Chapter 1: Spirit Of The Fox, Part 1: A Feral Encounter
Taju found himself standing in a forest. It was night, almost pitch black. There were no visible stars or clouds. No noise could be heard anywhere. The whole area around him seemed be completely void of life. But as he kept walking, he began wondering where he was. How he got there. He couldn't seem to remember.
"The forest always creeped me out, how did I even get here?" Taju asked himself.
But as he continued walking through the empty-looking forest, he began to notice something glowing in the distance. He was confused, as he had never seen this before. The more he walked towards it, the brighter the glow appeared to be. The glow was a pure white light. He didn't know how to explain it, but he felt as if the light was calling for him.
"Taju..." a voice called, seemingly coming from the light.
At first he felt creeped out by it, but the voice seemed familiar some how. Without hesitation, he followed the voice, walking faster and faster.
"TAJU...." the voice from the light called out, urgently this time.
After hearing the voice a secomd time, he bolted through the forest as fast as he could to reach the light ahead of him. But as he did so, the light appeared to move further away from him. Almost as if he it wanted him follow. So he did--Taju kept on going until the white light stopped suddenly, hovering right in the middle of an open spot in the forest. Grass and trees circling around the open area. Taju noticed it had stopped, and was just floating there.
"Hello...?" Taju called out to the voice.
"Come towards the light..." the voice said.
Taju seemed unsure of wether he should listen to the voice or not, but he couldn't help but feel as if he recognized it from somewhere. So, after thinking about it for a few moments, he decided to walk towards the light. But the closer he got to the light, the brighter it seemed to get. It kept getting brighter and brighter until he notced the light had begun to dim down the closer he got. And as he finally aproached the dimming light, he noticed that the light had fadded, When the light had completely fadded away, it revealed a prim. The prism was a hexagonal-shaped pyramid. When Taju came closer to the prism, it began illuminating with a rainbow glow.
"Hurry, you must transcend as soon as possible!" the voice shouted, clearly coming from the prism.
"What do you mean, who are you? WHAT are you?" he asked the voice.
But somehow, he felt as if he already knew who it was and held his hand out forward to touch the prism. But as he went to grab it, a gunshot was hurt. The prisms multi-colored glow became brighter, as if it had been struck by a bullet.
"What the...? Who did that?!" Taju asked frantically.
He looked aroumd, until he saw a silhouette of what seemed to be another anthropomorphic female fox-shaped figure standing a few feet from the prism, the prism being in the middle between the two. Taju looked to see who it was, but do to her being completely covered in darkness, he couldn't tell who it was.
"Who are you? What do you want with this prism?" he asked the darkened figure.
"To make sure you never awaken..." she told him.
And just then, the prisms glow suddely being illuminating brighter--like it was reacting to be shot at. The glow kept getting more intense, until the prism broke apart. It seperated into 7 individual fragmengts, each fragment being color-coded with one of the 7 main colors of a rainbow. And before either of them had time to react to what happened, the prism shot upwards into the air. And afterwards, Taju felt the ground beneath him break apart and fell through it. His screams echoing as he went further down into what seemed to be a void of complete darkness. He kept falling and falling, until he suddenly awoke. Laying there in his bed, gaspsing for air. He looked around, until he noticed the sun had just began rising through his bedroom window to his left. Once he realized it was just a dream, he sighed in relief.
"You OK, Taju?" a familiar voice called out.
Taju looked around as his bedroom door opened, and older fox came in. It was Taju's older brother.
"I heard you screaming in your sleep again." he said, walking into Taju's room.
"Oh, y-yeah, I'm OK, just another vivid nightmare." Taju replied.
"That's the 7th mornimg in a row, are you sure?" his brother asked him.
"Yes, I'm fine, Ryoushi," Taju told him, slightly annoyed.
"Good. You might wanna hurry and get ready, school starts back today," he said, before walking out of the room,
Taju groaned in annoyance to what he said, picked up his phone from the night stand next to his bed and noticed the date. The date read: 9/1/5000.
"Great, back to the same old life," he said sarcastically.
But as he got out of bed, he saw a reflection of something from outside the window, being shown on his black computer screen. It appeared to be an arctic fox, but it wasn't anthropomorphic. It was on all fours, leaning against the window. Taju was confused, as he was certain that no feral foxes existed anymore.
"Where'd YOU come from?" he asked the fox, assuming he would understand.
The fox understood him, but couldn't communicate back due to being a farel animal. So instead of answering, the fox jumped through the window and began walking towards him.
"Hello? Can you even understand me?" he asked the fox.
The fox barked as he nodded his head in response, implying that he could. Taju backed away as he came closer.
"OK, then what do you want?" he asked the fox.
The fox made no sound--but instead, stopped and stared directly at him. And then, the fox's eyes began glowing. Taju was understandably surprised by this, and backed away even more.
