The Huntress

This story is set in a different world called Azure - a world of the most unique creatures from mermaids to unicorns to dragons to another species you must have never heard of - The Hunters. They are an immortal species of ruthless females, extremely proud and emotionless, considering themselves to be above all other species claiming that they do not have any weaknesses. Aria is a great Huntress, having trained for ages. She too considers herself superior and different, not having feelings or any other lame emotion Humans posses, but when Aaron, a young guy from the Human world, stumbles into her world, a lot of things start changing for Aria.

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9. The Change

Aria collapsed on the ground and immediately felt that it was the end for her. She just knew it. There was not much pain, really, just a burning sensation in her entire being, but she felt like her life source was spent and her energy reserves were depleting. Her hawk-like vision was now swimming and her Vulcan hearing had been reduced to dust. Everything seemed distant. Faraway. A crowd was huddled over her and she identified a few familiar faces but she was looking for someone else. Aaron.

He pushed everybody aside and knelt next to her, grasping her cold hand in his and whispering things that she could not make out. From what Aria could see, he was completely harried. The poor guy. He had gone through a lot. He should never have stepped into their world. Things would never have gone bad for him then. But then she would have never met him and that thought was disturbing.

"You cannot be dying, Aria," he said to her. "You're immortal, remember?"

"Not anymore," Moira announced. "She opened up too much to you, Human. Your bad influence has made her almost like...like you."

"Aaron," Aria tried to speak but only a faint whisper came out. He leaned closer and did something that changed Aria forever. He pressed his lips against hers and that encased her quivering, dying body in a warm, bright golden glow of life. A lot of things happened at once. The warmth reached somewhere in the center of her chest and she felt something thud slightly. A non-existent heart had started beating. The glow spread everywhere in her insides and stirred life in them. She gasped and choked a little and opened herself to fresh air that rushed into her lungs for the very first time. She was breathing. She had become Human. And believe it or not, she actually loved the feeling.

She was still weak from the fall and the battle but apart from that, every part of her felt new and fresh. She felt like Aaron had just restored life in her. She was now whole. Complete. Not a hollow shell made of flesh and bones. She now had everything Humans did. And as inferior and menial she had once thought them, she came to love being one of them. She loved feeling, she loved living. She loved everything about this.

Her vision cleared and her hearing sharpened up again, not as much as it had been before but still quite alright. Her eyes locked on Aaron's. He looked quite surprised. Her face stretched into a wide smile. She had never smiled before. Her muscles were not used to smiling but it actually felt wonderful to smile. She was loving every part of this. And now, looking at Aaron, she felt as grateful as she could ever have been. She leaned and kissed him, embracing him warmly. "Thank you for everything."

Moira made a clucking sound of disapproval. "This is shameful," she said. "An absolute dishonour. Never expected of you, Aria."

The others stood in stunned silence. "You are no more a Huntress. You are thus banished from Azure for eternity."

"But this is my home!"

"You are a Human now," Moira spat. "We do not keep Humans among ourselves."

Aria looked at Aaron. He was half smiling, even in a confused state. "Well then, we'll have to leave, right?"

"Correct."

"Aaron," Aria said. "Where are we going?"

"We're going back to my world," he said with a smirk. "Moira knows how to send us back, don't you? If you can put the portal there, you very well know how to access it. Correct?"

Moira hesitated. "Correct."

"Then we're going," he said, looking at Aria. "Trust me. You'd love it there. No, there aren't unicorns or tree nymphs or bloodapples or bubbleberries or starbirds or pixies...nothing for you to hunt either. But...I doubt if you'll need to do that again."

Aria hesitated. "Will it be...fine? Will you folk be okay with me?"

"Why not?" he glanced at Moira. "Unlike some of you, my folk are a cheery bunch. They'll be glad to keep you without offering you as sacrifice."

Aria studied his face. He was confident about this. He wanted her to go with him. She wanted to do that too. She wanted to be with him and live a different way. She wanted to see what the experience would be like. She wanted this change. She realised that she could understand his emotions a lot better now too. It was true. She was not a Huntress anymore. She was Human. And she was happy with it.

THE END

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