Last night was amazing. My body felt so good, fell asleep once I touched my bed.

I was six years old, and I was staring at the starry night sky.

"Stephan, why aren't you in bed?" My dad asked.

I turned around to see my dad was behind me with a smile on his face.

"Dad, I want to go outside," I said.

"Well then, how about this?" Dad asked, "Tomorrow, for your birthday, I'll take you to the village."

"Really?" I asked.

"Of course, you need some time out," Dad said.

"Thank you so much," I said, "I love you."

"I love you too," Dad said.

Next day, Dad was gone for some time. Then Mom came to tell me Dad died. I didn't know how he died, but Mom wouldn't let me be outside for his burial. She said it would be too painful for a child, so I just listened to her.

I wake up the next morning. Aikan's not in the bed this time, thank goodness. As I made my way to the baths, I saw Yeol walking down humming happily.

"Good morning, Yeol," I said.

"Ah, what a surprise," Yeol said, "Your bath and breakfast are both ready."

"Ok, thank you," I said.

"Any time," Yeol said.

"Hey, how did you become the chief of Menagerie?" I asked.

"That is my favorite question!" Yeol said, "It all started when I discovered the island."

"You found it?" I asked.

"Yep! Then I gathered all the keidran that were interested in moving to here," Yeol said, "Before I made the rules for the town, everything was just in mayhem."

"Everyone seems to be happy with how it is now," I said.

"I know, and Aikan will become chief once my time is up," Yeol said.

"Really?" I asked.

"Yes, I faith in my boy," Yeol answered, "And everyone likes him as much as they like me, so it shouldn't be hard for him."

He then walks away, humming to his happy melody.

"Hey Stephan," Aikan said.

After we ate and had our baths. We went outside just to walk.

"Hey Aikan," I said, "Is your dad always so... friendly?"

"Are you kidding? I heard you two talking, that was him being rude." Aikan answered.

"Seriously?" I asked.

"Oh yeah, nothing can piss him off," Aikan said.

"Huh," I sighed.

Yeol really is a big softy.

"Aikan! Aikan!"

Two keidran were running toward Aikan, a male wolf and a female fox.

"Oh hey, what's wrong?" Aikan asked.

"Have you seen Zabu? He got out again," the fox said.

"No, I haven't," Aikan answered.

"Alright then. When you can, let your father know," the wolf said.

"I will," Aikan said.

The two then ran off to find this Zabu.

"Zabu?" I asked.



That deafening roar came from a white tiger keidran, naked on all fours. The tiger was looking at me as it was growling. Wait a minute, that's... an ordinary tiger! The tiger then ran and pounced onto me. As it sniffing me, it started... licking me?

"Zabu! There you are!" A woman said.

This tiger is Zabu!?

"Zabu! Get off!" The woman demanded.

The tiger listened to the woman as it got off me. As I got back on my two feet, I finally got a look at my savior. She had on a white sundress with short sleeves. Her long hair was purple-ish grey with two braids at each side of her face as she had green eyes. The unbelievable thing about her is that... she's a human.

"You're human!" I yelled.

"Oh, yes I am," the woman said.

"Hey Emily," Aikan said.

This is Emily!? She's a human!?

"Aikan, can I talk to you for a second?" I asked as I pulled on his tail.

"Ow tail, ow tail, ow tail, what!?" Aikan asked.

"Emily is a human!?" I asked.

"Yeah," Aikan answered.

"Why didn't you tell me?" I asked.

"Sorry, I just forgot," Aikan said.

"Hey guys!"

We saw Coal waving his hand at us.

"Oh hey, Emily," Coal said, "I see Zabu's out."

"Hi Coal," Emily said.

"Stephan, this is Emily," Coal said, "She's my girlfriend."

"Coal and I go way way back," Emily said as she petted Zabu.

"Really? I would never expect," I said.

"Well it's true, we have been together for a few years now," Coal said.

"He's so fluffy and cute," Emily said.

"Aww! Thank you, my sweet," Coal said.

"What's that? I was talking to Zabu," Emily said.

"What!?" Coal asked.

"Huh, Emily just loves her animals," Aikan said.

"I can see that," I said.

Emily was hugging Zabu as they were on the ground.

"Alright, I'm gonna go take Zabu back home," Emily said.

"I'll come with you," Coal said, "See ya."

"Okay," Aikan said.

"Bye," I said.

After we said goodbye to Coal, Emily, and Zabu, Aikan and I walked around the whole village.

"So, how long has Emily been here?" I asked.

"Since she was a baby," Aikan answered.

"Oh, did a keidran give birth to her?" I asked.

