The Adapters: The Past (Pt 4)

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Fiction Fantasy

โ€œHide!โ€ hissed Varsha.

Celeste wrapped herself in her wings, changing their color to match her surroundings.

โ€œOh, come on, Celeste!โ€ whispered Zoe. โ€œWe all canโ€™t camouflage like you!โ€

Celeste reappeared with a shy look on her face. โ€œSorry,โ€ she mumbled.

โ€œQuickly, here!โ€ shouted Luke, grabbing his sisterโ€™s arm and bounding for the bushes.

โ€œOw, Luke! Youโ€™re pinching me!โ€

โ€œSorry,โ€ mumbled Luke, slightly loosening his grip on Varshaโ€™s arm.

We all dived into the bushes. Celeste tried to hide her large wings, changing their color to the forest green behind them.

The small army came closer and closer, marching in unison, holding up a black flag with a red spider symbol in the middle.

All of the blood drained from my face as the memories came flooding back. Flashes of the flag, dead bodies on the ground, whispers of safety and freedom as the warmth in my motherโ€™s wings slowly slipped awayโ€ฆ

โ€œHarper,โ€ whispered Felicity. โ€œAre you okay?โ€

I shook my head violently, too afraid to speak. Memories of a large spider, slowly walking to my motherโ€™s dying body, sneering as he drained the life out of herโ€ฆ

โ€œHarper, snap out of it!โ€ hissed Zoe, grasping my arm.

My breathing quickened as the panic of the past threatened to resurface. My body trembled, my wings ran cold, my fingers and talons went numb. The world swayed as my head became light, overwhelmed as memory after horrid memory burst their way in.ย 

โ€œCeleste, get us out of here,โ€ whispered Luke, his voice shaking.ย 

Celeste nodded, stretching her large wings and mimicking the color and pattern of the forest behind them. Zoe grabbed my arm and followed Luke as we escaped the forest and the memories of spiders and death and

my mother...

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โ€œHarper, we canโ€™t help you unless you tell us what happened.โ€

I clutched the small cup in my hand, sipping the herbal tea Felicity made for me.ย 

โ€œI saw him,โ€ I whispered.ย 

โ€œWho?โ€ asked Zoe.ย 

โ€œI donโ€™t know his name, but he had the legs of a spider, eyes the color of bloodโ€ฆโ€

โ€œAzazel,โ€ whispered Felicity.

โ€œThatโ€™s his name?โ€ I asked.

They all nodded, solemn looks on their faces.

โ€œAzazel is the only known All-Beast alive, the leader of the Predators, a group set out to destroy the government and anyone who stands in their way,โ€ said Celeste.

โ€œWhatโ€™s an All-Beast?โ€ I asked.

โ€œAn All-Beast is someone who can transform parts of them into any non-extinct animal. He is the only one alive. There used to be another, butโ€ฆโ€

โ€œWhat else did you see?โ€ whispered Zoe.

โ€œMy mother,โ€ I whispered.ย 

โ€œWho was your mother?โ€ asked Zoe, handing me another cup of herbal tea.

โ€œ... she was a harpy eagle, like me. In the memories, I sawโ€ฆ.โ€

I inhaled sharply before continuing.

โ€œ... I saw him kill her.โ€

โ€œWoah woah, hold up,โ€ said Celeste, holding up her hands. โ€œYour mother was a harpy eagleโ€ฆ that was killed by Azazel himselfโ€ฆโ€

โ€œWe need to talk to Lillian,โ€ said Zoe.

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A few moments later, Zoe walked back into the room with a woman behind her. She had chestnut brown hair tied back into a ponytail. Her natural gold highlights seemed to glow. Her chocolate brown eyes gazed around the room, gold strands weaving in and out of her pupils. Her brown and white wings were folded next to her, her talons and backwards knee mimicking mine.

When her eyes met mine, her tanned skin went pale. She lifted her hand to her mouth, eyes wide in shock.ย 

โ€œIt canโ€™t beโ€ฆโ€ she whispered.

She walked up to me and reached out her hand. I flared my wings slightly out of instinct, then blushed at my reaction.ย 

She gazed into my faded yellow eyes as she brushed my black hair back.

