The clever girls: a family of raptors that have been learning how to interact with the kaiju before hearing that they were now going to be adding a new person to the mix. They were directed to the jungle enclosure where they were met with a recording and a set of four communicators. As three of them started to look at the devices, Azure pressed the play button to hear the voice of someone who clearly was reptilian.
“Good afternoon ladies, who I am is not important but what I am here to do is give you all a chance for survival. Included with this transmission is a set of communicators that I highly recommend that you use. After all, if you all get separated you will need to be able to talk to each other. So, good hunting and let’s see what you are all capable of.”
As the tape stopped, Azure looked at the device and huffed softly. “Yeah, like we’re going to actually need these things to talk to each other.” She waved for her sisters and started to speak softly. “Okay, this is how we’re going to do this: I’ll take point and Delta you take the rear. Echo and Charlie you two go to the sides. We’re going to show this guy who the hunters are in this jungle. Let’s get to work.”
The girls nodded their heads, moving quickly through the tall grass as they kept their ears and eyes out for the stranger before Charlie stopped in her tracks. “I see him in the distance. And he is big...like Erika big.” Azure poked her head slightly from the grass and could see in the distance what looked like a man clad in a long trench coat and a wide brimmed hat to cover his face. As she started to move silently toward him, she saw him twitch and immediately stopped. Could he have seen her moving in the grass? She turned her head to her sisters, pointing to Echo and Charlie to position themselves to the sides of the stranger while she keeps his attention. They nodded their heads, moving quickly and quietly through the grass as she continued to move forward to keep the attention on her.
Her blue eyes locked onto the man, grinning as she mouthed a countdown to her sisters. By the time three came they charged him from the sides, taking him down immediately. But the celebration was cut short as Echo looked down and was surprised by what she saw. “Wait a minute, what kind of a joke is this?” Her eyes met a mannequin that was built like a man of a tall stature before taking its head off. She raised it up to show the others before shouting “We just got tricked!” She slammed the head into the ground, growling before looking at Charlie. “Come on, let’s show this joker what it means to play these games.” Charlie continued to remain motionless as Echo looked confused. “Charlie come on, what’s the matter?”
Charlie turned her head to look at Echo, her eyes showing a mix of surprise and fear as she looked at her sister. “I...I think we might have a problem,” she stammered as she pointed at the ground. Echo moved closer to her sister, seeing that her sister had stepped on something that appeared to have some kind of button. But from what she could see it must have been a trap. She saw a rock nearby and grabbed it as she looked up at her sister. “Okay Charlie, I’m going to move this rock where your foot is. Just don’t make any sudden movements okay?” Charlie nodded her head, looking nervous as Echo gripped the rock in her hand. As she remained steady, she placed the stone right beside Charlie’s foot to exchange her sister’s weight for the stone. However, before the stone could put its full weight on, an explosion went off that echoed in the jungle.
Azure’s eyes went wide with fear, afraid of the worst happening to her sisters. But as she moved forward she and Delta had the same look of shock and confusion in their eyes as both girls were now covered in what looked like a strange substance. But one thing was clear: whatever it was it was keeping them from moving. Charlie and Echo struggled, unable to even move their legs as Delta growled. “He’s playing us for fools! This man is going to pay for what he did!” Azure turned her head as she hissed. “Calm down Delta, he might still be here. Now Echo do you think you can cut both you and Charlie out of this...whatever this is?” Echo had a free hand as she tried to move her claws into the sticky mess, but as she moved her claws against it there was no resistance. She shook her head as she growled. “No good, whatever this is I can’t get any kind of leverage to cut us out.”
Charlie still was worried as she looked at Azure. “What’s going on?” Azure growled as she shook her head. “I don’t know, it doesn’t make any sense. It was almost as if this person knew what was going on. It was almost he was baiting us to...” she went silent as she looked into the woods. Delta walked up beside Azure as she remained silent. “Do you think it might be her?” Azure shook her head. “Couldn’t be her, she wouldn’t just use stuff like this. We might be dealing with someone who is more than they say they are.” Delta had said nothing at first but then focused her attention. She saw a flash of what looked like scales and without hesitation roared and charged straight for him. Azure turned to watch while shouting. “Delta stop! We don’t know what this thing is!”
However her words fell on deaf ears and as soon as Delta leaped straight at him, she was launched back by a single punch which landed her straight into the sticky substance on her back. Azure looked on with a mix of fear and anger before turning to look at the one responsible. This one didn’t seem like he was a kaiju, but he was definitely reptilian. She could see him emerging from the grass, a creature that was clearly much larger than she had thought as he stands at nearly seven feet tall. The emerald green scales she could be able to see shined brightly in the sun while the rest were both covered by a grayish color metal shirt and a pair of light blue pants. But he seemed to be armed, but not with a gun. From what she could see it looked like a pointed metal weapon that people usually called a spear that is strapped to his back. Azure started to growl as the pair started to walk in a circle.
