Chapter 7: Discoveries
My head was throbbing as I regained consciousness. As I looked around at the rubble surrounding me, everything that had happened came rushing back to me in a torrent of confusing memories. *What the hell happened?* Looking around, I surveyed the damage. I seemed to be in the center of the damage. Lying in front of me was the splintered remains of our table. *Where is everyone?* I started frantically looking around for my family, but there was so much debris that it was like looking for a needle in a haystack. As I was searching I noticed that once again, I could smell them. Getting down on all fours, like I had when I was running, I started pawing my way through pieces of the collapsed ceiling as their scent got stronger. After moving a large piece of the ceiling, I saw a patch of dirty white fur sticking out of the debris. *Dad!* I cleared away the rubble as fast as I could and found Dad huddled unconscious over my mom and my sister. I tried to wake them, but getting no response I simply dropped to the ground and began to cry.
I sat on the curb wrapped in a warm blanket, and cried on Amy's shoulder until I felt better. Well, a little better. I looked back at the remains of my aunt's restaurant and that set off as second onslaught of tears. At least no one had been hurt other than a few minor scrapes and bruises. I don't think I could have lived with that on my conscience. Trance had shielded Amy and himself using his telekinesis. Through watery eyes I took in the scene around me. Dad was huddled together with Crystal, while Mom was consoling Aunt Mika. The firemen were still checking out the building for any further hazards. The restaurant was still fairly intact except for the front left corner, which was no longer there. In its place were the splintered remains of what was once the private dining room. This was entirely my fault, but the worst part was that I didn't even know what I'd done or how I'd done it.
What a long day. I had started school as a girl, exposed my real identify to my close friends, learned how to run like a cat, modeled a fancy dress for my two best friends, and blown up my aunt's place using some mysterious power, all within ten hours. After several hours, we finally went home, and I was asleep as soon as I hit the bed.
After all that had happened the day before, today seemed normal by comparison. Showering didn't take nearly as long this time, and I only scratched myself once with my claws during the process. Putting on my bra and panties almost seemed normal, even though I'd only been wearing them for a few days now. Picking out an outfit for school was quite a hassle. Mom sent me back to change clothes three times before she was satisfied. Apparently I don't know how to coordinate colours. What I ended up with was a long tan skirt and a pale yellow blouse over a white camisole, with my hair up in a ponytail. I was still upset at having to wear a skirt.
The school day started just as boring as usual and the class seemed to drag on forever. The fact that everyone was staring at me didn't help calm my nerves either. I guess I still held some fascination as the new girl, or maybe it was my morf that was attracting so much attention. Needless to say, I was eager to escape their stares and was the first one out of the door as soon as class was over.
"Um... Excuse me..."
I turned around from my locker and came face to face with Colin, captain of the basketball team and total chick magnet. I had been friends with Colin before all this.
"Err... Can I help you?"
"Uh... yeah, I just wanted to invite you to come hang out with some of us over at JB's after school. It's a little cafe about a block or so from school. I just figured that since you're new, you might want to get to know everybody."
The offer seemed sincere enough, but I could tell he wanted to be more than just friends. The fact that he kept stealing glances down at my breasts was a big hint. I decided to let him down gently.
"Well. I'd really like to, but...."
"That's great! I'll meet you here after school and we can walk over together."
And with that he turned and headed off to class before I could say another word.
I was sitting in my class trying to figure out a way to avoid meeting Colin after school when Trance decided to contact me.
*What do you want, Trance? I'm in class.*
*What's this I hear about you going on a date with Colin after school?*
*WHAT?! I am not going on a date with Colin.*
*That's not what he's saying*
*All he did was invite me to JB's; it's not a date. I don't date boys.*
*Okay. If you say so. I'll see you at lunch.*
I couldn't believe that Trance would just assume that Colin would be telling the truth. Just because I'm part girl doesn't mean I'd suddenly start liking boys.
I angrily made my way to the change room and donned the dreaded leotard. Today I'd be doing the combat simulation, along with several others in my class. The simulator was a mobile unit that comes to the school once a semester. Just another ploy by the government to persuade the more powerful morfs to enlist for the army; personally, I had better plans for my future.
I still felt pretty self-conscious in that leotard and spent several minutes at the door before building up my resolve and walking into the gym. I had taken about two steps into the room when I felt two hands grab firmly on my tail.
