AW MAN! I forgot to sign off on that last chapter. DANG IT! Oh well. That's in the past now. Sorry about that! But yeah. Hope you all enjoy this chapter! And please don't forget to, REVIEW!
Oh and also, I can not take credit for the character, Ajani. He belongs to the TOTALLY AMAZING, CoolfireDragon11. (Or on the Nick boards, AidylRocks). Check her out! She's got AMAZING stories! So yeah. I'm gonna hush now and let you get to reading!
Chapter ten: Powers
I watched Aniu and Kasaru, curiously. I was very curious about what powers Kasaru had.
Then Aniu asked, "Well, Kasaru… what do you want to know?"
Kasaru quickly answered, "Everything!"
Aniu chuckled quietly and shook her head. Then she quietly muttered, "Of course you do…"
I watched as Aniu looked Kasaru over and then asked, "How old are you?"
Kasaru looked over at me, then answered nervously, "F-five."
I saw Aniu's eyes widen and she said, in shock, "Really? Wow, I would not have guessed that…"
Aniu looked Kasaru over again and said quietly to herself, "He didn't tell me much after all…"
I heard Kasaru growl quietly, then asked, "Who didn't?"
Aniu looked up at and smiled. "Your brother…" she replied.
My eyes went wide, when she said that. I looked up, when Kasaru got to her feet. I quickly jumped up as well.
"You told us you didn't work for Tanis!" I growled.
Aniu looked at the two of us with curiosity written on her face. Then she asked, confused, "Tanis? Who is that?"
I watched both, Kasaru and Aniu. I wasn't sure what was going on. Then Kasaru replied, in almost a yell, "He's my brother!"
I felt myself starting to tremble in fear. Kasaru wrapped her arms around me, protectively, and I buried my face into her fur and sobbed softly.
I could feel Kasaru shaking as well. Then I felt her start to back away, dragging me with her. When we hit the back wall, I felt Kasaru tightened her grip on me.
Aniu then, slowly advanced towards us. She opened her arms outward, as if trying to show, she meant us no harm.
She continued on, until she was just a few feet from us. I still could feel myself shaking. And I managed to cry out, "S-stop! Please!"
Aniu stopped where she was, her face lined with concern and confusion. And her voice held surprise, as she said, "Of course. Please, there is a misunderstanding; I am not here to hurt you…"
Kasaru shook her head and growled angrily, "Then how do you know my brother?"
Aniu looked to Kasaru and said, almost pleadingly, "I don't understand what the problem is, all I am trying to do is help you!"
I still held tightly to Kasaru, as she shook her head and asked, "Well? How do you know, Tanis?"
I watched as Aniu cocked her head and said, very confused, "Tanis? No, no, your brother's Ajani…"
I cocked my head, then glanced up at Kasaru, who was as confused as I was. She asked, "What? Who is that?"
Aniu sighed and said, almost annoyed, "Your brother!"
I just stared at Aniu. What was she talking about. I thought Kasaru said her brother was Tanis! Not some dude, named Ajani! And I trusted Kasaru. I trusted her with my life at this point!
The I heard Kasaru say, "I don't have another brother…"
I tightened my grip on Kasaru. I was scared, and she was the only person I had at the moment. I couldn't lose her. I watched as Aniu paced the room, mumbling quietly to herself "Maybe I was mistaken… no, no, what are the odds that it's another Lioness named Kasaru, who can shape shift?"
I felt Kasaru stiffen as Aniu uttered those last words.
Then Kasaru asked slowly, "Sh-shape shift?"
I saw Aniu's eyes widen and she spun around and stared at Kasaru in shock, as she stuttered "Um… what? N-no…"
Then she closed her eyes and sighed. Then after a moment, said reluctantly "Yes… that's your power…"
I stood there, staring at Aniu. Kasaru still held me protectively. I couldn't believe it. Did Aniu say that Kasaru could... shape shift? I just couldn't believe it! Then my thoughts drifted to what Aniu had said about Kasaru's 'brother'.
I trembled at the thought of Tanis. I watched as Aniu then begin to pace the floor in front of us, again.
"Are you sure you don't have another brother?" she asked Kasaru.
Kasaru growled angrily, "I think I would know that! Unless my parents lied to me, and I don't see why they would lie about something like that!"
Aniu stopped and looked at her. "I meant no disrespect! I am just as confused about this as you girls are! But a Lion named, Ajani, came to me, when he found out that I was looking for you! He told me what you looked like. And he said you were his little sister. But... I do think there was something else. Something he was trying to hide something from me..." Aniu said quietly.
I held tightly onto Kasaru. I wasn't sure what was going to happen. Aniu seemed like she really wanted to help us. But why?
"I'm afraid I can't answer that, Shadow!" she said.
I gasped. "Wh-what are you talking about?" I asked quietly. But I knew what she meant.
"You want to know why I want to help you. But do not worry. All will be reveled in due time!" she said.
