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Partners - 'Issue 1'

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Keywords fighting 2018, partners 2541 310, partners 277, natalie grayswift 245, high school 220, carrie oakenfield 162, girlfriends 83
"Natalie..."

"Natalie!"

"Mmrh..."

"Come on, sweetie, you'll miss breakfast!"

"Okay, okay, I'm getting up!" Natalie Grayswift slowly arose from her bed. She blinked a few times, looking up at her mother, Lorna. "What's the damage?"

"Oogh, maximum bedhead, kiddo." The mature wolf woman shook her head, smirking. "At least two cycles to fix. Why don't you hop in the shower? I'll work on breakfast."

"Okay! Pancakes, please!" And with that, she was off to the shower in her pasted-on skivvies.

Halfway down the stairs, Lorna spotted a pretty, well-dressed and quite brutish cat girl sitting on the living room couch. "Oh, hello, Carrie."

"Morning Ms. Grayswift!" She waved, pressing a wrinkle in her school uniform of a time long past. "Have you seen my good friend Natalie?"

"Don't you mean 'girlfriend?'"

"Oh, that's right!" The milk-white cat gave a faux-shocked expression, then replaced it with a dimpled smile. "She is my lovely girlfriend, isn't she."

The wolven woman laughed softly, quirking a brow. "And this is news to you??"

"Nope!" Natalie, now clean and free of her hair disaster, walked down the stairs slowly. She straightened her outfit- pink and white hooded sweatshirt and matching short shorts- and explained, "She's just reveling in the fact that we can't give each other babies."

"And here I thought that school taught you kids something."

"No, Mom! Remember, in the news? The Life party has that resolution they were suggesting where every couple would be required to breed."

Carrie smirked smugly. "That's right. No kids for us! Wrong parts, so sorry!"

Lorna folded her arms. "You know, they can do that artificially instead."

"Hunh?" The cat's smile faltered.

"As a matter of fact, there's two girls in this relationship, so you could both carry!" A cheerful tap of the cheek.

"What?! No way!" Carrie burst out, standing up and balling her fists. "The first doc that comes at me with an eyedropper gets socked in the gawkers!"

Natalie laughed softly. "Easy! They'll never pass it, even if we are in an underpopulation crisis." She pacified her lover with a kiss on the cheek.

"Yeah, you're right," she conceded. "They'd probably just give a leisure stipend to big families."

"We should suggest that at the next Student Town Hall!"

"Heh... yeah."

"Oh, hey, Mom, weren't we having breakfast?"

Lorna blinked, then smacked her forehead. "Duh! Sorry. Have a seat, girls, I'll whip you up something."

They sat in the dining section opposite the kitchen. Carrie leaned against the wolf girl. "You think there'll be time for OC later?"

"Yeah, didn't you hear?" Natalie wriggled her hand under her girlfriend's skirt and fished the brush out of her shorts pocket- after a playful squeeze of the rear, of course. "There's a party at Shelly Iverson's after school."

"Awp!" Carrie grinned a bit. "Shelly Iverson? You know her?"

Nat brushed the girl's drill-shaped powder blue hair patiently. "Nah, but Sam does, and we're in Band together, so I figured why not. You don't mind, do you, Carr-bear?"

The cat girl relaxed visibly, leaning more intimately against her and smiling. "Eh. Nah. As long as you're there, let 'em watch."

Breakfast was served and eaten without fuss or discussion, and afterward, the girls walked into the kitchen to help clean up.

"Thanks for the breakfast, Ms. G!"

"No problem, Carrie, you're always welcome in our house," the older woman smiled.

"Hey, Mom, can I have one of those old-fashioned puddings you made?" Natalie piped up. "I wanna have it for dessert after lunch today."

"Again?? That's the third one this week!"

"Yeah, but they're sooo good!"

Her mother shook her head disapprovingly. "Natalie, those are full of sugar and fat and-"

"-Cap'n Comet ate fruit pies all the time, and they had sugar and fat!" Natalie sweetly protested.

"Your comic book character also ran around the city all the time, if I remember right."

"Aw, c'mon, Mom, pleeease??"

Lorna sighed, rolling her eyes and turning around. "Fine. But I'm not making these again for a month, got it?"

"Sure thing, Mom!" Natalie grinned impishly.

Her mother opened the refrigerator and bent over to retrieve the dessert, her large denim-traced posterior oscillating as she rummaged. Carrie smirked at Natalie, looking at her, then her mother's rear, then her again. "That's gonna be you," she mouthed silently. "Just you wait." A wink.

"U-Uhm... you know, on second thought, Mom, I'll just grab a bagel from the lunch room. Whoops, look at the time! Gotta catch the bus. See ya, Mom, love you, bye!" And with that, the girl was out the door.

Her mother blinked. "Uhh...  okay? What was that all about?"

Carrie simply shrugged and smiled. "She's a strange girl sometimes, Ms. Grayswift."

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A three inch long, two inch wide, hot pink rectangular box emitted a clicking noise. A logo spelling out 'Personal Electronic Taskmaster' lit up on its screen. The image of an equally pink keyboard projected itself across the flat back of a backpack.

