Nevermore: of Ryn and Reese

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  • Published: 30 Oct 2016
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Reese has grown up in the world of the aftermath of a devastating war, raised by what used to be the enemy of humans: the Scintulla. Now, though, someone wants to finish off the scarce Scintulla, as revenge for the decimated human race. (endfic comp)

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1. Prologue

"Mama," says a childlike voice.

"Hush, Ryn," says a stern voice. The younger one quiets.

They walk through the rubble that used to be a city hall somewhere, a place that used to be somewhere.

"Mama, what're we lookin' for?" asks the youngster.

"I said to hush, Ryn," sighs Ryn's mother. "And we're looking for survivors."

"Survivors of what, Mama?" asks Ryn. He hasn't and still doesn't understand the destruction.

"Just be quiet, Ryn. I'll answer your questions later." Ryn is silent as they walk.

Later, as they walk among the debris of an apartment building, hey hear wails. 

Ryn's mother gasps, and sprints to the sound. She morphs into a human, just in case...

Ryn's mother digs under a bit of rubble, and finds a wooden board on top of the noise.

Under the board lies a baby carrier, with a baby inside.

"What is it, Mama?" asks Ryn.

"A human child, my dear," breaths Ryn's mother.

"Where're it's Mama and Dada?" asks Ryn.

"Gone, I assume."

"Are they gonna come back? Dada never did."

"I don't think they are, Ryn," says his mother, her voice quivering.

"Oh," says Ryn, quietly. "Well, can we take her then?"

"That was the point of this journey, Ryn."

"But why were we looking?" 

"Repentance. Maybe it will help redeem us for what we've done. Save a life for those we have destroyed."

"We, Mama?"

"Not you, dearest. The adult Scintulla." Ryn is silent for a moment.

"So what're we gonna name her?"

A word on the baby carrier, the brand, catches his mother's eye.

"Reese. Her name is Reese."

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