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This entry is part 7 of 17 in the Brotherhood collection

‘I imagine it is.’ Miles was silent. ‘Do you mind if I ask you some questions?’

‘No, of course not. You’ve told me more about your abilities than I would ever have learnt if you’d grown up at the house. We don’t find it easy to talk to each other, because of how we end up at there. Being kicked out of your own home by your parents isn’t easy to deal with, even though I know mentally, and have done since I was young, that there was no way of them knowing it was me.’

‘What’s it like being able to turn into an animal? Is there a learning curve or is it something you get used to quickly? Obviously you had very little choice when it happened, because of your parents’ reaction, but was it hard to walk on four legs?’

‘From the conversations I’ve had I know it’s much easier to turn into a mammal than it is to turn into a bird, because randomly gaining wings does have a rather larger learning curve than having four legs does. There is a balance issue that can affect how you walk to begin with, as it can be difficult to get the hang of using all four legs when you’re used to having two, but the longer you’re in the animal form the easier it is to be able to go where you want to. When I first changed I was walking into things and that’s what woke my parents up. Maybe, if I hadn’t knocked my desk chair over, I might have had the chance to transform back before they found me. It’s unlikely, but I can’t help wondering.’

‘Living with parents who have no idea that you have an unusual ability isn’t easy, Kara. There were plenty of times when I accidentally replied to something my parents were thinking instead of what they were saying, but it was something they eventually seemed to get used to, although I don’t think they ever really did. Do you start to think like an animal?’

‘That’s a hard question to answer. I don’t notice a chance in my thought patterns, but I’ve been a shifter for so long now that I can’t really remember how a normal human thinks. Of course I was a child then, so things would have changed as I aged, and I find it hard to explain to someone who doesn’t change into an animal what it’s like to be one. As you can probably tell I still talk like a human, even when it’s just telepathically, and that leads me to believe that becoming an animal doesn’t change the way you think much at all, although I could be wrong about that. We’re simply humans in another form.’

‘What do you do for food?’

‘Scavenging is relatively simple, Miles. I don’t hunt, but finding food in bins works well for me, and foxes are, fortunately, much faster runners than humans, so if anyone did try to hurt me I would be able to escape.’ Kara looked around. ‘Unless, of course, they trap me.’

Mirrored from K. A. Webb Writing.

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