In the year, 2050, among the humans on the streets, there were these very few others. Others who were made in the biggest technology company, AITA (artificial intelligence and technological advancements), what humans call, the guardians. They were crossbreeds of humans and animals which had the highest Intelligent Quotient (IQ). They were created to protect all citizens with their special abilities. However, they had one enemy. The citizens called them the poachers. They are from another company, The Royal AI. This company was the second most advanced company and they wanted all the glory of AITA. To win them over, The Royal AI had to prove themselves worthy and they resolved to hunting down the guardians to kill them all off by creating their own crossbreeds. Life for the guardians were not that easy. Humans just did not understand one thing. These guardians they so often talk about did not want fame. They wanted something else…
Targeted Age Group:: 14-18
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Images from Pinterest inspired me. When I see those images, I imagine myself in it and create a story.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The characters are crossbreeds with human personalities. I got the inspiration from images of hybrids.
Cast of characters
Personality: Graceful, beautiful, gentle, thoughtful
Cons: Vain, shy, fall for hot guys easily
Personality: Brave, elegant, beautiful, loyal
Cons: Hot-tempered, fall for cute guys easily
Personality: Sweet, funny
Cons: Sly and slick, desperate for guys
Personality: Charming, loyal, fearless, majestic
Breed: Lion +human
Cons: Too eager, rash
Personality: Outgoing, chatty, friendly and decent looking
Con: Does not know how to speak up for herself
Personality: Quick-minded, charming, funny, loyal
Cons: Silly, likes to fool around
Personality: Strong, confident, charming, loyal
In 2050, among the humans on the streets, there were these very few others. Others who were made in the biggest technology company, AITA (Artificial Intelligence and Technological Advancements), what humans called, the guardians. They were crossbreeds of humans and animals which had the highest Intelligent Quotient (IQ). They were created to protect all citizens with their special abilities. However, they had an enemy. The citizens called them the poachers. They were from another company, The Royal AI. This company was the second most advanced company and they wanted all the glory of AITA. To win them over, The Royal AI had to prove themselves worthy and they resolved to hunt down the guardians to kill them all off. They decided to start off with the head of the guardians, 7 different crossbreeds – Aurelia, Jiwon, Hye Kyo, Lena, Darren, Justin and lastly Richard. Aurelia, the chairwoman, and Jiwon, the vice chairwoman. Hye Kyo and Lena, the advisors and the three males, heads of defence. Humans just did not understand one thing. These guardians they so often talked about did not want fame. They wanted something else…
“Oh my gosh, this work is killing me,” Aurelia groaned.
“Tell me about it,” Jiwon grumbled. Jiwon and Aurelia walked together, hat over Jiwon’s ears which was on top of her head and her long pants hiding her tail. Sunglasses on Aurelia’s eyes, covering the little crown of black on her eyes which looks like Halloween swan mascara and a skirt to hide her little feathery white feathers and a trenchcoat to hide her white wings.
“ I wish I could just be a normal human,” Aurelia sighed.
“ They get a job, a salary, a home and a family of their own,” Aurelia continued in dismay.
“ Well, if you think about it, we have our own family too, and friendly neighbours like Lena though she doesn’t offer much food to us,” Jiwon said positively.
“ And humans don’t have powers that we have,” Jiwon continued.
After what seemed like an eternity, it was break time for them. As they returned to their habitat, Jiwon at her cave which she marked as her territory and Aurelia at the nearby lake with Lena in a nest, sharing the pond with Aurelia for food. Aurelia was a white swan while Lena was a cormorant who stayed in a nest in a tree beside Aurelia’s lake.
When Lena joined in, Aurelia took the first step to offer her food but all that helpfulness of hers was taken for granted. After Lena knew how to find food and do work, she never communicated with Aurelia and what more shared the food she hunted. So Aurelia decided to make friends with a nearby carnivore called Jiwon. She was scared it might eat her but later found out that Jiwon only liked to eat beavers and anything she would find. And when they found out that both of them had at least a little bit of white outer covering, they developed a liking for each other, thus making friends. Slowly, Jiwon also knew about Lena who was selfish.
Resting in her pond, Aurelia looked at her reflection, pleased with how she looked. Well, we must all admit that Aurelia was elegant and beautiful but she could be secretly vain. She placed her beak gently into the water, catching a frog surprisingly. Lena dived in smoothly and flew back to her nest, catching a shrimp in her beak.
Their mundane life continued until one day when a fox, lynx and a lion appeared.
Roaring, the lion strolled near to the pond, staring intently at Aurelia who looked up from her reflection. There was a strange feeling— although she was an omnivore and the lion was a carnivore, she wasn’t scared of him at all, in fact, she thought he looked pretty hot, charming and powerful.
