No Toilets for Animals
A rainstorm was coming to Preserve G-6, it was going to pour so much that the area was receiving a flood warning, I still have nightmares, I still remember…
Mom, Dad and Big Brother Polmias were all hurrying, even though at the time I did not know why they were hurrying, it was a flood, I knew that, but it would start raining in an hour, I did not know why they were hurrying then, but now deep in my soul, I know…from how he held my hand over my mouth to the cramped darkness, to the tears running down our faces I remember, to the scent of the towel he put inside his mouth to muffle his panting, and the taste and scent of my own, I still remember what Dad told me, but only one hour after would I grasp the reality of our situation…
Polmias was carrying me, as a result he was slowed down, I was only six at the time, but I was still smart enough to see past his stoic expression to know that I was burdening him with my weight, but I was a child, I could not grasp the full gravity of Dad’s words until three years later-We mean nothing to them, they believe their abuse towards us holds absolutely no moral weight, do you understand?…
I gritted my teeth.
“Hurry Polmias, run faster, go!” Dad said, “don’t stop!”
While mom and Dad were extremely fast by themselves and could run at a 37 mph max speed, for several hours, but Big Brother was a juvenile, a thirteen year old who could barely keep up for half an hour, forget the 70 lb child he was holding, Polmias was panting noticeably, his ears layed back to his head and tail bristled as we ran faster than any human capable. I knew I was slowing us down.
[b]…they believe us to be just another kind of animal, stronger, faster, and often tougher than the humans, while our intelligence is equal to, maybe greater than the humans, but that does not matter, to them we’re still beasts without souls, the monstrous Galehunters made sure every human would think this.
I shuddered on the inside and my face turned pale.
The Galehunters are a fairytail, made up. Not real.
“Dad, what’s going on?” I asked, “the flood is just an hour from now, we should get to the shelter with Carane, Firma and the others, while we can, and BB’s getting tired!”
we were running uphill, and the others were going down, fearfully whispering amongst themselves, all I knew was that running uphill makes you more tired than if you ran on a flat surface, I didn’t make the connection then.
“Don’t stop for anything” Mom said right after my outburst with a desperate tone, “Don’t look back Sweety!”
“Where are we going? The Flood Shelter is that way! Didn’t the Keepers say so?”
“Maed,” BB gasped out, “do not be naive, never trust them no matter what, you can’t because-” he manage to spit out before having a coughing fit, nearly tripping and falling to the ground.
There are those who believe it will be easy to see through their lies once they have all of the answers, but the fact is virtually all know next to nothing, outside the humans themselves. Almost every poke at their deceptions and their motivations raises more questions than answers, I don’t know what you’ll find but…if the humans find out you know they will kill you without hesitation at every opportunity, never give them that chance…
Surely not all of them are like that
“Here Poli, give Maed to me, you don’t have to carry her” BB’s load was relieved when Father took me from BB’s arms and carried me bridal style, relieving him from carrying my weight. As we passed by more people their faces and eyes were giving us a sad, knowing, and distant look, in most of them was a deep-seated respect. I thought they were pitying us then, but it was a look that said they were cheering us on. “Don’t stop, keep going.” One Feli woman with a red tipped tail said
As we fled Mom said, “look!”
I listened for it and my ears were twitching, all perked up when I heard them. It was another group of Hymans running, I could tell there were at least 22 of them, including children, several of them probably not even 8 years old and they were in a hurry, despite this we were faster and caught up to them, being Lacertae their tails were larger and weighed them down.
We were on the doorstep of an adobe brick store with the rainshade extended and we were just now catching up, just several dozen feet away, a few were holding guns. I almost called out to them, asking why they’re carrying weapons, which are illegal, but we heard it before they did and froze, one of them looked up and cried out, using one word I’ve only heard in fearful whispers until that very instant.
“Violators!” One of the shorter men cried, he and his compatriots looked up and saw them, as did my parents and BB. They instantly fled into the alleyways to the right, a few of them firing shots at the airborne terrors, and my family followed several seconds later. Just as I looked up we were in the alleyway system with those men and women and I could not even see the terror of the skies. But I was afraid, for the first time I started to truly grasp the gravity of our situation. The Violator drones are hunters, The Keepers only sent them after criminals
… do you understand? There’s nothing and no one to stop them from doing whatever they want…
Yes, there is, it’s called law, sure it’s bad here, but it would be worse if we were to just run it ourselves, with them in charge there’s order and stability, if it’s just us it would be a mess!
“We need to split up.” Dad said, “including those Lacertae, they can’t hunt all of us at once!”
“Where are we going, Dad?” BB asked.
“Stay with Mom Polmias, she knows where to go.”
Conveniently we encountered a threeway fork, in an apartment complex consisting of various buildings, Dad and me took the left route while Mom and BB took the Middle, we were running for a while and Dad started panting slightly in exhaustion until we we came across the back of the Keeper’s Meal Distribution Complex, with dumpsters.
“We hide here.” Dad said as he slowed to a stop a little bit past the gap.
The smell is something I’m used to, the place always smelled like rotting flesh, I got used to it from a distance, Dad then walked back, he then opened the first dumpster and finding it completely empty. He moved on to the next one, it was as empty as the previous one, he moved on to the third one as he growled in frustration, he opened it and…
I almost immediately held my nose, Father had the same opinion. “Oouugh, perfect, Maed, we hide in here.”
“In there?” I asked incredulously as he picked me up, “but it stinks so bad in there Dad.”
