Salomus Chapter 5Chapter 05 From Human to Talmi
How long Sean lay there, he did not know, but when he finally woke up, it was already midmorning. He was lying down on a table of some kind. He sat up, startled when he felt something brush against his leg. He looked down. The first thing he noticed was the tail. Then he saw that he was covered with yellow-orange fuzz. He yawned, revealing rather large canines. His eye caught his reflection in a shard of broken glass.
Ah, so it worked, he thought. I am a Talmi now. He stood up, and almost immediately fell backwards from the weight of his tail. He had forgotten that Talmi needed them for balance. Then a rasping voice spoke from behind him.
"So you're awake. Good. So how do you feel now, Mr. Talmi?"
"A bit off-balance, but otherwise the same. I'm famished. Where's my haversack?"
"Over there in the corner. About a thousand years ago, I might have pilfered a snack from it, but seeing as how I no longer have a solid body, I don't need to e
Salomus Chapter 4Chapter 04 The Old Healer
When Sean left the hospital, he was stunned at what he saw. An entire metropolis loomed before him, blended perfectly with plenty of vegetation and plant life. Had he not acknowledged that he actually was in the future, Sean would have thought he was watching a sci-fi flick. Above him flew various craft, from local taxis to interplanetary transport vessels. Thousands of people were also walking, most of them Talmi but a few other species as well. Knowing that it would not do well to procrastinate, he quickly headed around the hospital. When he reached the south end, he could see an old beat-down path leading off into the distance.
For about an hour he trekked down the path, occasionally breaking into a light jog to shorten the time it would take to get there. He paused only once for a light snack, which he had pilfered from the kitchens of the hospital on his way out. Upon finishing the snack, which consisted mainly of the tentacle-bacon (as he liked to
Salomus Chapter 3Chapter 03 Of Regrets and Tearful Farewells
The rest of the week went by rather quickly, with May frequently visiting Sean whenever she had free time. Before long, it was time to leave. Sean was now able to stand and walk around without much pain, though he had been by himself every time he did so. On his last day, he stood up to give May a hug goodbye. When he walked over to her, she stared at him in awe.
"Whoa. You're tall," was all she could say.
"Really? I know I've always been a bit big for my age, but I never considered myself to be all that tall. I'm only human, after all, however regrettable that may be."
"What do you mean, 'regrettable'?"
"Well, even when I was back in 2011, I had always hated the fact that I was human. We're the most selfish and conceited species in existence. Human beings as a species seem to be under the impression that they are better than others. This has lead to the extinction of many smaller species on Earth. At least, that's how it was in my tim
Salomus Chapter 2Chapter 02 Just Like Bacon
Sean woke up feeling well rested, and extremely comfortable. Man, what a great dream, he thought, letting the last bits play over and over in his head. Too bad it was just a dream. Albeit an extremely weird one, but still only a dream. When I get up, I'm going to find Mum in the kitchen preparing breakfast, or watching TV if she just doesn't feel like cooking today. Dad's going to be on the computer and in his usual grumpy mood. The kid will most likely be throwing a fit over not getting enough attention. He started to feel a bit depressed, until he heard a few noises. Curious, he opened his eyes. What he saw made his spirits soar. So it was not just a dream! It was real! His heart filled with joy. He was in the hospital, and the pretty nurse from the day before, May, was in front of him, holding a small tray.
"So you've finally decided to wake up, have you?" She said, noticing that he was no longer asleep. "I figured you might want somet
Salomus Chap. 1 - The ArrivalChapter 01 The Arrival
When Sean finally came to, his world was filled with pain. The back of his head felt like it was hit with a sack of bricks, and his abdomen felt as though someone had run him through with a katana. After a few seconds of agony, he noticed that there were voices coming from above him. They sounded far off at first, but gradually got louder and clearer as the pain subsided a bit.
"Hold him steady now, hold him steady!" A voice rang out from somewhere. It was a man's voice, firm but gentle. "We don't want to risk accidentally making this wound even worse. I'm surprised he's even alive as it is."
"Will you relax a bit? We've got this under control," said a second voice, this time from a woman. Sean's eyes snapped open. The first thing he saw was a flash of steel, and then his stomach exploded with fresh pain, blinding him for a few seconds. As he lurched forward, a pair of strong hands forced him back. Fuzzy hands.
Sean looked around once he regained his visio
Salomus - PROLOGUEPROLOGUE
Sean lay back on his bed, extremely bored and caught in a lethargic torpor. Life had become a seemingly endless cycle of living the same day over and over. Get up, go to school, fight to stay awake, go home, do homework, work on science fair project, and go to bed. Such was his week. The weekends were, if possible, even worse. The few friends he had outside of school had moved away long ago, and only one of them, Jake, was left. Yet Jake was always getting himself in trouble for various acts of stupidity. And so Sean was left with nothing to do but stay at home and wait for the week to start again.
He stood up and absentmindedly walked over to the mirror. Looking back at him was a pretty normal teenager, at least upon first glance. He was tall and lean, with dark brown hair and grey-blue eyes. The eyes were the only thing that made him stand out in his family. Everyone else had brown eyes except for his mother, whose eyes were a bright blue, as opposed to his dark greyish ones