"Ahhh!" I screamed out in surprise and tried to run. My tail only allowed me to make it about two feet before it brought me to an abrupt halt. That caused me to fall forward, but before i hit the ground I was lifted painfully into the air by my tail.
"Oww! Put me down!"
"Sorry. I was just trying to keep you from falling." Whoever it was gently placed me down, and I rolled over to see who it was while rubbing the base of my tail.
"Ashley, you dick, that hurt!" He just grinned back at me as he hovered above me in the air, his wings nothing more than a blur as they moved rapidly to keep him aloft.
"It couldn't have hurt that much. I've picked up my cat by its tail before."
"You're even dumber than I thought. One. I'm a lot heavier than a cat. And two, my tail is part of my spine, you asshole!"
"Oh...." He drifted down to the ground and his wings came to a stop. "Sorry. I wasn't thinking."
"That's OK, just don't do it again, Pixie." He'd had that nickname since he morfed into an insect hybrid. The fact that he was slim with long platinum blond hair and a pair of iridescent pink dragonfly-like wings had earned him the nickname Pixie. Calling him that was a sure-fire way to piss him off.
"That's NOT my name," he said as he glared at me.
I stuck my tongue out at him and ran off to join the class. He took to the air and followed close behind.
I stood there in the dark in my leotard and waited patiently for the door to open. As I waited, my mind began to wander. What was I going to do with Colin? Or any boy? I could handle the whole new body thing, but having to deal with other guys being attracted to me wasn't something I had even thought about. I was completely sure that I liked girls, but where was I going to find one who would want to be with me. I guess I'd just end up spending my whole life alone. That thought was depressing.
I was quickly snapped out of my thoughts as the door slid open and the green light flicked on. "That means go." And go I did!
As I ran down the dimly lit hallway, my eyes quickly adjusted to the darkness. The hallway descended one level and turned sharply to the left. I noticed the pit of water shortly before I would have fallen in and grabbed the hand-holds on the ceiling. Swinging myself from hand-hold to hand-hold, I managed the twenty-foot gap and dropped back to the ground. Rounding the corner, I came across another stretch of water about fifteen feet down the corridor. Running as fast as I could, I took a leap at the edge and easily cleared the distance. The maze continued with me jumping through hoops and scaling walls until I arrived in the final room.
I could see the exit on the other side of the room; however, between me and the door were about ten drones. I took one step into the room and all the drones honed in on me. *damn* I had been hoping to sneak past them, but it was now looking like I was going to have to fight them.
As I advanced on the nearest drone, my mind was called back to when Trance had taken this test. He'd told me that they were the same drones that the football team used for tackling practice. The drones, while equipped to attack what ever target they were programmed for, did not have AI and were easy to outsmart.
The first drone was eliminated easily as I tossed it across the room and into the wall. Each drone was programmed to shut off after receiving a certain level of abuse, and the next two were quickly deactivated.
*This is too easy.*
THWACK! My whole body shook violently from the impact as the robotic arm collided with my head. I was brought to the ground from the pain and was quickly surrounded by the rest of the drones. I was nearly overcome by the pain when the rest of the drones commenced their attack. I struggled back to my feet several times, only to be knocked back down again.
I was on the verge of passing out when I felt it. It was a very faint feeling, deep inside me, but it was definitely there. I concentrated on that feeling as hard as I could, and it started getting stronger. Soon I could feel it as a tingling sensation over my entire body. The tingling turned to pressure as the lights in the room began to flicker erratically. The drones continued their attack as the pressure built. Just as I felt as though l was going to be crushed by the tremendous pressure, it released itself in a devastating blast.
I didn't pass out this time, although the same fatigue was there. When the pressure that had built up released, I was suddenly in the middle of a large blast of energy. The energy field was the blackest of black and seemed to be absorbing the light. The only thing I can think of to describe it would be that it looked like a photo negative of a bright light.
As the blast pulled at me, it seemed to be repelling everything else. The drones were crushed badly as the blast pushed them forcefully against the walls. It began and was over in a matter of seconds. Gathering my strength, I dragged myself to my feet. As soon as I made it through the door, I was quickly rushed to the nurse's office.