[08|06|2541
07:34
Mom makes the best pancakes! I wish I wasn't hungry so soon after, though. Lunchtime never comes quick enough. Forget the population crisis, I want there to be a resolution on school lunchtimes! Maybe I can drop by the Principal's office and suggest it later. Uh, maybe not, though, I should probably wait- she didn't like my practicing kung fu on the school mascot last week.]

"Natalie...? I know you're busy, but, uhm..."

She looked up from her PET, spotting her bespectacled ferret friend. "Erwin? Oh, no, it's okay, what's up?" The device went into 'standby.'

"This isn't about your understicker again, is it?" Carrie asked, glaring through one open eye as she tried to catch a nap on the way to school. "I told you to use baby powder."

"No! N-not this time," Erwin clarified. "You know Cedric?"

"The big dumb badger bully that makes everybody miserable if he can help it at all? Never heard of him," Natalie replied smoothly, flipping him a smirk.

"R-...Right, yeah, well, uhm. Yesterday, I was taking my lunch from the chemistry lab..."

"Erwin Goldstein!" Came the hushed, furious voice of one prissy blonde bat girl sitting in the seat in front of them. "You know what he said would happen if you told!"

"C'mon, Sam, you know h-he was just trying to scare us..."

"Whoa, guys, what's...?" Natalie interrupted, blinking confusedly.

"And he succeeded!" Samantha took on a defensive tone. "Oh, don't worry about it, Natalie, it was nothing."

Carrie's brows creased. "It doesn't -sound- like nothing..."

"He took my lunch!" Erwin blurted out. "I was walking and he took it from me! And he ate it!"

"Oh, dude, now you did it!" Wailed the high-pitched, gravelly voice of one iguana by the name of Max Tangent, seated next to Samantha. "He already gave me a swirly! Now he's gonna do something even worse!"

The wolf girl blinked. "He actually stuck your head in the-"

"Yeah! And flushed like three times! And did the clean and dry cycles, waaaugh!" He flailed about, eyes rolling wildly. "All I remember was blue light, water and the smell of butts! Specifically yours!"

"Mine??" Natalie winced, confused.

"He kept track of the last one you used!"

"Uagh, gross, that -fiend!-" She blinked in disbelief.

The reptile gnawed on his own tail. "He's a sick man! A monster! And he wears pants that are way too tight!"

"Not the important part, Max," Carrie interrupted flatly.

"And what's more," Samantha added, "He and his goons, Alliston and Coul, goosed me mercilessly all day, -just- to make me do my echolocator squeak! So embarassing. And they told me that if I told anyone, they'd... they'd... they'd give me a -wedgie.- I don't even know what that is, but it sounds horrible!" She fretted, causing her male compatriots to shudder in their equal fear of the unknown.

"This is serious," Carrie concluded.

Natalie nodded in agreement. "Cedric's really stepping it up... he isn't usually this bold. And he targeted you three specifically." Max, Erwin and Sam were the girls' closest friends, and an assault on them was an assault on everything the duo stood for. While Cedric was well-known for his tenacious ability to terrorize anybody in the school, he hadn't ever focused on a group before... minus, of course, Nat and Carrie themselves. "... And that's why you guys need to fight back!" the wolf girl concluded for what very well sounded like the umpteenth time.

The three of them were silent for a very heavy moment.
"I-I don't want to get in trouble..."
"My goodness, but fighting is dangerous!"
"He's bigger than us! All three of us on top of each other's shoulders and on a ladder!"

She sighed, her face in her hand. "Guys, he picks on you because you don't fight back. You'd really rather be terrorized than try?"

Erwin shook his head. "W-We're scared, Natalie. We've seen the fights you've gotten into, people can get really hurt." He shuddered. "Not everyone's as tough as you," he admitted with a bit of hurt in his voice.

"Scaredy pants is right," Max nodded. "We're not cut out for fighting, no matter what you think. He'll crush me to pieces, and I'm tougher than both of these other two put together." He thumbed toward Erwin and Samantha.

Carrie rolled her eyes. "That's depressingly true."

"Don't say it like that," the ferret protested. "Nobody in this school can fight, other than Cedric, his goons and you two! I asked my dad, and he's never been in a fight in his life!"

"You guys are totally weird for even knowing how!" Max licked the top of one of his eyes for a moment.

"This is useless, Natalie," Carrie sighed. "They're too soft for this."

"That's why we're counting on you to help!" Sam pleaded. "You're the tough ones! We need you! Isn't that what your..." She unsuccessfully searched her memory for the name. "-Comic book hero person would do? Captain Planet?"

"Cap'n Comet," Nat corrected. "And... yeah, he would. He always did."

Carrie smirked. "Heh. This is like when Cap made those friends at the diner, then that same day Doctor Nhilus captured them."

"But why target us??" Max groaned. "Why not just threaten you two?"

"... He wants us angry," Natalie snapped her fingers. "He wants to make us so mad that we'll just haul off and hit him first thing."

