Blinded By Shadows (WIP)

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The story follows a young feline by the name of Tessa Mayves; She was trained to handle combat and is often seen by local people as a dangerous person, despite not doing anything wrong. She must find her place in the world or take action for wrong reasons.

Chapter 4 is now done, I feel like this Chapter went off the rails at points so I may come back to it soon and re-work it.
 
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Chapter 1: Bitter Friendship


Calm as the wind, still as water, invisible to all; Tessa Mayves, 14 year old girl with strong cat-like features, with her shades of sapphire blue fur, her snow white paws and the dashing of purple in her hair, sporting a black sports bra and short leggings for mobility. Seen by many to be a freak, someone who is not welcome in the world, she believed everyone was evil. As she meditated in the trees in the nearby Zxellum Forest, she was awaken from her meditation by the sounds of young children playing in the forest but these kids were allowed to roam free, to be happy and alive while there was almost no difference to them or herself. This filled Tessa with anger, knowing full well she wasn't allowed in society for reasons she did not know, though as she draws her metal staff, she is reminded by a deep but soft voice, “Do not kill what isn't worth killing. Life is precious, however tainted it seems and so, only the darkest of souls must be made free. Do no kill needlessly, my child”. With this, she closes her eyes, leans her staff back on her laps and continues to meditate.


For 2 years she has had to live in solitude, afraid of being found but very much prepared to fight, ever since her last guardian, Mandius, was slain in his home for possibly keeping Tessa safe. She never knew why people hated her and what was so different about her to warrant such hate and disgust. Tessa would practise her skills during the night, when the chances of being spotted were very low, catch insects and fish at every chance she could and sleep during the day in the trees that have provided her haven for so long, but she could never sleep as every time she would close her eyes to rest, she could see the corpses of her parents, the dismembered remains of her siblings, the fire raging outside with people screaming and shouting for her death, the silhouette of her guardian being cut down in the fire as she cowered outside in the bushes. Tessa believed she would be alone forever, to walk the world alone, scared and without anyone to help her. She became heartless, with only the words of Mandius to guide her. Until the day came, when something unexpected would happen and change her life, in a way she never could have imagined.


“Ah, this HAS to be it” CLANG, CRANK, CRANK, BANG. An old beat up car rest in a garage with someone working underneath it, making all kinds of noise; the young man pulls himself out, stands up and turns the ignition. RUMBLE, RUMBLE, VROOM, VROOM “YES! I finally got it working, now to test this baby out”, the young man opens the doors, pushes the car out and locks the doors behind him, then proceeds to jump inside the car and zooms off into the distance, getting up to 90mph in 35 seconds. “Damn, I must be really good to get this sweet heart to purr. I KNOW! I'll test out the steering in the forest nearby” He shouts to hear himself over the roar of the engine and the blowing wind. Tessa came down early to grab some water, when suddenly; VROOM, VROOM, she readied her weapon, getting a stance and scanned her surroundings.


The Roar was getting closer and closer with each second, Tessa's heart began to beat faster and faster as she honed her senses, ready for combat. Suddenly, a metal beast sprung from the bushes with a very high pitch tone VREEEEEEEENNN; Tessa manages to use her staff to move away but as she lands, the metal beast was already on it's way to her. She stances herself, ready to parry the front of the beast and make it flip up into the air, but....“OH SHI-LOOK OUT!!!!!” GASP She paused, surprised to hear someone inside it; it shocked her so much, she couldn't react and froze up as the beast drew near, until the beast curved around and flipped 3 times into the tree behind her, with a young man landing on the grass in front of her, in pain.


