Everything was calm, quiet and peaceful in the sewers of New York City. The sounds of rats and cockroaches squeaking and water dripping echoed throughout the dark sewers.
Suddenly, on one of the dark and wet sewer wall, a swirling portal opened up. A strange, male creature—not of this Earth—jumped out. Or fell out, more likely. The creature, a Werevel (a biological mix between a werewolf and a lizard), stood up. Scratches, gashes, bruises and blood—both fresh and dried—covered his entire body. Bloodstains on his jacket and his hair was all messed up. The Werevel growled in both pain and frustration.
“Can’t believe this happened.” Dusk hissed under his breath. He held out one paw and looked at his palm. It was coated with blood and a couple of scratches. He groaned and winced in pain as he put his paws in the pocket of his jacket. He tried to walk but there was a gash on his right leg; every time he tried to walk on it, it only made it hurt more. Dusk limped away, paws in the pockets of his jacket, and he made his way through the dark and disgusting sewers.
Jade was walking through the sewers. She, the girls, the guys and Turret had been watching TV but Jade had suddenly felt the need to stretch her legs. So she decided to go take a quick walk through the sewers.
Jade was about to turn around and go back to the lair when she heard something. Her ears twitched and she started walking towards the sound. It sounded like footsteps. She sniffed the air; she could sniff and define anything. Humans, Kraang, animals and even mutants. She sniffed the air and a strange scent caught her nose.
“That’s Werevel scent…” Jade thought. She was about to call out, “Turret? Is that you?” when she sniffed again to make sure it was him. That wasn’t Turret’s scent; it was another Werevel, and whoever it was, their scent seemed somewhat familiar. There was another scent along with Werevel.
Was that…Blood scent?
Dusk continued to limp through the sewers, but he stopped when he heard something.
Dusk looked up. “Who’s there?” He called out.
“Who’s there?” Jade stopped dead in her tracks. Someone—the Werevel, probably—called out. Jade said nothing as she continued to walk through the sewers. She sniffed the air again. The Werevel was defiantly closer to her now.
Silence reigned. Dusk sighed; it was probably just a few rats scampering through the sewers. He continued to limp through the sewers, completely unaware of what lied ahead of him.
Jade sniffed one more time. Now the Werevel was very close by. Jade suddenly spotted something.
A moving shadow.
Jade, quickly and silently, placed her paws on her Naginata and pulled it out. She narrowed her eyes and with her night vision, she could see a figure limping towards her in the darkness.
Using her ninja stealth, Jade crept into the pitch-black shadows so the figure would not see her. The figure—by now, see could see that it was defiantly the Werevel (because of its drone tail)—had limped closer to Jade and she could now see who it was.
The mutant cat’s eyes widened as she realized who the Werevel truly was.
“Dusk…” Jade whispered, in both shock and anger.
“Dusk…” The gray-furred Werevel suddenly stopped; terrors filled his stomach as he heard someone—female, by the sound of their voice—say his name. He slowly turned his head to the left, to a bunch of pitch-black shadows; he was pretty sure that’s where the voice came from.
Suddenly, he saw a pair of eyes; they were staring right at him. Dusk’s green eyes widened as he stared right at the pair of chocolate-brown eyes.
All of a sudden, out of nowhere, a brown-furred mutant cat leaped out of the shadows and tackled Dusk on to his back, making the Werevel scream in fear and surprise.
Jade held Dusk down, placing the blade of her Naginata on Dusk’s neck. If she pressed down, she would draw blood from the Werevel, killing him instantly. But she did not. The mutant feline didn’t move the blade of her weapon at all. Dusk remained underneath the feline, his heart beating rapidly in his chest and he panted in fear.
After what felt like an eternity, Jade finally spoke.
“Why are you doing here, Dusk?” She hissed, not moving from her spot on top of the Werevel. “I thought we drove you and your good for nothing father away.”
Dusk sighed. “Adopted father.” He corrected quietly in frustration, making Jade blink in confusion.
“What?” She asked.
“Sir William’s not my real father.” Dusk growled, looking directly into the feline’s eyes. “He’s my adopted father. My real father left before I was born; Sir William took me in after my mother died.” The Werevel sighed in frustration. “And why I am here isn’t my fault; my so-called father shoved me through a portal after he and that good for nothing General Metal did this to me.” The Werevel motioned towards the wounds all over his body.
Jade’s eyes widened and she got off of Dusk. He didn’t move except for the rise and fall of his chest as he breathed; the werewolf-lizard hybrid was too injured to fight and Jade knocking him down certainly did not help his bruised back.
Jade put her Naginata away and kneeled down, placing her paws underneath him and picking him up. She held Dusk in her arms; the Werevel hissed in pain.
“Don’t worry, Dusk.” Jade said as she started walking down a certain tunnel. “You’ll be fine.”
A few minutes of walking had passed and Jade had finally made it to the place she was heading for. It was another abandon subway station; just like the one that Jade and her friends and family lived in. Except this subway station was different from the lair.
It was dusted and completely clean, as if it had been cleaned every five minutes for years. There was a couch in the pit of the living room and a big flat screen TV in front of it; an Xbox 360 right next to it along with a few games on top of the gaming platform. Next to the couch was a box filled with several books.
Jade walked into the pit and lied Dusk down on the couch. Dusk tried his best to hold in a hiss of agony from his stinging scratches.
“Hold on, Dusk.” Jade said. The feline disappeared into another room for less than a minute and came back holding a first-aid kit. She kneeled down next to Dusk, set the first-aid kit down, opened it up and took out some wet wipes, ointment and bandages.