Silence. Awkward silence as the white swan and golden, brown-skinned lion stared intently at each other.
Behind, the fox widened its eyes with excitement, spotting Jiwon who was close to the same breed as him. He strolled towards her, containing his excitement.
The lynx, however, strolled along the lake and stood beside the lion, staring at Aurelia too.
Flattered yet embarrassed, Aurelia stared back at her reflection, swimming a little further elegantly, as she fed on the aquatic plants. The lynx looked around and spotted a tall and lovely giraffe and ran softly towards her.
The giraffe reached its head out, feeding on the fresh leaf while peeping at who was running towards her. Turning around, she blushed. Lowering her head, she introduced herself.
“ I’m Hye Kyo, and you?” She asked.
“Richard,” he stated, beaming.
The fox and wolf circled each other, observing.
“I’m Justin,” He broke the ice.
“I’m Jiwon,” she replied as they soon chatted happily with each other.
Hye Kyo played a hard-to-get on Richard, making their relationship fun.
As for Aurelia, she didn’t know what to do. During work, Aurelia and Jiwon strolled together.
“You know, I think you’ve got a crush on Darren and I admit I may like Justin,” Jiwon said.
“That’s absurd, I never fall for someone that easily,” Aurelia retorted, blushing. “Besides, he’s a lion and I’m a swan. He can’t swim, or fly except for walking on land and he’s just staring at me. It seems like a hopeless case,” Aurelia said, making an excuse which wasn’t true.
“Why not? The reproductive system works the same and I know you are especially shy when you see a hot guy, I know you well, Aury, and I know you like him because he’s pretty hot and I know you like hot guys,” Jiwon teased, making Aurelia blush more.
After a day of hard work, the best friends said farewell. Jiwon found Justin hiding behind a tree and before she knew it, he jumped out of his hiding place shouting “Surprise!” with a dead beaver in his hand.
“ Honey, this is especially for you after your whole day of hard work,” he proclaimed
“Hahaha very funny, Justin. I could smell you from ten miles away and since when was I your honey?” Pleased, Jiwon reaches her hands out, receiving the beaver with her sharp claws.
As Darren came closer to the lake, he placed his paws into the water as Aurelia gilded backwards a little awkwardly.
“I know you love roses and you look as beautiful as them,” he broke the ice, as he dropped from his mouth a bouquet of flowers.
Blushing, Aurelia glided towards him receiving the flowers with her hands, her wings fluttering pleasantly. “Thanks,” she whispered. “ Where did you get those from? And how do you know I like roses?”
“ I… I asked Jiwon and I spent the whole morning and evening travelling to another land to find roses. I hope you like them,” he replied, putting his other paw in the water. Aurelia blushed once again, unable to contain her embarrassment. Flattered, she looked down at her reflection in the water as she placed the roses at the side of the lake which she marked as her territory.
“ Can we have dinner together? I hunted many fish, frogs, and worms for you,” he said carrying a basket of them.
“ Great, as long as you don’t eat me,” Aurelia heaved a sigh of relief.
“ My Darling, why would I prey on you?” He asked, smiling a little.
Receiving the basket, Aurelia picked the fish up one by one, enjoying her meal.
“ Thank you,” she replied, still flattered that he called her a darling. He was so charming, eyes so golden-brown they shone like polished jewels, eyebrows so defined, arms so muscular and overall so hot.
“My Romeo, will you be my boyfriend from today?” Aurelia blurted out. And after a few moments, she blushed again, wondering why she even said that.
Darren looked like he did not understand Aurelia. Silence, awkward silence. Aurelia decided that she should continue with what she had started. She glided towards him, waiting for an answer, with her heart pounding against her chest.
“My Juliet, yes,” he replied, beaming in surprise.
“Come with me, I wanna have a dance with you in the lake,” Aurelia added, gliding away, blushing. The reflection of the moon was shining on the pond as Darren made his way into the shallow part of the lake.
“Come on,” Aurelia said in excitement. Brave, Darren strolled towards his Juliet with the water level at his mane.
He looked at her with charm in his eyes as he held her waist with her wings spreading out so gracefully as she glided and lept. They ended the night as soon as they got tired.
“I’m 18, you?” Darren asked, leaving the lake.
“16,” Aurelia said, blushing as she waved at him with her wings gracefully and him staring at her with charm in his eyes.
“Sorry, are we interrupting something?” Jiwon appeared silently out of the fields of lovegrass. She had turned into her animal form, a beautiful grey and white wolf, with her brownish-orange eyes gleaming with mischief. Beside her appeared a fox with shining orange and white fur, eyes the same colour and his expression the same as Jiwon. The fox had a lean, muscular body, that must be Justin. The swan smirked as she thought of how ironic this situation was.
