A five-year-old boy stirred inside his dog crate. Once again he was the first one awake of the three other science experiments that were held in the large room. The black-haired boy, Fang, sat up and looked at his friends. The cage to his right held a young girl four months older then him. With a strong-willed personality, she had rightfully named herself Maximum although everyone called her Max for short. On her left was another girl, with dark hair and chocolate brown skin. The sleeping child was hardly recognisable when her mouth was shut and she was silent. Max had chosen the name Nudge. Next to Fang’s dog crate was Iggy a strawberry blonde boy, who had lost his eyesight due to a surgery to ‘increase his night vision’.
Each of these children had their genetic code disassembled and two percent of bird's DNA grafted into their own before they had been born. As soon as they had been born they had been taken to the school and experimented on by some of the worst cold blooded scientists one could only think of. The only thing keeping them alive was one kind scientist, Jeb Batchelder, but not even he could fully protect the bird kids. The four children were not the only genetically modified ones in the school but they were counted as the most successful. Only the Erasers, lupine-human hybrids, rivalled them.
"morn'in" Max said stretching her arms to the sides of her cage. She shook her head sending her brown hair flying around her head. Fang nodded in response, even at the age of five he was silent and closed off. "Good morning Max and Fang...oh and Iggy." Nudge yawned noticing the now awake Iggy. Iggy opened his mouth to say something when the room's door was flung open and two men in white lab coats stormed in causing the four bird kids to flinch backward, edging further back into their cages.
"Good they are awake." An old man with a hoarse voice said looking at the kids in the medium sized dog crates, "Take subject 4 and 6 out the cages. Subject 4 goes to the physical testing lab 14 and subject 6 goes to lab 3 for blood tests." Fang and Max both exchanged pained and scared expressions. Max new she was subject six and hated blood test the needles were always blunt and the scientists always strapped her down with steel clamps since she fought the hardest out of the bird kids. Fang scowled at the white coats before forcing all emotion off his face, he refused to give the white coats the satisfaction of knowing they pissed him off.
The young green eyed assistant opened up Max's cage and led her out the room. The older man open Fang's cage and yanked the silent boy out of the dog crate. The white coat then led a reluctant Fang out the door and to the left. "Nudge? What just happened?" Iggy asked. He had heard the noises but was still a bit confused. the two-year-old Human-avian Hybrid sniffed, "Max and Fang were taken to the scary labs." Iggy tensed he knew that soon he and Nudge would be taken to be experimented on if they had started this early in the morning this thought alone made him want to curl into a ball and cry his heart out. His life was revolting at that was an understatement.
Max growled at the blond assistant that was trying to take a blood sample from her arm. " Stop squirming you little wart!" she snarled hitting Max in the face and placing a stabbing a needle into Max's arm. Max clenched her teeth before resuming in fighting for her freedom. This was torture and she knew it as she watched the syringe fill up with her crimson blood.
She shifted as she felt her wings being crushed between her back and the deathly cold metal table. She stared up at the lights as the white coats talked about her results and something about iron levels higher since she ate some food that Max could not even pronounce let alone understand. She really hoped the others were fine. She may be only five but she still felt the need to protect them.
"Ok, this should work immediately." Another white coat said plunging the needle into Max’s shoulder before she could even react. Max felt her eyes become heavy and a black cloud start to cover her raptor vision she fought fatigue for a bit before giving in to the open arms of unconsciousness.
Fang put his hands on his knees and gasped for oxygen. His legs burned from overwork and the electric rods they used to urge him forward if he slowed down. The exercise was simple run around the room and jump over any hurdle placed in front of you until they said stop. The problem was Fang had not eaten since yesterday and the jumps were bigger than he was used too. The bell clanged again and a man shoved the young boy towards the first hurdle Fang jumped run to the next one jumped sprinted to the next one and took off to early he knocked the hurdle and came crashing down onto the wooden floor, spraining his ankle in the process.
Pain shot up Fang's leg causing him to wince, the only outward show of pain that slipped passed his guarded walls. A white coat came over and knelt down with a heartless look written across his face, "Well it is quite clear it is not getting up so we will just add some…adrenalin by placing him with subject 7 that will get subject 4 moving again and if it doesn't then we'll see what subjects eating habits for roar flesh are."
The five-year-old shuddered at the thought of meeting this subject 7 person/thing. He thought of getting to his feet but his ankle was killing him and the cold floor was bliss for his sweating body. A scientist placed two fingers on his neck and looked at a stop watch. After recording Fang’s pulse, the white coat shoved him into a cage and placed it on a movable table which was steered by a blood-thirsty eraser just to make Fang feel even more anxious about the upending predicament he had landed himself in.
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