CRASH, BANG, CLING, CLING


Tessa looks at the wreckage and turns her head to the young man and holds her staff to him chin “Are you here to kill me too? HAVE YOU NOT TAKEN ENOUGH FROM ME!?” She yells with tears building up in her eyes, the young man slowly looks up, he's a yellow hedgehog with very long quills, wearing blue jeans with cut-offs at the knees and a black tank top, he also had some bandages on his hands and arms. The young man's eyes widen very quickly “Oh no, GET DO-” BANG, before the young man could finish, the beast, which turned out to be his car, blew up and a blunt piece of metal had knocked Tessa on the head, with small metal pieces cutting her in several different places, one hit a vital area, causing lots of bleeding. The young man was able to avoid most of the blast and was able to recover, waking up to rain pouring down on them; Tessa was badly hurt and unconscious, she rested in a pool of her own blood from the impact while he was safe on the ground; feeling guilty for what happened, he took out a small bandage he kept in his pocket and wrapped it tight around the fatal wound, but he didn't have enough to stop the bleeding and there was nothing around to help. With no other choice, he carried her and trekked all the way back to his garage, “Hold on, just hold on, I can fix this, please, just don't die, please!”. Covered in rain water and blood, the man kicked his doors open and laid Tessa on the floor while he ran inside the house, he came back with all manner of medical supplies and got to work helping her out, all the while in a state of panic and saying the same 2 words “Don't Die!”


Tessa awoke to the sound of snoring, she glances around to find the young man from earlier sleeping with his back to a table and feet pressed against each other, as if ready for anything, but she could not stand the snoring. As she rose to get up, she screamed in pain, which woke the young man up, “WOAH WOAH, take it easy lady. You were hurt really badly”, The man attempted to comfort her but her first word was “WHERE'S MY STAFF!?” in a painfully frantic voice as she struggles to get up. “It's over by the main door, but you shouldn't move, I only did the minimum to keep you-” She draws her claws and bears them to his face, stopping him from finishing his sentence, she responds “Tell me” In a hissing and very dark tone “Why I shouldn't tear you apart right here, right now?”. Terrified of her claws, the man introduces himself very quickly “Himaynameissayanoiamhappytomeetyoupleasedon'tkillme” Tessa holds her claws closer to him and while clutching her teeth “SLOWLY!”. The man responded in a scared but more controlled tone “Hi, my name is Sayano, Sayano Rinkushi, nice to meet you, please don't kill me” Just as Tessa begins to move her claws away, the shock of pain overwhelms her and she starts to fall down; Sayano catches her quickly, “Damn that was close, I can't have you re-opening those wounds, I barely stopped the bleeding last time. Please, just rest until you are stronger” Tessa couldn't understand his words, her vision went black and she into a long sleep, longest sleep she had ever had.
 
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Chapter 2: The Yellow Hedgehog


CLANK, THUMP “AAAHHHHH!!!!!!” Tessa shoots up out of bed and looks around, “Sorry! I didn't mean to wake up-” Sayano, the yellow hedgehog from before, was holding his head, rubbing a bruise, possibly from the tools that fell down, from the look of the mess on the floor; “WHERE AM I!?” Tessa shouts, drawing her claws and in a pouncing position, “Why shouldn't I tear you apart?” She clearly does not remember waking up and saying something very similar yesterday, but she's much stronger now and the wound has healed enough to move around which would be great news to Sayano, if he wasn't being threatened; however, Sayano picks himself up, dusts himself off and holds his hands on his hips and calmly responds “You said that yesterday as well, I guess it's no surprise you don't remember, seeing as you weren't in any condition to move, let alone be awake” Sayano moves closer to Tessa with open arms, with Tessa moving back slowly, still hissing and bearing her claws. Click Sayano notices that Tessa just knocked the racking and without warning, jumps at Tessa, Tessa flips over Sayano with ease, lands and quickly lunges forwards, ready to attack Sayano as he laid where she had been but as she approaches him, she quickly noticed a large gas canister tipped and started to fall towards Sayano.


