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.
The Night World Academy Head Board