Author's Note: Here I am again. :) Anyone miss me? This is my take on a fanfiction story where Hannah does not exist and in her place is the extraordinary creature the Avis Cyrus. This is set to happen after the Can't Be Tamed music video. This will be a multi-chapter story.
Disclaimer: I do not own Hannah Montana and its characters. I do not own Miley Cyrus. I do not own Avis Cyrus.
Unveiling the Exhibit
Lilly smiled widely at her newfound prize, the gorgeous creature sleeping in her nest on the floor of the cage. Although she was technically still the property of the museum Lilly already considered her as her personal new toy. She heard her mind taunt her, that small voice saying 'Be careful Lilly, its wild. You can look but don't touch.'
After the impressive display that the creature put forth at her unveiling to the community, Lilly just knew that her eyes laid on something special. At the moment, they were alone in the large room. The staff at the museum busy at working to clean up the trail of chaos that the creature left throughout the building. Lilly tried to look past the iron bars of the cage and the reinforcements holding the bent tubes to keep their use of holding the creature inside.
Avis Cyrus. That is what the announcer had called it. Lilly repeated the name in her mind. In her sleep, the Avis didn't look nearly as wild as she had during her show. Replaying the display of talent in her mind, Lilly lets a slow whistle fall past her lips. "You really are something aren't you?"
For a second she doesn't even register that she said that out loud, but when the Avis lifts her head and looks right at her Lilly figures that she woke the creature. "I'm sorry… I didn't mean to wake you." She waits for a response and after several minutes gets none. Not being happy with this, Lilly steps forward, coming closer to the cage. She watches as the Avis' eyes lock on her, watching her every move. "After such an impressive performance I would talk to my new fans." Lilly smiles a little as the Avis shifts her position to sit comfortably on the edge of her nest, blue eyes still boring into her.
After another few minutes the only new development is the Avis tilting her head slightly and a look of contemplation covering her features. Lilly doesn't notice as she places her hands on a set of bent bars, watching the creature contemplate. "You have a beautiful voice. … At least I think so." She looks on and studies the form of the creature. She looks just like a girl, sitting on her favorite chair. But Lilly and the others that saw her earlier show know that to not be true. Lilly wonders silently where her wings hide, her body seeming to be slender and well in shape. The muscles in the legs of the Avis are made obvious when the creature starts walking towards Lilly, stopping when she reaches the bars that separate them. It almost pains Lilly to shift her gaze from those legs to the piercing blue eyes that seemed to be looking right through her.
"My name is Lilly. … D'you have a name?" Lilly stuttered a little.
The Avis nods and her gaze shifts to the plaque on her cage near them 'Rarest Creature on Earth, Avis Cyrus' Lilly read it and shook her head a little. "That is what you are. I want to know who you are. The Avis mimicked the head-shaking that Lilly just did and looked down. Lilly almost thought that the Avis was sad about not having a name.
"Everyone has a name; we'll just have to pick you one." Lilly smiles, trying to get the Avis to look at her again. "I want to be your friend. I want to help you get out of here. Nothing as magnificent as you should be caged up and alone. Isn't there someone out there that is missing you?"
The Avis keeps her head ducked and Lilly realizes You were thought to be extinct… "There's not another kind like you is there?" She steps up, putting her feet between the bars so she's level with the Avis instead of still standing on the floor. "Let me in? Please? I don't want to harm you."
The creature glances up at Lilly, shifting her gaze from the floor quickly then to the yet to be unharmed bars next to them. Moving quickly, she grips the bars and pulls them apart so there's a large gap. Lilly smiles and steps inside the cage, then frowns at the Avis' response of stepping back and away from her. Then her wings spread and cover her, just as they had when that idiot earlier tried to take a picture of her. Lilly couldn't help but gasp and take a moment to let the sight sink into her brain. Standing this close she could see the shades of dark blue and green in the mostly black wings, the sight was breath-taking.
"I'm really not going to hurt you, I promise. Please, trust me. I'm going to help you." The Avis looks at Lilly while she speaks then smiles a little and nods her head. "You have a beautiful voice; I enjoyed your performance thoroughly." Lilly slowly steps closer to the Avis, watching as the muscles in her wings flex.
If she heard correctly she heard a soft chuckle come from past those beautiful barriers; and then the wings left as quickly as they came, tucking into the Avis' back again. "Thank you" the creature smiled a little again, glancing at Lilly and noticing that she moved closer.
