The voice echoed in my head. It sounded far away and muffled.
I had the prey in sigh. It was right there. With my claws extended, I swiped. My vision was filtered with purple as I let out a low growl, my fangs fully visible.
Now the prey was above me. I lunged upward but it dodged me and scrambled down the wall.
I swiped again, and met my mark. But it didn’t cause enough damage. I needed it in my jaws.
“Stop!” The prey yelled and jumped at the wall again. It skittered along the wall and suddenly darkness enveloped everything.
I roared low and threatening, then peered through the darkness. He had made big mistake. He obviously forgot I had night vision and he didn’t.
Something fell behind me and I did a one-eighty to leap at it. I had my teeth into it…and…
“Lex!” Felix shook at me.
“I shifted again, didn’t I?” I asked, blinking. It was a dumb question. Of course I had.
Felix nodded. I turned to see claw marks on the wall and something that once looked like a book, but was now a pile of shredded paper.
I groaned. “Are you okay? No injuries…this…time?” Last time I had shifted, Felix had gained a large gash to his chest and I had come out of my shift afraid I had killed him.
“No, just a small scratch.”
Felix lived in the same foster home as I. He was one of my only friend and I kept shifting on him.
A lizard hybrid had no chance against the sharp fangs, razor like claws, and instant reactions of a panther hybrid like me.
“Look, we can’t be in the same foster home anymore,” I said. “As I get older, my hybrid just seems to get stronger. I’m going to kill someone one day…”
“Don’t say that! You just need to learn how to keep your temper down and keep your shifts under control.” Felix assured me.
“I’m going outside.” I mumbled and trudged out the door.
Outside I wandered through the park and heard a roar.
Hybrids. I crept closer and saw a bear hybrid and wolf hybrid in a vicious fight. The wolf hybrid was Marcus, I knew him vaguely. The other, I didn’t recognise.
After the fight, they got up, exchanged a few words, and walked away. I slid out from where I was standing and scampered up to them.
“Hello!” I said as cheerful as I could and hoped that Marcus remembered me.