"Aw, he's gonna get you in trouble and get off scot-free!" Erwin complained.

Carrie pursed her lips. "So what do we do?"

"Nothing," the wolf girl smirked. "Not a thing."

It was at this point that Samantha butted in, "But Natalie! You have to do -something-, everyone on this bus heard us talking. I'm too young to be wedgied!" she pleaded.

"Oh, we'll still protect you," she stated simply. "I've got a plan."

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Sneak sneak.
Sneak sneaky sneak!
Sneeeak.

A masked youth moved silently along the halls, invisible within the crowd of students shuffling from one class to another, he deftly maneuvered so as to be unnoticed by the ones he surveyed. A well-timed step, a quiet slide, a disappointed glance, and finally, a strategic retreat to the bathroom, where a do-ragged vixen and a broad-chested badger awaited him.

"Okay, I found 'em." Coul's sleazy voice seemed a bit less mirthfully malevolent with his findings today.

Leaning against the sink, Cedric smirked at the diminutive raccoon boy, looking down through his dark undercircled eyes. "And?"

"They're with them. The girls."

This earned a deep, thoughtful frown from the badger. "What do you mean 'they're with them?' They don't even have any classes together this period."

"They show up at their classes when they're over, then walk them to the next one," Coul replied. "They're escorting them."

"Dammit!" Cedric pounded the counter with his fist. "First they walk by us like they didn't hear a thing- and I know those crybabies told, I know it!"

"Of course they told, they're whiny when nothing happens," supplied the vixen, Alliston.

"-Then they hold their baby friends' hands so that they won't get a little wedgie," he mocked, rolling his eyes. "I'm getting really burned about this..."

"Why don't we just call it off?" The raccoon suggested, pulling off his skullcap to scratch his unkempt hair. "I mean, they're being total dorks about this, and probably loving milking this hero thing. Why don't we just go to Shelly Iverson's party?"

Cedric narrowed his eyes, a redundant act. "Are you scared?"

"I'm just saying, it would probably be way more fun-"

"You're scared, aren't you?? You think we're gonna lose somehow!"

"-she always has awesome food and games-"

"Think they're gonna beat us this time!"

"-And OC, man! Come on, none of that tempts you??" Coul pleaded for reason, but only met the steely gaze of the badger.

"Fine. You wanna ditch? Abandon everything we've worked for? Go ahead."

There was a pregnant pause. Coul placed his cap back on and sighed. "No, Cedric, I don't. I was just... thinking about my permanent record." He muttered the last part.

"Good, glad to hear you come back to your senses." The taller boy smirked, turning to Alliston. "You're not leaving, are you, do-rag?"

The vixen hmphed, smiling. "Nah, I wanna see the look on their faces when we beat 'em. But how are we gonna get 'em to throw the first punch now?"

"Hmph." A half-grin grew on Cedric's face. "I've got a plan."

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"So that was the plan."

A bespectacled 40-something skunk woman in a plain dress and a flowery vest lectured her students- not with boring monotone, but actively telling the story of history as if spinning some wild tale. "Science had a job to do, and it had to do it right this time. Nature had brought us as far as she could, but we had to go the extra mile if anyone was going to have a future." She smiled inside as the suspense built, a serious look on her face all the same as she paced about the room. "To make matters worse, people were dying. Every day they didn't have a solution, somebody died. They had to unlock the secrets of the genetics..."

From her desk in the middle of the class, Natalie felt a rumbling in her shirt pocket. She withdrew her PET and read the message alerted.

[BrushFerret: This was a great idea, Natalie! I haven't been so much as approached by Cedric or his cronies!

PrettyKitty: That's right, they know better. Your understicker is safe around us, kid. :P]

She smiled. Her plan to escort her friends to class was working!

[BagelHunter: Cool! What about everyone else?? =) ]

"... it was decided that this was the only way. Naturally, there was some dissent to being made to look like animals, but for the most part, the instinct to survive took over and made the world's population by and large agree to this change. Desperate times called for desperate measures!"

[Classybat: I've remained untouched. It's like having my own personal bodyguard. So chic~!

The_Lickinator: My face itches! 8D

PrettyKitty: Then scratch it.]

Natalie fought the urge to giggle.

[BagelHunter: Sounds like we're golden! But stay on your toes. It's almost time for lunch, and Cedric might lose patience then. Wait for us, 'kay?]

"... Dr. Chu had decided, with a number of his colleagues, that if they were going to write up the genome anew, they might as well make what they considered improvements. He was met with fierce debate, and his ideas were rejected by his superiors. But in the end, he decided that the changes were too important to put to committee."

[BrushFerret: Sure, Natalie, no problem!

Classybat: With bells on, darling. <3

The_Lickinator: Alright lets do this! LUNCHTIIIIIME JENKIIIINS!!1]

She exited the chat program and started up a journal.

[08|06|2541
11:58
Cedric wants to bait Carrie and me into hitting him first and having the high ground to get us busted, but I won't give him the satisfaction. We'll escort our friends from class to class every day if that's what it takes. He won't get the best of me.]

Natalie shut off her PET and looked back up to the teacher.