"Taju! Are you coming down for breakfast or what?!" Ryoushi shouted from downstairs.
Taju turned his head towards the bedroom door that was left open and shouted back, "Uh.... Yeah, I'll be right there!"
Taju then turned back to where the fox was, but he had since vanshed. He looked around around the room to see if they were still around. But he saw no sign of the fox anywhere. Taju had this confused expression, but then shrugged it off like nothing happened.
Minutes later, Taju was dropped off at school by his older brother. Taju, now weaaring a hoodie, pulled the hood over his head as he got out of the car.
"Have a good day at school, see you later!" Ryoushi called out.
"Yeah, sure, I'll try my best..." Taju replied sarcastically as he walked away.
Walking inside the building, he saw another familar fox. A fennec fox. It was his friend, Junichiro, who was alsoslightly older than Taju. By 2 years. Junichiro noticed him as well and came right over go him, both now walking next to each other.
"So... Taju..." he said, pausing a bit.
"Yeah, Juni?" he asked, unenthusiastically.
"You having any more of those crazy dreams?" he asked.
"Yeah, the same one every night. And that's not even the weirdest part," he told him.
They got to their lockers and and Juni suddenly became intrigued.
"Oh? How weird we talking?" he asked, getting his books from his locker.
"Well, soon after waking up, I noticed--" he explained, but was cut off abruptly.
"He noticed how crappy his hoodie looks," another voice remarked, while laughing.
When he heard that voice, he facepalmed hard, and just continued looking at Juni. Juni rolled his eyes at hearing what was said. He looked up to see another fox, a red fox.
"Screw off, Kaoru, no one asked you!" Juni shouted.
Koaru got up in his face, staring directly at him.
"What did you just say to me?" he asked angrily.
"You know what I said, even you aren't THAT stupid..." Juni declared, with no hesitation.
But before Koaru could even react to that comment, Taju stepped in by grabbing Junichiro's shoulder, pulling him along.
"He's not worth it, Juni, come ON..." Taju said.
He didn't want to, but he went with Taju anyway. Koaru just stood, rolling his eyes. Minutes later, Taju and Juni were sitting in class, bored as usual. They weren't even paying attention to what was going, Taju just sat there, thinking about that arctic fox he saw, as well as the recurring dream he's been having. It felt more vivid with each night he dreamt it. Juni noticed him zoning out and whispered, "Psst, you OK?"
He didn't hear him, he was still of in deep thought about that feral fox.
"Taju???" he asked, raising his voice enough for Taju to hear.
Then he began unknowingly mumbling to himself, and the teacher--a red fox--heard him.
"Taju! Are you paying attention?" she asked him.
He snapped out of it and said, "Oh, sorry! Yes, I am..."
"Good, now if you don't getting back to learning--" the teacher said, but was cut off.
Without warning, the sound of a fire alarm was heard throughout the room. It was odd, but the teacher figured one of the students did it just for laughs.
"What the hell?? You all stay here while I deal with this," she said, before rushing out of the room.
Taju had a strange feeling it wasn't one of the studets. He couldn't explain it, but he certain that maybe the feral fox was somehow evolved. With that, he got up and rushed out of the room, leaving Juni and the other classmates confused. Junichiro chased after him, to see why he ran off so suddenly. As Taju ran down the halls, he began calling out for the fox see if he was really there. He kept calling out to him, but didn't see him anywhere. So he decided to go down another hallway toward the left. And within no time, he saw the arctic fox across the hall, leading to wards the main entrance. And as Taju suspected, there the fox was, standing next to the fire alarm.
"You again? How did you even know I was even hear, are you stalking me?" he asked the fox.
He shook his head, emplying "no". He then leaned against the wall with the fire alarm and turned off with his paw. As this happened, Junichiro finally caught up with Taju and asked, "Taju, what are you doing? Are you trying to get us in trouble?"
Taju didn't answer him. He saw what Taju kept staring at--the arctic fox. The fox once again started walking towards him. Junichiro being completely unable to process what he's seeing.
"What the fur? Is... is that a feral FOX?" he asked Taju, wanting to know.
But Taju still didn't answer him. The fox's eyes began glowing once more, and Taju was now drawn towards him this. Like he knew he had something of importance to share. Junichiro noticed and was confused.
"Taju? Taju, for fur's sake, answer me!" he declared.
But still no answer. Instead, the fox and Taju came closer towards each other. And once they were close enough, the fox gently put his paw on his right hand. And when doing so, the foxes whole body began glowing a blinding white light. Afterwards, the light then started consuming Taju as well. And then, the light coming from the both of them grew larger until it flooded most of the hallway. And in an instant, the light vanished and they both disappeared along with it. Leaving Junichiro behind.