the sun. Kane kept me company as we continued exploring the island. Along the path we were on, a huge mountain loomed over us in the distance. The mountain’s shadow hovered over us, passed the tree's shadow and absorbed most of the sunlight. We both went on the stone path that led up to the mountain’s peak where little snow began to melt and droop from the sides. Kane and I both started chatting about what comes next. “So, now that you’re like our `Leader,` what are you going to do afterward?” Kane asked as he flew around me. Kane’s voice was high-pitched, sort of like a cat meowing. “Before Leon passed, he said I should go to a city on the mainland of Lynneria called Kharphan. The city resides in Riverchnaut,” I said. “Have you been there before Kane?” Kane tilted his head to the question I asked. “Riverchnaut eh? It’s quite something, and I think you should go too!” Kane cawed. Taking up his advice, we both made it through the rocky terrain on the mountain. We approached a canal, with tall-high walls surrounding us. Rumbles and shattered pieces of rocks piled together in a heap. Old, rusted cracks started to form as I stepped on a pebble. “Ouch!” I barked as I sat down. I lifted my paw and Kane used his beak and pulled a tiny rock out of it to stop the pain in my paw. “That’s one hella rock!” Kane exclaimed. As Kane had the rock loose, he threw it up in a random direction. “I wouldn’t do that...” Before I could finish my sentence, the rock Kane threw hit a boulder resting on a ledge close to us. “Oops!” Kane tweeted. The boulder wiggled, loosened, and began to fall on our path, rolling towards us. Shocked, Kane flew higher and avoided the boulder while I ran the opposite of where we were headed. The boulder sped up since the path we were on was an incline. “HEY! Can’t you just help me?!” I barked at Kane as the boulder began to roll towards me. “Now’s your chance to prove you’re powerful!” Kane sang, flying right beside me. Kane was right. I didn’t fully prove how strong I was to him yet or the other animals who think of me as one. And I am going to do that! As Kane watched me run, I had no choice but to smash that boulder into pieces. I ran faster ahead and skidded on the ground to stop while I turned into the direction that the boulder came from. I guess I have no choice. As the boulder followed into my path, I ran at the boulder using my horn as a weapon as it morphed into a pointy position facing outwards. As I launched forward with my strong legs, I pushed my horn into the boulder and it shattered into pieces. The boulder exploded, crumbled, and shattered into tiny rocks that fell from the collision. The sound echoed in the valley of the path we were in and Kane was impressed. As the rocks slid down the path behind us, I fell and landed on my fours. My horn remained intact since it was very strong and sturdy. It felt weirdly durable. “Bravo! Bravo! You certainly are strong!! A powerful one!” Kane tweeted as he flew back to me. “Well, it’s the least I could do,” I responded as we recovered our path. Somewhat past in the distance, we made sharp turns and abrupt edges, passing through various areas of the mountain. It was around noon once we were at the peak. We looked and gazed out at the never-ending landscape of the horizon and the expanding forest land. The peak of the mountain was filled with life. Green patches of fresh grass grew out of the rocks, water flowed down and out of the mountain range, which turned into a waterfall off the east ledge which I saw where I ate my meal before coming here. Grassy rocks covered the area, coated with wet snow that was about to melt. I made prints in the wet snow and Kane made webbed toe prints. Kane flew around in circles while I chased him around until my rear foot messed up the prints we made in the wet snow. “Crap! Our prints!” I barked sadly. The wet snow was no more. “The snow will come back when Winter comes.” Kane pointed out as we went back down to where we came from. I chuckled and a grin grew on my face. “Race you down!” I said as I got a head start. “Hey! Wait for me!” Kane shouted. I ran down the slopes and turns of the mountain with stupendous speed. From above, Kane dived like a peregrine falcon in the air ranking much faster than a cheetah. I ran past the once-was-known boulder, the open view, and through the canals of the mountain while Kane sped up with its wings tucked in. Crap, he’s gaining speed! I suddenly had an idea. I turned my tail into an iron-like whip and began to pound into the ground to give more extra mobility and speed but that didn’t do as Kane was almost at my tail’s length. Then, I had another idea; propelling my tail like an inverted fan. I flapped my tail in a circle, gaining wind and speed while it helped speed me up. However, even though I had access to telekinetic flight, I still wasn't used to it. “Hey!!” Kane gasped as he watched me gain speed. “So what?! Hahaha!” I smirked and yelled. I kept my pace, reaching down the bottom of the mountain. The faster I went, the more speed I gained. While tailing me from behind, Kane started to gain more speed while turning like a corkscrew which enhanced his drop speed. Now we were evenly paced. The exit of the mountain began to appear and as we fought with speed, I jumped into the air and dove down just like Kane. While Kane passed under me, I used my tail to give a powerful swoop in the air, letting me do consecutive front rolls which made me pass the exit and land on my feet while Kane had almost reached the exit within thirty feet away. Kane skidded in the air and stopped right outside the entrance where we came from at the start. “Yo…..you….” Kane freaked out. “...outmatched me!” I laughed as Kane flew right onto my head panting for air. “That part where you flew in the air … was … AH ….AMAZING!” Kane cawed and twittered. With lots of energy wasted, we decided to go back to the Henge where I departed earlier today. On the way back, we ran into a small river which gave us supporting nutrients to fill our energy. We passed by the old