The Adapters: Army of Death (Pt 10)

Submitted into Contest #91 in response to: Set your story in a library, after hours.... view prompt

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Fantasy Fiction

This story is not directly related to the prompt.

People featured:

Varsha as Varsha

Jose as Luke

Palak as Palak

Ivy as Zoe

Felicity as Felicity

Anamy as Wish

CJ as Rainhart

Sia as Sia

Luna as Liz

Amethyst as Cirah

Celeste as Celeste

Ethan as Ethan

Danny as Scarlett

Celeste's character as Draco

Kayla as Nina

Wolfie as Treasure

Bucky as Achlys

โ€œTREASURE!โ€ shouted Luke, rushing to her side, blood staining her silver fur.ย 

I lunged for Nainika before she could go after Luke, sinking my claws into her flesh.

โ€œStay out of this!โ€ hissed Nainika, tears glistening in her green eyes.ย 

I lifted my hands, trying to conjure the one element that a panther cannot withstand. Fire licked my fingertips, its orange and yellow flame bringing fear into Nainikaโ€™s eyes. I touched my hand to the floor, a circle of fire surrounding Nainika. She backed up, her ears perked, every step a signal of liquid grace that now failed her. She stared at me, a flurry of emotions flooding her face. โ€œI never meant to kill her,โ€ she choked out. โ€œBut this warโ€ฆ itโ€™s done nothing but torn us apart. Siblings against siblings. Friends against friends.โ€

I hesitated, my hands lowering, the flames slowly dying out.ย 

I let the fire disperse as Nainika stared at me in shock, then ran off, her silky black tail disappearing behind her.ย 

I rushed to Treasureโ€™s side, her chest slowly rising and falling as Luke frantically tried to staunch the blood flow. Varsha rushes forward, caressing Treasureโ€™s silver fur.ย 

โ€œThank you.โ€ Varsha whispers, tears flowing down her cheek.ย 

Treasure looks up at her, blue eyes meeting blue eyes.ย 

โ€œI couldnโ€™tโ€ฆ do it.โ€ said Treasure, each word taking more and more effort.

โ€œI know,โ€ said Varsha. โ€œI know.โ€

โ€œMaybe we can still get her to Zoe and Felicity,โ€ said Luke frantically. โ€œMaybe they can help her. Maybe itโ€™s not too lateโ€ฆโ€

โ€œNo,โ€ mumbled Treasure. โ€œItโ€™sโ€ฆ no use. Iโ€™m sorry Lukeโ€ฆ for everything.โ€

โ€œNo,โ€ said Luke. โ€œNo, no, no! Donโ€™t give up on me! Please!โ€

โ€œThereโ€™s... nothing else... that can be done.โ€

I stayed silent, not wanting to intrude on this precious moment, when Treasure turned to me.

โ€œHeโ€™s coming, Harper. Heโ€™s coming... after you. He has something... you donโ€™t know about.โ€

โ€œWhat is it?โ€ I asked anxiously.

โ€œHe canโ€ฆโ€ she gasped, the last wisps of her life flowing away. Her body went limp as her last breath was drawn.

โ€œNo!โ€ shouted Luke. โ€œNo, it canโ€™t end like this! Treasure!โ€

Varsha placed a hand on Lukeโ€™s shoulder as he shuddered in his hands, smearing Treasureโ€™s blood on his face.

I saw a flash of brown, and next thing I knew, I was knocked to the ground by a small girl with kinky dark brown hair and caramel colored skin. Her snake tongue flickered in and out while her brown eyes seethed with rage.

โ€œYou killed him!โ€ she shrieked, raising the dagger in her hand. โ€œI loved him, and you killed him!โ€ She plunged the dagger down, and I dodged right, barely missing the blade. She raised her dagger again when Varsha pulled her off. The girl thrashed in Varshaโ€™s hand and thrust her dagger into Varshaโ€™s side. Luke cried out as he thrust a knife at the girl, piercing her skull. Luke rushed to Varshaโ€™s side, the blood spilling from her body.

