Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary, over many a quaint and curious alchemic tomb. While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, as if someone gently -*Bang Bang Bang* a pounding on my chamber door echoed throughout the room.
Ahem.. as if someone gent- *Bang Bang Bang* again the pounding sounded, accompanied by a peculiar sound; “Well!? You going to let uss in!?” A voice, as if a snake were speaking, calling ffom beyond my chamber door.
Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer, “Sir,” said I, “or Madam-”
“It's Misss.” came the voice again, cutting my off, rudely. “Misss Toussy.”
Here I opened wide the door; Darkness there and nothing mo- “Bout time! It'ss freezzing!”
In there stepped a stately... Raven? It appeared as such; black feathers covering the body from head to... head? A spattering of white feathers at wing-tip and around the bright orange eyes, all four of them, it's second head resembling that of a viper.
“What a curious little creature.. I wonder from whence you hail.” I spoke whilst bending down to get a closer look. But as I did, the bird fluttered it's wings and flew to the table where I had spent my evening, leaving an odd purple mist in it's wake which set me to a mild coughing.
“Your backyard, where elsse?” The snake-voice spoke from within my chamber, causing me to look around hurriedly. Seeing only the bird, I became confused.
An urgent buzzing sounded from the table, casuing me to jump, and drawing my attention to my phone next to the creature. The “tail” met my eyes, and spoke, somehow, as if it were part of a wild dream: “Well? Aren't you going to ansswer that?”
Scared, I hesitantly picked up the still-buzzing phone. I looked down at it, felt the color drain from my face, and quickly left the room. The bird watched me, it's second head showing a knowing smile. It's laughter followed me down the hallway as I ran towards the back door in a panic.
I rushed through the door, tripping over the threshold in my haste. As I looked up, tears brimmed my eyes. Everyone... the majestic Meer in the fields, the playful Kami around the deck, the sun-loving Lissers in the trees.. all of them, all my friends were gone, just like the message had said. A gentle rain began descending from the heavens, as if saying it was okay to cry.
The sound of a raised voice and laughter woke me with a start. Wiping my face, I slowly sat up, hand coming away damp with sweat. I looked around, seeing the room from the previous night alight with the morning sun. Suddenly, the bedroom door burst open, a small horde of animals stampeding in, yelping and hissing at the noise following from the hall.
Ria and Coal were at it again.. Coal laughing loudly, mouth wide, showing his sharp canines, his red hair bouncing as he clutched at his dark furred stomach. Ria, translucent wings held tight against her body in indignation, occasionally flaring, as she yelled in her native Kodryma tongue over her shoulder at Coal. He had obviously played yet another trick on the easily-riled new resident, even with the rules against pranks.
Mumbling to myself, “So, it was just a bad dream then..” I shake my head and smile, looking around at the annoyed Chi Kami and Lisser Cubs that had crowded themselves onto my bed. Happy to see them, I ignore the argument walking into my room, letting my hands play over the new layer of fur huddling close to me.