mill we came from before and onto the gravel path. The scenery was amazing yet again. We kept following the gravel path and stumbled upon the river I got my meal from before. I jumped over it while Kane flew over. Trees began to show and it’s canopy-covered over us. We walked for quite a bit but once the opening was there, we were back right into the Henge. Most of the other animals welcomed us back while some stayed in their habitats. One of them, a reptile; Komodo Dragon. "How long do you plan to stay with us?" Its gleaming eyes shone brightly. I thought about it, but I honestly don't know. I replied with a second-guess. "Probably within two months. Though I want to explore a place called ‘Riverchnaut’ that Leon recommended me to visit." That said, I do indeed want to visit the place since Kane also said that it was interesting. Then some thoughts began to form in my mind. "Why is the city so interesting?" I asked him. Kane flew around before coming up with an answer. He then perched on a branch next to me. “Well, for one thing, it's got plenty of scenic views and interesting people to meet," Kane replied as he used his beak to itch his wing. "You'll probably find a friend there!" He added. I thought to myself that it would be a good chance to expand my friendship. Heck, I might as well do it! After the commotion slowly grew down, I went back to my den and slept for a bit after what happened today. I woke up a tad bit later while the sun was about to set. It was nearly five in the afternoon, heck it wasn't even in the afternoon, it was somewhere near the evening. Out in the distance, I heard Kane chatting with some of his pals in the air flying around in circles before they flew in a formation `H`. In agreement, Kane flew back to me to talk about something. “What’s up?” I asked Kane as I saw him a bit happy but somewhat down. Kane flew and perched on the wooden stick sticking out of the log. “So, I talked with my Flockers that we’ve decided to fly south to get more warmth and food. I’m sad to say that we’re going to be parting since you’re going to Kharphan, which is north of here,” Kane said. His eyes drooped a bit. “You’re departing after two months, I’m migrating today!” He whined. He became a little sad about parting from me and his other animal-friends but I nudged him with my nose a few times to cheer him up. He used his wings and hugged my snout. I laughed as he started to flutter in the air. “Don’t worry about that,” I said gleefully. “Maybe we might run across each other one day.” Hearing that, Kane lifted his mood. He tweeted in response and flew back to his flock, flying South of here. Once he was out of sight, I spent my time chatting with other animals by getting to know them. Most of the animals I talked with discussed my role as a leader, along with the lion pride whom I met back then. They wanted to see me prove my loyalty as a leader before they confirmed it. I let them follow me to a tiny lake and showed them what I could do. I used my tail and swooped the water up, creating a sprinkled waterfall. I happened to gut some fish and they laughed. They were pleased with my power. While that happened, the sun gradually set and time began to play with us. Once the sun sets, the moon rises. The moon sets and the sun rises again in an endless, timeless journey.
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Hibryds - by Alarkius Jay
In Novels
AlarkiusJay
Jun 23, 2022
EP 1 | PILOT It was near the last day of the fifth month in the late evening. It was dark out at night--dark enough that fireflies lit up the forest. The sky was full of glittering stars, which could be seen through the forest canopy's gaps. A mystic lure of enchanting music played its way through the wind. The breeze blew into the forest entrance, flying like a swarm of busy bees. Tall trees loomed over the grassy field and flowers grew out of the beds below. The cries of wolves could be heard, and crickets began their music, filling the night's emptiness. Now, near the entrance of the forest, drops of blood could be seen. Blood trekked through the forest, leading to a Wulfwing Direwolf. It dragged along its side, limping with a weak leg. Its hide was scuffed, torn, and blistered. The Wulfwing stood around the size of a compact car, with fur colors of gray and white. It dragged along its side, limping with a weak leg. Its hide was scuffed, torn, and blistered. The whiteness of the fur was soaked with red and one of its eyes was mildly wounded. With blue eyes, it squinted, making it hard to see. Limping over the remaining bodies of werecats that laid along on the forest floor, the direwolf began to regain its strength. As the wolf gradually regenerated its wounds at excessive speed, it began to sprint to the last remaining werecat. The wounds were completely healed. As the last werecat was heading toward the forest exit, the wolf lunged forward and took hold of the werecats' neck with a sickening snap. The werecat shook violently, trying to shake the direwolf off but it was too late. The direwolf began to apply more force as the werecat struggled, turning its jaws into a deadly weapon (known for holding enough strength that the direwolf could almost throw a twenty-pound car into the air). In pain, the werecat squealed and squirmed. Now, with full strength, the direwolf pounded into the ground with its enormous paws, bringing its jaws down even tighter, inflicting pain into the werecat. Shaking violently, the werewolf then tossed the werecat out of the forest. The body of the werecat landed in a nearby lake, blood dispersing through the water. The direwolf howled victorious into the dark, starry night, towards the moon. After the full fight, the direwolf decided to find a new territory - someplace rather quiet and peaceful, where it couldn't be seen and where it was dangerously accessible by foot. Scanning the area and smelling several scents, the wolf's nose picked up the scent of enchanted hetra berries up north. Sniffing its way, it passed various sceneries, from the night starry