I was dropped in the fetid container and immediately sunk in something a wet and squishy substance almost up to my chest as I was dropped into the bad meat. I gagged and started coughing, the scent was overpowering, and flies were buzzing all around. As Dad dove in he closed the dumpster door, he placed something under the lid, which immediately started blinking.
“Ugh, here, put these nose plugs on.” Dad said, holding out his hand shortly before putting his pair into his nose.
I took it without hesitation and shoved them in there immediately sighing in relief afterwards.
“Better?” Dad said, but he sounded funny, I would have laughed in any other situation, but the fact that we were in grave danger didn’t stop me from smiling.
The dumpster was silent, as was strangely enough the world outside, I couldn’t hear the human wardens and the robot guards. I couldn’t even hear the chopping of the Violator’s blades as they flew with my sharp Felis hearing.
“Do you think they’re gone?”
“Yes.” Father responded, “but I don’t know if they’re even searching for us, but we’re going to have to stay in here for a while Maed, we can’t risk it.”
I noticed the device Dad had put on the bottom of the dumpster’s door and was curious about it and it’s green blinking light.
…there are very good reasons why we cannot ask questions that the Humans should have been asking themselves for a long long time they’re kings and queens over all the earth, never forget it is they who hold our fate in their hands.
My brows furrowed.
“What’s that thing you put on the dumpster’s door?” I asked, “it’s blinking repeatedly and putting off a weird noise.”
He looked at the device in the poor light, and I saw his fuzzy red ears twitch toward device and the brows furrow ever so slightly, near perfect night vision comes in handy.
“That? It’s the device that will guarantee they won’t find us, it will mask our body heat and dampen all noise in here, the only thing they’ll hear are the flies.”
I relaxed after I heard that news, “thanks Dad,” but still. “Where did you get that? Isn’t technology like that only accessible for the humans?”
He was silent before answering, “Normally, I got it from the Humans, but I will not tell you how, all you need to know is that we’re safe.”
and so we waited, and as the time dragged on, I decided to satisfy my curiosity.
“What is it Darling?”
“About your work…”
“My job assignment? I’m a janitor Maed, what’s there to talk about? Aside from all the crap the human kids give deliberately give me to clean up?”
“No, your other job.”
He flinched then went absolutely still and silent for a 15 seconds, “what are you talking about? I’m a janitor, I have no other job assignment, Hymans are only allowed one.”
The gloves are off, I decided to get real.
“Dad, I’m sorry but cut the crap, you said this place is completely soundproofed right? The only thing anyone putting their ear to it is flies! So why don’t we talk about it now? Here’s the perfect time and place to do it. I heard you talking to a coworker about some weapon you’re trying to dispose of?”
I saw his eyes go blank and his jaw hang open slightly, for a while, Dad can overlook things, it doesn’t happen often, but when it does he’s usuall-. Huh?
“Hehehehehe,” He laughed, leaving me dumbstruck.
“What’s so funny?” I asked incredulously.
“It’s just…what you said…‘the only thing anyone putting their ear to it is flies?’ Hehehehehehe!”
My face was blank before I saw it and joined him in face twisting laughter.
We took our time to calm down, and I appreciated the fact I’m trapped in a horribly smelly dumpster with noseplugs…but.
“Dad, where’s Mom and BB? Where are they going?”
“Mom and Polmias are going to hide somewhere, catch their breath, Polmias was pretty tired last we saw him, his asthma isn’t helping anything, then they’re going to hide in the medical ward, it will be completely abandoned by the time they get there,” Dad said with utter surety.
“Dad, there’s an electric fence there that’s turned on all the time, they can’t get in even if they’re not caught!”
He turned my direction. “There used to be a sewer system that ran all throughout the Preserve, but the Craimians shut it down centuries ago, clogging most of the pipes draining into it and leaving us without a way to clear out waste water without the government’s help, the tunnels are still intact, and most of them are dry enough to walk through.”
My eyes widened, “but Father the sewers is where not only the floodwater from here goes, but also where the human city put the floodwater, they’ll drown!”
His lips tightened. “The sewers don’t follow the same pathways the streets do, they’re set up in a grid, no meandering pathways, it won’t take long for them to get there, there’s a manhole they can come up from on the other side of the fence, they’ll be out of there before It even begins to rain. The Human doctors and Keepers there won’t be a problem, they’re long gone now.”
I relaxed at my Father’s words, he always knows best how to calm me down. While I heard another voice whispering something…
“So, you want to know more about my other job?”
The voice got louder.
“Yes.” I responded with a steady voice.
The voice got louder again.
“Alright, I will to tell you, like you said this place is soundproofed, where to begin, the things I’m about to tell you are…complicated to say the least, trust me this will not be easy to accept, brace yourself.”
“A long time ago, when Mom was pregnant with Polmias, I was approached by-”
“Aaah!” I woke up with a start, sitting up fast as light, my nightgown and undershorts drenched in sweat.
Panting, I looked around my surroundings, I was on the floor outside the hallway, right next to a door, the sleeping mat cushioning me effectively. Just another dream.
Just as I started getting up, the door opened and out came a certain girl who…
…accidentally smashed my forehead with the doorknob, knocking me out for the next few hours.
Welp, that’s all guys! Hope you enjoyed it! And please do not kill me, what happens next? You cannot decide or know, and if you notice any typos or any other problems, please tell me. Till we meet again, and don’t lose hope for chapter II.