Chapter Nine: First Day
As light streamed into her window Gemma lifted her long neck out of her chest and yawned as she adjusted her positioning on her nest, lifting her arm/wing to preen it a moment and then the other before standing and looking down at her nest, there was one egg abnormally larger then the rest, about the size of a human child and the rest were the size of normal swan eggs before she trumpeted and fluttered her wings in alarm as she steps out of her nest, ‘Shit! Shit! Focus! Focus! Today is your first day back at school.’
Spinning around she looks for a blanket or something to keep her nest warm but she had already torn them apart to make the nest, scrambling to the closet she grabs a handful of clothes and brings them over to layer atop the eggs which she carefully tucked and adjusted, ‘That should be good.’
Standing proud she stands up and takes a deep breath, ‘Okay, focus, focus, you can’t go to school like this.’
Waddling out over to her closet she step back enough to see her reflection and takes several long breaths, slowly closing and opening her eyes, neck shrinking, beak shrinking. She she still had the tail and legs of a swan, still covered in feathers, still had wings for arms...still flat chested. With several long breaths, skin, nose, teeth, and a human face and neck emerging from the feathers, but try as she might her ears and hair didn't return remaining instead as a crown of black feathers.
‘Okay move on, you need to get back to normal for school.’
With another long breath she brought her wings out preening them a moment as she grunted and groaned as the feathers started to shrink and fingers started to press out of the tips with a monumental grunt of effort that dropped her on her ass and left her trembling. But as she tried to push up onto her talons her fingers buckled, numb, cold, forcing her to take several more breaths as she forced blood again to pump into her fingertip and gently touched them together until she could actually feel them. Exhaustion growing she looked out the window to see the Sun continuing to rise and redoubled her efforts as the feathers on her chest started to recede as her large breasts grew out as her brow and growing skin became damp before she collapsed back to her knees.
‘Don’t have the time or energy to keep going.’
She panted as she looked down at her still avian legs, though at least her tail was gone before she rolled onto her back exhausted and got a glance at the alarm clock on her vanity desk.
‘That took way to long, and I still need to eat, get dressed, shower, and actually pack my bags and drive to school...’
A wave of relief came over Gemma as she pulled into the parking lot and took a look around the school. In addition to the normal student body, which seemed a lot smaller then she remembered, even this early in the day. But a pair of lion girls similar to Trini were talking casually with each other, purring, as they headed inside, while a trio of truly massive Rhino girls were striding inside with such abandon that others were being knocked aside by their shear presence, with a pair of not quite as massive Bison girls we just behind them. While on the roof a trio of Hawk girls seem to be watching the campus.
Stepping out of her car Gemma blushed as she patted down her loose pleated skirt as her finger nervously brushed against her feathered thighs as she takes a long breath, slings her backpack over her back and her purse over her shoulder and…
“Morning new girl.”
Nearly shits an egg as a white swan girl land just behind her soon flanked by two of the eagles, her long neck craning and wrapping around Gemma’s torso before slipping under the hem of her skirt causing Gemma to shriek and brush her skirt down as pull away, “What the hell!”
“Kimmi!” One of the eagles admonished.
“Just making sure she has all the right equipment...”
“That doesn’t mean anything,” the other eagle rolls her eyes, “even the boys have lady parts!”
“Yeah that’s the problem,” the first adds before glaring daggers at Gemma, “So are you a real girl or not...and what’s your name?”
Gemma coughed nervously, as she fumbled in her purse for her id, “G-Gemma S-Stone...I’m n-new...”
This seemed to make the trio relax as they wrapped their wings around her, “Must be rough, new girl in town and you get hit with the...”
“How did you get your upper body to look so human!”
“Kimmi!” both eagles snapped again, causing her to recoil back.
Gemma just smiled nervously, “Concentration? I-I thought I’d be r-ridiculed for being an animal...”
“Does the Principal know?”
“You have to tell him...” one of the eagles explained, “they have separate classes set up for the afflicted.”
“What!? Wh...” Gemma balked but cut herself short as she looked at her peers and her righteous indignation evaporated as Kimmi took a moment to preen her wings, “Oh...right...”
“Kimmi get her purse, We’ll introduce Gemma to the nest.”
“W-What! Hey!” Gemma protested as Kimmi slipped her long neck under Gemma arms and slid her purse down onto her chest as the two eagle girls lifted into the air and grabbed a hold of Gemma’s arms and shoulders lifting her into the sky. “Don’t be so grabby!”