"... And that, children, is the cornerstone of our society- why we can succeed where our ancestors failed. Greed, paranoia and self-interest would exist in these new people, but they'd take a back seat to the good of society as a whole in our subconscious. At least, that's what they wanted." She smirked and leaned forward. "Your mileage may vary." This got a laugh. "But! I'll tell you more about the end of The Great Skin Plague and we can start on The New Promise tomorrow. For now? It's lunchtime."
 As if on cue, the lunch bell rang, and the class cheered.

Natalie gathered up her backpack and set out toward the door. "Good class today, Ms. Hendrix!"

"Whoa, where are you off to in such a hurry, young lady?" queried her oft-enthusiastic teacher.

Nat stopped where she was, and stood with a very serious air. "To fate. To life! To protect my friends, stop injustice, and punish evildoers wherever they lurk. That, is where I'm off to."

Ms. Hendrix frowned. "Oh, Natalie, you're not going to go getting in a fight, are you?"

"... Hopefully not," she answered truthfully. "I don't want to, but sometimes some people don't give you a choice."

"..." Her teacher sighed. "Young lady, criminals get in fights."

"Yeah." She nodded. "And when those criminals are too smart for the system to catch them, what do you do? Become a victim?" she asked. "Let them abuse your friends?"

The skunk took her glasses off and cleaned them thoughtfully. "I don't endorse what you're doing, Natalie." She replaced them with a gentle smile. "... But I understand. And you may want to get out there before they take all the bagels."

"Hunh? OH!" Natalie hastily made her way out the door. "See ya Ms. Hendrix!"

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It took her a good thirty seconds to round up Max and Sam- and for a minute, she was afraid she might have missed Erwin, but Carrie had accompanied him from Math class. "Good hustle, jell-o butt," teased the cat. "If I didn't know better, I'd say you were in Track- but you'd only win 'cause the other runners couldn't get by."

The iguana cackled. "Ooh, burn! So hot, so hot!"

Nat smirked. "I'm surprised you could even see our little friend Irwin with those huge gazongas in the way." She looked down toward the ferret. "Did you have to tug on her skirt, or just stand across the room?"

"Ohhh, back at her!" Max laughed delightedly. "The burns, they are calienté!" Suddenly, without warning, the iguana froze and gasped.

"... What?" The wolf girl looked over in concern.

"..." Suddenly, Max's tongue darted out and slapped against Natalie's side, slurping up her armpit before spiralling back into his mouth.

"EUGH!" She winced, making a disgusted face. "What was that for?!"

"You had paaaancakes~..." He replied dreamily before gasping, freezing and fixing his stare on Carrie.

If one had blinked, one would have missed it, but in half a moment, the cat was holding the end of Max's outstretched tongue inches from her chest. "Try that again, and I use your face for a paddleball."

"I am shorry!" He covered his face in shame before Carrie let go of his licker and allowed it to snap back into his face. "It is SO LONG they make us wait for lunch!"

What might have sounded to someone else like a lame excuse to be a pervert, the rest of them knew was simply an odd, but present truth in the strange boy. Nat sighed. "Look, we'll be eating soon, just hang in there, alright? And keep your tongue in your mouth, I don't need you experiencing anymore of my B.O. than you already have. Hey!" She noticed Carrie rubbing her saliva-coated hand on her shorts.

"He's your friend," she justified.

"Guys?" Erwin interrupted. "I've got a bad feeling."

"You've got a bad feeling..." Carrie rolled her eyes, "... About lunchtime. I'm pretty sure-" She stopped, however, upon realizing that the line to the lunchroom was extending out to the hallway- and there seemed to be great discontent.

"What...?" Samantha shook her head. "What's going on? The line is never this long, even on sweet bun days... I'm going to complain to the Principal!"

Carrie grabbed the girl's arm, her eyes narrowed. "Hold on, this doesn't feel right." She looked back. "Natalie?"

"Right." With a nod, the two girls pushed past the line and into the lunchroom, a large place with a glass roof and a dozen or so rectangular tables. There was no mess on the floor anywhere, so that didn't account for the slowness- no, not slow, it was stopped! No kids were eating lunch anywhere, save for the few who had brought them from home.

The line terminated at the serving area, where a crawfish tried to keep things under control. "Childrain! Childrain! Do not fear, ze transport wiz your food will come soon, I promaise!"

"Mr. Zucer!" Natalie jogged up to the counter. "What happened here?"

"Ah, Natalie, mon petite frere!" The man waved his claws in the air in a mixture of hysterics and relief. "But am I glad to zee you! I was accosted before lunch period, and all of ze lunches 'ave been stolen!"

"Stolen??" Carrie staggered. "All of them?? Who takes a transload of food and makes off with it? And why didn't you stop them, Jean?"

"Because I am a cook, not a police officair!" He responded crossly, claws on his hips. "I was zhreatened! Not everyone is cut out to viciously battle othair peoples."

"Threatened by who, Mr. Zucer?" Natalie inquired.