“Life is precious” Tessa recalled the words her guardian taught her and so, she continues to move and with her quick speed, used the kinetic energy of her speed to push the canister up through the ceiling and through the roof, where it exploded from the force Tessa impacted onto it. Tessa looks down at Sayano and told him in a cold tone “I saved you, but if you value your life, you will stay away from me”, Sayano turns over, sitting with his hands supporting him body and replies “I saved you twice, you could have died if that canister hit-” “DON'T LIE TO ME!” Tessa snaps back, grinning her sharp teeth, “You wanted to kill me and failed, then when I was knocked out, you took me here to give me away to someone who wanted me dead”. Sayano looks at her with a confused look, how did any of that make sense? But nonetheless, Sayano picked himself back up, Tessa backing up, getting her claws ready once again “Have you even checked your stomach?” Sayano points to Tessa; She looks down and notices a bandage, she looks up at Sayano, unsure what is happening; Sayano takes a step closer, Tessa responds with a step back so Sayano explained; “I was working on my car, trying to get it fixed, it wouldn't start. I tinkered with it until I thought I found the component that got it working, I got it working and took it out for a test drive, unfortunately, the thing is, I threw away some other parts which ended up being the brakes and throttle catch, so when I accelerated, the car was stuck in the highest speed, without the brakes, I couldn't stop the car and I didn't want to crash it. I noticed you were in front of me and I called to you to move, but you just stood there, so I had to steer it and cause it to crash to avoid you. I must be lucky though, as I forgot to wear my seatbelt and was thrown from the car”.


Tessa lowers her guard a little, “So.....You.....Weren't trying to kill me?” Tessa questioned Sayano and lowered her claw before raising them back up quickly, “How do I know this isn't a trick? I know you came out of that.....Car thing and I had you at my feet so don't try to make things up” Sayano again, points to her stomach; Tessa looks again and as she looks and holds where the wound had been, Sayano continued “There was an explosion as well, it knocked us both out but I don't know for how long. When I came to, it was raining and you were not only covered in blood, you were losing a lot of it, I managed to apply some quick first aid but it wasn't enough and I had to carry you here, where I had more supplies to work with. It was hard and I nearly used all my medicine just to hold your wound to stop the bleeding”.


Tessa lowered her claws again, this time, retracting them completely and holding the bandage gently; she looks back up to Sayano to ask a curious question “Did anything else happen? Because I noticed you weren't too scared of me, even though we never met”, unbeknownst to her what had happened after the first time she woke up, Sayano filled her in on what had happened and how she was lucky the wound didn't reopen. Sayano walks over to the garage doors and opens them up, Tessa looks behind her, the rain had cleared up, the sun was shining but most important, the forest was no where to be seen, clearly he had come a long way, carrying her in the pouring wet rain just to help, Tessa asks for her staff, to which Sayano steps to one side of the opening and picks up her staff, which was laying down by the door, just like he said.


Tessa walks over to Sayano and takes her staff back “Thank you, now I will make my way home” Tessa walks out, with her staff in her hands, “WAIT! Why don't you stay here? Until you have a real home to go to?” Tessa ignores him and continues to walk, leaving Sayano behind. Sayano closes the doors and as he locks up, he smiles, knowing he managed to save someone, even if it was his own fault and proceeds back into his house, where he would continue working on other projects.


2 days had passed and Sayano hasn't seen any signs on Tessa, which made Sayano feel a little sad, as it's the first person he's interacted with that actually thanked him for something, I wonder where that cat lady went, he ponders as a knock is heard from his garage door, just as he enters his garage, the doors are blasted down and a large amount of dust fills the room, with Sayano choking and gasping for air; “SAY-AN-O”, a familiar voice could be heard but he couldn't make out who it was with the dust, but whoever it was, they sounded very angry “SAYANO!!!! WHERE ARE YOU!?”, as the dust cleared, Sayano could finally see who it was, it was Tessa, the cat lady, but she looked really angry but why? They haven't seen each other for 2 days, “Uhhh, Hi again Cat Lady......Why are you mad?” Sayano asks in a very frightened manner. “YOU BROKE MY STAFF YOU IDIOT!” Tessa screams as she slowly walks closer to Sayano, who was confused about what was happening, “I don't know if you did your 'tinkering' or if it was that stupid car's explosion, but you broke my staff!”.