Landing on the roof Gemma winces as she rubs her arms, glad she wore long sleeves today as the girls’ talons were sharp, which earned sheepish looks for them both.
“Sorry...we’re not use to having to transport others...”
Gemma took a deep breath and reentered herself, “It’s al-alright...we’re all in the same boat now right?”
Before Gemma could even take in the rows of nests lined around the roof or the black board standing by the stairwell into the school she was accosted, surrounded by half a dozen other swan and eagle girls.
“Oh My Goo~warrrrrrk~ how did you...”
“Are you new?”
“Where’s your nest...”
One of the two eagle girls slips in front of Gemma while the other slids behind her, both raising their wings like a shield to envelope her, “Girls, girls, girls! Calm down you’re overwhelming the new blood!”
Gemma smiled and took a deep breath, even as he skin started to tingle, her body start to revert to full bird form.
“Awwww she’s reverting.”
One of the swan girls craned her neck under the wing shield and pecked and tugged at Gemma sleeves, “Here let me help you with that before your wings are crushed.”
“That’s alri...” Gemma tried to protest but was soon set upon by several of the girls pecking and tearing at her top until it was little more then tatters at her talons leaving her completely topless, and causing her to blush and try and cover up her non existent breasts.
“Alright girls settle down,” an older voice, with a hint of irritation in it spoke from the back of the roof, near the stairs as a new girl made her presence know, one who didn’t look much older then the rest but was flanked by Kimmi and an older gray templed man. “Everyone back to your nests.”
The crowd dispersed back to the individual nests, giving Gemma only moments to notice they were not bare but each had several eggs within, as well as a number of notebooks and other school supplies lining the rim in deliberate seeming nooks as the ‘older’ avian made her way over along with the man, Kimmi retreating to her own nest.
“So your the new transfer?” The teacher said a bit bored.
Gemma nodded as the ‘older’ avian and the principal made their way over, the Principal having a slightly kinder look on his face as he saw the shredded shirt around Gemma feet, “The way Kimmi was going I thought you were more human looking...”
“I was,” Gemma flustered, “I-I kinda lost my focus...h-here let me try again!”
As Gemma closed her eyes and started to focus the Principal waved his hand as if to refuse a gift, “That wont be necessary…”
“If she can change back, even partially I want to see it,” The teacher spoke up, breaking her normal sour demeanor with an uplifting chirp, if only for a moment, and was joined by a chorus of other girls.
As Gemma stopped and opened her eyes again she tilted her head curiously, at the Principal, “But if I can do it maybe...”
“Maybe the others can, maybe it might even help the non avians, but this is still a public place, and a school, I may let you animals run around half naked and fucking each others brains out in the halls due to your...bestial...urges but I am trying to maintain some kind of order here and until we can get in some spare shirts for your girls I don’t need a bunch of half naked women running around raising the blood pressure of every single boy on campus.
“Oh...right...” Gemma flustered, “I forgot about that.”
“Anyway,” The principal pat her head gently, “good girl,” before spinning around to sweep his hand across the roof “as you can see all the other girls bring their nest with them from home so we can monitor and tend to any needs that crop up. I take it your nest is back at home, do you have your parents number or...”
Gemma sighed and dropped her head, “I’m all alone...” before she quickly forced a half smile onto her beat and lifted her head, “M...My parents are o-out of town on business...”
“Pity,” the principal looked over to Kimmi, “Kimmi dear would you get a few of the girls together and head out to pick up Ms. Stone’s nest?”
“School Policy,” The Principal interrupted, “You bring your nest with you along with your school supplies. Now find an empty nest and settle in so Mr. Reese can begin his class.”
“Mister?” Gemma tilted her head curiously toward the older girl as she scowled and returned to the nest, and it’s own eggs, near the blackboard, “Some of us didn’t get to keep our original gender MISS Stone, and are not to pleased to not only be stuck as a woman for god knows how long, but to have to raise a bunch of hatchlings as well. Now find a seat.”
Gemma swallowed hard as she found a few nest and bowed her head, “S-Sorry Mr. Reese...”
“Whatever...” He sighed, “at least we don’t have to waste time with introductions.”
Mr. Reese sighs flipping through his textbook, with his talons, “With these ‘Power Rangers’ making the news can any of you girls name an incident in history simil...”