โ€œNO!โ€ shouted Luke. โ€œNot you too! Varsha, speak to me, say something, please!โ€

I stared at the limp and lifeless body in Lukeโ€™s hands, guilt surging through me.

โ€œNoโ€ฆโ€ whispered Luke, pulling Varsha close to her.

โ€œI canโ€ฆ take her to Zoe. Toโ€ฆโ€ I hesitated.

Luke nodded. โ€œIโ€™ll make sure her grave is special.โ€ He looked at Treasureโ€™s dead body. โ€œTreasureโ€™s too.โ€

I nodded, then got up. โ€œNeed help?โ€ย 

โ€œNo,โ€ said Luke. โ€œI got it. And I need some time aloneโ€ฆ.โ€

I nodded, then raised my wings. I flew back to Zoe and Felicityโ€™s cave, which they have turned into their makeshift hospital.

Zoe and Felicity rushed around tending to the wounded, dark circles forming under their eyes.

โ€œLuke will be here with two moreโ€ฆ casualties,โ€ I told Zoe.

โ€œOh noโ€ฆ thanks for letting me know.โ€ She continued to work with a patient whoโ€™s elbow was facing the wrong way.

โ€œWhereโ€™s Celeste?โ€ I asked.

Zoe pointed to a small corner in the cave. I walked over to Celeste, noticing the bandages wrapped around her torso. Her eyes were a deep shade of blue, and she held a small bundle of brown fur in her hands.

โ€œPalak, she was my best friend,โ€ whispered Celeste. โ€œShe was always smiling, always cheering me up.โ€ Celeste glanced back up at me. โ€œShe would always say that my best feature was my wings, because it showed the brightness inside of me. And now, even those are taken awayโ€ฆโ€

She choked down a sob as I consoled her, her purple hair dull, her antennas drooping.

โ€œIโ€™d like some alone time, if thatโ€™s okay,โ€ said Celeste, fiddling with her celestine necklace.

I nodded, then made my way across the cave. I went back to where Ethan last was and found Zoe talking to him. Ethan laughed at something she said, and I felt a pang of jealousy. I was about to walk away when Ethan noticed me and waved me over.

โ€œHarper!โ€ he said. Zoe left, eyeing me as she grabbed more bandages.

โ€œHowโ€™s the injuries?โ€ I asked.

โ€œGood. Zoe just put on a little of her magic healing feathers, works wonders.โ€

โ€œThatโ€™s goodโ€ฆโ€ I said.ย 

โ€œHarperโ€ฆ is the battle over?โ€

I shook my head. โ€œPeople are still out there fighting.โ€

Ethan sighed. โ€œI wish I could go back out there and help. I already tried sneaking out once, but Felicity caught me and ordered me back.โ€

โ€œWell, you are injured.โ€ย 

โ€œItโ€™s just a little cut.โ€

I sighed. โ€œ... Iโ€™m going back out there.โ€

Ethanโ€™s smile dropped from his lips. โ€œNo.โ€

โ€œI have to, Ethan. I canโ€™t sit here and watch others fight while I sit here and do nothing.โ€

โ€œItโ€™s already risky enough you being out there once! You wouldโ€™ve gotten killed if it wasnโ€™t for me! Without you, Harper, there is no more war. Azazel almost wiped us out last time we went without an All-Beast.โ€

โ€œWell how important am I to the war sitting here and doing nothing?!โ€

โ€œYouโ€™re a lot safer here than out there!

โ€œI can fend for myself, Ethan! Iโ€™m going out there, and thereโ€™s nothing you can do about it.โ€ย 

I turned to leave when Ethan grasped my wrist, his eyes pleading. โ€œPlease, Harper. Donโ€™t go.โ€

โ€œI have to,โ€ I whispered as I thrust my hand from him and turned before I could see the hurt look in his eyes.

