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    "Yes, yes there is." She smiled. "Each cabin has it's own stock of equipment. I like to keep prepared. You never know when you'll be needed..." Neo paused, "Oh, would you like to know my most recent success? I think it may surprise you." She smiled, hoping this would make Zarola trust and respect her more...


    Hierax was dumbfounded. This raised a million more questions, but he decided to answer Zuko's first, seeing how he answered his, "My story is a long one..." Hierax flew back in time in his mind, on wings of brown and gold. "I was born a shifter... genetically, in the forest. My parents were more animal than human, and so therefor they raised me as such. I didn't mind it. Heck, I didn't know better; but I soon became curious of the outside world... I watched humans in their everyday lives,and they seemed so happy ad peaceful. Then I decided one day to try and be human. I didn't know their gibberish English language at first, but I soon started to learn, sneaking around the schools and practicing... But then I was caught. They found me, the hunters... I was so stupid, hanging around people so often. They another... slave... about 20 years old. They soon killed him after they found me... since I was younger and had more years on me. That was when I was six. I've never seen my family since then..." He had more on his mind and more to say, and it was apparent on his face, but that was for a later date. Hierax was already taken a risk in speaking at all... especially about the hunters behind heir backs... "Don't let her find you. You look strong, intelligent... they would love to capture you..." He paused, "And keep a good eye on your wife also, she may just be conditioning you..." He warned. Hierax's English was surprisingly well for someone born wild...

    Neo led the way to her armor room. She had way more than three, and very large variety. "This is only one of the many cabins I've built. Each time have a monster call in a new town, I build a cabin there, and then I stay until the next call... I use all the money from hunts on nothing but the essentials and more weapons/armor... So I have a lot." Neo actually did take great pride in her collection...


    Why is he doing this for me? In a quiet voice, he asked his most pressing question. "How have you hidden this long? Do you know who she is?! She is the women!? Better known as Vanhelsing, the man of legends. Ring bell? You're going to get yourself killed..."

    Hierax flinched when the man spoke. His eyes widened when he realized he was being spoken to. He's speaking to me! What does he want? Did he... he asked my name... My name is Hierax. Tell him you idiot, if you don't comply he'll hurt you... no he's different... just tell him! "My name is... Hierax... yes, that's it... Hierax..." He looked confusedly at Zuko, his had tilted, "Why are you talking to me? I'll be in trouble if I speak to you..." But secretly, he wanted to speak...have a conversation with someone... so he didn't fight it.

    "Um... yes... I think I can manage that..." She she pushed herself up to stand, with a little effort. "I'll go talk to her, maybe show her around the place if she hasn't already done that herself." t was a have joke have annoyed comment. Neo then left the two in the living room alone, and looked for Zarola. She found her in the bedroom. "What are you doing, nosing around my place." She smiled and joked. She really hated seeing the women in a bad mood, but with Zarola you can't do much. "Have you seen my collection yet? I have a really large collection of armor..." She suggested.


    The women, she's leaving... you never leave a monster by itself, unless it's dead or badly wounded... what is sh doing? Hierax didn't yet notice Zuko's curiosity in him.

    Hierax didn't speak or move, out of submission and respect, though he wanted badly to talk to the shifter. To ask him how he became free. But instead he just stood dead still and peered at him out of the corner of his eye.


    Theres, however, sensed the presence of an unknown being inside the room he was in. She was inspecting the area, and she looked mighty grim. The chimera got a bad, instinctual feeling and hid itself away so that it hopefully couldn't be seen, but could see her. Somewhere on the ground. The dragon wanted to bite her, like he wanted to to with everything, but the lion had a little more control now and didn't let it. The ram was terrified.


    "Oh the poor thing!" Neo softly exclaimed. "I would have understood if she would have killed him, or used him to track me down, however cruel... but this? Tormenting him into slavery? That's just not right..." Neo trailed off, but she knew that if she was her older self, she wouldn't have cared less what Zarola was doing to the boy. "Does he even know how to talk?" She wondered, "He wasn't spoken at all yet..."

