“Please pick up, Lupin, Please pick up.”
“McCloud residence, Lupin speaking.”
“Lupin, It’s Kiara, Kiara mage.”
“What’s wrong, Kiara?”
“I think there’s been a transfer, because I now have 8 transformed children sleeping in my guest rooms, the poor things.” Kiara said, her voice filled with concern and worry. “we’ve got to help them. Can you help me?”
“Help them how? I’m on my way.”
“We need to find them homes.” Kiara said. “I’ll see you and your kids soon.”
Kiara, a white lioness kemono waited patiently on her home porch, nervous about what to do. Eventually, she saw a car pull up to the driveway.
Lupin, Leon, Nicky, Haru, Haruka, Lily, Roy, Yukio, and Jayden came out.
“Thank you Lupin, for coming, and... you have 8 kids of your own?” Kiara was surprised.
“Hi!” Leon waved.
“Hello there, Now then, let’s get down to business.” Kiara began. “I was in my part of the forest, making sure the trees were okay... and I found 8 kemono children, in bad shape. When I talked to one, he said they used to be human, but somehow they were transformed. I brought them in, fed them, and gave them beds. But I don’t know if I can keep them all... they need better capable families.”
“I understand.” Lupin said.
“How bout me and my brothers talk to them, maybe get info to help match them with ideal families.” Lily said, being smart.
“Yeah!” Nicky agreed. “And we can help them feel better about it!”
“Good cal,l” Leon said.
“Thank you, all of you. The kids should be waking up soon, I’ll ready some snacks for all of you.” Kiara smiled. “Again, thank you.”
“No problem!” Haruka gave her a thumbs-up, and the eight kids proceded inside.
The first child to wake up with a young cat boy. Little tommy woke up, yawning. “Oh man... it’s not a dream... I hope miss Kiara really does have someone who can help me...” The little pajamas clad boy proceed out of the room, being quiet to avoid waking the other three he shared the room with.
Almost immediately after he bumped into Leon. “Ow!”
“Oh I’m sorry.” Tommy said, scared of being hurt.
“No, my fault. I was in the wrong place to wait. So... a cat kemono, you must be Tommy then?” Leon inquired.
“Nice to meet you, Tommy. I’m Leon. Miss. Kiara asked me to talk to you, and help you feel better about being a kemono.” Leon explained, offering Tommy a paw.
“oh, thank you, Leon.” Tommy smiled, accepted the paw, and being taken to the living room. Kiara had several beanbag chairs and a plate of cookies waiting. “Wow! chocolate chip, my favorite!”
“Yep!” Leon smiled. “Want to talk about what happened to you?”
“As long as you’re willing to listen.” Tommy replied as the two sat on the beanbag chairs, and Tommy enjoyed a chewy cookie. “I remember being human this morning... My momma... had just been kicked out by my father... and I was next. I closed my door and locked it. But I knew it wouldn’t hold. Then a voice in my mind asked me if I wanted safety from my father. I said yes... and a big white circle appeared. Hands reached out of the circle. grabbed me, and pulled me in...” Tommy shivered at the thought of his father almost getting him.
Leon grimaced. Sounded scary. But what had happened to his mother?
Tommy, calming down a bit, continued. “Then I woke again... in a strange place, all white, no floor, no walls, no ceiling... the voice told me I was being given my freedom, by given up everything... before I could react or reply, I felt myself beginning to change... My clothes being torn apart... my fur growing... my bones warping... and my body regressing and shrinking... and I passed out again... then I woke up in Miss Kiara’s arms... She comforted me, fed me, gave me these pajamas and a bed and I told her how I was human, but then I found out I was one of eight... But... I’m worried about my momma...” Tommy’s fear was quite readable.
Leon gave Tommy a hug. “It’s alright. If this place is anything like I imagine it to be, your mom’ll be fine.”
“Really? My Momma’s name is Martha.”
“ I’ll keep watch for anyone like that.” Lupin said, patting Tommy gently on the head.