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I flew through the field and noticed Liz and Cirah standing back to back against a group of bird-like people. Cirah slashed at anyone who came too close, her usual white arctic fur stained with blood. Her fox ears were perked up, listening for any unusual sounds, shifting her metal leg. Liz had her bow raised, letting arrow after arrow fly at the winged people. One of them lunged towards Liz and knocked her to the ground before she could take a shot. Cirah stabbed the person and shoved it off of Lily as someone else shot towards her, grabbing her by the shoulders and lifting her in the air. Liz raised her bow, then hesitated, not wanting to accidentally shoot Cirah. She noticed me flying in the distance, her bright blue eyes gazing into mine. I nodded my head and flew up towards Cirah, opening my talons. I scratched at the personโ€™s wings, causing them to lose their balance and drop Cirah. I dived down and grabbed her by the arms, carrying her away from the bird group. Liz followed behind, shooting anyone who came too close. I dropped Cirah off behind a rock formation, then flew back to Liz. Sia flew in and grabbed Liz, her blue streaked hair flowing in the wind.

โ€œThanks!โ€ I shouted at Sia. She smiled and nodded at me before going behind the rock formation I had left Cirah.

Rainhart leaped out from nowhere and pounced on some of the people who were following me and Sia, the orange and black fur on her back gleaming with sweat. Her usually grey eyes were yellow with anger as she took off her shoe and smacked the downed person.

โ€œNo manners!โ€ she exclaimed. โ€œNo manners at all! Your madre should have taught you better.โ€ The person cried out in pain as I landed in front of her.ย 

โ€œYou mustโ€™ve been hitting that person pretty hard if they were crying out like that.โ€

Rainhart lifted her shoe, revealing the hidden spikes underneath. โ€œThis helps a bit too.โ€

I smiled. โ€œRemind me not to mess with you.โ€

โ€œGladly,โ€ she said, putting the shoe back on her foot.ย 

Wish flew in beside Rainhart, her hijab flapping in the wind.

โ€œSorry Iโ€™m late,โ€ she said, rubbing her eyes. โ€œI was supposed to be doing the night scouting, but they called for backup when the Predators attacked.โ€

โ€œAt least youโ€™re here now,โ€ I said reassuringly. We all flew back to the center field, where the fighting had not ceased. Blood stained the ground, bodies littered the floor. I recognized so many faces on the ground. I landed next to Sia, who had just finished striking down a leopard. She glanced down the field and raised her eyebrows at me.

โ€œYour boyfriendโ€™s here,โ€ she said teasingly.

โ€œWhat? He is? I mean, heโ€™s notโ€ฆโ€

Ethan came up behind me, placing a hand on my shoulder.ย 

โ€œHey Harper! Finally convinced Felicity and Zoe to let me back into the battlefield.โ€

I nodded, too preoccupied with something else. I was feeling strange vibrations on the ground, and Ethan sensed my uneasiness.

โ€œWhatโ€™s wrong?โ€ he asked.

โ€œIโ€™mโ€ฆ not sure. But something is coming, and itโ€™s not good.โ€

I flew up into the sky for a better view, and my blood ran cold as I saw a large army marching towards us with Azazel in the lead.

April 26, 2021 19:34

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Phoenix Langston
00:06 Apr 27, 2021

Happy birthday to you, Abigail! ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‰ This series seems very interesting, too. I'll start with Part 1 and work my way up soon, okay?

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Phoenix Langston
16:46 Apr 27, 2021

You're welcome! Did you enjoy your birthday? And I am interested in your series, although it seems as if I've gotta buckle up for a whole lot of death. ๐Ÿ’€

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I've tried telling them, but they blew me off, sayin I have no idea what its like to live with a mental illness and that im just trying to "follow the trend" liek evryone else. I dont hav anything else to live for.

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Phoenix Langston
21:58 Apr 27, 2021

Why would they think that? Even if your parents don't understand, I'm sure they still love you. It would cause them a lot of pain if you weren't alive anymore. And we don't want anything like that to happen to you, either. There's gotta be something you love enough to keep living for, Abigail. Something.

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I don't know, reedsy kept me going for a bit but even that started to fade. My friends abandoned me, Phoenix. I was there for them every day and the one time I really needed them they left me. Now I'm afraid it's going to happen again. That's why I tend to overshare, hoping that if they knew enough about me they would stay. Everyone I ever loved abandoned me. I stood strong and helped them and they abandoned me. Everything I ever wanted was taken away from me. I spent most of my life alone, and when I finally get friends, they stab me in...

