.Feral. Chapter OneOkay, I think, shoving the dense pink covers of my bed away from me. Today is the the day. I swing my feet over to the side of my bed and spring up. A glance at my clock tells me the time is 7:03. I stretch for a moment before slowly walking to the shower and preparing as necessary. A squeak signals the turning of the knob, sending the water, which takes a curiously small amount of time to warm up, onto my back. A shampoo and a wet towel later, I find myself scurrying into my tiny closet to throw on my clothes. A firm tug brings down my maroon tee, and I secure my bright canary yellow cummerbund--I always thought that was a funny word--across my waist. I slip on my much duller orange jacket, though it is really more an accessory than a necessity, after all, it has sleeves shorter than my shirt's. Subconsciously, a soft tune resounds from my lips as I put on my shorter-than-most shorts, which are countered by maroon, toeless knee-highs. The closet door opens with a creak
LF44: Cold as Ice pt 2"Transfer, Yumi! Transfer, Aelita! Transfer, Odd! Scanner, Yumi! Scanner, Aelita! Scanner, Odd! Virtualization! Transfer, Ulrich! Transfer, Hinata! Scanner, Ulrich! Scanner, Hinata! Virtualization!" With the flick of a finger, the group appeared in the virtual world of Lyoko. "Tower's dead ahead, guys," Jeremy announced. "And a few monsters are waiting for you, too." Without a word, the warriors started running toward their goal. It was not long until a fan whizzed through the air at the leader of a pack of kankerlots. Its legs whirred rapidly as the monster tried to escape, but it was knocked backward shortly before it exploded. The rest of the group sent out lasers with an echo of pings. Most of the shots hit the icy ground, but one barely grazed Aelita's leg. She turned to the offender.
"Aelita, don't!" The rosette's hand was slapped down by the kunoichi of the group, who flung a kunai at the kankerlot for her.
.Feral. PrologueMy name is Sukoshi Kuma. I am a kunoichi of the Star Village. I used to be one of the most promising ninja practicing the star training. But, of course, the star training is banned now, and the star has been destroyed for a while now. Our village is definitely weaker without our secret weapon, Kujaku, but as more and more ninja realize the star is gone, our village gets more safe. We hardly even need ninja any more. I feel so useless. We're barely even a Village now, though Sumaru still insists on calling himself the Hoshikage. Although, technically, we were never an actual Hidden Village, but that is beside the point.
But now, there seems to be hope at last. Another star has come to the village, and so far we can't tell if it has anything near the recoil of the last one. The powers of this star are very different, nothing at all like Kujaku. Anyone who is near it long enough is blessed with the Nagare-boshi mark on his or her arm. The mark is only activated under strict conditions; it