    "Ok." And then softer, so that Zarola couldn't hear, she added, "I'm so sorry to trouble you with all this... I should have warned you earlier... I didn't expect her to find me..." She then looked sadly over at the raggedy-looking boy who was being drug inside. "Do you know anything, about the boy? What is he for her to be treating him this way?" She examined the boy closely...


    Hierax was caught off guard when suddenly he was being dragged backwards. He let out a quick screech in protest, but then stopped when he saw he was being lead inside. Inside? I get to go inside!? He was exited for this newfound thing. Once inside, though, it was unfamiliar territory, and he froze in place, scared to death. Not only that, but he smelt the faint scent of chimera. He hated those... could never beat them in battle... always go mauled and then had to be saved...


    However, for the time being, There's was sleeping on the bed. He had no clue knew people were in the house...

    "Zarola, I've been loyal all my life, but now, I've actually found myself a real life. I'm actually a living being now, with a purpose other than duty and protection to the human race. For once, I'm doing something for me..." She sounded lke she was about to cry, her emotions crazy not only because of being pregnant but because her words were true. "However, I still respect you, and the code... I am not deserting, just resting. Soon, when our child is old enough, I will hunt again..." She smiled, trying to lighten the mood. Trying to change the subject, she motioned for Zarola to join them inside where it was warm. The cold was becoming more unbearable each second. "Here, come in, it's freezing out here... we'll make you something to eat and provide a place to rest. I'm guessing you journeyed far." She looked upon her trainer kindly, despite her harsh words.


    So this is her? I can see why they like her... she seems a strong women. When hearing the invitation to enter, instinctively Hierax looked for a good spot in a tree. He didn't catch that Neo meant him, too, since he was used to being left outside... The poor thing, he's been conditioned :'( 

    "I... No, I just haven't been able to get out much because of my child... exhausted..." She then wrapped an arm around Zuko. " Zarola, may I introduce you to the baby's father? Zarola, this is Zuko. Zuko..." She turned to him, a hidden warning on her face, "Zuko, this is Zarola. She taught me everything I know. She's one of the only ones, other than you, that knows I even exist..." She them smiled a polite smile over at Zarola, but she knew she was in trouble...


    Hierax looked even more questioningly over at the shifter, who he now knew was Zuko. Father!? Of the child!? What!? Is that even legal!? He took in a whiff of air, just to make sure he didn't make a mistake the first time. Nope, definitely a shifter. A panther shifter at that. Does he even know what or who this women is? She's a legend for killing monsters! He really needs to check his taste in a partner...

    Neo only half relaxed, realizing it was Zarola, her old teacher... But then she became fearful again. She swore an oath to dedicate herself to protecting the human race from monsters and beasts. That doesn't include children. Especially having children with the very monster she is supposed to kill. "Um... hey... I'm here..." She Inched warily up to the door.


    Wait... he's with her? But isn't he a shifter? Hierax tilted his head, confused, as he examined the man before him. He looked well taken care of... the scars he had were old and not human done... and he smelled greatly of her. The women. Neo was her name, but he preferred "the women". It seemed to sinc with him better. Since the boy was used most often for animal purposes, he tended to keep some of his animal instincts and movements when in human form. Hierax knew something was not right, for the women smelt odd also, but he didn't want to give anything away... He didn't plan on killing another monster tonight...

    She looked up at Zuko and smiled. She was debating on kissing him when a huge banging sound came from the cabin door. This made her flinch, like, a huge flinch. She didn't think anybody knew she lived here... "Um... Zuko? Were you expecting someone?" She asked, actually kind of scared of what was behind that door. She was frozen in place... That's the only explaination other than it being some sort of creature or something... but still...