Blushing, she replied, “ Nope, you’re not interrupting at all, we were… were just… just chatting in the lake.”
“Aurelia is my girlfriend,” Darren announced and flashed his usual charming smile at her. Aurelia blushed, gliding away.
“Ooh La La…” Jiwon laughed lightly in a teasing manner.
“Wow, Darren, my brother… You found a partner fast.” Justin chuckled, his eyes reducing to slits as he smiled widely. Aurelia was not surprised that Jiwon would fall for that guy. She was rather soft to cute people.
“ You found one faster,” Darren retorted as he shook off the water from his body.
“Who said so?!” Justin exclaimed in shock.
“Oh, I’ve known you long enough already. Once you want something, you get it. I must say, luck was on your side to find such a girl!” Darren laughed, enjoying to see Justin blush profusely.
“What do you mean by such a girl…” Jiwon’s eyes flashed dangerously as she growled.
Just then, luckily for Darren, beside them appeared a tall giraffe with a lynx beside it. They were in their human form and they suited each other well.
“My dear Hye Hye, will you accept this bouquet I painstakingly planted for you?” Richard asked in confidence.
“ I really have feelings for you and I hope you are willing to accept my love for you,” he continued with the rest looking at them in shock at how Richard was so bold. Richard was known for his confidence but still.
The giraffe was blushing much more than Aurelia did before as she reached for the stalks with her beautifully patterned hands, looking pleased with the flowers.
“ I accept your love!” She exclaimed.
Though Hye Kyo couldn’t beat Jiwon and Aurelia in looks, Richard adored her for who she was. They kissed passionately with affection flooding from their hearts.
“ That was quick,” Darren mumbled with Jiwon, Aurelia, and Justin looking in shock.
As the sun rose from the east, Lena turned back into a bird wearing lots of makeup and mascara, taking a rest from work. She flew towards Richard and Hye Kyo, chirping happily.
Back at her home was Lena green with envy under the tree.
“ I will get him one day, he will be mine,” Lena muttered as she stared at Richard and Hye Kyo in jealousy. Looking at the reflection of herself from the mirror she placed in a hole of her tree, she thought, “ I’m so elegant, the most elegant one, and the fastest and best at catching prey. They’ll love me most. I’m just petite and small which is why you don’t see me,” Lena muttered, green with envy. Lena knew that Hye Kyo was decent looking, not as pretty as Jiwon and Aurelia, thinking that Richard was the easiest to make hers.
“ Hi Rich!” she chirped, landing in his ear.
“Ummm, hi. Who are you? Are you new here? Do you need me to introduce you to this place?” Richard asked warily.
“ Nope, I’m totally familiar with this place, Richard! I’m Lena, the elegant cormorant, I live just next to Aurelia at the tree there.”
“ Oh hi,” Richard replied, looking at Hye Kyo who looked bewildered, suspicious and jealous.
“ Let’s have lunch together, shall we?” Lena offered.
“ Sorry, another day, I’ll be having lunch with my beloved Hye Hye. Do you know her?” Richard asked.
“Yes. I know her.” Lena sighed. “All right then but why is she your beloved? Don’t you know she actually had sex with many others before? You might get AIDS if you mate with her, ya know? You better beware of Hye Kyo,” Lena said, smirking at Hye Kyo as she flew off to her tree.
‘ Good start, I’m separating Hye Kyo from Richard and Richard is gonna fall for me, he’ll be mine.’ Lena thought, watching Hye Kyo and Richard from afar.
“ Is that true, Hye Kyo? You didn’t inform me about that, why didn’t you?” Richard asked, backing away from her. Hye Kyo was shocked. Sadness bubbled in her as tears welled up in her eyes. Richard didn’t trust her, he trusted Lena instead. He didn’t call her ‘ Hye Hye’ anymore.
“ Rich! I haven’t had any sex, Lena was lying!” Hye Kyo sobbed, a little angry with Lena.
“ Don’t lie, Hye Kyo,” Lena flew towards them as she spoke. “ Rich, she lies a lot, you must see her true colours,” she said, landing on Richard’s body. The lynx’s eyes looked at Hye Kyo in dismay and disappointment.
“You’ve betrayed me, Hye Kyo,” he said, leaving her alone with Lena still on his body.
“Rich!!” She sobbed but he didn’t look at her, not even turn around. She looked at the leaves through blurry eyes. Using a leaf to wipe her tears, she looked down at the ground. She did not have sex with anybody at all! Tears brimmed in her eyes again. Which part of Lena’s lies did Richard fall for? She looked at Aurelia with Darren, Jiwon with Justin and most importantly Lena and Richard, making her sob even more. She remembered her first kiss with Richard, how passionate he was and how much affection, deification was flooding from her heart. She remembered how affectionate he was for her, how he called her Hye Hye and told her she was his desire and how she called him Rich. But now it was Lena who called him Rich, not her anymore.
