Walking in to the building I can't help but wonder why I'm even here. This is third school in four months. Looking around I see the usual group of students rushing around and thankfully they seem to be ignoring me.
Just about to think that maybe this school wouldn't be so bad my thoughts were interrupted by one of the worst things I could run into, a pack of wolves. I guess I should explain why. I'm Nathen, a hybrid, or as most would say a mongrel. I'm a small wolf-mouse mix, mostly mouse to those who see me from a distance until they see my ears and tail.
Transfering in the middle of the year is always a pain. Being the new guy is enough to make you a target. Being a hybrid dose not help either.Hybrids do not have survial rates, so we tend stand out, even when the traits are minute.
The typical pack alpha walks up and I can already see how this going to end. "Hey look, the new guy's a runt!" the leader of group, obviously the bullying type, making a stupid attempt to make himself look scary.
"I don't feel like dealing with your kind today, how 'bout you just go around saying you did whatever it is you were going to do and give me some peace." I figured that this ploy was going to fail anyway, but I did promise dad I would at least try to avoid getting kicked out again.
The lower ranking members didn't help either as they keep egging their leader on. "You going to let some runt half bread talk to you like that, boss?"
The larger moved forward and I steeled myself.
"No, runts need to know their place."
He swings, I duck and get ready to bring him and his lackeys down. As the fist goes over me I start to go into the Tyrant Rave. I am about to land it and knock this guy clear across the building when a familiar and unwelcome voice pours like a bucket of ice water over my head.
"What the hell are you doing here?" my twin sister Noel. The group backs off and I back flip away from them. The leader responds first.
"You know this jerk ?"
I decide to speak up at this point "I thought dad wasn't going to send us to the same school anymore. At least not after the last time."
Noel said. "Well what did you expect, you are running out of schools that will take you."
Irritated by the current state of things I simply said. "Fine, I'll make you a deal. Keep your 'friends' off my case and stay out of my way, in return, I will keep a low profile so you won't catch grief, deal?" I pause waiting for an answer.
It only takes a moment but she nods. "Fine, sounds fair."
I walk off knowing that the deal probably won't last long, but for today I should be ok.
"Sorry about that Jack, he wasn't always like this." Noel said to the alpha wolf as I walked away.
The pack leader looked confused at this point "Why are you apologizing Noel?"
She shook her head, "Think about it, we're twins. You didn't know but he was going to use Tyrant Rave on you, and had he landed that technique we would not be having this talk." Jack looked a bit confuesed, "He dose not really resemble you that much, other being a hybrid like you". Noel got quiet, not rally wanting to explain the whole situation in the middle of the school. Noel like me, as you could guess, is a Hybrid as well. We were at one point nearly identical, but after a while diffrences begain to show. I remained small did start showing more resmblance to dad, where Noel started to look more like mom. Our fur started changing to. We both stated as mostly white with gray makings, but after our first big fight, my markings started turning an almost fire red and hers more of an eletrict blue.
At this point it dawned on him what she meant. "So he can fight like you?"
Walking up to him she answered, "Yes, he has been kicked out of several schools already"
I meanwhile, by some miracle, make it to the end of the day without further incident. Well, other than usual nonsense of having to be stood up in front of the class for introductions. Which for all intents and purposes marks you as target for all of the established cliques.
While grabbing my stuff from my locker at the end of the day, I hear another voice behind me. Out of pure habit I swing around and try to knock the daylights out of whoever is behind me. To my surprise the taller fox catches my fist and smiles. "Noel was right, you have changed man."
Being to irritated to recognize him I simply state "What part of 'leave me alone' does my sister not understand?" What surprises me next is the expression on his face, a hurt look coming over him.
"You really don't remember me?"
"Kain?" Is all can say at this point, the rough exterior I have been using for a long time now falters.
"Man, I'm sorry, I thought I told Noel to let you know I was at this school." I don't say anything and as always he seems to read me like a book "You two still aren't good terms are you?"
Relaxing a bit, I answer "No, we disowned each other after the huge fight two schools back." The look he gives me cuts to my heart, making me actually feel bad about it.
"You can't hold that against her forever, I can forgive, why can't you?"
"She betrayed us, I can't forgive that. I was happy there, had friends, was not hassled about being a hybrid. Now I can't even stay in a school...."
Kain in his gentle manner interrupted gently. "Ok, you have a point about that, but what about the other incidents?"
I want to object, but deep down I know he is right, "They had it coming" my voice was wavering now.
"I thought as much, but think of this way, I can be here for you now." At his soft words my cold exterior dropped, remembering all the good times. "That dose make things seem better."
"I know this a touchy subject, but she is your family"
I am unconvinced by his reasoning, too much had happened. I turn and look at him "Blood doesn't equal family, guarantee love, or make every wrong magically go away."