โ€œHow are you alive?โ€ she whispered. โ€œWe all thought you were dead, killed along with your motherโ€ฆโ€

โ€œSo it is her?โ€ asked Zoe. โ€œShe isโ€ฆโ€

โ€œYes,โ€ answered Lillian, never taking her eyes off of me. โ€œShe is Heatherโ€™s daughter.โ€

โ€œYou knew my mother?โ€ I asked.

โ€œOh yes, we were very good friends. She was one of the few All-Beasts alive, aside from Azazel,โ€ replied Lillian.

She smiled. โ€œYou look exactly like your mother,โ€ she whispered.ย 

โ€œWhat happened to her?โ€ I asked hesitantly.ย 

The smile dropped from Lillianโ€™s face. โ€œShe died in battleโ€ฆ an ambush on our old home. She tried to protect you, but Azazel got to her andโ€ฆโ€

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โ€œMother Heather, your daughter!โ€

I was already concentrating on the wings of a dragonfly. My grey and white wings shrunk into my back as thin, transparent wings sprouted. I instantly lifted my new wings and flew through the air, painfully ignoring the dead bodies littering the floor and the blood staining the walls.

All that mattered right now was my daughter.

I burst into the room that used to be decorated feathers and flowers, but now was as black as coal, flames creeping up the walls. My blood ran cold as I saw the hairy spider legs tapping on the floor, his red eyes gleaming with delight, holding a small, feathery bundle in his arms.

โ€œYou let go of my daughter, you slimy little-โ€

โ€œAh ah,โ€ said Azazel, fingering the still baby. โ€œSheโ€™s sleeping.โ€

A wail emerged from the child, practically shaking the walls. Iโ€™ve never been so glad to hear that sound.

โ€œLooks like you woke her up,โ€ he said, the corners of his mouth rising, his black spider legs shifting.ย 

โ€œLet. Her. Go,โ€ I hissed, replacing my dragonfly wings with my natural harpy ones.

โ€œI donโ€™t think so,โ€ he sneered. โ€œHow would it look if the daughter of the great Mother Heather turned to the dark side, fighting against those who raised her, hmm?โ€

โ€œOver my dead body,โ€ I said, claws emerging from my hands.

โ€œOh, so you want to fight, eh? How about I return the baby first, so the poor thing doesnโ€™t get hurt, hmm? Iโ€™m not that heartless.โ€

โ€œI wouldnโ€™t put it past you,โ€ I whispered.

He lifted the baby towards me, her bright yellow eyes etched with fear and confusion.

I hesitated, knowing Azazel must have some trick up his sleeve. I couldnโ€™t just leave her in the hand of thisโ€ฆ sick monster, so I reached out my hand and yanked my baby towards me.ย 

Before I could react, I felt a sharp pain in my abdomen. Azazel pulled back his scorpion tail, blood dripping off the tip, grinning in satisfaction.

I dropped to my knees, clutching my precious daughter against my body, wrapping her in my wings. Blood dripped down my abdomen, staining the floor red. I focused all of my energy on her, trying to use the only spell taught to me that I was forbidden to use unless in an emergency situation. I pressed my daughter closer to me as I finished the chant.

โ€œI will always love you, Raya... Iโ€™m sorry I couldnโ€™t be a better mother, but I can at least give you thisโ€ฆโ€

My arms tingled as she disappeared from my arms into a grey mist.

I looked up to see Azazelโ€™s bloodred eyes shining with hatred.ย 

โ€œYouโ€™llโ€ฆ never find her nowโ€ฆ she will liveโ€ฆโ€

Azazel shot forward, locking his hand on my throat. โ€œIt wonโ€™t matter. I will hunt her down and kill her, just like I will do to youโ€ฆโ€

He lifted his scorpion tail and lightly pressed it against my head.

โ€œAny last words?โ€ he sneered.

โ€œYou canโ€™t win, and you will never win, you monster.โ€ I spit in his face, the pink liquid dripping off his cheek.

He growled and lifted his scorpion tail.ย 

โ€œSoar high, my daughter, and free us all,โ€ I whispered as the tail came in contact with my skull and my last breath was drawn.