Sayano looks at the staff in her hand and responds, once again in a frightened tone “It...It...It looks okay to me” He smiles, as to try and calm things down, but this only made Tessa more angry and she proceeds to punch him in the head, sending Sayano flying into the garage wall. Tessa walks up to Sayano and reveals a button that she clicks and the staff falls apart in half, with the left handle dropping to the ground with a chain on it; Tessa screams again “IT'S NOT MEANT TO DO THAT! DO YOU UNDERSTAND!? FIX IT!”, Sayano picks up both pieces and begins working on fixing the staff, as he gets to work on fixing the staff, Tessa stays where she is but begins to smile “My name is Tessa, Tessa Mayves” She tells Sayano in her normal voice; Sayano turns around in joy to learn her name and smiles, before Tessa points to him with an angry expression “GET BACK TO WORK!” and so, Sayano rushes back to working on the staff in haste, but he did so with a smile........A friend, they both thought; A Real Friend.
 
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Chapter 3: Could I trust him?


Sayano hands Tessa her staff back, she examines it closely and clicks the button in the centre of the staff ;click to reveal it becomes a set of nun-chucks, she swings it around with her body in a brilliant display of acrobatics; After trying it out, click she clicks the two halves back and clicks it back to a full staff “This will do, thanks for fixing it, even though you broke it in the first place” She tells Sayano in a soft but slightly aggressive manner as she walks towards the garage doors. “I'm glad you are pleas-” Tessa swings her staff and stops within an inch of Sayano's right cheeks “Don't assume I will come to you for help, you broke it, you fix it, that's all” She says with a cold look in her eyes, She may consider Sayano a friend, but she isn't sure if he can be trusted.


Tessa leaves the garage, with the room left in silence but she walks, her head bows down slightly and her face grows sour, was she too hard on him? Tessa had many thoughts in her head, so much so she didn't realise she managed to get back to the Zxellum Forest where she lived until she rose her head back up.....”Funny” Tessa said to herself with a slight whisper, “I don't remember the trees being more colourful, was I really THAT blind?” She places her paw over her face, covering her eyes.


As Tessa removes her paw, she notices someone standing across from her; in a state of shock and fear, she jumps back and assumes combat positions, ready for a fight but this person held their hand up and in a very muffle voice, they spoke “I am not here to harm you, young lady. I bring good news, you have been chosen to come with a special group of people.....We have gathering others like yourself, shunned from the world, hated, loathed and even tormenting you but we are not like them; WE! Can provide safe haven” The mysterious person then holds their hand out, in gesture of acceptance, “If you only took my hand”. Tessa didn't believe him and started to attack, charging forward with speed and volleying over the stranger, turning in mid-air and striking down with her staff, but it hit nothing.....This, person; They are not actually there “I assure you this, you won't be asked again, take my hand while the offer is still there” This person clearly had no desire to fight, but they were also ready to attack in needed; this put Tessa in a difficult spot as she had no idea what was happening and it was easy to see that this person was capable to taking her down without trouble.


Tessa clenches her teeth madly, grips her staff fiercely and her tail very much on it's end, “I don't trust you” She finally replies but her tone gets more wild “I HAVE NO ONE TO TRUST IN THIS WORLD AND I'M SURE AS HELL NOT GOING TO TRUST YOU!” Tessa begins to swing her staff wildly at the person, attacking in all directions with speed and precision but the strange remained unaffected, none of her attacks did anything. CLICK Tessa clicks the button on her staff and turns it back into nun-chucks; she then shows grand displays of acrobatics, gymnastics and mobility with a volley of attacks and twirls that almost make her a blur to the eye, but once again, nothing had changed, this strange person was still standing there, undisturbed.


“ENOUGH!” The stranger raises his hand and tracks Tessa, despite her speed and flicks her away, sending Tessa flying backwards with a large print on her forehead; She continues to crash through many bushes, branches and soon, a tree stops her dead in her tracks, the velocity and power from it all caused her to cough up blood and as she fell down to the floor, her old wound had re-opened, not enough to bleed out like before, but enough to slow her down due to the pain. Unable to move and losing blood, Tessa found herself in a bad place, the stranger seemed to have left her for dead, probably assumed she would have no way to recover and die soon enough. There wasn't much she could do and eventually ended up resting for an hour before waking up to the sheer pain of the wound.


