Terry explains her plight

Eustace stood there, frozen in shock as the changeling looked at him from behind what he would have guessed were completely human eyes. She blinked a longer than normal blink that seemed to snap him out of his awed reverie.

"Clothes, right. Of course. Let me just..." Eustace mumbled as he turned to his WOG approved garment closet.

Opening the door his vast array of grey and off-white WC clothes seemed to gleam in the late afternoon sun. He seemed to suddenly realize just how controled his exsistance was and had a momentary lapse into anger. He usually tried to subdue his activist tendancies for fear that the WOG had actually perfected their thought-reading machines. Just another of the control tactics they were working on, who knew if they were telling the truth about it not working yet.

"Please, take these. I, I don't understand. How? Why? If this is what you look like when you change, why is everyone so afraid of you?" Eustace asked the changeling as he handed her the clothes.

"Please understand, this is not what I actually look like. Changelings can take whatever form we like, most of the time basing it on whatever you humans fear the most," she explained in a surprisingly soothing voice. "In this case I took the form that I believed would be the least frightening to you. I need you to listen to me."

Eustace stood there, trying to take in what he had just learned. For years the WOG had been feeding the general public stories about what mindless killing machines the changelings were. If what he had just heard from Terry was true it would mean there was a whole lot more at work in the minds of  these creatures than simple seek and destroy tendancies.

"We are not what you humans make us out to be Eustace," she explained as if to read his thoughts. "Your WOG has known about us much longer than most of you know. There has been years of testing before they released us into your world. We are being experiemented on and changed."

Eustace wasn't shocked to hear that the WOG had kept the changelings a secret for so long. He was sure there were many, many more secrets waiting to be released onto the unsuspecting masses of the WC.

"Experiments? What kind of experiments?" he asked, "What should I call you? I feel weird not knowing your name. Do changelings have names?"

"Terry is fine. We have no need for names, names are for those corporial beings who need to label everything around them," she explained. "The WOG has perfected an implant that they have fitted all the changelings that have been bred here in your world with. The implant is what makes those changelings vicious."

Eustace's mind was reeling as it tried to make sense of what Terry had just told him. Bred? Implants? He was not aware that the WOG had been breeding the changelings, let alone altering them. He suddenly wondered how it was that this implant was not affecting the changeling he had standing in his livingroom. He was brutally aware of what a clossal risk he had taken by inviting the tiny terrier into his living quarters.

"I was not bred here. I was captured and taken from my home. The implant that they used on me has not worked. However, I have had to act as the other changelings have acted. I have killed many men and women. I am sorry for that." Terry said. "The brutal nature of the implants is not just used on you humans, if the other changelings sense dissent among them they will turn on each other as well. It was not until today that I managed to find someone to help me and protect me from the savages outside. I thank you for your help."

"What? You mean they are hunting you as well? Why did you choose me?" Eustace stammered, unable to think of anything other than why he seemed such an easy mark.

"Yes, I am in danger of being brutalised the same way your fellow humans have been. This is not what is important, neither is why I chose you. What is important is The Rift." she said, seeming slightly annoyed with Eustace's questions. "The WOG doesn't seem to realize what kind of danger your world and all the other worlds they have pillaged are in. Please, sit down and I will explain as best I can what I know of The Rift and why you need to do something to get them to close it."

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