It was a warm day in November;November 4th 2020 to be exact. Maria always had to be exact as she was the record keeper for her job. The job description when listen in the interface classifieds has been Unidentified Beings Head of Research. Maria ended up doing far more physical activity than actual research. For the past two weeks she spent her working hours shoveling and dissecting packed lion-bat stool. At least she called creature 1165 a lion-bat. The animal itself was more like an overly hairy and ferocious winged kitten.
Today her and her colleagues-Tracy and Andrea-were supposed to transport 3 large eggs to a mountain called Coreth to meet with their natural habitat. Each egg weighed near 40 pounds except for Maria's,which was the largest, and weighed more around 60 pounds. They ahd to carry the eggs a mile and a half through tangled and unfamiliar woods. Most workers had deemed the eggs useless and didn't expect any change.
When they set the eggs down,the largest one started to shake and crack and a large green snake-like creature slithered out and flicked a long onyx tongue at them. In horror they stared on,rooted to the ground where they stood, as it wound the rest of it long body out of its tough egg shell. The sky was a dark purple color with hint of a malevolent green. The smokey atmosphere seemed to be originating at the top of Coreth. Maria was astounded and had so many thoughts flooding into her mind. She looked at Tracy and Andrea who, after rousing themselves from the initial shock, were running for the cover of the trees and putting as much distance as possible between themselves and the creature. Didn't they understand this needed to be documented? If this was not an Unidentified Being then she didn't know what was. It was her job to tag the creature and obtain as much information about it as possible. The snake-creature baby took no time to see its surroundings and deciding to start its ascent of the mountain. Maria clenched her teeth and thought with all her mind about a large raise. With all her strength she lunged onto the creature's scaly back and gripped for dear life.
When they reached the top Maria toppled off the back of the snake-being and as she picked herself up again came face to face with the mother snake-being. Tufts of colored smoke were emitting from its snout. There was danger flickering in the beast's silvery orange eyes and Maria knew for a fact this was her day to die. She thought over her choices and immediately regretted not making a plan, and not kissing the cute mailman she met the other day. Just as the snake drew so close Maria could feel the warm breath of the snake as it opened it's cavernous mouth an eagle swooped in and picked Maria up by her shoulders. The eagle had to be enormous to pick up a full-sized woman she couldn't help thinking, but at this point Maria believed anything could happen. She was whisked above the trees and houses with such speed and all she could do was shut her eyes tight until she was on solid ground again.
With a gentle movement Maria felt the eagle release its grip and she was sitting on a landing pad of sorts on a roof as the elephant-sized bird sat,preening, on a perch nearby. She shook with some sort of nervous energy and hoped what happened next would be less traumatic at best. The roof beneath her lowered until she was sitting inside a warehouse of some sort. Things just continued on the strange to stranger path as she looked around at at least a hundred strange creatures in glowing green tubes. A short lanky man walked towards her after standing from a large set of complicated-looking set of computers. As he drew close she saw that this was not a short man, but a teenager. Maria began to stand to brace herself for the encounter.
"No. Sit." he said menacingly.
She obeyed the commands slowly with her eyes locked on his. He started to pace.
"The things you and your little group are doing are not in accordance with my plan." he spoke lightly but with power. He looked pointedly at Maria and stopped walking.
She hesitated, then asked in a high pitched tone she didn't expect,
"Your plan?" she squeaked.
To be continued..