An explosion sent a ton of debris flying out from center of the roof, thankfully the entire class was full of avians which could easily take flight and avoid the damage as a monstrous twin headed create, half lion, half eagle burst into the air followed in hot pursuit by the Red Eagle Ranger who carried the Cyan Dolphin Ranger between his legs.
“What in the?” Mr. Reese screeched as the Lime Rhino, White Bovine, and Tan Lioness leap up and start ushering the girls and the Nest toward the edges.
“Leave this to us, you girls just need to get your clutches to safety,” Tan calls as she scoops up a handful of eggs into her arms as Gemma dives behind some of the debris and starts to fumble through her purse.
“Get your head on clear Bulkmier, Skullovich, don’t let Professor Sack get into your head, your not just a monste...” Lime calls outs but is cut shorts as the beast spins around and lets out an ear splitting screech that sends Red and Blue clutching their ears as they tumble toward the ground and the other three to their knees clutching their helmets.
“Can’t you girls do anything with out me?” Black Condor quips as she sweeps in under Red and Blue as Red wraps his arms around her neck and blue around her legs as she comes into for a landing.
“You’re a life saver,” Red smiles as he brushes his helmet against Black’s who flusters, legs brushing together as she laughs nervously.
“D-Don’t mention i-it...”
“Watch out!” Blue calls as she dives knocking the two love birds aside as the monster dives at them as she draws her bow, “We need to drop her so I can administer an Antidote.”
The beasts continues to screech, clawing at several of the avian students who are circling it pecking and clawing at it with their beaks and talons.
Yellow growls waving her hands dismissively toward the sky, “Get out of there, leave this fight to us!”
“Only two of you can fly, and this is our school too!” One of the girls screeches as the beast howls as several girls peck at it’s wings.
Red and Black rocket up between the girls with a cross over slash of their blades causing the monster to rear up and howl before dropping to the ground behind them as Red, Black, and the avians land as the other girls run in to examine the body. Blue adjusting the dials on a strange gun as she aims down sights and targets the creature.
“Ha, that’s what you get for attacking our school!” Kimmi taunts as she kicks dirt at the beast.
“Please don’t taunt the victim,” Rhino admonishes, “Bulk and Skull didn’t want to become monsters.”
“Bulk and Skull?” Black asks confused.
The kick of the gun knocks Blue’s hands nearly into her face as a white and blue spiral of energy tears into and envelopes the monster, for a moment it seems consumed and then start to glow, shrink, and divide into a pair of teen boys, one skinny and tall and the other stocky and about a head or so shorter then the first.
“Third one this week,” Yellow looks to Blue as she drapes each in their own yellow blankets, “any idea what's causing it Bil...” but she catches herself just a moment to late and quickly tries to recover, less she blow the Blue rangers secret identity to all the students still looming around them, “...linda.”
“Bellinda?” the stocky boy mocks as Green and White help them to stand, “What kind of name is that?”
“Come on let's get you to the Nurse and call your folks, Bulkmier,” Green counter taunts, putting extra emphasis on the name.
“I don't need your help, I can get there on my own, right Skull?” Bulk scoffs as he throws off Green's support and stands tall.
“Right, we don't need the help of some girl Rangers.”
Green and White share a hidden annoyed glare with each other just as Bulk's blanket slides off his shoulder exposing him in all his glory to the assembled and turning his face Ranger Red as Skull scrambles to get the blanket back over Bulk's shoulders as he scrambles inside while also trying to keep his own blanket in place getting a chuckle from everyone present.
“I'm sorry, this is all m fault,” Blue admonishes herself as she tinkers with her blaster, “I suspected the water supply was already tainted so I tried to mitigate the damage by altering the chemical compound of the toxin but...”
“But nothing,” Red cuts in, “It's clear that Professor Sack wanted to create a town of mindless monsters not a...zoo...of animal people. He wanted an army and was using our totems as inspiration. Thanks to you everyone still has their minds.”
“For now,” Mr. Reese storms over, “That's the third chimera this week, how long before the rest of us go the same way!”
“Now hold on!” Black interject but is quickly cut of by one of the eagle girls.
“We're alive, have our minds, and the town is still in one piece. I think Bellinda did an amazing job given the situation.”
“Speak for yourself.” Mr. Reese huffs, preening angrily as he paces, “Now everyone get back to class! If you think a small little fight like this is reason to cut school...”
“...But the roof is destroyed...”
“No buts, back to your classes, everyone!”