“Hye Kyo, are you okay?” Jiwon asked beside her.
Hye Kyo sobbed like she never did before.
“You can talk to me if you need to,” Jiwon continued, concerned.
“Where’s Richard, I can call him to comfort you,” Justin suggested.
“He wouldn’t care less,” Hye Kyo said, sniffing.
“What do you mean?” Justin demanded.
“Something must have happened between them,” Jiwon told him.
“You two broke up?” Jiwon asked Hye Kyo.
“He broke up with me for Lena,” she sniffed, clearing her throat, swallowing a lump in it.“Lena told Richard that I had sex with many people and he will get aids if he comes close to me and mates with me and Richard believed her! He believed her! He loves Lena more than me and now he doesn’t even like me, saying I betrayed him when what Lena said was false. Yeah, but now it’s true. It’s true that I’m ugly, the ugliest in this place, with nobody who loves me and a future of no hope or love. He no longer calls me Hye Hye anymore and I can no longer call him Rich. Lena’s his and I’m no one’s. I’m no longer the desire he said I was before,” Hye Kyo blurted out, still sniffing. A look of shock was written all over Jiwon’s face.
“What the heck is my brother doing?” Justin muttered in disappointment.
“L.e.n.a, Lena, I'll get her, “ Jiwon growled, bolting towards Aurelia who was chatting with Darren.
“No, don’t!” Hye Kyo shouted but nobody, not even Justin or Aurelia who was her best friend could stop her.
“Aurelia,” Jiwon began as she told the outrageous news to Aurelia and Darren.
“Omg, my brother, what’s he doing? Why in the world fall for Lena when Hye Kyo is such a great girl?” Darren questioned.
“Okay, so what do we do?” Aurelia asked nervously.
“Stop Lena, convince Richard that Lena’s the liar, if I get my hands on that bastard bird, y’all will have cormorant pie for dinner,” Jiwon growled.
“Let’s do it now,” Justin and Darren chorused as they stepped in front of the girls respectively to protect them from any danger which could happen. Strolling towards the tree, Darren roared, attracting the attention of Lena who was acting cute in front of Richard who looked entertained.
“ What’s happening?” Lena asked of them as they approached.
“ What’s. happening. Wow, Lena, you’re a good actress, aren’t you?” Aurelia said.
“ Huh?” She replied, bewildered.
“ L.E.N.A, Lena, what a great name,” Darren said in sarcasm.
“ Lena is such a betrayer that we should punish her, shouldn’t we?” Jiwon growled.
“ Do not.do.anything.to.my.beloved.Lena,” Richard warned, stepping in front of Lena protectively.
Hye Kyo was at the very far rear watching in shock and nervousness.
“We’re not here to do anything but to tell the truth,” Justin stated. “Richard, believe us! Hye Kyo never had sex before.”
“Come on, Richard,” Lena retorted. “Let’s not waste our time on nonsense. Hye Kyo must have told them everything which happened and because they are friends of hers, they help her, but that isn’t the truth.”
“My dear Lena, I trust you, I’ll let them see who’s the liar,” Richard whispered as he signalled to Lena to go back up to her tree before he questioned the others. “ How does she deserve punishment?”
“She lies! She betrayed Hye Kyo and your relationship, and most importantly, betrayed you. You got tricked by her sweetness. You didn’t see her true colours,” Aurelia spoke up.
“ Come on!” Richard sighed, rolling his eyes.
“ You stupidly betrayed Hye Kyo,” Darren added.
“ She.did.not.have.any.sex.with.anyone.before!” Jiwon said, unable to keep her temper low.
“ And what is your proof?” Richard asked.
“ We’ll see,” Jiwon replied as she strolled off with the rest following behind her.
“ We can get the scientists to help us prove it to Richard that Hye Kyo is innocent,” Aurelia suggested with Darren, nodding.
“ Good thinking,” Jiwon stated.
“ But will they ask us why?” Justin asked.
“ We can say that Hye Kyo has a really bad menses cramp and needs some medical help,” Jiwon said as they walked to the office which was about 2 Km away. But they were determined to get there.
“ Guys, let Richard be, it’s ok,” a voice emanated from behind. Turning around, it was Hye Kyo.
“ It’s not ok,” Jiwon retorted.
“ When the medical team comes, act like you are having your period cramp,” Aurelia instructed as they continued their walk, leaving Hye Kyo bewildered. But she returned to her habitat and looked like she was suffering from a cramp anyway.
As everyone gathered around Hye Kyo to see the results, Jiwon turned into her wolf self and prowled away, noticed only by Justin. She saw Lena in her bird form perching on a stone looking a little anxious. In a second, Jiwon’s sharp claws of her paws at the bird's chest…
“Rich, help!”She screamed.
