Platinum leaped over the 10-foot barrier with ease, and continued into the wind tunnel. She jumped into the air, and spread her wings; her tail flashed open when the first draft of artificial wind hit her. She didn’t toy around and flew straight into the open air. Real air.
Platinum was alone, probably because the rest of her friends were out collecting files. The new arrivals in Nevar were anxious, and the sooner their papers were collected the better. She glanced around, a quick scan of the horizon, when she saw one of them. Her pride was assembleing. Platinum landed silently to wait for the rest of the bird/big cat/human hybrids to arrive.
“I got the human’s, but wasn’t Perigine getting the elf’s?” Platinum turned arround to find Ebony, the smallest- and quietest- of the pride. Actually, Ebony was a girl. Probably the strangest one on the planet.
“Yeah, Perigine’s got the elf’s,” Platinum replied. Hawkspurr landed behind her, followed quickly by Perigine. Her pride was assembled.
“Now let’s hunt ’em down. Perigine, you take the west forest. Ebony, you search the mountains. Hawkspurr, search the coast. I’ll nab the Hircruss.” One by one, her pride lifted into the air, the light of the chase in their eyes.
Artemis awoke to a sharp pain in the back of his neck. It was the first thing he noticed when he regained conciousness. The second was that he was somewhere unfamilliar. It was about then that he decided to think about his situation before opening his eyes. I am in a hospital, he thought. That’s why there’s a needle in my leg.
Convincing himself that this was his situation, Artemis opened his eyes. I must be worse than I thought; I can’t remember why I’m here and I’m having trouble picking up reality. What Atremis’s brain thought it was seeing was a forest. Artemis was lying on the ‘ground’ in the middle of a ‘clearing’, and the needle in his leg was a large insect. His brain also made up a story about being eaten by a monster. Artemis decided that he was really sick.
Out of instinct, he swated at the insect.
To his surprise, it flew away, leaving a large red welt behind. The needle feeling in his leg was gone.
Something was seriously wrong.
Holly awoke to find herself in a forest. And that’s not something you can say every day.
Panic raced through her body, and her instincts told her to get up, which she did. But it was too fast and her already blurry vision swam and a waiting grenade went off in her head. In spite of her pain, and the fact that she couldn’t see anything, she looked around.