March 16, 2021 15:11

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Endellion .
19:05 Mar 16, 2021

Hey! Can I change my character's name? I know I'm not in any of the stories yet, and I feel like Bucky isn't a good bad guy name. If I can't, that's fine too!

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Endellion .
19:31 Mar 16, 2021

What about Achlys? It means darkness.

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Endellion .
19:56 Mar 16, 2021

Thnx. I'm officially a detective! She filled my form as a character named Wish, I saw there was a character with the same name who filled your form, so I put together it was her. Either that and I was completely wrong and someone else just chose the same name.

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13:56 Apr 24, 2021

Dang That was an interesting ending I can see why people always talk about you and your cliffhangers

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Raelynn Wei
23:44 Mar 16, 2021

Hiiiiiii!! Just wanted to let you know that my newest TSD featuring you is out today!

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Valerie June
18:18 Mar 16, 2021

This is probably getting redundant...but I just wanted to tell you that I loved this story so much! Each character is slowly getting developed and in each part we get a small, but neat idea of the story. I loved the backstory with Harper's mom, but at first I was very confused. I think, just to make it flow better Lillian can say a line just to introduce the flashback. Something else I noticed in the beginning was that you used the word 'mumbled' as your speaker tags very close to each other. (Celeste reappeared with a shy look on her face...

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muttered, there we go! I was trying to think of the other word but couldnt rememebr it, ty for pointing that out XD yeah lol i couldnt figure out how to introduce the flashback without making it sound corny or something ty for the feedback!

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Valerie June
19:31 Mar 16, 2021

Yeah, introducing flashbacks is really hard to do especially since this one is from Harper's mom POV. If you can't change it without making it sound corny then you should probably just keep it since it seems like a lot of other people were able to get that it was a flashback. :) I'm not sure if you play the Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, I don't, but I've since my friends play it, and Azazel kind of reminds me of Calamity Ganon but on a much smaller scale?!

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gefywiusdahodbi Yes. I hate spiders so much lol. Like... you couldn't have chosen a better villain than a bug (no offense Celeste). Also... could I possibly ask for relationship? Like either close friend or more, idk I don't mind. ALSO I love how you're slowly adding more and more lore this. Great job!

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I hate spiders too XD we found a spider nest in our house once and we moved out no joke XDDDDDDDDDD It was in my room too TvT Lolll I wanted to but I needed a cool yet terrifying animal that wasn't a cat or dog or bird and that really ran down the options XD so I thought why not spider? Yes ofc! Many characters want a relationship :) I can have you and Luke close childhood friends or something, still working it out but tysm for feedback!

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Raelynn Wei
16:32 Mar 16, 2021

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHHHHH *steps back and takes a deep breath* EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHHHHHHHHH My character is perfect!!!! Thank you so much for including me in this amazing story!!!!!

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Raelynn Wei
16:45 Mar 16, 2021

Hehe, if anything I would want her to be less approachable, hehehe. You know like colder and aloof because it'll be a lot harder for the other characters to deal with her hehehehehe. But I like how she is now!! She's greatttttt!!!

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Raelynn Wei
17:28 Mar 16, 2021

Ehehehehehehehe :))))

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geez! That ending! (kinda reminds me of my ending to my 30th XDD) You are a speed writer like me, we write out stories within days and they are really good :) super job!!!

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your welcome! #speedwriters!!! I think that's a thing now XD

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#speedwriters!!! Really, this is just anybody that writes stories fast :) If you are one, put this in your bio too :) I just whipped this together XDDDDD

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This story features: Varsha as Varsha Celeste as Celeste Ivy Carter as Zoe Jose Valdivia as Luke Lillian as Lillian Please comment anything you would like to change in your story about your character and leave feedback! :) (This story isn't as good as the others, but not bad nonetheless)

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THE SUSPENSEEEEEEEEEEEEEE JGFKJGFHFG THE SUSPENSE IN EVERY SINGLE PART IS DRIVING ME NUTSSSSSSSSS jhjgkfgkjjhgjhgh why are these all so gooooooooooood?????????????? I need to see this in a book store one dayyyyyy great job Abbie!!!!<3

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