He was the first to speak as he looked into Azure’s eyes “I see you chose not to use the communication devices. A pretty costly mistake in the end.” She growled louder as her hands were poised to claw out his insides. “What did you to my sisters?! What is that stuff?!” He looked behind him as they continued to struggle. “Relax, it’s a biodegradable adhesive grenade. It’s pretty useful if you want to keep someone from moving too fast. After all I should know because...” before finishing the sentence, he became a part green blur. He appeared behind Azure and while crossing his arms he finished with “we have more in common than you think.”
Azure moved her tail to whip him, hitting nothing but air as he moved quickly in front of her again as she bared her teeth. “You...there’s raptor in you isn’t there,” she asked while her face was frozen in a state of anger. He nodded his head as he moved into a fighting stance. He had a smirk on his face which finally set off Azure, charging straight at him while her claws out. As she lowered her clawed hand onto his face, he caught her arm and forced her it back into a neutral position. Her rage building she continued to swipe at him, only getting angrier as he continued to deflect her attacks before shoving her back.
The claws on her toes dug into the ground, forcing a hard stop as she glared at him. Meanwhile he simply watched her as he shrugged. “Well, while your fighting style is not bad, it leaves much to be desired. To be honest I have seen bar fights that shown better promise than right now.” Azure roared loudly, charging again with him continuing to avoid the claw swipes from her hands and feet. But with each attempt she had made he seemed to act as if he was water. Moving with the flow of the fight while directing the flow, he found his opportunity and immediately did a pair of hard punches to Azure’s midsection.
She fell flat on her back, gasping for air as she heard the voices of her sisters calling for her to get up on her feet. Her breathing got heavier as she first got up while on one knee. “You’re holding back on me. I can feel it in your moves. What did you have orders to not hurt me to bad?! Was it for discipline?!” He had a flat affect on his face as he watched her silently. She then looked at the spear as she shouted, “If you think you are better than me, then prove it! Show me everything that you have! Take out your weapon! Trust me when I say this, I do not know who you are which makes you a threat to me and my sisters. And whoever is a threat to my family is going to die!”
He sighed softly, holding the handle of his spear as he spoke. “Trust me, if you knew what I was you wouldn’t be asking for this. But if you want to tempt fate, so be it.” As soon as he slipped the spear out of the holster, Azure charged straight into his direction one last time. This was not like the other researchers, not like Erika. This meant to her that he was fair game, and she was now hungry for the kill. She threw herself at him, mouth open wide to tear out his jugular before being engulfed in a blue light.
Azure could feel resistance, knowing that she had hit her mark. However, something was definitely wrong. Instead of tasting blood and flesh, she could only taste metal. Moving back quickly, she could now see the hybrid now covered in sapphire blue armor as he put his spear over his shoulder. As he started to rotate his arms, she only appeared to be more confused than angry. What was this thing? How did the armor come out of nowhere? There was something that she was not seeing and something he was not telling her. But as she watched her sisters in peril, the only thing on her mind is making him pay.
She roared as she charged him, slashing as he seemed to be moving slower this time. She exploited his sluggishness to the best of her ability but with only his face exposed it was proving to be difficult to hit as he still possessed is fluid motions. She spun around to whip him with her tail but as he was pushed back, she growled in pain from the throbbing sensation that she felt. Hitting the metal torso was much different than hitting a tree. But she watched Lance’s expression become tired as he sighed softly. “Well, I think I have seen all that I have seen here. It is time to end this.”
Azure was taken aback by this as he said that. “W...what do you mean end it?” Lance closed his eyes, crossing his arms on his chest before his metal gauntlets produced claws for each finger as his emerald gaze met hers. Azure knew he was going for the kill and she wasn’t going to just sit here to let him do it. Her claws were fully spread out as she roared, charging straight at him before he placed his hands on the ground and saying “Freezeblink.”
What happened next was something Azure could not have believed. The area around them immediately had a layer of ice that made it almost impossible for her to run. Not to mention that she had never truly felt real cold before. Azure started to panic but as she struggled to get on her feet, a spear of ice shot inches from her body. As she looked up, she could see it was the other reptile who was firing off the shards. In fact he continued to fire at her but oddly enough he wasn’t trying to hit her. As he fired the shards she started to feel lazier. Her movement was starting to become sluggish as her breath became shallow. As the voices of her sisters became more distant, she could see the last thing being the reptile kneeling in front of her. He leaned down to her ear and whispered, “Sadly for you, the difference between us is that I can protect myself from the cold.” And just like that she was completely unconscious with the roars of her sisters being the last thing she could remember.