“and you can stay with me a couple days to see if she crosses too.” Kiara assured.
“Oh, thank you.” Tommy smiled.
Knock, Knock, Knock!
Kiara jumped. “I’ll get it!” At the door was a Turtle Kemono boy, holding a basket of peaches. He had a happy smile on his face. “Oh hello, Jeremy.”
“Hello Ma’am, I’m here to be your Kid helper today, and my mother also asked me to deliver the peaches you asked for yesterday.” Jeremy said.
Kiara smiled and ushered the turtle in. “Alrighty then! By the way, my friend Lupin has his kids over today.”
“Oh Cool!” Jeremy said.
“In fact, I have a job for you, young one. See that Cat kid over there?” Kiara asked.
“Yeah.” jeremy Answered.
“I’d like you to keep him company and play with him for a couple of ours. Take him into playground out back.” Kiara instructed.
“No problem.” Jeremy saluted with a smiled. Tommy, hearing it all, was willing to go with Jeremy to the backyard, Leon joining them.
Next was a Falcon Kemono boy. Michael yawned and looked over himself. “It wasn’t a dream, I really am free from the orphanage... i’d better be quiet for the others.” Michael quietly exited the room.
When he went to the living room, tripping over his wings a few times, he was greeted by Nicky. “Um, hi,” the shy little wolf said, fidgeting with his tail.
“Hi. I’m Michael.” The falcon nicely greeted. He sat down in an armchair. “Who are you?”
“My name’s Nicky.” Nicky took a seat across from Michael. “i guess i’ll be helping you with adjusting to being a Kemono. Can you tell me about how you became a kemono?”
“Sure.” Michael nodded, as Kiara brought over the chewy cookies for the Falcon to enjoy. “well, I was an orphan as a human, and I was miserable... but then a voice offered me another chance, and I was more than willing to accept. I was given some magic gate, and passed into a white void of some kind. It was here that I began changing, growing feathers, my hands and feet turning into talons, my face turning into a cute little beak, my new wings growing out of my back,” Michael looked at his new wings happily, “and my body regressing and shrinking. I fell asleep, and woke up being found by miss Kiara, she really is a nice lady. She gave me a bed, and this comfy sleeper, a good meal and bath, and listened to my story. I can’t wait to start my new life as a Falcon kid.” it was clear Michael was taking his new form much better than tommy.
“That’s really cool!” Nicky grinned. “What do you like most about being a falcon?”
“two things, first my Wings, I have a new sense of freedom with them, and being a 7-year-old again. I get to be cute and cuddly again, and being loved and cuddled, and I can cuddle with a new momma.”
That gave Nicky an idea. “How about a cuddle with a new friend, then?” he suggested mischievously.
“Sure! You need a friendly cuddle?” Michael asked. He came over to Nicky and sat next to the wolf, giving him a warm hug.
When Wei woke up, his first reaction was to stifle a scream at his new form.
“I can’t believe it. I really am a husky…” He gaped at his new paws. “i’m gonna need a little help...” Struggling one his canine paws, he managed to leave the room without waking the other boy in the room. He tripped and fell into Roy’s arms.
“Are you alright?” the red husky asked the grey.
“Uh-uh…” Wei stammered.
“Lemme help you learn to walk on your new paws.” Roy said.
“Thanks, I’m Wei.”
“I’m roy. Now, as we take this one step at a time, let’s hear your story.” Roy said, as he had Wei take one step at a time.
“Well…” Wei gulped. “I was an ordinary kid for a while… cept that I was homeless. I was upset, so I wanted somewhere to go… and then weird stuff started happening. I passed out, and when I woke up, I was here, like this. Miss Kiara fed me and got me clothes and stuff…”
“I see, well, how does being a Husky kid make you feel?” Roy asked.
“Sorta weird… but sorta nice…” Wei fidgeted. “I kinda like the fur… it’s warm ‘n soft… And my new tail.. having one somehow makes me happy.” Wei then noticed roy wasn’t walking him, he was walking just fine now. “Oh, I get it, having me talk distracted me from worrying about tripping and falling, and I adjusted naturally.”