“Hold still, Dusk.” Jade said as she grabbed one of the wet wipes and took Dusk’s right arm, pulled the sleeve of his jacket up and started it clean some cuts on Dusk’s arm.
“Ah!” Dusk gasped. He groaned in pain as Jade continued to clean his wounds. “Dang it, this hurts!”
“Just deal with it, Dusk.” Jade said. She put down the wipe, which had some blood on it, and picked up the ointment. She squirted some into her paw, rubbed both her paws together and started gently rubbing Dusk’s arm. It still hurt a little, but the ointment made Dusk’s arm feel better.
Once Jade finished with the ointment, she wiped her hands off, and picked up the bandages. The brown-furred cat started wrapping up Dusk’s arm.
Dusk turned his head and looked at Jade. When he looked at her, he suddenly got a weird feeling in the pit of his stomach. He didn’t know what the odd feeling was, but he liked it.
“Uh…excuse me?” Dusk asked, gaining Jade’s attention. She looked up.
“Yes, Dusk?” She asked. Dusk’s green eyes looked directly in Jade’s chocolate brown eyes. Dusk blushed a light pink, but it wasn’t visible beneath his gray fur. He suddenly felt his heart beat a little bit faster as the feeling in his stomach grew stronger.
Jade stared at Dusk. “Um…Dusk?” Jade asked confused. Jade’s voice snapped the Werevel out of his thoughts.
“Oh, right.” Dusk said, clearing his throat. “I…I just wanted to thank you for doing this.”
“You’re welcome.” Jade said. “But don’t think I’ll forget what you did to my friends and family back on Zecon.” Jade finished rapping up Dusk’s arm. “Now, are there any wounds on your back?”
“Yes.” Dusk answered. “That stupid Sir William and that lousy excuse for a general kicked me in the back a few times. I think it might be bruised.”
“Okay.” Jade said. “Turn on to your stomach and take your jacket off; I’ll check it out.”
Dusk did as Jade said. He sat up and took his jacket off before turning on to his back. Jade inspected Dusk’s back; there defiantly were bruises on his back. They were very visible beneath his fur. Dusk blushed as Jade looked at him.
“Doesn’t look too bad.” Jade said. She took some lotion out of the first-aid kit, put some on her paws and started rubbing Dusk’s back, making him blush deeper and close his eyes in pleaser. It felt good to have Jade’s warm paws rub lotion on to his back.
“By the way,” Dusk said. “What’s your name again?”
Jade smiled at him. “Jade.” She told him. “My name is Jade.”
“Jade…” Dusk said, still keeping his eyes closed as Jade continued rubbing his back. “That’s such a beautiful name.”
Jade blushed a little. “Thanks, Dusk.” She said, smiling. Jade didn’t know why, but when she looked at Dusk, she had unusual feeling crawl into his stomach. This feeling, whatever it was, it felt…warm, delightful and it filled Jade up with pleasure.
A few minutes later, Jade finally stopped rubbing and continued with cleaning and bandaging up all of Dusk’s other wounds. Once she finished, Dusk put his jacket back on and sat up on the couch. Jade picked up the remote to the TV and turned it on. She handed it to Dusk. “Here, Dusk.” She said. “You can watch TV if you want. I’ll let you pick the channel.”
Dusk smiled and took it from Jade. “Thanks.” He flipped through the TV channels until he came across a TV show called “Scrubs”.
“Ooh, I love this show.” Jade said, sitting down next to Dusk. “It’s one of my favorites.” Jade smiled brighter as she realized that it was her favorite episode “My Best Friend’s Baby’s Baby and my Baby’s Baby”.
As they watched the episode together, Dusk kept asking questions about the show and Jade answered them. They both laughed when Jordan gave Dr.Cox the “talk until I want to commit suicide” treatment.
Once the episode ended, Jade decided to finally leave. “I have to leave now, Dusk.” She said. “Everyone will be wondering where I am. Stay here in this station, okay?” Dusk nodded. “Alright. If you get hungry, there’s food in that room.” She pointed to one room. “And there’s a bed in that other room, in case you get tired.” Jade pointed to another room.
Dusk smiled. “Thank you, but…I have a question. What is this place and…why are you being so nice to me?”
Jade smiled at Dusk. “This is my secret place.” She explained. “I always come here when I’m upset or need some time alone. And the reason I’m so nice to you…I couldn’t leave anyone who is injured. You may be one of my enemies, but I thought it was too harsh for Sir William and General Metal to do that to you.” With that she turned and left the station. “Bye, Dusk!” She said as she headed back to the lair.
Dusk smiled and blushed as she left. He continued to stare in the direction she left for a few minutes before turning his attention back to the TV.
Jade walked towards the lair. She peeked in and saw that everyone was in the pit watching TV. Jade walked through the turnstiles, making everyone turn to her.
“Oh, hey Jade.” Kate said as the brown-furred feline walked towards them. Jade sat down next in between Scarlet and Angie.
“Where were you?” Jane asked her.
“Oh, just out taking a walk.” Jade replied to the dingo. Jane smiled and went back to watching TV with everyone else.
As she watched TV with them, Jade thought about how Dusk. She had to keep the secret from everyone about him, or else they would find and attack him. And Dusk was not in the condition to fight anyone right now. Jade smiled as she thought of Dusk once more.
Dusk was now lying in the bed in the other room; a soft, warm blanket covered his body. He smiled as he close his eyes and thought about Jade. When he saw Jade, he saw this beautiful creature with long brown fur dangling down one side of her face and amazing chocolate-brown eyes. To him, Jade was beautiful on both the outside and the inside.
Jade crossed Dusk’s mind once more before he fell asleep.