four steel cuffs around each of my limbs. Steel is a bastard to break.
She poked a long iron rod into my leg and released an electrical current
far greater than the first. Sharp pain. My body reacted in violence.
Fur grew from my skin and claws grew from my nails.
and into conversation with another also garbed in a white trench coat.
spoke with certainty.
your sister, your daughter.’ The male voice stepped out of
the room. The female figure returned to my cot, her heels
clicking on the marble floor. I tilted my head in her direction,
away from Diamond.
She showed no emotion.
rod piercing my leg again, and again my body convulsed.
My human skin faded, replaced by a growing wolf.
‘I’m not a monster!’ I declared to her, to myself. ‘I’m April!’
At her incredulous expression, I felt the power shift to me,
though I didn’t know why. My bones quieted, the fur
retreated into my skin and the claws recoiled. ‘I’m April!’
once covered my mind lifted. Her strong blue eyes became
clear and a thought burrowed between her brows that
hindered her movement. Her alabaster coloring contrasted
the darkness of the previous room and she questioned
herself in quiet.
approached again. ‘She would be about this age.
She resembles me. Her name is...April.’ Each thought
she declared aloud became my world. I only heard her voice.
I only smelled her skin. I only saw her eyes. The name tag
hung on the right side of her coat and dangled over me,
Melissa Marn, and a word formed on my lips…
on each other’s, caught in space and time.