“He’s not your ‘ Rich’ you claim he is. He’s Hye Kyo’s. now shut it!” Jiwon warned.
Lena gulped in terror but smiled sweetly at Richard who was heading towards them. To Lena’s horror, she also found Richard’s claws at her neck.
“I am never, ever going to believe you ever in my life, even after I die. Don’t you dare try any of your petty, sly, selfish tricks again!” Richard now in his animal form snarled and gleamed his row of sharp teeth and snapped at Lena.
“I’m so sorry Hye Kyo… It was my fault to do such an evil thing on you,” Lena sobbed, hoping to attract and soften Richard’s heart. “But I really had feelings for Richard,” Lena continued.
“If you did, you would have willingly let him be with his beloved Hye Kyo and not betray his relationship with her,” Aurelia said.
“ Spare me, Jiwon,” she cried.
“ I promised them that if I get my hands on you bastard, I’ll make you a cormorant pie so we can enjoy eating you together.
“ That’s gonna taste nice,” The swan said, laughing.
“ I don’t think that’s a good idea,” Justin said.
“ If we eat that bastard, we will all become like her, won’t we?” Justin suggested, laughing a little.
Jiwon glared at Lena. “ Hye Kyo, you will decide if Lena lives or dies,” Jiwon instructed. Lena shivered in fear, misery, and remorse written on her face.
“ Lena, I forgive you, as long as you don’t make the same mistake again,” Hye Kyo said softly.
Jiwon took her claws off Lena sharply as they all walked away, leaving Lena speechless.
As Aurelia returned to her lake, Darren said, “ My Juliet, stay away from Lena, you should build your own territory.”
Lena flew back to her big nest and stayed in there crying. It was not tears of remorse, it was tears of anger and self-pity. “There are only two declared couples now. Hye Kyo has gone back with Richard, I was so close to getting that guy. There are Darren and Aurelia. Jiwon and Justin are not together yet. However, I cannot risk it. Jiwon will kill me and kick me out of the council. I’m going for Darren next.” Lena flashed an evil grin as she turned into a bird again and flew towards the pond.
“ Don’t worry, my Romeo, Jiwon is nearby, she will protect me, won’t she?” Aurelia asked shyly.
“Definitely, my Juliet! I’ll not let Lena lay a hand on you. If she does, I’ll eat her up for you,” Darren said charmingly.
“ My Juliet,” Darren said.
“ My Romeo,” she replied.
“ My Juliet,” he laughed lightly, pleased with her nickname.
“ My Romeo,” she giggled.
“ My Juliet,” he replied as they started a ball in the lake with Lena watching in desperation and envy.
‘ I’ll get Jiwon first, Jiwon, I’ll let you see me with Justin, Justin’s mine, not yours .’ Lena thought as she perched on her tree, looking at the other animals slyly.
The following day, everyone got to work. Justin patrolled the airport, Jiwon and Aurelia making sure everyone got to work. Aurelia assigned Lena to work with Justin instead of Richard and Hye Kyo with Richard. Strolling, Jiwon commented, “ Autumns arriving soon and it feels great.”
“ Yep, less hot,” Aurelia agreed.
“ I must say that what you said previously was true, I’m in love with my Romeo,” Aurelia blushed.
“ Of course, though… must you call him Romeo?” Jiwon laughed.
“ Yes, he’s just so like Romeo. He’s so charming, kind, sweet and loving, and most importantly just as hot as Romeo, and most importantly, he calls me Juliet,” Aurelia replied.
As the two started bustling around, Lena now in her human form looked at Justin. Seeing no one around, she went up and went up close to him. “What are you trying to do Lena?” Justin’s eyes flashed in irritation. “Come on… Don’t be angry at me… Aren’t you the cutest?” Lena said in her sickly sweet voice, tracing a finger down Justin’s jawline to his chin.
“My dear Lena, you are starting to get on my nerves. I suggest you stop it now. My patience with you is over.” Lena turned in shock to see Jiwon standing there, licking her lips and her sharp canines, a small smile creeping up on her face.
“ Good work, Justin, you’re patrolling the area well,” Jiwon shouted as Justin flashed his charming smile at Jiwon.
“ Justin, can I call you Jussy? You’re so cute and that nickname suits you,” Lena squealed.
“ Yes, that’s such a good nickname!” Justin exclaimed. Lena seemed happy.
“ You think it is, but it isn’t. You better stop right now,” Justin stated, trailing off. Darren was in charge of transporting the objects from the factory to another so he was rarely seen except when he enters and leaves the factory.
“ I can tell Justin’s pissed with Lena,” Aurelia chuckled.