"No," Aikan answered.

"Then how did she get here," I asked.

"It happened years ago," Aikan said, "Remember that wolf and fox that were also looking for Zabu?"

"Yeah," I answered.

"Those were her parents," Aikan said, "What happened was that they found a small boat that drifted to the island. They heard crying from the boat, and that's when they found Emily as a baby."

"Wow, really?" I asked.

"Yeah, my father told me," Aikan answered, "Since she was a baby at the time, Father let the two raise Emily and now she's happy like everyone is."

"It's amazing how everything here can settled so easily," I said.

"Yep, nothing can stop the happiness in Menagerie," Aikan said, "Unless something catastrophic happen, then we would worry."

"Still," I said, "What do you think happened to Emily's birth parents?"

"Who knows? They probably died, abandoned her, no one knows," Aikan answered.

Knowing how peaceful Menagerie is, I wish I was born here. Everyone gets along with one another, the island's features.

"Mind if I change the subject?" I asked, "But how did Emily and Coal get together?"

"No one knows," Aikan said as he shrugged his shoulders.

"I see," I said.

"Do you miss your mother?" Aikan asked.

"Oh sure," I said, "I'm just afraid of seeing her now."

"There's no need to," Aikan said.

"I wish I knew what the outside would be like sooner," I said, "I found the idea of slaves and such cruel, not everywhere in Mekkan has equal rights to all races."

"Yeah, that's what my dad says," Aikan said, "Oh hey, Zabu's coming back.



The big white tiger laid on top of my back as he licked the back of my hair like I'm a cub or something. Emily came back, she was out of breath due to running all the way.

"I'm so sorry again!" She apologized.

"It's okay, Zabu seems to really like me," I said.

"Zabu, off!" Emily demanded.

Zabu then stood up on all fours walked to Emily's side.

"You love animals, don't you?" I asked.

"Oh yes, I'm a breeder," Emily answered, "I take care of so many animals, especially Zabu."

"She and her parents take care of lost animals found as babies," Aikan said, "Zabu was the first they found."

"Yep, we found this big guy as a little cub," Emily said.

"I wish I could see that," I said.

"Wanna come to my home?" Emily asked.

"Sure, I never got to see much animals," I said, "I would only see animals such as birds and squirrels through the window."

"Oh, you're a guy Coal told me about," Emily said, "It took me awhile to realize it."

"Yeah, so you everything?" I asked.

"I do, it must've been hard for you," Emily answered.

"It was, but I like it here," I said.

"I see. Well, come on," Emily said, "There's so much for you to see."

"Alright then," Aikan said.

Emily then took us to her house, then she led us to the backyard. There were animals everywhere. They were each in separate fitting areas. There were multiple types of birds in the same cage area, a large pond that had alligators, a large brown bear, a cage with Zabu back inside, there was lots.

"This is amazing," I said.

"I know, and the animals also get along with each other," Emily said.

"Oh, can I pet that brown bear?" Aikan asked.

"Oh, you mean Chubby," Emily said, "Sure."

She opened the cage to let Aikan inside so he could pet it. Seeing Aikan laugh as he pets the big bear makes me smile a bit.

"Wanna feed the wolves?" Emily asked.

"Normal wolves, right?" I asked back.

"Oh yes," Emily answered to my question.

"Sure," I said.

She then took me to a cage with two wolves inside, a male and a female. We gave them large pieces of meat.

"The female is gonna have puppies," Emily said.

"Really?" I asked.

"Yeah, I want to help it have its puppies when it's time," Emily answered.

"That's great, when will she have them?" I asked.

"About sometime this week," Emily answered.

"I hope to see them," I said.

"I hope I do too," Emily said.

I then saw Aikan feeding the alligators in the pond, it took a while for Emily to get my attention as she tapped my shoulder.

"Oh sorry, I was lost in thought," I lied.

"Do you like Aikan?" Emily asked.

"What!? What makes you think I do!?" I asked back.

"You were staring at him and I had a feeling," Emily answered, "But do you?"

"Well, it's hard to say," I answered, "I've only known him for two day, but I feel calm when I see him."

"I was the same with Coal," Emily said, "Now, we're a couple."

"I see," I said.

"Don't worry, let's keep it between us humans," Emily said, "Okay?"

"Okay, until I say so," I said.

"Sure," Emily agreed.

We shook hands. We later said our goodbyes for the day. Emily is a nice person and she's happy with how Menagerie is. She's also right, I do like Aikan. Now with me and Aikan's friendship, I'm worried. I know he accepts my trust, but what if he doesn't accept my feelings?

I will tell him, just when?