sky to the midst of the rocky mountainsides. One sight, in particular, was near the waterfront that was located along a cliff where greasy, green vines grew. Behind the waterfront, at a very far distance, a tiny pathway became illuminated, which could only be seen very faintly. The whistle of wind echoed among the mountain's range and made a flute-like whistle as the wolf continued its way. Through the canal it went, the wolf exited and found two cliffs insight. Along the cliff near the second one, there was a break in the path. In that break, another fountain was visible. On the second cliff, an iron bridge was visible. It led to a floating island in the sky where it hovered over the vast sea. The island had the scent of the hetra berries the direwolf smelled earlier. Up and onward it goes, the wolf analyzes the path. Getting ready in a stance, it launched forward with incredible speed, powering through and running on the bridge to the floating island that is visible at sight, which made a swinging effect. As the wolf made it, a broken sign appeared that said "Hetrania" but some of the letters were faded and rusted. Without knowing the consequences; the wolf went into the forest on the floating island that looked completely deserted at night. Still not fully recovered from the previous battle, the wolf went to a nearby lake to drink some water. A tender feeling of energy flowed back down the wolf's body and made its way around. All the tiny incapable wounds, blisters, and bruises were healed. As the night and the sky collided, midnight came forth. It was about a quarter after midnight now and in the morning darkness, the wolf marked the floating island as its new territory all around it - with deep claw marks on the trunks of trees and scents of urine. The size was humongous! The island spanned ten miles long and the elevation was measured around thirteen-thousand feet high. The wolf settled in a den to wait for a day that ought to come. Trickles of the lake can be heard, crickets began to chirp and the sounds of frogs could be heard in the distance. Owls began to fly around, searching for mice and bats to prey on. Birds tagged along for bugs and some fruit if they were lucky. It was a calm, peaceful, quiet night. Near the next morning, after the fifth month and into the sixth, the sun rose from the east around five in the morning. The wolf was awakened by the smell of enchanted hetra berries once again. As the scent continued to grow larger, the wolf followed the trail of the smell. Shiny, purple-luminescent colors of hetra berries hung down from a bending tree north of the wolf's den near the trickling lake. Examining the berries, the wolf found it safe enough to eat - to replenish his hunger. After filling his stomach up with the nutritious berries, the wolf began to explore his newfound territory. The songs of birds started and the wind flow began to pick up. Wildlife began to spring into action as deer, birds, ocelots, squirrels, and even monkeys roamed over the place. The wolf watched the wildlife scattered into place and the world came alive. Scanning the area, the wolf spotted a cave in the mountains, west of the berries. The sun's rays of light shone into it and flowing lights were visible from the cave entrance. Curiously, the wolf trotted along the gravel path that led to where the cave was. When the wolf reached the cave, it peeked in. Light continued to shine and so the wolf entered-it was a sight to behold. Large amounts of shining-glowing even-water and crystal-like gems shone brightly as the sun's rays reflected against it. The cave went deeper in until the wolf reached a kaleidoscope-like area where pillars could be seen. At the back center of the cave, a chest, and a prism-like tower became visible. A stone statue appeared on the side, hanging on the wall to the left where it showed a figure of a jacket that had no sleeves to it. It had spike-like cylinders on the belt bulging out of the statue. There were four chiseled pillars in the center arranged in a circle like-pattern. The place seems to have been carved out or been built by someone with great intelligence and skill to make a cave-like kaleidoscope. As the wolf scanned the area it saw nothing else too out of the ordinary, so it walked back to the entrance. But a split minute away, the entrance sealed shut like an elevator door. Startled, the wolf jumped and moved back a few steps. In a running pose, it tried to pound open the entrance, but it stayed shut. It also tried clawing, but that had no effect either. Not even throwing a powerful tail-hit made any difference. As it backed away, the wolf was ready for a powerful brutal-tail swing. Curling its tail and hardening it with an iron ability, it pounced forward and delivered a powerful blow. Dust allocated within the air, but when it faded, the powerful swing did nothing at all. No dents or smears, the entrance was just too strong. Fearing what comes next, the wolf surrendered. It walked down the cave's hallway again to the kaleidoscope. The bright light began to shine and as the wolf walked closer, it noticed the pillars glowing vibrantly. It had a magnificent appearance. Suddenly, the glowing light formed into waves and tentacles, flying out and latching onto the wolf. Struggling to get free, more came and subdued the wolf until it couldn't escape. The wolf howled as the grips began to inflict pain. Dragging the wolf closer to the center, a space like-chamber opened and the wolf was pulled into it. Then, pulses of beats pumped from the bright, glowing chamber. It repeated for nearly four times. Just then, a sudden flash of light brightened the entire place until it possessed the wolf, letting it take control. Afterward, the unconscious wolf fell from the massive cosmic entity that was floating in the center. Then the glowing entity then faded away. Everything was quiet until the entrance opened up. A gust of wind entered into the cave and left as the natural light began to shine in.
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