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Phoenix Langston
16:58 Apr 27, 2021

I'm glad! I should actually start with Part 1 in order to understand the whole story. How many more parts do you plan on writing? Ooh, boy, out of the 20 characters, how many are still alive? Fewer than 10?

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lol yeah it's better to understand by reading from the beginning. I plan on writing one, maybe two more parts, just wrapping up the series. Out of twenty there is... 12 alive, not including whoever dies in the next parts. And thats physically alive, not counting those who are emotionally dead like Luke. :) hheheheehhe

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Nooooo Palak- I- #^#%^%#*#%^^ Draco lol- My emotions:๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

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Amany Sayed
22:07 Apr 26, 2021

I didn't die! I've caught myself up officially. How do people stay with stories for ten parts? I admire your commitment. The only thing I would say is the grammar can be a bit messy and your romance is a tad rushed, but I enjoyed them nonetheless. Keep it up!

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Yay! Thank you! Lol once I start it I gotta finish it XD. Yeah a bit messy trying to do in in class XD and I had to rush the romance in there for some last minute character changes, thanks for the feedback!

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so much deathhhhh whyyyyyyyyyyy stupid cliff hanger I dont even know who's alive anymore TvT great job tho!! This line: "Fire licked my fingertips, its orange and yellow flame bringing fear into Nainikaโ€™s eyes" Is absolutely beautiful and all this death is killing me(ironic) ETHAN AND HARPER NEED TO BE A COUPLE OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG if this series ends without them together I will never be the same no pressure;) they're so cute together thooooooo amazing job Abbie!

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heehhehehe DEATH lol ya gotta love the cliffhangers Here's a list XD: Harper: alive Varsha: dead Luke: alive (barely) Lillian: dead Palak: dead Zoe: alive Felicity: alive Wish: alive Rainhart: alive Sia: alive Liz: alive Cirah: alive Celeste: alive (barely) Ethan: alive Scarlett: dead Draco: dead Nina: dead Treasure: dead Achlys: alive Nainika: dead lol planning to kill some more as well XD yesssss lol had to include that XD worked so well plus a black panthers only weakness is fire soo.... XD Lol heheheheh LOLLLLLLL HEHEHEHHEHHEHEH XD heheh...

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noooooo so many people died :'( the cliffhanger master strikes yet again- the question is, who is alive anymore? XD so many people got killed in this one~ you're super good at writing actionnnnn ahhh the descriptions <3 lmk when the next part comes out!! ~ Amethyst

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heheheheh everyone loves the cliffhangers more people going to die lol Heres the list: Harper: alive Varsha: dead Luke: alive (barely) Lillian: dead Palak: dead Zoe: alive Felicity: alive Wish: alive Rainhart: alive Sia: alive Liz: alive Cirah: alive Celeste: alive (barely) Ethan: alive Scarlett: dead Draco: dead Nina: dead Treasure: dead Achlys: alive Nainika: dead (maybe, she disappeared lol) planning to kill more. Tysmmmm I wil!

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yasssssssss XD tHeRe'S sO mAnY pPl-

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Valerie June
20:50 Apr 26, 2021

I'm sorry to be the only one doing this but here goes. Critique time! "She backed up, her ears perked, every step a signal of liquid grace that now failed her." I was a bit confused by this sentence, but that might just be me. Were you trying to say that her courage was failing her so she was losing her grace when she saw the fire? I don't know. XD The only other critique I have was the part just after Treasure bit the dust. --> โ€œYou killed him!โ€ she shrieked, raising the dagger in her hand. โ€œI loved him, and you killed him!" I got kinda lo...

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Yeah sorry about that XD started to get burnout near the end and it got a bit rushed. Yeah, I was sort of trying to say that her usual courage and liquid grace basically dispersed when the fire appeared (black panthers only weakness is fire) so yeah sorry for the confusion XD Oh sorry, was a bit vague in this area. This was from Harpers pov and she didnt know the girl, so it was a bit difficult writing this part. That's Nina, which, in the previous parts, you would notice her glancing and Draco and becoming jealous of his and Scarlett's rel...