“That’s right, Wei, and a little reward.” Roy offered Wei a Chewy Chocolate Chip from the table in the living room. Wei took it and smiled.
WIth one bite, the husky was hooked. “Wow! This is great!” Wei hugged Roy, and the two became chatting.
The last kid in the first room was an adorable White Lion cub boy named Kemba, waking up, rubbing his eyes. “Wow... I really am a cub. at least I still have my favorite sleeper.” Kemba, seeing he was alone, felt a little uncomfortable, and exited room, to find Lily waiting for him.
“oh, Hello, I’m Kemba.” The Lion cub greeted politely. “And you’re…?”
“Lily! My dad is a friend of Kiara.”
“Oh, you’re here to help me?” Kemba asked, and Lily nodded, getting the cub to the beanbag chair and a cookie for him to enjoy.
“okay, i’d like to hear your story, Kemba.” Lily said.
“Well… I dunno what happened really. One moment I was minutes away from being stabbed by my mom, the next… here.” Kemba shrugged. “It was weird.”
“That seems bit harsh, you need a better mother.” Kiara said. “Would you like to be my cub?”
Kemba’s eyes went wide. “Really?” Kiara nodded. “I’d love to be your cub!” Kemba jumped into Kiara’s arms and to two cuddled.
Kiara happily cuddled her new child. “that’s one room, Haru, Haruka, Jayden, Yukio, the other kids are in the upstairs room, you’ll need to help them downstair.”
“Got it.” Haru saluted.
The first of the second room was a young Deer Kemono boy, Zeo yawned. Though oddly, Zeo seemed simply happy to be a deer boy, seeing the three girls in the room still sleeping, Zeo snuck quietly out of the room, somehow just fine on hooves.
Yukio was waiting, “Hello there.” he said politely.
“Hello to you too.” Zeo greeted just as politely, “Are you a friend of Kiara?”
“Yes, I’m here to help you adjust to being a Kemono.” Yukio said.
“Okay.” Zeo said, the two kids headed downstairs, Zeo was treated to a cookie.
“Tell me about when you became a Kemono.” Yukio said, getting Zeo sitted in a beanbag chair.
“It was really cool!” Zeo smiled brightly. “I was running away from home cuz my parents were mean, and then something happened and I found myself all alone in a forest like this!” He wiggled his hooves. “Miss Kiara found me along with a bunch of other kids. SHe took me in, gave me this really comfy sleeper, fed me, helped me adjust to my hooves, and even gave me a bed for the night, she’s really nice.”
“That’s pretty cool!” Yukio beamed. “Kiara’s super nice. How are you liking it so far?”
“I actually like being a deer kid, the fur is comfy, having a cute little tail is nice too, and being a little boy again means I can grow up with a better life.” Zeo smiled. “Wanna play with me?”
“Sure! Let’s go into the backyard Leon, Tommy, and Jeremy and play!” Yukio smiled.
“Okay.” Zeo smiled back. The two boys proceeded to the backyard to play.
The next to wake up was Ashley, a white fox. She stretched and yawned. “Whoa... i wasn’t dreaming...” She said, “i’m... a fox... and a little girl again... I hope Kiara has the help she promised.” The fox Kemono quietly exited the guest room, and found Jayden waiting.
“Yo,” he said casually. “Sup?”
“Hello.” Ashley replied. “You’re... the help miss kiara promised.”
“That’s me, I’m here to help you feel better about your new form.” Jayden smiled, “Come on downstairs, we’ve got chewy chocolate chips you can munch on, while you tell me your story.” Jayden escorted Ashley downstairs to the beanbag chairs.
“Well… I actually don’t remember anything,” Ashley said. “All I remember is that one moment, I was sad, the next, I was… whatever I am now.”
“What about when you met Kiara?” Jayden asked.
“Well, I was really cold and hungry, so Kiara gave me PJs and a hot bowl of soup, and sent me to bed.”