She hisses in pain and looks down to find she is losing blood again but the rest has given her a chance to move, so she picks up her staff, which has now been broken, the frame was dented in 3 places, the two halves wouldn't click back together and so she was unable to use it as a means of holding herself up. With a large amount of willpower, strength and endurance, she held on to her broken weapon and started to crawl away, but she was deep inside the forest, no way of telling where she was going “I would like to know who that guy was, but right now, I need to get out of here. I....I need my friend” Tessa grips the ground and continues to pull herself but with each movement, she grew weaker and weaker. She couldn't hold on any longer and soon passed out from blood loss.


“You were damn near lucky I found you when I did” A strong, deep but gently voice spoke as Tessa's eyes began to open up, “ this is familiar, I hope this is not a sign of things to come” She thought to herself and a man sat next to her, she looks to her right to find another hedgehog, this one is green with short spikes going up and the tips were as dark as the night. He wore a dark green velvet vest, a red trench coat white gloves, black jeans and a black and gold belt, he also seemed to have a plaster on his left cheek but his eyes, contrast to her own purple eyes and Sayano's light blue eyes......This man's eyes looked evil, yellow in colour but the rest of it was black like the void, terrifying and cold. “It's rude to stare, I know I look evil as hell, you don't gotta confirm that” The man critiques Tessa for looking at his features like he's a monster; “I didn't.....Mean to.....Be......Ruuuuuude-” She barely spoke but couldn't muster the strength to stay awake and fainted back to sleep.


The man continued to watch over her, he brushes her hair to one side to get a better look at her, seeing her so deep in sleep, his smile revealed very sharp teeth as he spoke to himself aloud “Maybe I'll have a better chance of recruiting her when she trusts me a great deal” he holds his other hand out and conjures a small white spirit in his hand, it too had a look of evil about it, with it's yellow lens and dark green iris “Ain't that right, Nipchi? Yes, we'll show her, that she doesn't need to be alone, if she comes with us” The spirit seems to agree as it fades back into his hand.
 
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Chapter 4: The Underworld


Tessa tosses and turns in her sleep, images of fire, the feeling of the heat, the sound of roaring angry mobs, the visage of her family and her guardian dying to these mobs; She begins to cry, clutching the sheets that cover her until she throws herself up in cold sweat, heart pounding like an overworked machine, pupils dilated and panting heavily. “You were having a nightmare?” That same voice from yesterday was heard as Tessa turns to see the same green hedgehog from before.


Tessa slowing calms down and notices she is in yet another unfamiliar place, but here she can hear sounds of what sounds like a town, crowds of people talking and clangs of metal and pottery outside the tent she had been laying in. Tessa gets up and walks slowly outside to find hundreds of people, lots of tents, small stalls for acting as shops, rock formations that seems to shield them from prying eyes and no one was trying to attack her or feared her; It was so peaceful it seemed like the nightmare never existed, this was a big shock to her and difficult to understand. “Where have I been taken? Have they no clue of my origins or what most think of me?” Tessa spoke in a quiet tone, still slightly shaken from her nightmare but it was accompanied with fear, anxiety and nerves, could this be the haven she was looking for?


“You don't need to be afraid anymore” The hedgehog says as he approaches and stands slightly in front of Tessa; “This town, like you and me, are full of outcasts, outsiders, cast-offs, exiles, the damned and the forgotten. We live here in hopes of living a normal life, a place free from the prejudice; I sometimes wish we could take the fight back to them, but I know we can't, we are just living and surviving. This small village is our haven; Tyen Prymm”.


It seemed impossible to believe that an underground society is able to live without trouble, but here she stood, in a part of the world where people like her could live. The green hedgehog turns to Tessa with a small smile “Sorry, I had not even given you my name; it's Lupon. Lupon Mewer. What's yours?” Tessa struggles to smile back, still mesmerised by it all and responds “Tessa. My name is Tessa Mayves”. “A beautiful name, for a beautiful young girl” Lupon comments as Tessa begins to blush, she never got a compliment before and it made her feel so warm inside, Lupon began to laugh hysterically which caused Tessa to get annoyed “Hahahaha, I'm so sorry” Lupon said while regaining his composure “You looked so cute just then, blushing and all. You must not have had compliments before.” Tessa grits her teeth and shakes her fist, but she quickly calms down because, he's right and she can't get mad at someone she just met and understood her so easily.


