-That is basically how it all went down up until this point Bruce,- I said after I finished retelling the events that have happened, from my perspective at least. He stayed quiet for a while, us just sitting in front of the fire pit in my cave, eating food. I could only guess he was trying to comprehend everything that I had told him. After a minute or so he finally had something to say.
“Okay, first off, why did that man and his ‘group’ choose you?” He asked.
-I don’t know,- I replied.
“Also how were you able to use that tail thing that night but had only realized how to use it today?” He asked.
-I don’t….know,- I replied again.
“And how come were you going to try to leave everything behind! Why didn’t you just tell us!? WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL ME?!” He said.
-I DON’T KNOW!!!!- I screamed while standing up and shouting along the telepathy. After I cooled off I sat back down, -I don’t know, I don’t have all the answers, and I don’t know everything about this. I have no idea why I was able to use my tail thing that night but couldn’t remember how to do it until today, and I don’t know why these people chose me, or did this to me, but I think I can answer that last question,- I said.
“You can?” He asked.
-Yeah…When this happened I was absolutely terrified, I was alone, out here in the middle of the woods, could die at any moment in time….took my forever to go to sleep my first night here. Even when I got appliances and stuff I felt as if one morning I could wake up and two things could happen, I could be dead, or I could be locked in a cell for what I am now….But when I came back to school I felt better, you and Elizabeth helped me, made me feel not as scared, made me feel I wasn’t alone….but then that night, I realized that if I kept going on money like I was I would run out, so to save I decided I would try hunting….but then,-
(A few days ago)
Alright, alright, never thought I would actually use this to hunt but what other choice did I have? I decided that to save money I was going to try hunting. You usually don’t see deer because they never come around people. But trust me they were out here, even though they hardly come out these areas are great for hunters. I even saw one with a bow out here one time. I decided to take my han-er paw at the task.
I got my gear together, which consisted of my sword, some water, and some crackers. I headed out into the forest to try to gather some food for me to eat. After about maybe an hour I really couldn’t come up on anything. I was really starting to get frustrated at this point but then I realized something, I was a canine right? So couldn’t I try to sniff out my prey? Wait prey? Oh never-mind, but I was a canine so it was worth a shot! I started to try smelling different scents in the air. Everything was very clear and very distinguishable. I decided to figure out what scents were what. I made sure to know what the grass smelled like, what the trees smelled like, and other things I could distinguish so I would know what scents not to follow.
After practicing I decided to try to find an animal. After a bit of searching I was actually able to come across a rabbit, but I really didn’t have the guts to kill something so tiny. I then started searching a little more, also trying to avoid rabbits, and I finally came across a buck!
He was just sitting there eating grass, enjoying himself. I actually felt really bad about this, but money needs to be saved on my part, so I thought it was worth it! I brought out my sword ever so slowly so that the deer wouldn’t hear me creeping up on him. His ears seemed to perk up and he looked up at me. I stopped dead in my tracks, I might have to chase him. But he just stared, then went back to eating the grass on the ground.
I decided to doubt what I was doing, I really shouldn’t kill, even though what I did to that man was wrong, he had it coming. What did this deer do to me? I decided to let that be that. I was going to leave it alone.
But then….all of the sudden my body locked up on me. Before I could walk away I started to turn around. The deer must have noticed the change and was about to take off, but before he could I pounced on him without any control whatsoever. My body was no longer under my control, like it was an instinct. I started stabbing the deer repeatedly, not giving it a second to escape. As I stabbed it screamed, it screamed in absolute agony. Want to know the worst part, even though I had no control over what I was doing to the deer, I enjoyed it! The rush I felt as I was killing it was unlike no other I had felt before! I felt alive, but the deer sure as hell didn’t. After a couple of minutes the screaming stopped, but I spent another minute more stabbing.
Once it was over I finally came back to my senses, and when I did, I was horrified with the scene. There was blood all over me and the deer was in shambles. Unlike that killer where bullets had been used to take him out, this was….this was a massacre! It’s guts and everything had been sprawled out, guts, intestines, even it’s heart had been smashed! It was like a monster or demon killed it, but the only thing was, the demon was me!
I was so disgusted with myself that I went over to a tree to throw up. I sat there for a good minute throwing up what I had eaten that day. After me being sick I took a look back at the carcass. I did complete what I had come out here to do, no reason to let it waste. I will say it was disgusting to carry though. After getting back to the cave, and looking up how to clean and serve it without getting sick, wanna know how hard that was without getting blood on the phone? PRETTY F*^%ING HARD!