“ I’m sure he is,” Jiwon laughed. Jiwon and Aurelia watched Richard and Hye Kyo making up pleasantly as they continued with their jobs.
After what seemed like an eternity, it was time for a break.
Justin bolted towards Jiwon and complained about Lena while Darren returned to the lake where Aurelia was hunting.
“My Juliet, will you come with me to a place?” He asked. Excited, Aurelia nodded as she turned back into a human form, making it easier to travel instead of having her two webbed feet.
“ What’s it, my Romeo?” She asked following behind.
“ You’ll wait and see,” Darren mumbled as he grinned at her.
After a few metres of walking, Aurelia looked around with contentment. She found herself admiring a land of roses around a lake with appetising food hunted for her to eat.
“ This is where I hope you will stay,” he added, smiling.
“ It’s just a few metres away from Jiwon’s habitat and a few centimeters away from mine. Look, my den is just beside it,” he continued as he looked at Aurelia with charm in his eyes.
“ Will you move here?” He asked anxiously as out came from his mouth another bouquet of roses. Filled with embarrassment, she nodded as she settled in her new habitat with Jiwon who just received the news. Jiwon strolled towards the land of roses.
“ Ooh, my best friend, what a relationship going on here, huh?” Jiwon appeared and teased Aurelia, making her blush further.
“ Should we have dinner with Darren and Justin and Richard?” Jiwon suggested.
“ Sure, we should prepare for that now and inform them. We’ll have it in your habitat, will that do?” Aurelia suggested as Jiwon nodded. The best of friends strolled out of Aurelia’s place as they arrived at Jiwon’s place where Lena was chirping a love song with Justin looking uninterested.
“ Don’t you think I’m as cute as you?” She chirped.
“ Rubbish,” Jiwon stated as they strolled in.
“ Jiwon, you’re finally back, she was such a nag,” Justin commented, leaving Lena upset and alone. As everyone sat at a wooden table, they ate and chatted happily but behind their backs, it was Lena, planning the biggest revenge on Aurelia and her pesky little friend.
‘ It didn’t work, I’m going to get Darren then,’ she muttered with a combination of sadness, envy, determination, and anger. The following day was a break for all of them and as usual, Darren met Aurelia at her new lake.
“ Oooh, what do we have here?” Lena picked up a rifle on the illegal goods platform. “ This will come in handy… Only have one bullet left? Well, I’m going to try and get Justin now. It is my last chance. If it does not work I’ll go for Darren.” The cormorant smirked and sashayed off, the rifle in her hand.
Lena walked around looking to see if there was anyone and pressed her back against the wall as she peeked into Jiwon’s office. Justin was sitting at the edge of the table talking to Jiwon, a dead animal on her desk. A dead cormorant. Lena’s blood boiled in anger at the sight of her own kind being preyed on. She instantly raised her rifle and shot the bullet. The glass shattered as the bullet shot through. Both Justin and Jiwon looked stunned as they saw the window shatter. Justin watched in horror as all of a sudden Jiwon clutched her stomach area which was now bleeding profusely. He howled in fury as his eyes turned an alarming shade of reddish-orange. He changed instantly to a fox and burst through the door. Aurelia walking along the corridor in her human form saw a growling fox streaking through the corridor at an impossible speed, muscles rippling. She stared in shock and she dropped the papers she was holding, her big white wings lifted her off the ground and she shot through the corridor like a bullet herself. She stopped at Jiwon’s office and saw her friend bleeding. Surprisingly, she recollected herself quite fast and picked up her phone to call everyone, using a ‘group call’.
“Darren, block the main entrance. Richard, block the back entrance. Hye Kyo, run and check the security office and tell us where Lena is now. She may look armed but the rifle she is handling has no more bullets. She has shot Jiwon. Justin is chasing Lena now. I’m going to bring her to the hospital.” She immediately hung up and lifted Jiwon up and flew off as they soared in the sky. Darren on the other side of the phone admired how professional his lovely girlfriend sounded like and then got back to reality, as he dashed swiftly to the main entrance.
Meanwhile, Lena was streaking throughout the corridors, terrified. She tried to head out by the main entrance but was stopped at the sight of Darren who had great powerful muscles showing. She bolted to the back entrance and landed, struggling to open the door. Then she gasped in shock as a lynx appeared from the shadows. She backed away in fright but turned around to come face to face with a huge lion. She managed to open the exit door but stumbled backwards as a fiery fox faced her snarling.
“ So it was you, huh?” Darren asked, strolling towards her.
Without warning, Justin placed his sharp claws on Lena’s neck. She gasped in horror.
“ Jussy! Don’t hurt me!” She pleaded like he was hers.
“ What. did. you. call. me?” He asked, flashing dangerously. Shedding crocodile’s tears, she looked Justin in the eye but it was no use. Nobody could stop him.