    Neo cuddled up against Zuko, so close she could possibly absorb him. "Thank you... The cold is not my best friend..." Not only did Zuko give out great warmth, especially for being a panther shifter, but so did Theres. Theres, unbeknownst to Zuko or Neo, was beginning to develop his fire breath... Which will soon be a problem they'll have to deal with :(

    The boy nodded, and through picture memory and scent he motioned for her (what's her name?) to follow... He could not run for his feet were weighted down, so he walked in the direction of the cabin. Has shabby, brown, rag-like clothing did nothing against the cold. Tears were everywhere on his shirt and pants, an through them you can see clear evidence of beatings and whip marks... Claw marks also, and bites, bitten from the many creatures his captor had killed: Or rather, Hierax had killed. He always felt shame for killing his own kind, but also jealousy, for they didn't have to withstand this torment...

    The boy (he was only, like, 17-ish. Being younger would make him look more miserable.) shifted painfully due to his chains being in the way. Now, as a human, there was chains on his arms. "I saw a cabin just a little ways off, miss." He huffed in a slight mid-evilly accent sounding voice. His flight made him tired, but he had no choice, as the punishment for dis-obediance was death...


    "Yeas, Hun... I'm in here..." She shivered as the cold air came in. Neo had always hated the cold, and it had always affected her more harshly than most...

    (Skippedy skip....)


    Neo sat with Theres... rubbing his furry lion forehead... And switching every so often to the others. Her and Zuko had just gotten back from a ride out with the horse, and now, exhausted, Neo was resting. It'd been months since the Doc conformed her pregnancy, and a bu mp on her stomach proved it true. For a while, her and Zuko were scared she'd lost them in the battle with the chimera, but it looks as if everything is fine. Her appetite has been growing, also.... a lot. In fact, she was hungry right at that moment, but exhaustion made her too lazy to make or even just ask for something....


    Hierax was perched in a tree, looking out over the forest. It was hard for him to keep balance on his branch, for his legs were heavily chained, making him struggle to stay on. It also made it hard for him to fly, especially long distance, and when he shifted into a human, it made it hard for him to walk. Suddenly, a slight breeze brought with it the scent of horse, and more importantly, the scent of "the women". He did not know of her name, only that he had to find her. Using his keen eyesight, special to hawks, he spotted a small wooden cabin off in the distance. With much effort, Hierax took off, and let out a shrilling screech to alert his captors of his finding...

    Neo smiled, "Thank you." She dropped the chimera on the ground, giving it a warning glance, and then got some chicken and potatoes. She didn't speak because she was eating...


    (What shall they end the night doing? I have come to a silent end... having to do with food... and eating it... and I cannot beat it...)

    (He should be glad that fire doesn't develope 'til later XD)


    She ran in. "He did? Are you badly hurt?" She looked guiltily at the chimera, then the floor... "I should have watched him better... I'm sorry..." She took the chimera from him and said in a cutesy voice, "I'm sure you didn't mean it, you're just hungry... here..." She stole a chicken and fed it to the dragon, which looked with the corner of his eye at Zuko, a triumphant/smug look on it's face...

    "Oh, yeah! That's great..." She could smell it already. That's going to be good... Neo decided, while Zuko was cooking, to go check on Theres. He was gone. Crap! Where'd he go? She looked everywhere in the room to no prevail. "Zuko!" She called. "Is Theres in there with you?"


    Theres was, indeed, as the smell of food had awoken him. He scuttled along the floor towards Zuko. He was hungry... very... and Zuko didn't look half bad himself. The Lion knew better, the ram was too stupid to care, but the dragon saw this as and opportunity and bit him on the leg. The dragon will be much trouble... >:)

    "Yes... yes I did... and so did Theres." She paused, and then explained, "I named him Theres... You you like it?" She walked up to Zuko and wrapped her arms around him, leaning her body against his back, as he was making dinner. "Thank you for the food, Panther. I'm starving..."