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Valerie June
16:17 Apr 27, 2021

Understandable! Agreed. Your explanation helped clear things up. Maybe next time you can do something like this, "You killed my Draco! You killed him you monsters!" Just to further clarify. :) Someone requested moi? I am flattered. XD Funny thing...I was going to ask you if I could have a love interest, but I didn't want to ask because I thought it would be too major a change. I was thinking that since I'm probably going all crazy at not being able to protect my sisters, I would need someone else to love (to pour some of my crazy messed up e...

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lol yeah that would make more sense XD lol don't worry I'm working it in, since it wasn't there in the beginning it's not as clear but I'm doing my best with that :) romance is not my strong point lol hehehehhehe. I'm planning that you will be mentally distant, talking to basically no one, always zoning out, and the only one who can kind of bring you back to reality is your love interest :) you'll see who they are lol yeah I sort of understood, I'll try XD lol XDd thanks i needed to keep track so i dont accidentally bring someone back to life

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Valerie June
16:48 Apr 27, 2021

Romance isn't my strong point, either. I want to improve on it though because some romance stories can turn out really well! Mentally distant, talking to no one, always zoning out; kinda sounds like me in person when I'm in a mood lol. XD I wonder who the lucky person will be... XDD That would be hilarious if you brought someone back to life! XD The list looks pretty heartless, but I'm sure it's helping with organization.

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20:31 Apr 26, 2021

ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh no here comes Azazel and more death and destuction you know it almost kinda feels like you're ENJOYING killing all these characters (can't blame you honestly)

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Palak Shah
19:54 Apr 26, 2021

oh no, I died oops :)) But I love this so much, hehehehhehehe

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heheheheh yay :D lol tyyy so many ppl died lol, just going through my character cards saying "dead... dead... dead... oh, this person's alive... dead... emotionally dead... going to be dead... dead..." XDD

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Palak Shah
19:56 Apr 26, 2021

Yh, but it is written pretty well :))

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oh noes I died XDDDD why am I laughing XD Maybe I've lost it XDD I'm going crazy XDDDD ;lkjhgfdfghujioiuytrtghjkloiuygfdfghjiuytfdsdcfghjhgfcxcvbhjkjnbvcvbnbvcxzsasdfttrew2123456789009876543wsdfghjkoiuyhnmlp['/.,l;[]?.,mjnhgfdfghjklknbvcxzsdfghjkl,mnbvcxzsdfghjk

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18:48 Apr 27, 2021

Uhh...I think you accidently typed my name instead of Liz's somewhere... Other than that though, amazing jobbbbbb!!! Still love it even though I'm...dead... Onto the next!!

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17:32 Apr 27, 2021

Can i just say that I laughed so hard when Rainhart said "No manners!" Just pulled her shoe off and slapped him...I can't even...kjhugyhbjk Also so many people dead :(

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XDDDD lolol had to keep in that latino thing lol sorry you're not involved much in this series, so many charactersss, that's why I'm killing so many of them so I can give the ones who survived a lil more spotlight :) I love killing characters ehehehehe

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I am amazed! This is increadible work again Abby! I don't have a way of describing how good it was.... And yes... Varsha has died :( Feel bad for Luke. BUTTTT still I lovedddd it! Maybe I could make another character with a different name? Like lukes cousin?!

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tysm!!! Unfortunately the series is reaching its end so I cannot add any new characters at this time. And I intend for Luke to become mentally ill because he lost everyone he tried to protect and you guys were all he had left :)

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Of course.. aww, I really enjoyed this. Oh well, good things come to an end sometime. Also how have u been feeling? I read ur bio. U ok? If u ever need anything, just let me know.

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Samantha Langley
12:39 Apr 27, 2021

HAPPY (LATE) BIRTHDAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!! Here's some๐Ÿฆand ๐ŸŽ‚! Oh, and some celebratory fireworks JUST for you! ๐ŸŽ‡ ๐ŸŽ† ๐ŸŽ‡ ๐ŸŽ† ๐ŸŽ‡ ๐ŸŽ†

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