The crawfish cowered. "'E told me not to say... or 'e would give me..." His voice became grave. "..Ze Wedgie."
 He shuddered. "It sounds horraible!"

Natalie frowned. "Cedric."

"If he asks, I didn't tell you!" Noted Zucer.

Carrie, meanwhile, was surveying the lunch room to try to find the fiend responsible. Suddenly, she froze. "Natalie."

The wolf girl blinked as she looked over. "Huh?"

Carrie looked to her with intensity. "Erwin. Max. Sam. We left them alone!"

"Aww, so you did."

The duo spun around toward the source of the voice- Cedric. He walked through the door holding Samantha's arms behind her back, marching her out as a hostage. Alliston and Coul had Erwin and Max in a similar position.

"Cedric! Let them go!" Natalie declared, standing tall.

"... That's so cliché," the badger complained. "You really don't have anything better than that?"

Carrie narrowed her eyes. "Let 'em go or you'll drink your next ten lunches."

"Better," he nodded approvingly. "But still predictable."

Natalie looked at each of her three friends, one after another, nodding. "Guys! Plan D!"

All at once, many things happened. Samantha raised her heeled designer shoe and brought it down on Cedric's sneakered toes, making him curse loudly and release her. Max darted his tongue out and licked from Alliston's lower back up between her shoulder blades, grossing/weirding her out and allowing for Erwin's freedom. In the confusion, Max ducked as Carrie's milky white fist met the lone 'coon captor right in the face. All three of them ran behind the intrepid duo. The reaction in the lunch crowd was one of shock and surprise, looking around, unsure of what to do about this development.

"Ngh... very clever." The badger stood up from nursing his assaulted foot. "But you punched one of us. You started it, and everyone saw. Now..." He chuckled darkly, popping his knuckles. "... You'll leave here in a stretcher."

"Nobody's afraid of you, Cedric," Natalie retorted. "Least of all us."

"EVERYbody is afraid of him, stupid!" Coul fired back.

Alliston shook her head, smirking. "The kids, the teachers, even that low-budget security guard can't do -anything- about us."

"Yeah, because you hide from him!" Natalie smirked. "Easy not to get caught if you run away."

"We'll see who runs away!" Laughed Cedric cruelly.

The white cat had finally had enough of this, clasped hands with Natalie for a moment, then assumed a fighting stance. "Talk's cheap, let's do this!" She took the opportunity for surprise and run up, giving Coul a second slug in the face- sending him to the ground.

The lunch line went from being riled to exploding in a cacophony of sound. Cheers, chatter and sympathetic cries of pain flared through the large room and echoed throughout.

Reality seemed to spin for Natalie, who found herself being rushed by Cedric and Alliston both. She stayed low and took one punch on the arm, pushing away the other, larger fist at the wrist with her off hand. Using the momentum, she turned around and thrust her leg out, reverse-roundhousing the big badger in his chest- and making him tumble into Alliston.

By the time Cedric got up, he had Carrie breathing down his neck. She hoisted him to his feet and threw a haymaker right into his cheekbone when he turned around, making him stumble. He returned with a hook to her own face- left, right, then left- but the cat grabbed his shirt, pulled him down and headbutted him without hesitation. The badger wasn't going down alone, however, and dragged her onto the floor with him.

Alliston got up quicker than Natalie expected, and threw a quick punch toward her face. She ducked, but caught part of the blow on the forehead- which made it impossible to hear Coul coming before he crawled over, grabbed her ankle and tossed it up in the air. She landed on her butt with a grunt, seeing the two crouching down to pummel her. Nat quickly reached out, grabbed their heads and smacked them together, sending the both of them sprawling in opposite directions.

Carrie wasn't flinching away from Cedric's blows, but he was high on adrenaline. It was this point that became dramatically clear when he pulled her over his shoulders, climbed on top of a lunch table, and -threw- her to the ground.

"Carrie!" Nat fretted from across the room, wincing as she heard her girlfriend hit the ground with a ~THUD!~ Baring her teeth, the wolf girl sprinted the gap between them, leapt and grabbed Cedric's  calves with her arms and shoulders as she cleared the table, sending the badger boy's chest onto its hard surface and knocking the wind out of him.

The cat, however, hadn't had nearly enough. She stood, watched Nat charge the big goon, and marched toward Coul and Alliston. She slammed them against the wall with her palms on their chests. "Don't even -think- about moving." Bruised and whimpering, they didn't seem like it was on their minds.

Natalie dragged Cedric by his shirt with both hands, pushing him up against a storage cabinet. Carrie joined her, allowing his goons to slump to the ground, licking their wounds. The lunchroom had become a riotous din, a noticeable number of the students who had poured in to watch the fight now chanting "Nat and Cat, Nat and Cat!", a moniker that had stuck for their two-girl team years back.

"So, Cedric," the 'Nat' half of the team inquired, "Still think anybody's afraid of you?"

He hesitated a few moments, regaining his breath. He clenched a fist so hard the blood rushed to it. It was practically red. "You should. You -will-."