Tessa and Lupon began walking around, everyone greeting the young cat into the town; they all looks far different than herself, a lizard couple with dog ears standing by the clothes shop, a large but very thin elephant with stripes on his skin tended to the jewellery shop, a group of tigers, each with different looks; one tiger had spots, like a leopard while another had a snake for a tail; this place really is full of people like her....But then, Crack “I'm so sorry” A familiar voice could be heard, Tessa looks around and see him.


Of all the people, “SAYANO!” Tessa shouts and runs over as quickly as she could, Sayano was picking up some pots he broke and didn't hear Tessa shouting to him and as he gave the broken pieces to the rat merchant he collided with, Tessa jumped and hugged him, which surprised Sayano and he stumbled down to the floor. Sayano looks and sees Tessa holding onto him firmly “Oh hi Tessa, what're you doing here?” Sayano asks while rubbing his head from the impact. Tessa sits up and replies with her own question “Me? What about you? How did you find this place?”.


Lupon stands next to Sayano, looking down with a menacing look on his face; “Yes, please tell me how you found this place. No one should be able to find us” Sayano looks up to Lupon and begins to sweat after looking at Lupon's appearance “Be nice Lupon, Sayano here is a friend, he helped me before I met you” Sayano turns to Tessa really quick “Friend? I'm a friend? SWEET!” He jumps up with all kinds of excitement, like a burst of energy filling him up from the enjoyment, Lupon looks on without flinching “I will ask one more time!” Lupon draws a gun to Sayano, the townsfolk run to clear the area around Lupon, Sayano and Tessa “HOW DID YOU FIND US!?”.


Sayano once more, began to sweat, this Lupon man means business “I, I, I, I, I was just testing my new propulsion engine, I wanted to, to, to, make m-m-m-my car go faster” Sayano's legs shook as he holds his hands out in front of him, Lupon lowers the gun “If it makes you speak quicker and less stutter, I won't harm you but if, for one moment I believe you will shoot you” Tessa attempts to butt in but Lupon swings his arm in her direction, as if to signal her to stay out of it. Sayano continues his story “I was testing my new propulsion engine, what I wanted to call 'The Thrust Machine'” Immediately upon hearing the name, Tessa slaps her paw on her face and says “Oh lord, why? Why did he pick that name?” Sayano continues again “It was going well, until I started to test it for real. It worked until I hit MK.I then it blew out and threw me for miles, how I didn't die was a miracle but I ended up getting knocked out near some cliffs. When I woke up, I heard lots of people and as I came down to see what was up, I tripped and knocked into that rat merchant”.


Lupon looks on, confused how most of what he said was even possible but before he could react, Tessa storms up to Sayano “ARE YOU AN IDIOT? HOW DID YOU LET IT EXPLODE?” Lupon looks on even more confused and asks “Wait, he been in more than one explosion?” Sayano smiles with his hand behind his head, gesturing it was true. Lupon looks on in amazement that someone so clumsy, so stupid and so simple could end up being one of the luckiest people to survive not just a lot of explosions but to also land on a rock cliff without any lasting injury.....Either this hedgehog is a god, a powerful warrior or worse, just a really really REALLY lucky guy. “I'm.....Gonna lay down for a minute” Lupon says, unable to grasp the concept of what Sayano is.


Tessa looks worried for Lupon and before running after him, tells Sayano “Sayano, this is my new home now. Come visit once in a while, I mean, if you can find us.” Sayano nods his head “Sure thing and don't worry, I'll find you regardless, after all, I put this tracker on you” He smiles while holding a small machine with a red dot blinking. Tessa proceeds to punch Sayano in the gut, who drops the machine as he is pushed far back from the force; Tessa grabs the machine and breaks it “No one else can know we are here Sayano, Lupon might give you a chance but any means of finding us could cause chaos. Sorry Sayano, but this might as well be the Underworld right now” Tessa walks as Sayano holds himself in pain