The lights continued to flicker wherever they took me, and I could feel myself drawing in energy again. It was a very unique feeling. I could feel each pore of my skin open up to absorb the light energy, and as it did the pain from my injuries faded away. When I arrived at the nurse's office I was a bloody mess, but after cleaning off the blood she found that all my wounds had closed up. Even though I felt great, I was told to rest.
"Ah! That's cold."
The nurse ignored me and put the bag of ice back on my face. "Now keep it on there until I get back, or you'll get a nasty bruise. "I nodded and she left the room to get my clothes from the locker room, so I could change out of my bloodstained leotard. As I sat there holding the ice pack in place, I kept replaying what had happened over and over in my head.
I felt great, and I could feel the energy coursing through my body. I could also feel the light energy in the air around me. I sat back and let out a relaxing sigh. I felt my skin tingling as I absorbed more energy, and again the lights flickered around me. It was an extremely soothing feeling.
The nurse finally returned with my clothes, and I hurriedly got changed and rushed to meet up with my friends for lunch.
Chapter 8: Showoffs
I ran to the cafeteria as fast as my long skirt would let me and rushed over to my friends after spotting them at a table on the far side of the room.
"Well, if it isn't our favourite little cat girl," said Amy. She moved over a bit so I could sit down and gave me a hug once I had. "What's with the big grin? Excited about your date?"
I scowled at Amy before answering. "IT IS NOT A DATE!" I had to try very hard not to scream. My friends just laughed. "It's not funny! Colin so much as touches me, and I'll blast him."
"Blast him with what?" asked Cody.
"I think I figured out how to use my powers." I grinned even larger.
"You did it by accident again, didn't you?"
"Shut up, Trance! OK, so it was an accident, but I think I've figured it out."
"Nura, I wouldn't run around blasting things until you really know how your powers work. You need to go somewhere isolated to practice, somewhere away from others."
A flood of guilt came rushing back to me as I thought about what had happened last night and my eyes started to tear up again. Trance was right. He always was.
"You think I want to hurt people, Trance? I thought I had killed my own family last night. To be honest, my powers scare me. I don't want to use them if I don't have to."
"Damn it! I've had my powers for over a year now and can't control them. You morf, figure out how to use your powers within a week and then don't want to use them." Shine sounded really pissed off.
"I do a lot more than just light up a room, Rakira." She glared back at me coldly.
"OK. Why don't we have a little competition," stated Cody. "Shine and err... Nura will both try to form a ball of their respective energy in their hands, and the first one who can form it and hold it for thirty seconds, wins."
"I don't know. I don't want to hurt anyone..." My voice wavered, but I managed to hold back my tears.
"We'll be fine. Just be careful," coaxed Damian.
"Let's do it." Shine looked determined as she placed her hands in front of us on the table. I reluctanty did the same and closed my eyes.
With my eyes closed, I tried to concentrate on the feeling I had had before. I could feel it deep inside myself, and it started to grow stronger and flow over my whole body. As it grew, I started to concentrate only on the feeling on my hands and the rest seemed to fade away. The feeling was concentrated on my hands and was growing increasingly strong.
Opening my eyes, I saw that my hands were shrouded in the same black energy as before. Stealing a glance over at Shine, I could see that she had no problem forming the ball of light, she just couldn't keep it from going out.
Gradually, I was able to move the energy from my hands into an energy ball just between them. As I concentrated, it grew larger, and the frustration became even more evident on Shine's face. I was now controlling an amazing black energy ball the size of a grapefruit.
"Damn it! I am not about to lose to little Miss Kitty over there!"
Shine's outburst caused me to look up just in time to see her form a very large sphere of light between her hands. The light was so bright that I had to close my eyes. Even with my eyes closed, I could still see spots of light, as if I had been staring at the sun. I could also feel the energy from the light and noticed that my own energy was starting to pulsate.
Once again, I could feel myself absorbing the light as my skin tingled all over. I opened my eyes and saw that the light was starting to arc out towards my energy. After a few seconds the two met, and in an instant the light energy was absorbed by my own. Shine, not ready to admit defeat, continued to replace the absorbed energy, effectively fueling mine.
"Shine! Stop! It's too much." I was barely able to control the power I now held in my hands as the growing force was now pushing even me away. I tried shutting it off, but it just kept growing no matter what I did. My arms were starting to ache from the strain of controlling the energy.
