Archun crept along the tall fence near Bright's house. In his feline form, he could dodge the untrained eye and sneak up on his prey. There she was. Long brown hair blew in the light breeze of the late morning over her slender shoulders past the sleeves of her blouse. Bright cuddled something in her hands and stared at what lay in her palms.
Quite bored at just watching the girl, Archun slid underneath one of the lower planks of the fence, past the prickly flower bushes to just near the front step.
Bright's home resided north of the large town, Hearth. All her life she lived far away from the other people, yet everyday she traveled down the long dusty path from her front door to the animal shelter in the town. On her way, she would pass the orchards and playgrounds. Most of the time at those points she would find children on their way to school, distracted by the play things, and she would attract their attention and lead them on their way to the primary school. Along the way, she would recite old legends she learned while she was a little girl. The children, entranced by her storytelling, hung on her every word and wept as she left them at the school on her way to the shelter.
By this time in her life, her parents had passed on. They were both weak people, and in genetics she predicted she would be the same way. Therefore, at an early age she decided that she would do something early on that would make an indelible imprint in Hearthan society- which is where the shelter came into play.
Archun jumped from behind a post near the front door step where Bright sat towards the young lady. Just as he was about to jump in her lap, she moved her body a few inches right. Those few inches affected Archun's target and he immediately skid directly into the wooden frame of the door face first.
Archun replied telepathically, *You let me hurt myself* as he carefully rubbed his nose fondly with his front right paw, pouting slightly at Bright's glare.
The young girl's glare faded as a sly grin formed on her face, "You better be more careful, my love."
The light blue cat shook his body with his black stripes gleaming in the day sunlight as he crept closer to Bright. He rubbed his left cheek over the lady's red skirt and purred softly.
"Come on, Archun. I don't have time to play with you. Besides, I have a special job for you."
*Oh no, what is it this time.*
Bright Promise gladly withdrew her hands away from her chest and laid her palms open to Archun's stare. For laying on top of her thin fingers was a light green, yellow-spotted egg.
"This is a Bishen egg, Archun. I went through a lot of trouble to get this by going to the Bishen Realm and getting permission to obtain an egg. As far as I know, inside is a little male wyrm, because of the green shell, and when he hatches he will become a powerful dragon that will be able to use a breath weapon and magical object."
*I believe you forgot the part where I play a role...*
Her grin grew as she leaned closer to Archun. "First, you need to transform into your hearthan form."
Archun sighed slightly, *but I enjoy receiving cuddles from cute girls, I get a lot while in my cat form* he replied jokingly.
The cat stretched his forearms away from his hind legs as his body morphed outwardly. His blue fur with black stripes retreated into his skin, replaced by light blonde hair that covered his head and a few places on his body. His paws grew into long fingers and toes with shorter, blunt nails and his skin returned to its pale tone. His eyes blinked quickly as his diamond pupils transformed into the hearthan oval and the blue pigment of its concentric circle glittered in the sunlight. Luckily for him, he remembered to morph clothes onto his body this time. He stood upwards tall, towering over Bright Promise.
"Thank you dear." Bright stood to speak clearly to Archun.
"Now what does this egg have to do with me."
"As you know, we here take it upon ourselves to help the less fortunate. I had to go through a great lot of trouble to get this egg. That's why I want you to take care of him." She held out her hands for Archun.
"Me? I can't even keep your orchard lilies alive while you are gone for a weekend. How do you expect me to raise a dragon? An obviously, rare dragon!"
"Oh, I trust you Archun! You aren't nearly as bad as you think you are."
"Nearly," Archun scoffs.
"I just need to get permission from the Kailan. I am sure he'll approve of my pick for a bond mate."
"B-b-bond mate? You mean this lad will rely solely on me?"
Bright nods her head, "Of course, Archun! I wouldn't just pick anyone to raise this dragon."
"Then why don't you?"
"You have all the time in the world to raise him," she giggled, "you know, in between being a caretaker of Elaria and all."
Bright Promise trotted off with the egg still in her hands as Archun replied, "Well, aren't you going to give the egg to me, since I am the new bond mate?"
"I still need to gain approval from the Kailan. Until then, think up some lovely masculine names for him." She winked lovingly to Archun and went on her way.
"A name, hum?" Archun thought as he smiled back at Bright.