“So, tell me how your new form feels so far.” Jayden said.
“...Warm, pretty much.” Ashley wiggled her toes. “I like it kinda.”
“That’s good, now you can just chill for time being.” Jayden gently patted Ashley on the head.
the next girl was an otter girl, a little younger than most of the other kids. Erika woke up, yawning and stretching, but she didn’t want to say something, since there was one more girl sleeping. She proceeded to the door, but the handle was a little too high. She wondered how to get out.
Then she saw magic sparkles form, believe it or not, a doggy door on the door. Erika carefully slipped through and out of the room, and Haruka caught her..
“...Dog door?” Haruka asked.
“I dunno,” Erika just shrugged. “I was just too small to reach the door knob, so I just took it. There’s another girl still sleeping inside, and I didn’t wanna wake her.”
“...why in tarnation a dog door?” Haruka repeated. He sighed and led Erika down to the living room. Oddly, as they left the dog door disappeared just as mysteriously as it appeared.
Erika was seated nice and comfy on another of the beanbag chairs, and given a couple of Cookies to munch on. “Thank you... I’m Erika.”
“No problem.” Haruka bowed. “I’m Haruka. My dad’s a friend of your… caretaker.”
“Oh, You’re the help Kiara promised!” Erika smiled. “What do you wanna know?”
“How you feel about it, I guess?”
“Well... I’m not sure, having a tail is nice... and being a little girl again feels great... but will I get a new momma? a better one?”
“Maybe. Who knows?” Haruka shrugged. “You could end up with a dad. Or two moms. Or an ocelot.”
“But yes, we’ll get to a better parent. Promise.” Lupin said, patting Erika’s head gently.
“Thank you, really.” Erika smiled.
Monica stretched as she awoke. She was a golden fox now, no doubt about it. “Not a dream then...” Monica got out of bed, and left the room, with Haru waiting for her.
“Hiya,” Haru greeted. “How are you?”
“Hello... are you the promised help?” Monica asked.
“I suppose I am.” Haru shrugged. “Let’s go down.”
“Thanks... I’m Monica.” Monica said, taking Haru’s paw as they walked downstairs.
“I’m Haru.” Haru smiled.
“Haru? Cousin Haru?” Monica gasped.
The wolf boy looked taken aback. “Come again?”
“Haru, It’s me. THAT Monica!” The golden fox said. “You said I was your favorite cousin!”
“C-cousin Monica!?” Haru stammered. “You too!? H-how!?”
“I’m not sure...” Monica said, getting seated in the last beanbag chair by haru, nice and comfy. “I came to see you and Haruka at your place... but they said you never existed... I insisted on coming in, and they let me in... and the next thing I knew I was turning into this... and dumped in the forest where Kiara found me.”
“Weird.” Haru shook his head. “Really weird.”
“Haru... i’m scared... your parents... they... I... help me... please...” Monica was scared and confused.
Haru hugged his cousin gently. “It’s okay. Nothing’s wrong. My ex-parents were just dicks. They can’t hurt you. They’re gone.”
“...thank you, Haru...” Monica hugged back. “...so how did you make it here?”
“My new dad brought me here. Me ‘n Haruka both, actually. I was really, really sick, and I was jealous of Haruka, but he didn’t even know. He worked really hard to be someone I could be proud to call my brother, and I hated him. I was jealous.”
“But not anymore.” Haruka mentioned. “Becoming close friends with the last of the kids?”
Haru jumped. “Haruka!” he yelled. “You nearly scared me out of my fur!”
“Sorry, bro. So who’s the kid fox girl?” Haruka asked.
“Haruka… meet Cousin Monica.”
“M... Monica? that sweet girl that was our good friend and playmate... wasn’t she... 17 last we saw her?” Haruka asked.
“Not anymore,” Monica said.
“I’m not letting some random adult adopt Monica, I’ll talk to papa about making Monica long term guest at our place.” Haruka said, a serious look on his face.