FOOM! I felt as though I was on fire, as most of the energy rushed back into me, starting through my hands and quickly surging throughout my whole body.
The rest of the energy dissipated in an instant, sending out a shadowy wave of force that sent everything on the table into the air before fading, and that included our lunches.
We were lucky that none of us were hit by any airborne food, but the kids at the near by tables weren't as lucky. I winced as I saw my salad collide with another kid's head.
"Food fight!" someone yelled, but it was too late. Before I could duck and cover, I felt the squish of someone's sandwich hitting me in the side of the head.
Chapter 9: And They Called it Kitty Love
I won't bore you with the details of my afternoon at school. We all managed to get our lunches out of our hair and off of our clothes and faces. The next two hours were spent in boring classes pretending to pay attention. The bell finally rang, and I rushed to my locker to get my homework from my morning classes.
I was hoping to avoid Colin, but as I rounded the corner I saw him leaning up against my locker waiting for me. I wasn't sure what to do and was about to turn and leave when he spotted me through a gap in the crowd and waved me over. I couldn't run away now that he'd seen me, and so I headed over to meet him.
We exchanged hellos and then both fell silent as I retrieved what I needed from my locker. We headed quietly out of the school and started down the street. I had no idea what I should say; the last thing I wanted was to let him think I was flirting with him. I glanced over at my former teammate and was amazed how much taller he was than me. He looked down at me and smiled. He asked me how my day went and how I liked the school. We made sporadic small talk while we walked the block and a half to JB's. So far things hadn't gone too far and I was starting to relax.
"Well, here we are." We walked in and the first thing I noticed was that we were the only kids there. As if reading my mind, Colin said, "Everyone else should be here soon. Come on, and let's grab a seat."
I timidly followed him over to a booth in the corner and took a seat. I was startled when he slid in next to me in the booth.
"So Sanura, can I ask you a question?"
"Oh, sure, I guess." I couldn't even imagine what he was going to ask.
"You just morfed recently didn't you?" It wasn't so much of a question as it was a statement.
"Ummm... Yeah. I just morfed a little over a week ago. Why?" Where was he going with this?
"Well, I just noticed that you seem a little shy around other people. I figured it was because you had just morfed. I was the same way right after my morf; I couldn't imagine having to start a new school on top of it all."
The last thing I wanted right then was sympathy. I had been getting plenty of that over the past few days, and all it did was make me depressed. So I decided to change the subject.
"So when did you morf, Colin?" Of course I already knew this, but if he was talking about himself then he couldn't talk about me.
"I morfed about three years ago, when I was thirteen. I was one of the first ones in our year to morf."
"So, what'd you get stuck with?"
"Well I got stuck with this turning blue," he said as he tugged at his hair, "and I was gifted with this..." He reached out his hand towards the table next to us and slowly raised it up. The table followed suit as it raised into the air. I tried to pretend being impressed.
"Wow! You have telekinesis?" I knew he hated that question and had to force myself not to laugh.
"I'm actually not telekinetic." He looked annoyed as he thought of what to say next. "I'm what's known as a disrupter. Most people haven't heard of them, but they're similar to elementals. Basically, a disrupter can cause interference with external forces by generating an opposing, yet similar force. Does that make sense?"
"Oh... Sort of. So what forces can you disrupt?" I turned towards him as I asked the question and slid myself a few inches away from him without him noticing.
"I can only interfere with the earth's gravitational pull."
"So can you fly?"
"Not really. If I remove the gravity, it's more like falling up than flying." Colin laughed at his lame little joke. I just smiled.
We continued to chat while a few other kids from school drifted in and found tables of their own to sit at. Despite myself, I was starting to find Colin very fun to be with, even if he was flirting with me. In a way, it was just nice to be treated as if I was important. It was also pretty cool having someone else buy me a milkshake. I guess being a girl isn't all bad.
As I sat there pretending to listen to Colin talk about the school basketball teams, my mind was filled with conflicting thoughts. On one hand, it was nice just being accepted as a girl and being treated like a normal person. I even found myself attracted to Colin a little bit. On the other hand, I was still very much a boy and was growing more and more depressed as that side of me seemed to slip further and further away. It seemed that everyone I knew wanted me to be a girl. Since the day I morfed, even my own parents seemed to act as if Jason had never existed.