The two girls walked away from the thug and bowed to the watching crowd, wrapping their arms around each other and sharing a strong, warm kiss. The cheering increased, and they looked up from their nuzzling for a moment to blush slightly... and do something as innocent as giggle.

"Students! Children!" In rushed a heavyset blue jay the kids all knew as the Principal of the school. "You have to evacuate immediately, leave the school in an orderly-"

"Miss Mayberry?" Natalie blinked, but she was interrupted by a loud, deep-sounding boom outside that shook the glass roof violently. "What's-"

"There's no time! Everybody get out, quickly now! To your homes, they haven't-" Her words trailed off in the panic. Kids were already running out of the lunchroom, and the booming happened again, and again, more and more frequently, until-

"Natalie, watch out!"

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First in pool
Partners - 'Issue 4'
There are just not enough lesbians as the protagonists of anything. Thus, I write this.

If you don't know who these girls are, I refer you here.

Special thanks to
Chaytel
Chaytel
and
PonderousPlatypus
PonderousPlatypus
for proofreading. =)

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Published: 6 years, 5 months ago
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Eviscerator
6 years, 5 months ago
Boom boom boom...YOU TEASE ME HORRIBLY!

Also..skin plague? Re-engineering people to have a pelt protects the skin...because fur resisted the pollution better?  Curious.
Norithics
6 years, 5 months ago
That's right. I found a way to be a cocktease even to you. *thunderclap, laughter*

More details on that may surface~
Eviscerator
6 years, 5 months ago
I do wonder though, if they can change people's species and suchlike.

Why do people still have to wear glasses? Aesthetics?
Norithics
6 years, 5 months ago
That's actually really perceptive. Interesting that this seems to be occurring, isn't it? Keep in mind, though, that engineering genetics doesn't mean that genes no longer mutate. Give it enough time and generations, and your greatest works might be all but undone.
Eviscerator
6 years, 5 months ago
Yes, but if they've already re-engineered the populace, the technology for correcting non-beneficial mutations exists, if I'm not mistaken.  I just thought it odd that people would choose to wear glasses out of necessity as opposed to fashion.  They're a pain.
Norithics
6 years, 5 months ago
Correction: Somebody had at one point the technology to do this. But does that mean it still exists?
Eviscerator
6 years, 5 months ago
That would be magnificently and foolishly shortsighted of them, and I thought the whole goal of the technology was to engineer out those particular human traits?

Alas, it's nice to see that much survives.  Maintaining an effective tool against mutating diseases and potential environmental disasters would be wise, particularly given the benefits it offered for health and longevity. That would have particular bearing on the population crisis experienced, no?  

It's worrisome, because not all factors that contribute to the collapse of a biosphere are influenced from within. Cosmic impacts, gamma ray bursts, earthquakes....Portals to other dimensions opened by crow-bar wielding physicists.  These are ALL viable issues that should be prepared for.
Norithics
6 years, 5 months ago
All true. No more sneak peeks, it'll be explained. : ]
Eviscerator
6 years, 5 months ago
CURSES...Almost had an explanation for the boobs..er..booms!
Incaros
6 years, 5 months ago
Isn't it obvious? Everyone become mega furries and where no longer attracted to each other. To save the species from extinction due to lack of breeding, they made everyone into REAL furries.
Norithics
6 years, 5 months ago
That is a hilarious premise. :>
Incaros
6 years, 5 months ago
Thanks, I try.
Eviscerator
6 years, 5 months ago
....Yiff yiff yiff...that's all they think about!  But, speaking of yiff, how was that mandatory procreation law going to work with male couples?

Or don't I want to know...
Incaros
6 years, 5 months ago
There just aren't enough homosexual protagonist period. >3> Which reminds me, I need to do that chapter of that swordsman. Hm.
RuthofPern
6 years, 5 months ago
That is an interesting start to the story.  I am now watching to see what comes next!

Yours R.o.P.
ScottyKat
6 years, 5 months ago
hehe nice. XD im very much loving this
specterHSC
5 years, 7 months ago
I apologize. The reason I apologize is for not reading this sooner.  One of the benefits of being at sea for six months is lots of time to catch up on reading. I look forward to reading more of this series as it it is very well written. Cute with action, can't wait to catch up.
Norithics
5 years, 7 months ago
Aw, don't worry about it! I'm just glad you're enjoying it!
SenGrisane
4 years, 5 months ago
Interesting. I may have to read the whole story now :P
Also... why would someone complain about animalifying? ;3

Just a question. Why do you leave so much space in between sentences?
Norithics
4 years, 5 months ago
Well, I leave spaces between paragraphs, really- it's just that changing the character that's speaking signifies a new one, and I do pretty dialogue-heavy stuff. Keeps it from getting cluttered.
SenGrisane
4 years, 5 months ago
For me it is a bit more difficult to read as I prefer text in small blocks. But I know the problem. I often have dialogue as well and don't want to write Person A says this and Person B says that over and over. However in dialogue I simply assume the reader knows that the other one speaking from context. Gets more difficult when there is more than just 2 speakers though.

