The Secret in the Woods: Jay

Jay has spent her life always feeling like the odd one out. Well, she is, no denying that, what with her powers, but that doesn't make trying to live a normal life any easier. Especially because she is constantly jumping from one foster home to the other. One day, she experiences something amazing and terrifying that will change her life forever... and she's not alone.


7. Tails, Wings, and Weapons

      We literally run into Lily in the hallway. “Hai guuuuuuys! What do you thiiiiiiiink?” She spread her arms to gesture to the whole house. She looks like she’s intoxicated... probably because she was up all night building a mansion. “We love it!” Amber says. “Also, we were looking for Serena, have you seen her?” “Down the hall, and to the right.” She tells us dreamily. We follow her directions, and find a water-lock. I knock on the door. “Just a second!” The reply comes from inside. I hear a noise like that of a submarine when it dives. The door slides open, and we are greeted by Serena, tail and all. “Wow, I’ve never actually seen you tail.” I muse. Her tail was turquoise-blue, like Caribbean waters. She flapped it around a little bit to dry it off. I watched, mesmerized, as it faded away, leaving her with her usual legs. A look around the room told me that she could fill it with water, and swim around as she pleased, whereas my room had high ceilings, so I could fly around as I pleased. She stood, took a few shaky steps, then walked with us out the door. 

    “How ‘bout we check out Lily’s room?” Serena suggested. “Follooooow meeeee!” Lily said like a whale, then promptly walked into the wall. She continued to stagger around the house while we exchanged concerned looks. She headed toward her room, but walked past it. “Ummm, Lily? Are you feeling okay?” Serena asked. “Peachy keen!” She replied drowsily. She continued to walk, then actually walked right off the edge of the tree house! “LILY!” I screamed, then jumped off the edge. I free fell for a while, screaming my head off, when I heard Amber calling to me, “WINGS, Jay, WINGS!” “OH, YEAH!!! SORRY!!!” I screamed back. I unfurled my wings and scooped up Lily in my arms. 

    Once I landed on the deck, we put Lily to sleep on the couch, and continued to explore. Since all of our rooms are on the top floor, we decided to explore the bottom levels. On the middle floor, we had a fully-stocked kitchen, a game room, and a living room. I think the bottom floor is the best, complete with a weapons center, a workout room, and a training center. I spend most of my time training with my sword and spear. Lily created regenerating dummies (I slash them apart in seconds) that can rebuild themselves when damaged. 

    I felt like hitting something, so I decided to train. I went to the spear throwing range, and slid off my ear cuff. It elongated into my spear with a titanium shaft and a gold spearhead. Then I pressed the red button and watched the dummies silently slide out of the room where they were stored. I pulled my arm back, and took a couple breaths. In, out, in, out... one two, and THROW! My spear hit the dummy in the heart with a satisfying thwump. BULLSEYE! 

    I hear the door of the room slide open and turn to face Amber. “Hey,” I greet her. “Do you wanna fight with our weapons for training?” “Sure,” She replies, “But instead, why don’t we work together and use Lily’s dummies that are made to fight us.” “Those exist?!” I asked excitedly “Yeah, I’m gonna grab a sword from the weapons room and then we can start.” She replies.  

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