"Sanura? Are you alright?"
"Huh? Oh... Yeah. I'm fine. I was just lost in thought. Sorry."
"Are you sure you're alright? You're crying."
"Yeah, I'm fine," I said as I dabbed at my eyes with my paws. "I think I should head home. Thanks for the shake and for letting me hang out with you."
'No problem. It was really nice to get to know you. Can I at least walk you home?"
He had a pleading look in his eyes that made him look incredibly cute, and so I relented. He stood and put out his hand to help me up, and I took it gratefully. It wasn't until we were passing the school that I realized that we were still holding hands. My mind started whirring as I realized that I was holding hands with another boy... and I liked it. I kind of tensed up for a minute as I considered letting go of his hand. If Colin noticed then he didn't say anything. A part of me was screaming *he's a guy!* as I squeezed his hand and leaned against him. That part of me was screaming just loud enough to be heard, but even louder was a calm reassuring voice saying, *It's ok, you're a girl now.* And it was right, I was a girl. There's no reason for me to fight my feelings.
We continued to walk hand in hand all the way to my house. I had agreed to go to the movies with Colin on Friday night and promised to be at the basketball game the next day to cheer him on. Everything was going great and for the first time since I morfed I felt comfortable in my new female body. That's when everything went completely wrong. We had just turned onto my street and were approaching my house when we turned towards each other and both started to say something. We both stammered a bit and then Colin told me to go first.
"I was just going to say that this is where I live. Thanks for walking me home. What were you going to say?"
"I was going to say that a friend of mine lives... here...."
My heart started racing as he said that. *How could I be so stupid as to bring him to my house?* I'd actually started to like Colin as a possible boyfriend, and now he was about to find out that I used to be Jason. My mind was running through scenarios of all his possible reactions as I tried to come up with a way out of this.
"I guess he moved...." It sounded lame, even to me.
"No. He would have let us know if he was moving. Last I heard he was off of school with morfs...." His mouth opened and closed a few times, but he didn't say anything. I could tell he was trying to figure everything out. "You said you just morfed a week or so ago, right?"
"Yeah...." Damn it. He's going to figure it out.
"Sanura... What's you're last name?" Yup. He's figured it out. I could feel the tears starting to sting the back of my eyes again.
"It's Miller. Colin, I think we need to talk. Why don't you come inside?"
We had just come into the house as Mom came down the stairs, and damn it if I wasn't still holding his hand. The act wasn't missed by my mother as she raised her eyebrows questioningly at me. I blushed and looked at my feet.
"Hi, Mom. We're just going to go up to my room to talk."
"I'd rather you not have boys in your room, young lady." Mom cut off my protest and continued, "Why don't you two talk out back on the porch?"
"Fine, we'll go out back." I grabbed us some sodas and then we went out on the deck and made ourselves comfortable. Silence prevailed.
"So do you want to tell me about it?" Colin actually looked concerned.
"Well, as you've figured out. I used to be Jason Miller. I just had morfs and I got worked over pretty good. I should have told you who l was, but you were being so nice to me that I didn't want to ruin things. You even didn't seem to care that I'm a hybrid." I had to stop to catch my breath.
"First, why would your being a hybrid matter?"
"We're sorta treated like... Well, like animals by some people. A lot of people see us as second class citizens."
"Oh... I never really noticed that... So are you a girl now, like all the way?" Now it was Colin's turn to blush.
"What do you mean sort of?"
"I'll tell you, but you have to promise not to laugh at me or tell anyone else. The only reason I'm telling you this is because I know you like me and so I think you deserve to know this if you want to pursue a relationship. So, do you promise?" I was starting to cry again, and so I hugged myself and looked down at my feet.
"I promise not to tell, and I'd never laugh at you."
I could tell he was sincere and was a little startled as he moved to sit next to me and put his arm around my shoulders. I took a few minutes to compose myself and enjoy his embrace before continuing.
"The whole issue of my physical sex is a bit complicated. To answer your question, yes, I am a girl, all the way. This is where it gets complicated. I'm still a guy too. I've got both sets of equipment, and they're both functional."
I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. I was waiting for him to remove his arm and totally freak out, but that never happened. He just continued to hold me. I looked up to see him smiling down at me, and I just broke down. My body shook as I was racked with the flood of tears. Colin just pulled me closer and gently rocked us a back and forth.