I prefer to use Paragraphs to separate scenes from each other. But there are so many ways to write ^^
(This is sorta unrelated but have you heard of the project "50 Shades of Green" from the Team N'Chick? They basically crowd sourced the next Twighlight novel (Twighlight with Chutulu) and came pretty far (homogenizing the chapters from the different writers which is why I just thought of it). They video documented the process on thatguywiththeglasses and it is fun to watch in case you haven't already :3)
Skulljack17
4 years, 2 months ago
I do not have the right words to properly express how I feel about this work.  I am stunned and moved beyond my ability to speak clearly at this time.  I LOVED it though...and I'd love to talk about some of the various thoughts and motivations and nearly everything about this that I am still at a loss at how to proceed.
I'd want to talk to you about this, Norithics, but I do not know the best method to do so either...and you are on a break at the moment, as well as I do not know what you would prefer for correspondence.

I should admit that I thought this wasn't any different from your other written works that I've seen.  The social structures, the way characters are portrayed with certain guides of their own about love and affection that are different from most.  More 'free' I should say in what is given and recieved, I think.  I had thought that this was another romptastic read that was unusually long.

I was so, so wrong, and surprised...and I have read all of the first portion in its 28 parts over the course of the weekend.  Well, MOSTLY wrong...there are still some parts here and there in it that ARE romptastic, obviously.  ^.^    I am thrilled to have been wrong, but also saddened that I could not have had the chance to add something of my own...even just an observation or so that would have at least been taken in during the time this was being made.  I feel satisfied, and yet at a loss.

I think I may be babbling a little now...I tend to do that when I am worked up or so.  I'd like to talk if possible about it though, and hope I hear back soonish regarding this hero's epic.  Thank you for your time, Norithics.
Norithics
4 years, 2 months ago
When I saw your seemingly random chapter favoriting, I wasn't sure what to think at first- but after a minute I understood, and delighted to see each time you bookmarked your place. It was like a teasing little peek at your experience as a reader; it put a smile on my face.

It's really interesting to know that you'd read my other, shorter (and much more, ahem, 'specifically focused') stories before this one. That must have been quite a shock! Most of those only take me a month from idea-germ to final submission, but this particular tale had been on the burner in the back of my brain for years. The depth of the world-building was actually really intimidating at first, but with a lot of help and support, I was able to deliver what I hope was a really fulfilling story.

Also, I'd be glad to answer any questions you might have. : )
Skulljack17
4 years, 2 months ago
Yeah yeah!  I would only really need to favorite one part or so to get back to the story itself, though I of course had to keep stepping away now and then.  Thus the bookmarking!  Otherwise I might have been tempted to just throw bookmarks EVERYWHERE.  ;D  I might go back and look over some of my favorite individual parts and give them a bookmark as well.

I can tell the story structure itself must have been building up for the longest time.  Sometimes, in tales like this that are still 'developing' as they are being released, you commonly see small hiccups or inconsistencies here and there.  I wasn't really aware of it until further on, but then remembering back I could not recall anything that took me out of my suspension of disbelief at all.  That was the most clear sign to me that even though this was being released over the course of two YEARS, that you had done so much to build this up and have it all flow together into the story it's become.

I will say that there is one portion that I am still unclear on, though.  I have tried to show this story to a friend of mine, and he was hung up on why all of the characters were furry.  I believe his main issue was how it came to the decision to include animal DNA into humans.  Not individual groups, or sections of society, but as a whole so that ALL humans are like this.  With one notable super-exception.  ^.^  I tried to answer him to the best of my ability, but I found that I couldn't come up with an answer either.  So, thanks to Natalie chatting with the others on her PET, I still don't fully understand Ms. Hendrix's explanation of The Great Skin Plague.  XD  I'm mostly wondering what kind of disease, or potentially fatal genetic flaw, or environmental issue that came about that was deadly to humans, or what have you that was the spur to push for this.  

So, I tried to puzzle it out on my own.  At first I was leaning to a MARKED drop in birth rates being the cause of this, with infertility or genetic disorders being passed on through humanity until it became a crisis.  Then I saw that Ms. Hendrix said that people were 'dying every day' that science couldn't find an answer, which threw that possibility out the window.  It probably wasn't environmental, or at least not the only cause:  If a change in location or environment would have been the answer, then there would likely still be even some small groups of humans that had decided to move into, or living in these environments that are 'pre-splice' as well.  Such as underground, or in space or so on.  Though, with that possibility it also makes me wonder if there are still some groups of humans like this to be found...though it might be unlikely.  If science has progressed to the point of making a ring in Earth's orbit, then it's likely that the entire surface of the planet is being used or has been charted out in one fashion or another.  Even if there were pre-splice humans that had gone underground or into space, they wouldn't be the same as Mr. Danger himself anymore from living isolated like this for so long.  It would actually make the advantages of being spliced MORE likely from the benefits of certain useful animal traits.

So the only possibility that seems most likely is a disease.  I'm thinking of something aggressive, deadly, and widespread that targets the skin of humans.  The skin is the largest single 'part' of a human, and it would be devastatingly effective.  More so if it would take months to develop.  Like a cancer of sorts, only much harder to detect.  Even if some LOOKED fine, they most likely still had it: there was no surefire way to be sure.  Everyone was at risk.  This would have been something that was being battled for years.