"You're welcome. … I'd love to learn what other talents you have. You know, other than the obvious having wings and singing." The Avis chuckles again and glances to the tree in her enclosure. She grins at Lilly and then her wings come back, their muscles flexing. One moment Lilly was looking at a girl standing next to her, the other she was looking up at a majestic creature perched on a tree branch. "So you fly… that sort of comes with the wings, I guess." She watches as the Avis sits on the branch, seemingly not worried about falling. 'Why should she be worried, she's got a built in parachute' Lilly giggles a little to herself. What she wouldn't give to have the freedom that this creature was meant to have.
"What?" The crystal clear voice rings again. While the Avis was singing earlier there was a slight rasp to her voice. That must just be her singing voice Lilly thought. "What's so funny?" The Avis asks again, clearly bothered by not getting a response.
"I just wish that I could see the world like you could, way up there."
"That isn't funny." Lilly laughed to herself at the bluntness of everything that the creature says. "That isn't funny at all." The Avis lands back down next to Lilly and takes her into her arms, flying again as soon as she's sure Lilly is secure.
Lilly grips closer to the Avis' chest. "Did I mention… I'm a bit afraid of heights..." she swallows.
"Oh.." the Avis lands on her previous perch, "Well now I get why it's funny."
"Yeah… I'm glad…" Lilly takes a chance and looks down to the floor then grips even closer to her newest security blanket. "Take me back down?"
"Why? You're safe up here. I've got you."
Oh yeah… miss I can't be tamed has me in her arms so I'm safe. Of course. Lilly's breathing stops for a split second. She's holding me in her arms... and she's… warm? Almost too warm. "You're hot." Lilly states, flabbergasted.
The Avis laughs "Thank you?" then laughs again as Lilly stutters out an explanation, not forming full words. "You shouldn't be so nervous."
"I shouldn't be nervous." Lilly laughs, the sound echoing through the large empty room. "For someone who can't be tamed, you sure seem tame to me. You telling me that I shouldn't be nervous when the only thing stopping me from falling, and possibly getting killed when I land on the floor of your cage, is your arms." She rambles, trying to hide that part of her likes being this close, although the height of their perch is making her heart beat faster than it should. "That sure makes you seem tame, trying to get me to trust you."
"Not to trust me, that's not what I meant. Maybe you should learn to trust your instincts, as I have." The words didn't echo as Lilly's had, but the meaning behind them rang loud and clear.
"You're not untamable at all. Are you?" The Avis shakes her head. "You just live your own way… No one else makes your mind up for you." Lilly looks up into sparkling blue eyes and smiles. "I would quite like to join you in your way of living. But first, could you please set me back on the ground, standing on my own two feet?"
The Avis chuckles, gliding back down to the ground slowly. "One small step at a time I see?"
Lilly nods, "Baby steps." Once she's on her feet again she smiles. "Thank you." Glancing behind the Avis and outside through a window she notices the first hints of light coming up from the sun. "It must be close to morning now..." Lilly sighs, knowing that she'll have to leave soon.
"You'll come back again. You must, since I'm going to teach you how to live."
Lilly looks at the Avis, her eyebrows creased together. "Are you ordering me, Miss Cyrus?" The Avis nods one sharp nod, looking completely serious.
"You have a lot to learn, Lilly. And I'm going to teach you. Come back every night?"
"I'll make it when I can."
And as the lights in the room turned on again, signaling the opening of the museum for the day, the Avis smiles. "I shall look forward to seeing you again, friend."
The word rings through Lilly's head and she smiles widely then waves at the creature, her newfound friend and teacher. As she steps out of the cage the sound of metal being bent back to its original shape echoes through the room, the Avis not wanting to cause more trouble than she's already stirred up. She wanting to reassure her new friend that she would indeed be here for their nightly get-togethers. Lilly shakes her head; no creature so magnificent and intelligent should be forced to live in a place like this. She should be out in the world. Maybe South America, there'd be a ton of flying space there, and plenty of trees. This is Lilly's new goal in life, to get her new friend out of this exhibit. To get Avis Cyrus back to where she was meant to be, free to roam wherever she pleased. And maybe, just maybe, she'd be there with her.
On her walk home that Saturday morning, Lilly couldn't be more pleased that she'd snuck into the unveiling of that exhibit. She might not be rich like the rest of the people that were there, her family had nowhere near those amounts of money, but she had what none of them could ever attain. A friend that could, and would from how she spoke earlier, take her to new heights. In more ways than one. Lilly giggled to herself right before entering her front door to smile at her mother.