#S-16 YA Fantasy : MONSTROUS
When Kymera, a hybrid created to rescue the city’s children
from an evil wizard, falls for a human boy, she’s forced to ask who
the real monster is: the wizard, Father, or worse, herself.
I will never forget my first breath. Gasping. Heaving. Delicious.
When I opened my eyes, the colors of the world swarmed me, filling up
all space with hues and objects for which I had no name.
Three seconds later, I passed out from sensory overload, or at least
that is what Father says. He fixed me up and when I woke the second
time, the world became a more comprehensible place. The object
hovering over me was a face, the circles within it were eyes, and the
warm, wet drips leaking from them were tears.
The crease across the bottom that widened under my gaze was a smile.
“You’re alive,” Father said.
Even now, hours later, he mutters it still.
I lean back against the willow and hold out my arms, studying them
under the waning sunlight. The thin red lines marking the sections of
my body have faded to nearly nothing, leaving only the many shades of
my flesh and the tiny metal bolts fastening joint to wing, tail to
spine, and neck to shoulder.