“ You hurt my Jiwon,” Justin continued, his claws starting to dig into her chest.
“ You made her bleed and you shall receive the same treatment too,” Justin proclaimed as he abruptly dug deeper into the cormorant’s neck. Blood was oozing out of Lena as Justin signalled to Darren to follow him somewhere else, leaving Lena sobbing on the floor helplessly. Right beside her was Hye Kyo.
“ Do you need me to help you? Bring you to the hospital?” Hye Kyo asked, concerned.
Turning around, Lena saw that the tall figure was Hye Kyo.
“ DON’T PRETEND TO BE KIND!” She hollered but fainted right after. Hye Kyo being Hye Kyo sent Lena to the hospital where Jiwon was too. Waking up, Lena found Justin at Jiwon’s bedside and Lena standing at a corner. Lena was hurt— Justin wasn’t hers, not anymore, he was Jiwon’s. Justin wasn’t even sorry about everything which happened to her.
Right after, everyone gathered at the meeting room with the scientists interrogating them about what all happened. Jiwon was too tired to speak, Justin and Aurelia were too concerned for Jiwon, Lena too upset to speak, Hye Kyo too shy, shocked and bewildered to speak, leaving Darren to answer. Because Darren got briefed by Justin beforehand, he was quite confident.
“ So, this was what happened,” Darren began.
“I’m going to tell everything from the start, the parts you like or you do not. So Lena kept harassing Justin and flirted with him. However, Justin was not very kind as he was irritated. He only had eyes on one girl, Jiwon. Justin had gone on a hunt for food to pass Jiwon as she was very busy. He saw a bird amongst the long grass, not knowing it was a cormorant. He killed it and brought it to Jiwon. Jiwon told him off for killing a cormorant but forgave and thanked him when she knew it was an accident. She knew how hard it was to spot the prey if it was amongst the tall thick grass. Lena, who came to Jiwon’s office after getting the rifle from the restricted section, only saw Jiwon thanking Justin for the dead cormorant, the same breed as her. With her evil intentions already plus the aggravation, she shot the bullet at Jiwon. She fled and Justin chased after her. Aurelia was on the way and saw the incident. She realised that they were coming from Jiwon’s office that direction and the look on Justin’s face, she knew something was wrong. She went there and found Jiwon and helped her. The rest of us cornered Lena and Justin, in his red zone, clawed shallowly at Lena at her neck. Lena freaked out when she saw the blood and when Hye Kyo offered help, she screamed the house down and fainted,” Darren finished, glaring at Lena. Although Jiwon was indeed hard and sarcastic, she was nice and cute at times, most importantly Jiwon was his friend and Aurelia, his love’s best friend. He detested Lena for that despicable act.
The shock was written all over the officer’s face.
“ Don’t all of you remember what we taught you when you were created? You live to help and support others and not live to be despicable,” the officer sighed.
“ According to the book, Lena will have to be caged up in her tree for a month. You shall not exit, whether to hunt or do any business. Your meals shall be based on their mercy of sparing you food.” he continued.
“ And as for Lena, I hope you can take time to reflect upon your despicable actions,” he instructed as he dismissed them. Returning to their habitats, Lena struggled into the cage.
“ GET. ME.OUT, BASTARDS!” She yelled but too bad anyway.
“ I’ll get you, Aurelia and Jiwon!” She hollered as she was being placed forcefully into the hole of the tree.
“ I want to see you try.” Jiwon bared her teeth, reached in and plucked a handful of her brown feathers. “ The moment you lay a hand on anyone ever again, I will not spare you again. your feathers shall be my skirt, your meat shall be my meal, and your bones shall be framed up on the walls of my house.”
“ I’m totally glad that this issue is settled,” Darren commented, still thinking of how Aurelia’s professional and elegant voice sounded like.
“ I think Jiwon should rest,” Justin suggested, bringing her to her habitat with Hye Kyo and Richard leaving too. Hye Kyo and Justin winked at each other as they left, leaving Aurelia and Darren together.
“ Let’s get back first,” he suggested as both in their human form, strolled back, hand in hand.
‘ I’ll get Darren,’ Lena muttered. “Jiwon and Justin are not worth it anyway. I shall make use of this month to come up with a plan.”
Back at the lake, the circle of friends gathered to discuss Lena’s meals and what they will be offering.
“I’m offering dead, rotten cormorants on Monday,” Jiwon said lazily.
“I’m offering semi-dead nonpoisonous snakes on Tuesday,” Justin mumbled.
“I’m offering wilted leaves on Wednesday,” Hye Kyo said, a determined expression on her face.
“I’m offering a bag of live cockroaches on Thursday,” Richard spat.