I looked up at Kasaru. Shook was written on my face.
I turned back to Aniu. I stared at her, in utter shock. 'She's a mind reader!' I thought.
I just couldn't believe it. She halted her pacing and turned to me and smiled.
Then she said, "Yes. Yes I am, Shadow. You are very smart for your age! I can see great things in your future!" she said.
She continued to pace for another moment, until she finally came to a halt.
"Well, Kasaru. You know about your power now. Guess I should tell you yours, Shadow!" she said.
Then she sat back down on the floor. Returning to a cross-legged, position.
I slowly walked over to her. Kasaru was right behind me. We both sat down on the floor in front of her. I could tell that Kasaru was trying to take in, what had been said.
"Do you still have it? The necklace your parents gave you?" Aniu asked me.
I looked at her and nodded. Then I pulled out a beautiful necklace. It was shaped like a teardrop. It had swirls of different shades of blue in it. And it had a blue diamond in the center.
Kasaru just stared at it. She seemed to like it a lot.
Aniu smiled. "Good! Now you, Shadow, are a different matter then Kasaru. Your powers are mixed up! You don't have different powers that work with each other, like Kasaru! You have many powers. But not all of them work together!" she said.
I cocked my head to the side and said, "I don't understand!"
She smiled. "It takes time. But you will! Now. What do you want to know first?" she asked.
I thought very hard about that one. Then said, "I want to know what my necklace does!"
Aniu nodded her head. "A wise choice! Your necklace is very special. It gives you the power over water!" she said.
My eyes went wide. "Wh-what?" I stammered.
"That's right! You also can gain a super form, which give's you complete control! But you can use your powers without using your super form!" she said.
'So that must be why Tanis is after me!' I thought.
"I'm afraid so, Shadow. Tanis will stop at nothing to get your powers. Both of yours!" Aniu said.
I heard Kasaru growl, at the name of her brother.
Aniu then smiled. "But if you let me. I can help you learn how to use your powers. It will be very difficult for you, Shadow. Since yours are all different. But I can help you both!" Aniu said.
I looked up at Kasaru. I could see suspicion in her eyes. But also curiosity! Then I turned to the White Wolf. She seemed genuinely concerned about us. Kasaru sighed and nodded her head.
"We'll let you help us. But if you try to hurt us. Or trick us in any way! I will make it a thousand times worse for you!" Kasaru growled.
I knew she meant it and so did Aniu.
Aniu simply nodded her head in understanding. "I understand. Then I will teach you both how to use your powers. I will return soon. For now. I must go find out what I can about your 'brothers', Kasaru. This has even me puzzled... but like I said. I will be back soon. Until them. Please speak about me to no one. Not even Kato, Shadow!" she said.
I felt my face getting hot. I really had to watch what I was thinking! She smiled.
"See you girls soon. And when I return. I'll tell you more about your powers, Shadow!" she said.
Then she pulled the hood up on her cloak, dropped down on all fours and disappeared into the night.
I heard Kasaru let out a deep sigh.
"Do you really think that Tanis will stop at nothing to get our powers?" I asked.
She turned and looked down at me. "I don't know, Shadow. I don't know..." she said.
I looked out the cave and thought, 'What powers do I have? And who was this Wolf?'
Then I asked quietly, "Do you really think she's going to help us?"
Kasaru just stood there. "That... I really don't know! But I promise you, Shadow. I won't let her or anyone else hurt you. You're my friend. And I won't let my friends be hurt!" she said.
I smiled. Then I wrapped my arms around her in a tight hug.
"Thank you, Kasaru. I don't know what I'd do with out you!" I said as I buried my face into her fur and hugged her tight.
She returned my hug. "I know..." she said quietly.
Then I pulled away from her, smiling. Then she and I returned to our sleeping places. I laid down on my pallet and saw Kasaru lie down on the floor. Then she curl into a tight ball. She looked so cold. I could see her shivering, while she slept. I waited for about ten minute's. Then I jumped from my pallet and dashed out of the cave.
I knew how late it was. And that all the shops would be closed. But I couldn't let her freeze all night long.
I ran up to one of the shops. I knew the owner of this one. He was very kind to me.
I extended my claws and I carefully picked the lock and walked in.
I ran over to a shelve and grabbed an adult sized blanket off of it. Then I pulled some money out of my pocket. Placed it on the counter, along with a note saying what had happened, then locked the door and ran back to the cave.
Kasaru was still shivering, when I finally got back. It had taken me a while, since I was so tired.
I gently laid the blanket on top of her. She pulled it up around her shoulders and smiled.
I yawned big and walked back to my pallet. I was still thinking about Aniu.
And what powers I really had...
Whoo! What a twist, right? Well, I sure hope that you liked this! I'm SO looking forward to what happens next! So yeah, be sure to check back soon, for more! And please, as always, don't forget to, REVIEW!