Kain looks a bit worried now, this wasn't the furrson he remembered, he did however drop the subject for the time being. Deciding a more private place would make more sense to talk over his concerns and questions he smiled. "You doing anything after school?"
I shrug "Not really, just need stop by my place."
Kain chuckles a bit "Your dad actually keeping you under control?"
I kinda laugh "Not really, I think he will be pleased with how today went though, the last school did not go so well. Why do you ask?"
Kain smiled "I was wondering if you would like to come to my place tonight, it's Friday so we could have the whole weekend to catch up."
Thinking for a bit I nod in agreement "That really sounds like a good idea. Maybe I can finally relax a bit."
The walk back to my place was quick. We went in to find my dad waiting. He didn't quite look upset nor did he look all that happy, seeing Kain did complicate things a lot too. "Hi dad." I try to act normal, not knowing what's going on.
"Your sister called, said you picked a fight with a group of her friends."
Kain spoke up. "He didn't do that, they were giving him grief."
Dad looked skeptical, but seemed to accept that for the time being. "Well, I guess since it wasn't the school or police calling today I can call that good news" He glanced at Kain again, not in very welcoming manner.
I caught this as well as Kain. "Get over it dad, you said you wanted me at school to make friends in the first place."
Dad was still not too thrilled, but did realize that me meeting Kain again was something that helped the situation. I didn't notice to begin with, but the cold and emotionless exterior that I had been using had softened a bit.
"You are right." he paused thinking about all that happened recently. Mostly changes in my personalty, I used to be a bright-eyed happy go lucky kind of guy. Then there were several events that caused a lot of pain for everyone, eventually splintering the family. I could see in his eyes the decision to try and start from scratch, worrying about the growing rift between us.
At this point he looks at Kain, then at me "You could try to get along with your sister, you're twins after all."
"I can only promise to have nothing to do with her, if I had any say at all in the matter I would be an only child."
Both dad and Kain were taken aback by the venom in my voice.
Kain spoke first "That's harsh."
Dad was surprised by that response, he expected Kain to just jump in and defend my position.
At this point I stomped up to my room to ditch my school stuff. Memories started Flooding back, the custody hearing being the most proment this time. Mom making it crystal clear that she did not want me. "I don't see why we even need this meeting, I only want custody of my daughter. That demon can stay with his father." I at this point was past livid. "Better a demon than right wing not job." Noel prtical straing daggers at me"You cant talk to good people like that, mabey if you wernt such heathen...." I cut her off here "You mean moraly uptight bigots that do everything they can to control thoese not smart enough or strong enogh to know better? Given the choice id much rather stay with dad than some bible humping church monger." Trying to put the memories out of my head, I think of Kain. This reminds that he is waiting down stirs.
Kain went to follow but my dad laid a paw on his shoulder, turning him back to ask him something. "Do you think he is capable of anything other than resentment?"
Kain's voice was quite but kind "I think so, but he needs time. furrsons handle things differently, and we were all hit hard. I think the best thing to do is to just let him work it out for himself till he wants help dealing with it. It doesn't show, but deep down there's a lot of depression and sadness."
He looked at Kain, this time impressed and more approving "Maybe, maybe you're right. You've grown in more ways than one I see."
Kain took the opportunity to ask a question. "Would you mind if Nate spent the weekend with me?"
Dad look at him thoughtfully "You really do care about him, don't you."
"Yes, a lot" Kain answered without any hesitation.
"Ok, I doubt me saying no would stop him anyway."
Kain looked at him "He is not rebelling, he is just miserable. I know you see it.”
Before anything else can be said I walk back downstairs.
I toss my backpack over my shoulder. "I'm ready Kain." I say as I walk out the door.
But outside I find Noel standing there, waiting for me. "What do you want?" I say in a very cold voice.
"You cannot hold this grudge forever." She says, standing her ground.
At this point I'm really losing my patience. "Leave me alone, we are NOT family anymore."
She shakes her head, "Not family? We are twins, how can we not be."
I put my pack down and hold my arm out, as the Flame Seal word appears in my clenched fist."Leave now, I have nothing to talk to YOU about.” I force my weapon forward, a sizable stream of flames flies in her direction as I recite. "Gun Fang"
She jumps out of the way looking surprised and a bit hurt, she really wanted to try and apologize. “You're right, Sol, your not my brother. Your just a weapon now."
Kain and dad rush out of the door at the commotion and see what me standing there holding the Flame Seal sword aimed at my sister. Dad and Kain both wonder if its going to be repeat of the fight that got us both kicked out of school and started this whole mess.
"If I'm a weapon, it's your fault!"
Kain walks up to me now "Lets just go." he looks me in the eyes and I quickly give in.
"Ok." The blade dissipates from sight and we depart, leaving dad and Noel speechless.
Still shaken from the encounter, Noel quietly spoke "How does Kain do that?"
Dad responds "I'm just surprised he will still listen to anyone anymore."