Once I cleaned it, got it cut, disposed of the extras, and set it over the fire to cook slowly I headed out to the park bathroom with a towel and soap. I ran as fast as I could to the park restroom and locked my self inside! I quickly turned the sink on full blast, took off my coat, threw it in the corner of the room, and started drenching myself in water! Once I did that started rubbing soap all over me, doing my best to get the blood out of my fur. It was everywhere so I had to drench my head in soap too, which burned my eyes! After soaking and drying my eyes I saw that I was able to get out most of the blood, I even took a look in the mirror and saw that there was no more blood on my muzzle, which was a good sight to see.
I then spent a couple of extra minutes getting out the blood in my fur that I missed. Once I finished cleaning myself up I then proceeded to try to clean my jacket. Thankfully the paint I used for it was washable and it wouldn’t come off. I would need to try to get detergent or something because regular soap was not very useful in getting clothing clean, but I made due. I then used some of the soap to clean the sword as well. Let us just say the next day I had to buy a new bottle of soap.
I finally was able to leave the bathroom in my soaking wet clothes and when I made it back I saw that the deer meat was completely cooked for me, thankfully something going right today. This was the first time eating deer meat and I was quite surprised on how good it tasted. Might need to get some steak sauce though. After I ate the deer meat I decided I needed some rest after all that drama, I did have to pick up some appliances the next day after all.
“So wait, how does that explain why you would want to leave?” Bruce asked after I told him the events.
-Because here is why, I had no control, it was like an instinct took over, and all I wanted to do was kill,- I then looked him dead in the eye with a terrifying expression, -What if I lost control around you or Elizabeth?- I asked.
His eyes widened in shock, “Whoa, whoa, whoa, wait! You would never do that, would you?”
-I wish I could say I wouldn’t but….here’s the thing, I can actually go against that instinct,- I said.
“You can? How so?” He asked.
I then stared at him with a somber expression, -By giving it what it wants,-
His eyes looked at me in shock, but I continued, -If I hunt, and do as the instinct wants, then I don’t lose control, thankfully this has only occurred with my hunting instinct, but I'm scared it could cause more, and then I would lose control again but in other ways,- I explained.
Bruce took a minute to soak in everything I told him, and he gave me a calm expression, “So, you've been scared that those instincts could come out around me or Elizabeth, and that was the real reason you were going to leave. So then tell me, why did you lie to Elizabeth about why you were really going to leave?”
I waited a minute before speaking, -How could I tell her, how could I tell her she was in danger of dying around me? If I told her, and she never wanted to see me again then,- I started tearing up, -WHAT ELSE WOULD I HAVE LEFT TO LIVE FOR!?-
That response genuinely shocked him because he backed off when I screamed that. Thankfully he did give me a minute to calm down before he spoke up again, “I understand, you care for her, and you don’t want to lose her. I have always respected you about that, most people would just give up after how long you two have tried to get with each other, but you two just kept going, and you still seem pretty close to this day!” He said.
-To bad we can’t be any closer,- I said looking down.
“Well….just don’t give up man, from what you have told me she still cares about you, and will be there for you…..she won’t leave you man, and I will let you tell her when the time is right for you okay, just be honest with her, she won’t leave you!” He told me.
I looked back up at him, -You really think so?- I asked.
“Do fish swim?” He replied.
-Yeah they do, and I know I certain one I am gonna throw in the lake if they make a joke like that again!- I said getting more upbeat.
“Well then you would have to catch me first!” He said back.
-Are you kidding? You know I can run at extreme speeds right?- I asked.
“Yeah, yeah, freaking show-off!” He said.
-This coming from the guy who tried like twenty times to hit a three-pointer backwards in gym?- I asked.
“Never said I wasn’t a show-off, it’s my thing not yours!” He said.
-Who said it was yours?- I asked in a smug tone.
“Touché!” He replied. We both got a good laugh out of that one. After our laugh I looked over at the game system in the cave.
-Hey man, wanna play a game or two?- I asked.
“Sure! Still got Blazblue?” He asked.