"It... it doesn't bother you that I'm both?"
"Sanura, I'll admit that it's a shock to find all of this out, but I knew from the moment that I saw you that you were the girl for me, and none of this changes how I feel about you. If you feel the same way, then I'd really like to be your boyfriend..." I still couldn't believe how awesome he'd been so far.
"Really?" He nodded. "Then I'd love to be your girlfriend!"
His smile grew even bigger as I said that and I couldn't help smiling back. He started to lean in closer and I knew exactly what he wanted. That little voice started acting up again. *YOU'RE A BOY!* it yelled. *No! I'm a girl!* I yelled and then closed my eyes and accepted his kiss.
I gave him another quick kiss before closing the front door. I turned around and found Mom leaning against the wall with a bemused smile on her face.
"How much did you see?" I asked nervously.
"I saw enough to know that my daughter has her first boyfriend. I think we should have a little talk. Why don't we go up to your room?"
And with that I followed her up the stairs.
We went into my room and I sat on the bed while Mom sat at my desk. Mom looked around my room, and I did the same. My closet full of girls' stuff didn't look right when compared with the rest of my room.
As if reading my mind, Mom said, "This room really needs a new look, something more feminine."
I nodded and thought about what I could do to change the atmosphere in my room without it being too girly.
"OK, Nura, we need to talk about this business with Colin."
"Mom, if you're going to talk to me about the birds and the bees, there's really no point as I had that talk with Dad a long time ago ."
"Honey, it's a lot different now that you're a girl."
"Not that different. The only difference is that now I'd be the one who gets pregnant. Besides, I don't plan on having sex any time soon, and there's the fact that I'm still a guy too."
"Nura, when you were kissing Colin, did you feel like a boy or a girl?"
"A... a girl..."
"And that's why we're having this talk. Your being a boy too doesn't apply to your relationship with Colin. There's also more to it than you getting pregnant. And you need to know this so that when you feel you are ready, you'll be ready."
Mom talked to me for the next hour, while I nodded from time to time to let her know that I was still listening. She talked about everything from birth control to STD's and from my period to masturbation. I don't think I've ever blushed that much before in my life.
"Mom, do we have to talk about this? I'm still not even comfortable touching myself down there when I shower, let alone playing with myself."
"Nura, you're fifteen years old; you're bound to get curious. I know this conversation must seem a bit odd, especially coming from me, but I do remember being your age. If... you want me to, I'll buy you... umm... something that you can use... on yourself...." Now Mom was blushing.
"Are you offering to buy me a vibrator?" I was shocked Mom would even suggest something like that.
"Yes, that's what I'm offering. But only if you want me to. Whenever you feel you're ready, just let me know. OK?"
"Okay, you might as well get one, but I doubt I'll use it anytime soon." The idea of having something inside of me was kinda disturbing, but I was hoping that by agreeing to her offer our conversation would come to an end.
"I have to run some errands tomorrow, so I'll pick one up for you then. I'm also going to pick up some tampons and pads for you. For now, you should borrow some from Crystal as your period could start at anytime."
I made a face. "That's the last thing I need right now."
I was a long way from mastering my powers, but I was definitely on my way. I had spent nearly two hours that night simply practicing my powers, after finishing my homework of course.
Then I had spent the last hour and a half on the phone with Colin. I still couldn't believe that I had a boyfriend! It still seemed odd, but just thinking of him made me feel all tingly inside. Dad got all quiet when Mom brought up the subject at dinner. Crystal laughed at first, and then started complaining that it wasn't fair that I was allowed to date and she wasn't. Fortunately, that shifted the spotlight off of me. It's not that I'm ashamed of having a boyfriend, but I didn't want that to be the center of attention. However, talking on the phone with him made me feel safe and secure and... wanted. It was a nice way to end the night and so, hanging up the phone, I went to get ready for bed.
The auto-focus took a moment to adjust itself as the lights came on in the bedroom and the short black-haired girl walked in wearing a set of shiny black pajamas. She made her way over to the mirror on the wall and simply stared at herself for several minutes.
"Is there a reason we're still watching her? We know she's the one. She was playing with that energy field for hours tonight."
"We were sent here to take surveillance video and then report. We are not authorized to take further action. What we do with her will be up to the decision of the council."
To be continued...