Mirrors and Favors part 1
Her chest hurt along with the rest of her. Huddled, broken, sobbing on the cold floor, Cherry let her claws rake into the flagstone with a shriek of rasping stone. It wasn't fair! It wasn't fair! She'd been human again, been herself again, if only for a few heartbeats. It was long enough to feel the September chill on her bare skin, free of fur and spots, and to realize how sharper the world was through the Leopardess's eyes, but she didn't care. She'd take her dull, mundane senses if she could only be human again. She wanted to be human, she wanted to be herself, she wanted to be normal!
It had been an uneventful evening. Cherry had gone about her tasks as usual, and when she went to report to Owen, she found he wasn't in his office. It seemed out of place, but she didn't question it. He was always doing odd errands for Mr. Xanatos and Cherry was finding out that the less she knew, sometimes the better it was. It was sometime during the evening that it happened. There was a bright fla