-Sure do let’s go!- We headed over there and got the game set up on the playstation. We went to the character select screen I chose the bad guy of the game called Hazama, while he chose the main character Ragna. See I had some advantages over him because what my character does is send out these chain like things that make him be able to move around the map with ease, his main weapons is these really fast butterfly knives that he would send out in an instant, this character was great but his character was good too. What his character would do was that with certain attacks he would gain health from them, kind of like a vampire, but the sword is the vampire, the sword is also a scythe. Didn’t really like that character though, too slow for my taste.
So first round had started and I was able to keep him away from me with my chains. He started jumping to get up close but I was having none of that. My chains could be used as a projectile if I line them up right so I was not letting him near me. We kept on in that round until I won, he slipped up and I hit my super move on him.
Next round started and he was a little pissed I think, rushing in like crazy. He was able to take me out that round. Then came final round where I was extremely careful, making sure to time all of my attacks appropriately, and was able to win that game with just enough health that I wouldn’t have died instantly.
“Damn man! How the hell can you even play with paws?” He asked.
-Guess my brain kept the knowledge on how to play and let my new body coördinate to that knowledge, either that or some bull-s*&% I can’t explain!- II said.
“Yeah I guess so,” He said. We sat there for another minute, he seemed in thought, “Xeta, what about those people, the ones after you?”
-What about them?- I asked.
“What do you mean, something needs to be done about them, we have to tell someone, like the government about what has happened!” He said.
-You know that wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t for one thing,- I said.
“And what’s that?” He asked.
-What if it was the government that planned this out?- I asked.
His eyes widened at that one, “Oh…..well I mean….yeah I guess you are right, but these people the death total is way too high, we can’t let them do this anymore!”
-I don’t want anything to do with them, nothing at all, they will just go away, if we wait long enough,- I said.
“Go away?! You’re kidding right? If you haven’t realized yet that they were just out here searching for you, and they killed an innocent man for just being around, these people don’t hold remorse, so we need to try to get the information, and figure out what they are trying to do!” He said.
-Then what?! After we find out what they are doing then what do we do, HUH!?- I screamed at him.
“Simple we take them out!” He said.
-You really are all kinds of stupid….no it’s not happening, I have no interest in becoming a hero, someone wo saved the world from catastrophe, that isn’t me….I just want to live my life, nothing more…..I am not going to just go around being a superhero, I just want to settle down, and just live life….that is all I want,- I explained while sitting over by the fire.
“You wanna know what I think?” He said walking over to me. He got down and looked me straight in the eyes, “I think you are just a coward, you are just too scared to try to fight back,”
-It isn’t like that, it’s not like that at all,- I said.
“Oh really!? Well guess what from what I am seeing it seems you would rather sit here in peace while other people have to suffer loss like the hunter’s family, you would rather sit here in your ‘peace’ when you could do something about it, you are a coward!” He said.
-I CAN’T LOSE ANYMORE OF THE PEOPLE I CARE ABOUT!- I screamed which in turn made Bruce back off. -You and Elizabeth, are two of the only people I have left in this life, if we get involved, if they find me again, they can use tactics and information to try to hurt me……or the people I care about,- I explained to him.
He took a minute to let that sink in, “Xeta, I get that…..your scared, but you aren’t the only one. I'm terrified now, I still am, because in my mind you still aren’t what society considers normal, and I can’t help but look at you the same way…..but if what you said was true, Elizabeth doesn’t feel that way, she still thinks of you as the same person, no change at all….Xeta listen, these people aren’t going to stop, they will keep searching and searching until they find you, and when they do they will take away the ones who you care about again, I am willing to fight, and help you protect Elizabeth, so…..let’s beat these bastards to the punch, let’s take them down before they get to you!”
I then looked back up at him, and gave him a huge grin, -Alright you suicidal maniac, let’s get these bastards, but be warned, if you are really are scared of me, you will probably lose your s*&% when I get serious!- I smirked at him.
“Alright then, I am going to head home okay, tomorrow let’s try to meet up in the library, that one class you have pretty much let’s you do what you want, what was it sixth period?” He asked.
-Yeah it’s sixth, we will meet up in the library then, try and figure out if there were any known attacks like the one today,- I explained.
“Alright then, you get some rest okay….also I won’t tell Elizabeth about what you're keeping from her, again that is your decision, you tell her when you think it’s right okay!” He said.
-Thanks man!- I replied.
“No problem,” He then headed out of the cave, I could only presume he was heading back to wherever he parked his car. I then took my time to get into my bed and get some rest, wonder how I will cover up the bandages? Eh, I will figure that out in the morning.