I smiled gently at the woman - she'd been admitted to the hospital a couple of weeks ago for an operation and was pining for her children.

When I left my herd for the 'normal' world, I knew I'd have to shapeshift a lot: a part human, part lion body? Yeah... not exactly inconspicuous.

I found a part time job in a hospital; all I had to do was turn up for a few hours, make sure the patients' needs were attended to them disappear again. I also rented an apartment with a vampire not five minutes away (just in case I was running late and my change back into Lamia form was imminent).

I wouldn't say my life was awful, merely... deprived of others like me; other supernaturals. Still, it had been my choice to leave my herd. It had been time to go.

Lamia's are naturally viscious and agressive; even towards each other. The males had constantly been fighting one another; fortunately I had avoided most conflicts. My family was a strange one: we raised our children to love - not fight - but even we couldn't resist our instincts to attack.

Well, they couldn't but I could.

I was (for lack of a better word)  a freak of nature. I'd been too gentle in comparison to my herd and sooner or later it would've gotten me killed, so I decided it was time to leave - before it got to that point.

I glanced at my watch. Eight. My roomie should be getting up by now and it was time for my shift to end.

I shot another quick smile at the woman, hoping she'd get to be with her children again soon, and hastily made my way to reception to sign out. I made my way through the streets, head down; avoiding eye contact until I closed the door to my apartment behind me.

"Hey, Ari," Greg (my vamp roomie) greeted my, rubbing his eyes.

"Hi," I waved then closed my eyes in concentration. That peculiar, tingling sensation ran through my body as it shifted shape. When I opened my eyes, I nearly collapsed onto the floor. Gritting my teeth, I strode towards the tiny kitchen to grab some nourishment from the fridge to build up my energy somewhat. I wouldn't be back to normal until I slept for a solid twelve hours but eating helped me to keep going before then.

"Seriously, Greg, we need to get an expansion in this kitchen, mate, this is ridiculous!" I complained. I believe I mentioned it was tiny? I couldn't even turn around when I was in my true form.

"Why waste money on something that won't concern you for much longer?" Greg asked with a raised brow and knowing glint in his eyes. I narrowed my own at him as I backed out of the closet - I mean, the kitchen.

He threw an envelope in my direction. It was open.

"You know, that's against the law," I teased, "I should get you arrested."

Greg rolled his eyes.

I pulled out the letter and read the contents.

Dear Ari Moyo,

You have been accepted to study at the well-known school: the Night World Academy! Please arrive at the school by the last day of this month.

We look forward to meeting you.

Yours truly,
The Night World Academy Head Board


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