“No, it’s fine!” Monica said. “I’ll be okay, don’t worry.”
“i’m with my brother, you’re staying with us, it’s the least we can do after all the nice things you’ve done for us.” Haru smiled, hugging Monica again.
Monica pushed him away. “No, I’ll be fine!”
Kiara then stepped in. “I can adopt her. Kemba could use a sister, and you boys can come visit anytime, within reason.”
“Can she also come visit us?” Haru asked.
“That okay with you, Monica?” Haruka asked.
“Then we have a deal.” Haru smiled.
“Awesome! I get a sister and a bunch of new cousins!” Kemba smiled. He gave Haru a big hug.
“No problem, Kemba,” Haru said, struggling to breathe.
“oh, sorry.” Kemba let go.
Haru took a gasp. “Well now. This is surprising, huh?”
“Agreed, Now, I know just who to call for the other kids.” Lupin said, pulling out his phone and dialing a number. “Hello Aile?”
“Hey there, Anya, think I found what you’ve been wanting.”
“Hello, Shara, I have some good news for you.”
“Yo, Jin! Good news!”
“Molly, I have what I think you want.”
“Allen, you wanted a kid, right?”
It wasn’t before another car arrived, a beautiful Deer kemono adult coming out. “So this is the place, actually pretty nice.” She said, ringing the door bell. “Hello? Lupin? Kiara?”
Lupin and Kiara opened up, smiling wide.
“Hello you two. I Got your call about a deer boy that needs a family?” Aile asked.
“Yes, all the children, my own included, are out back.” Lupin said.
“Alright then. May I see them?”
“Oh course, come with me, ma’am.” Kiara led aile around the house to the backyard, where all 16 children were playing in a nice little playground. “Before you two ask, I was planning to turn my home into a Daycare, since arcadia does not have one.”
“That sounds amazing!” Lupin said. He showed Aile Zeo, who was playing “Cowboys and Aliens” or something of the sort with Nicky and Leon.
Leon, Nicky, and Zeo noticed Aile.
“Zeo, I think that’s your new mom. Go say hi.” Leon said.
Zeo nervously approached “Um, hi?” he greeted.
“Hello little one, What’s your name?” Aile asked politely, that actually makes zeo feel better talking to Aile.”
“I’m Zeo. What’s your name?”
“i’m Aile. Are you okay with me adopting you?”
“Yes! Yes!” Zeo hugged Aile, who picks him up and cuddles him.
“thank you, Lupin and Kiara.” Aile said, “I’ll be sure Zeo can come and visit you two and your kids.” The other kids wave farewell as Aile carried Zeo off.
The next person to arrive was a big, tall husky man- Jin.
“hello Jin. you are here for the kid I mentioned?” Lupin said, leading Jin around the house.
“Sure am! Can’t wait to see him.” Jin answered, seeing Wei chatting with Erika and Lily. “Is this him?”
Wei turned around. “Hi! Are you here to adopt me?”
“Indeed, Wei. Is that okay with you?” Jin asked.
“Uh-huh!” Wei smiled and hugged Jin. “You look cool!”
Jin picked Wei up and hugged him. “You can visit Lupin and Kiara all you want, but for now, let’s go home.”
“Okay, Papa!” Wei smiled as Jin carried him away.
Next to arrive was an adult Tabby cat- Anya. “Greetings Ma’am.” Anya greeted.
Kiara smiled. “Hello, Anya. Would you like to see your new adoptee?”
Anya nodded. “Yes, please. His name is Tommy, right?”
“Yes, this way please.” Kiara takes Anya around to the playground. Anya soon saw Tommy, and smiled. ‘He’s so cute!” she said.
Tommy noticed anya rather quickly, “Oh, hello.”
“Hi there, son!”
“Son? Are you adopting me?” Tommy asked.
Tommy simply smiled, “thank you.” He was soon carried away, Jeremy waving goodbye.
Next was Molly, who had arrived for Erika.
“Welcome,” Lupin greeted, as the adult otter arrived, “Come for the little one?”