“I’m offering dead sewer rats on Friday,” Darren snarled.
“I’m offering 10 maggots on Saturday,” Aurelia said angrily.
“We shall offer her water only on Sunday.” They chorused together.
Lena in the tree could hear them say everything. She knew they had purposely done that and it did not make her feel better at all…
At night, Darren visited Aurelia at her lake, still in his human form like Aurelia.
“ I can’t sleep,” Aurelia complained.
“ Neither can I,” he replied, flashing his charming smile at her. Due to Aurelia’s carelessness, she stepped on a puddle of water near her lake, thus slipping.
“ Aure!” He shouted as he caught her in his muscular arms. Silence. Awkward silence. As Aurelia helped herself up from his arms, she blushed and smiled a little.
“ Thanks,” she mumbled.
“ My Juliet, can we have a ball,” he proposed abruptly. Silence.
Pleased, Aurelia nodded.
“ A ball when we are in a human form, why not, my stud muffin!” She exclaimed, stepping out of the puddle of water. Aurelia was in her elegant rose gold chiffon flowing dress as she held onto Darren’s shoulder.
“ You’re the man, my Romeo, take the first step,” She said, blushing. As he took a step backwards, she took one forward. He looked at her with charm and affection as she looked at him with love flooding from her heart. As they completed the waltz, they stared at each other in infatuation. It had to be now, it had to. They pressed against each other. He smelled the scent of hers as he caressed her smooth hair in adoration. She enjoyed being in his arms as she too and she smelled his scent. Leaning forward, his mouth reached for her lips as both kissed passionately with love flooding from their hearts.
Finishing their first kiss, they finally realised that four other people were there. Darren and Aurelia stared in surprise as they saw Jiwon and Justin hand in hand. “Yes yes, wipe that shock off your face. Justin is officially now my boyfriend. He proposed after the incident, scared to lose me again. Hahaha, such a cutie.” Jiwon continued to laugh at the couple’s shocked expression.
“I do not believe it… am I hallucinating?” Hye Kyo and Richard said in unison.
Jiwon rolled her eyes and flashed a mischievous smile. She whipped around to face Justin and kissed him. Justin widened his eyes, startled. However, soon he relaxed and with a smirk returned the kiss. Now the couples, Hye Kyo and Richard stared in utter shock. Their mouths hung wide open as Jiwon pulled away from the kiss. “Now, do you believe me?” she asked, stifling a laugh. They all nodded. Aurelia didn’t seem surprised at all, perhaps she was used to it.
“ Why do Aurelia and Darren look like they find this totally normal?” Richard asked.
“ Come on, you’ll understand it when you have your first kiss,” Darren replied with Aurelia blushing.
Behind them was Lena watching in anger and envy.
‘ I’ll make Darren mine when I get out of this darn cage,’ Lena thought as she glared at Aurelia.
As the sun set, Jiwon held a basket of dead cormorants, flies already swarming around the rotten meat. She ordered Justin to help her pass it to Lena. Smiling sweetly, Lena thanked him.
“ Jussy, you are cute,” she stated, holding the basket.
“Jiwon darling!!!!!!” he shouted, smirking at the frightened expression on Lena’s face.
“Yes honey? Lena bothering you again? Sighh pity she’s caged up. She’d make a delicious cormorant pie!” Jiwon shouted from below the tree.
Rolling her eyes, Lena greedily gobbled the cormorants down, chewing angrily and hardly, tearing at the fact that she was being tortured and eating her own kind. However, she soon realised how bad it tasted and smelt and spat it out.
A few days later, Lena realised that Darren and Aurelia’s relationship was getting stronger.
“ This seems impossible,” she mumbled as tears welled up in her eyes.
“ I have to get out of this cage as fast as possible,” she sobbed. Near her was Hye Kyo who seemed concerned for her. Staring at Lena, Lena stared back too.
“ Stop.looking.at.me.and.pretend.you.care!” Lena shouted.
“FINE YOU UNGRATEFUL BRAT!” Hye Kyo spat a wad of gum at Lena’s feet, pissed. “Now no one cares about you at all. Are you happy now?” Hye Kyo stalked off.
Upset, Lena back-faced Hye Kyo. Richard walked towards her as he said, “ Hye Hye, let’s go somewhere else.” Hye Kyo seemed pleased as she strolled off with him.
Lena broke down in tears again, she should not have been so unkind to Hye Kyo. Hye Kyo was so kind to her yet she took her kindness for granted. However, another voice inside her told her that it was still possible to make Darren hers.
‘ I’m beautiful, I know that,” she muttered, sniffing for the last time. She stared at Darren as she practised her singing. She planned to sing in front of Darren. Lena’s singing was like a siren’s song. She was pretty and sweet but would Darren fall for her?
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