Azure started to moan softly, her teeth chattering from the cold as she started to feel warm again. She opened her eyes, seeing the night sky before seeing the other reptile sitting in front of a fire that he made for her. “W...what is going on? What are you trying to do?” He produced a blanket to cover her upperbody as he spoke. “I wanted to see what you all were capable of. To be honest there is a lot of room for improvement. But then again at least I do not have to start up from scratch. All four of you show promise.”
Azure glared as she stared into the fire. “You didn’t beat me, it wasn’t a fair fight. You had too many alien things and without them my sister and I would have killed you.” He then sighed softly as she could hear the rustling of papers while he spoke. “It’s not about being fair, it’s about not trying to die.” The rustling stopped as he held up a picture for her to see. “Do you think she cares about what’s fair and what’s not fair,” he asked with a serious tone while holding up a picture of the Indominus. Azure’s heart rate increased as she looked at her. There was a little fear as she breathed faster. “Right now she is causing plenty of damage and I am here to make sure you and your siblings have the tools necessary to fend her off.” Azure now looked confused, from the sound of things he had wanted to train her and her family to be strong enough to stand against the Indominus. But she had remained silent as she stared into the fire before he spoke again.
“You know, I wasn’t always like this,” he said while staring into the fire as well. Azure rasied her head as she started to listen to him. “I remember the experiments, the “culling” of subjects and finally the end product of what you see before you.” Azure was surprised that he was telling her all of this. Was he an experiment as well like the Indominus? Azure then shook her head, saying he was like the Indominus was unfair even if he tricked her. He seemed genuinely concerned for their well being. After a period of remaining silent, she then looked up at him and asked “So what did you do?”
“What do you think? I lead the ones who were still alive and altered against our creators. Even against our own alpha too.” Azure was even more surprised when he said that. He stood up against an alpha of his own kind? “W...would that make you the alpha of your people as well?” He nodded his head as he looked into the fire. “We needed a leader who could look out for our kind’s interests, I guess at that time I was our best chance. Now that I am older, I am now better equipped to help my race out. Though the rank of alpha might not mean now what it meant years ago, it’s still a title of respect which must be earned through your deeds.” Azure listened with intent, noticing the honesty in his voice.
As Azure continued to think, he continued to talk with her. “I know you might not trust me, but one thing is clear: if you want to survive you need more than a hunter’s instinct and brute force. You need to be more clever, and if you want I can give that trait to not just you but to all of your sisters.” Azure had a serious look on her face after her teeth finally stopped chattering. “And why would you do this? What do you gain from all of this?” He simply shrugged his shoulders as he spoke. “I see a lot of myself in you when I was your age. If the want the reason why, the simple answer is that I want you all to survive but also to succeed.”
Azure listened to him intently, remembering her own interactions with Erika as she watched his face and listened to his voice. She couldn’t hear any falsehoods in it, he sounded like he wanted to help them out even it if sounded strange. She stood up on her feet, looking him dead in the eye as he stood up as well. “Do you have a name,” she asked as the moon made her blue hair shine. He nodded his head as he looked into her eyes. “My name is Lance Togami.” She looked down as he held his hand out to her, remembering this is how some people greet each other as she carefully shook his hand in return. “And my name is Azure, and I will be keeping you to your word “alpha”,” she said with skepticism in her voice when she called him alpha.
As the sun came up, the rest of the clever girls were moaning while wiping off the no longer stick substance from their clothes. They were both a mix of grouchy and sore after being stuck in their positions for hours before the adhesive grenade wore off. As they stood up on their feet, they could see Azure and Lance walking side by side, wondering what was going on now. As they started to growl, Azure looked at them all and spoke up. “Listen up! This one’s name is Lance, and he is going to be the one helping us against the Indominus!” The growling ceased, leaving only whispers of confusion as they spoke among themselves. “What can he possibly do to the Indominus that others have tried and failed,” Delta said with crossed arms.
Lance stepped forward as he spoke. “It’s not enough to be stronger than your enemy, you must be smarter and learn to deceive. Only when you have learned these techniques can you truly be able to live without fear of this dinomorph. The first lessons will start tomorrow. I will teach you how to trick your opponents by both deception and strategy. Make no mistake: this will be an extensive session. You will not understand what is going on at first and what I will do will seem alien to you. But make no mistake: everything I do has a reason. I know this because this is how I trained my own children. And when I am done with all of you, you will no longer be betas. In my eyes you will all earn your title of alpha by proving your worth. Are there any questions?” The sisters looked at each other silently and shook their heads. “Good, then get plenty of rest. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done.”