Molly nodded. “Yes. And before I adopt her… you wouldn’t happen to make her go through dog doors instead of normal doors, would you?” She side-eyed Kiara.
“Not to my knowledge.” Kiara said in honesty.
Kiara brought Molly around back, where Erika was playing on the slides.
“Hello? Erika?” Molly asked.
Erika looked at Molly, “New Momma?”\
The little otter run to her new mother jumped into her arms. “YAY! Momma!” she said, hugging Molly.
“That’s right!” Molly stroked Erika’s back. “Let’s go home, kiddo.”
The kids waved goodbye as Erika was carried off.
The penultimate adopter was Shara, an adult falcon adopting Michael. She came up to the house shyly, hoping that Michael was a nice boy.
“Welcome, Shara.” Lupin greeted.
:”Hullo, Lupin. I’m here for Michael.”
Lupin led Shara to the playground, while Michael was trying to fly with this wings.
“You can do it!” Leon cheered.
Michael couldn’t. He fell to the ground with a painful THUD, unable to fly. Michael began to cry, prompting Shara to run to him and comfort him.
“It’s okay, don’t cry little one.” She said.
Michael snuffled and looked up. “Who are you…?”
“My name is Shara, i’m here to adopt you.”
“Oh… if you say so…”
“It’s okay, your wings just need to grow a little, then you’ll be flying in no time.” Shara smiled. “I remember when I was a hatchling, I was always worried about flying.”
“Really?” Michael asked.
“Yep!” Shara nodded. “It’s true.”
Michael smiled, hugging Shara. Shara picked him up and carried him off, overjoyed.
The last adopter was a silver fox, Allen. He came up to the door.
He is greeted by Lupin, “Hello Allen.”
“Hi, Lupin. May I see Ashley?”
“Of course, but you’ll need to avoid being noisy.” Lupin advised, as he took allen to Ashley- sleeping adorably on one of the beanbag chairs.
Allen smiled and picked up Ashley gently, kissing her forehead. “Hey there, Ashley,” he crooned softly.
Ashley was sound asleep, not responding.
“Let the little girl sleep, she’s been through alot.” Lupin advised.
“Fair enough. I’ll take her home, I suppose.”
“Okay then, see you at bowling night.” Lupin smiled.
“Alrighty! Bye!” Allen smiled and left.
Kiara got rooms set for Kemba and Monica, and got them tucked in for the night. She then returned downstairs to the others.
“Did I do good, Miss Mage?” Jeremy asked.
“You did perfectly.” Kiara smiled, patting the good little turtle on the head. “And Thank you, McClouds, for your help as well.”
“You’re welcome!” the eight kids chorused.
Kiara laughed a little. “You know, my Daycare opens tomorrow, if your kids ever need a safe place for any reason, they’ll always be welcome here.” Kiara said, “Same goes for you Jeremy, I know how busy your mother gets.”
Lupin smiled. “Thank you very much, Kiara. I have every confidence your daycare will be great.”
“Thank you, that means a lot to me.” Kiara smiled, then she noticed it was getting dark, “By the way, if it’s not too much trouble-”
“We’ll take Jeremy home, I’m not about to let him wander around alone at night,” Lupin said.
“Thanks.” The turtle boy smiled,
The McCloud headed to the van, getting Jeremy seated and buckled in before doing the same themselves.
“Hope to see you again, Kiara.” Lupin said. “And thanks for the fun day.”
“You’re welcome, drive safe.” Kiara said, before Lupin drove off.
With the Day over, Kiara went inside for the night.
In the morning, when everyone was ready, Kiara switched the sign to “Open.”
The first person to enter was a green-haired culpeo with his son. “Excuse me, Miss Kiara? Could you watch my Joey for today? I need to go to a big business meeting and it’s going to take up most of the day,” the culpeo asked.
“Of course, Aaron, any good boy or girl is welcome here, at Kiara’s Daycare.” Kiara replied, with a friendly wink.