"I should have never taken that child." I heard my mother whisper. She was bent over a stain glass window that had been broken into a million peices, by me. I had been outside tossing a smooth stone between me and my friend, Mage, when he missed and it sailed into the window.
Mage sat in the grass, "I'm sorry. I know you'll get blamed."
"It's ok." I said, "I'm used to it."
I looked over at Mage, he had dug his long nails into the ground and had his long snake like tail wrapped around him. He looked up at me with his grey eyes. All four of them.
"What?" I asked, he had stared at me often, but never like this.
"What is it?" I asked again seeing he wasn't going to answer.
"You look different."
"Yeah. So?" I said, getting a little scared.
He looked me over. Mage reached out to me and wrapped his claws around my hand. He dug his nails into my palm.
"Mage! Mage stop!" I tried to pull away, but he held me tighter and tighter.
"Mage! What's wrong with you!?" I screamed, Mother flung open the door and gasped.
"Get away you beast!" Mother swung a long blade at Mage. He let go and screamed when it sliced at his side.
Mage looked back at me, but his eyes were red, blood red. He was finally changing into the monster he was suposed to be. A hatuibwari. An evil monster that hunted humans.
He snarled and lashed out at me. Legend has it that a hatuibwari will eat it's human friends. Some have even eaten their parents.
Mage unfurled his large brown bat-like wings and lifted himself into the sky. His long snake body whirled around in the air.
Mage shouted down at me in a voice that sounded like twelve people speaking at once, "I will get you Paige! I will eat your soul!" He flapped away shouting and screaming the same words he had said before.
"Paige! What happened to Mage? Why did he do that?" Mother asked me.
"I don't know." and the truth was I didn't. Mage always said that he wouldn't turn and eat me. Liar.
"Well, get inside. I don't want that thing coming back and mudering you, or worse me!" Mother pushed me inide. She had cleaned up the broken window and thrown it out the back door.
"Mother, you think Mage will come back?" I asked nervously.
"I don't know." she said, "But, you never should have made friends with that monster."
"He wasn't a monster before. He was sweet and kind and even shy. But, I guess I kinda knew this would happen, but not so soon."
You see, a hatuibwari changes into a man eating monster on it's seventeenth birthday. But, with Mage, we didn't know his birthdate so he could have changed any day.
That means he was a year older than me. I'm sixteen.
"Paige." Mother said, later that night, "You're growing up. Soon, you'll be married off..."
Ugh, here she goes again. She wants me to go off and marry some rich guy whose probably ninety million years older than me. She just wants money, I can tell. But, even if I do, that doesn't mean she'd get any. She's not even my real mother. Everyone can see that, I don't even look like her. I have shoulder length black hair, blue eyes, and freckles. Mother has long blonde hair, brown eyes, and smooth pale skin.
"Mother, I'm not ready for that yet. It's too, uh, boring. I don't want that yet."
"Paige, you know you'll have to someday."
"I know. Just not today."
Mother sighed and walked to her room, leaving me by the door. I walked to my own room. I had a bed. Yeah, that's right, a bed. Just one thing in the whole room. Complete with straw pillow and goose feather blanket. We weren't rich. But, we did live in the forest, where no one ever came, so we couldn't be robbed of the few things we had.
Little did I know that living in the forest would turn out to be a very bad thing.