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)


5. The Lepore Colony

Ryn is far away now, going west. 

"Stupid Reese," he mutters.

He walks for a long time until he comes to the ruins of a town, the buildings rubble, some charred. A few bones peek out. 

There's the sound of laughter. Ryn makes his way to the source of the noise and finds about a dozen Lepore, creatures shaped like rabbits, but with small horns and small tusks, colored like cotton candy. Nine or ten laugh, bottles of something near them, while two Lepore fight in the middle of their ring. They bash each other with their horns. They're bloody, their pink and purple fur matted with fresh and dried blood. 

The other Lepore cheer as they two ram each other again. This time a horn goes the pink one and all the Lepore cheer. Ryn stares, horrified. A Lepore notices.

"What you got against a good ol' fashioned fight, Equi?" yells one of the Lepore, which seems drunk.

"The purple one killed him," says Ryn.

"Tha's 'cause he slept with me girl!" yells the purple Lepore, and gestures to a very fat, very drunk female Lepore. She gurgles at Ryn. 

"We don' stand fer treason in our colony!" yells a Lepore. "Death to the traitor!"

"And you all agree on this?" asks Ryn, disgusted with the Lepore.

"Yeh!" yell all the drunk Lepore. 

"And it also means we feast tonight!" yells one Lepore. Ryn grimaces. The other Lepore cheer. 

"Uh...okay," says Ryn. "I can see this is a family affair. I'll be going."

"Don't you wanna stay for dinner?" yells one of the Lepore.

"I'm a vegetarian," says Ryn.

"You can have his appendix!" yells a Lepore. Ryn makes a face.

"I'm good, thanks. I'll be on my way." There's murmuring behind him. Ryn eyes them as he walks. He hears the pounding of their jack-rabbit feet and turns too late. 

A net falls over him. He flames, but the net doesn't burn. The Lepore scream, then laugh.

"Net made of Lepore hair, idiot!" yells one. "We're fireproof!" They all laugh and stomp the ground with their large feet. 

Ryn whinnies angrily. The Lepore, being strong creatures, drag him back to the debris.

"I'll get out of this!" yells Ryn.

"Yeah? You and what army?" scoffs one of the Lepore. Ryn is silent. Instead, he begins to chew on the Lepore-hair net.

He chews through the hair in one section and begins on another, but they're already in a shaded part of debris.

"Targaten'll pay a hefty price for yah," says one of the Lepore. "Somethin' tah ride on when he kills all Scintulla."

"Who's Targaten?" asks Ryn, sparks jumping from his hair. A Lepore laughs.

"Don't worry your peanut-sized brain 'bout it, Equi," wheezes a Lepore.

"And you said, 'When he kills all Scintulla.' You are Scintulla," says Ryn.

"Made a deal wit' 'im," says another. "We give 'im rare species, he gives us safety, prosperous. Man of his word, ol' Targaten."

"But who is he?" asks Ryn, again.

"I said don't worry about it!" yells the one Lepore.

Ryn doesn't speak again, and he watches as the Lepore cannibalize their once-colonist. They eat is joyously, and then pile up to sleep.

Ryn smiles, and morphs into human form. Having spent the last few hours silently chewing a hole in the bottom of the net. He crawls out the small hole and runs at full speed away, and morphs into his true form again. This time, he's not smiling, remembering what the Lepore had done to their family member.

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