Oop, nearly at the 4000 character limit!  Will take a quick break and then elaborate more of my thoughts!  ^.^
Skulljack17
4 years, 2 months ago
And back!  So, a disease makes the most sense to me.  With Dr. Chu, the leading scientist that was mentioned who came up with this plan, it was held back when he proposed other changes for behavior as well...these changes I'm still not 100% clear on either.  I understand the pack mentality part being in place for one, but am unsure how this would translate to society as a whole...perhaps adding a subconscious desire to work for the group, and with everyone as a whole WOULD make sense to do that.

Though, it seems like Dr. Chu made some of these changes widely without 'approval' in the end...which makes me wonder if there are any other effects that have not really been noted that were passed down because of this...but anyway, back to more concrete ideas!

Method of transmission!  Administering a cure, even in the form of a genetic-sequence altering virus, would be a MAJOR undertaking!  I imagine hospitals and other more controlled areas were sampled first, and then spread out to further populated areas.  One of the most widespread ways to do this might be through foodstuffs, to ensure that people from all walks of life could be exposed to the splicing, and lower the probability of random chance factoring into exposure.  The virus to counter this skin disease could have a life expectancy of about...5 years, roughly?  I am mostly wildly guessing in this manner, but I have reasoning to back it up.  Starting out quickly to make the changes needed to 'cure and immunize' those that have it and the potential to get it, it would then move to configuring things more permanently, so that this immunity would pass to future generations.  This is also along with the pack mentality and other behavioral changes, so it would be a slow start for things to recover after the population had been affected so much.  Some with more complex changes to their bodies would probably require physical and mental therapy to get through the dramatic changes, as well as the mental stress from doing so, but only the first or second generation would experience this.  From then on, all humans would pretty much be furry.  Even those that did not take in the genetic virus in some way or another that survived, it's unlikely that there were many.  For any disease, there is usually only 11 or 15% of humans that will not die from a lethal pathogen...I believe.  I may have read that somewhere.  ^^;  Anywho, with these small numbers, it's unlikely that any other pre-splice humans would have survived to really breed and continue this dead line.  The lifespan of the virus would also show why Mr. Danger was not affected...it only continues through genetics at this point.

Wowzers, when I get started I can go on and on and on, huh?  Still, I like trying to figure out these kinds of things...reasoning out and deducing patterns, behaviors and the like for why something is the way it is.  Which is ALSO why I like some of the things in this story!  There's probably WAAAAY more things to discuss and talk about and think through!  But now that I look at the time, I remember I have some stuff to do.  So I think I'll stop before I get into discussing AI's as well, and take a bit of a break.  Hope to hear back from ya soon Norithics, and hope I didn't overwhelm ya.  ^.^;;
Norithics
4 years, 2 months ago
*laughs* Wow, you sure were focused on that one aspect. You may have intuited, of course, that I purposefully left out the explanation in volume 1. Still, your thoughts on the matter are pretty fascinating. : )
Skulljack17
4 years, 2 months ago
Hmmmm....I see!  Then you already have a reason thought up?  Naturally you would I suppose, but that makes me all the more curious to know what it is!  I'd ask if I'm close too, but I think I can wait a little longer to find out.  If not, perhaps we could discuss it in private!  I'm full of ideas!

How could I not be interested, though?  It's like trying to put a puzzle together piece by piece.  And then finding out if the picture you made is what you were SUPPOSED to make.  Sometimes you can make something entirely new and unexpected that others had not considered, or seen otherwise.  There are some veins of thought, or patterns that people can fall into for use of ideas.  I like to think that I can see some of these patterns that have been done so that I can explain them.  Without the whole picture in hand, so to speak, I am only limited by my imagination as to what it would look like in the end.
sedkitty
3 years, 9 months ago
Time to start a-reading.
Norithics
3 years, 9 months ago
Please enjoy!
sedkitty
3 years, 9 months ago
I've just finished the first issue, and I can tell you I am enjoying reading this.  Excellent work.
Norithics
3 years, 9 months ago
Wonderful~
HanzoHattari
3 years, 6 months ago
I think that Max and Gropey deserves a spin-off!
WankersCramp
1 year, 8 months ago
My first thought about this is that I have quite the dislike for this Cedric person, but bullies are quite dislikeable anyway.

I'm liking it so far, it's fun to read and is also easy to read yet also descriptive. I like how you also somewhat explained the origin of the species, I wouldn't mind learning about this more and I can say that Natalie and Carrie make a cute couple, you made the chemistry between hem quite believable.

I liked your use of descriptive text and you managed to retain the playful style you use in your art so it was not hard to visualize what was going on. I am also already seeing a darker side to this story, politics and gene manipulation can spell trouble. I imagine we will be seeing the stigma and the bigotry directed towards same sex couples, but I hope for a happy ending.

I am left wondering what Dr. Chu's improvements were, although I can take a guess XD

Onto the next chapter.
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