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After a while, Hayden and Angie decided it was time to head back to the hideout to check on her friends. Once they arrived, they immediately noticed that Tammy and Eli were socializing with some of the hybrids, and by the looks on their faces, the hybrids seemed to be enjoying the humans.
“Looks like the hybrids already like your friends” Hayden observed with a chuckle.
“You can say they’ve always been the life of the party” Angie smirked, “Though I never thought it would be that quick.”
“I know, I thought it would take longer for the hybrids to gain their trust.”
“Well, my friends are interesting people” she put in.
“I can see that” he snickered.
“Hey, guys” Candace suddenly came up to them “I was wondering when you two were gonna show up.”
“Well we’ve been having some bonding moments” Hayden responded with a smile.
“Yep,” Angie nodded while smiling too “He’s pretty fun to talk to.”
“Well, I’m glad to hear that” she smiled back.
“And I can see my friends are getting along with the hybrids” Angie pointed to her friends with the hybrids.
“Oh yeah,” Candace agreed astonished “I didn’t think they’d get along that quick.”
“Eli probably must have shown them his card tricks, he does that whenever he wants people to like him, and surprisingly they work.”
Candace gave a small laugh, “I guess it’s because us hybrids have never seen any magic tricks in a long time and seeing them after so long makes us easily amused.”
“What exactly do you guys do for fun?”
“Well besides flying, we um...”
“We like to swim” Hayden put in.
“Yes,” his sister nodded, “We also like to play Hide and Seek with the younger ones.”
“We basically play any kind of sports and games that are considered ‘childhood’ games, and that doesn’t involve technology.”
“Oh,” Angie responded a bit astonished “I get that makes sense.”
“Hey guys” everyone turned to see Jayce walking up to them while holding a slingshot in his hand “Done with the tour already?”
“Nah” Hayden shook his head “We’re just here to check on her friends.”
“And there’s surprisingly well” Angie put in while motioning her friends with the other hybrids.
“Oh yeah” Jayce smiled, “Your friend Eli showed us this really cool card trick, and let me tell you, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a card trick.”
“Oh, I bet.”
“You shooting more coconuts with that thing?” Candace suddenly asked him while pointing to his slingshot.
“Yep,” he replied while turning to Angie “It’s a little fun thing I like to do, shooting rocks at coconuts to knock them off the trees, I also like to shoot other things.”
“But if he’s not careful he could seriously harm someone” Hayden put in “Like me that one time.”
“It was an accident” Jayce groaned, “And I said I was sorry like a million times.”
“Tell that to my leg” he frowned as Angie gave a small giggle.
“Anyway,” Jayce shrugged it off while turning back to Angie “This thing is really fun to use, you wanna try it out?”
“Really?” she remarked surprised.
“Yeah” he smiled while picking up a nearby small rock and handing it to her along with the slingshot “Just aim somewhere and shoot, but make sure it’s actually something you can shoot.”
After taking the slingshot, Angie began to look around for something that was okay for her to shoot at, and that’s when she spotted a lone coconut resting on a wooden table.
“Okay,” she smiled while putting the rock into the slingshot and aiming at the coconut while trying to pull it back.
But little did she know how hard it was to pull the slingshot back, seeing how thick the elastic was, she realized she wasn’t strong enough to pull it all the way back.
“It’s alright” Jayce assured, “Keep trying.”
“Damn this thing is strong” she breathed as she kept trying to pull the elastic back “I guess it’s not made for weak humans like me.”
“I guess not” he agreed, “I mean when we became hybrids, we did get stronger, like way stronger.”
“Angie be careful where you’re aiming” Hayden suddenly warned, seeing how her struggling was causing her aim to shift “The rock might slip- ”
But at that moment, Angie suddenly felt the elastic gave away as the rock flew out of the slingshot and zoomed straight into the back waistline of a nearby hybrid who cried out in pain as he clutched his waist.
“Oh... shit,” Jayce’s eyes widen, “That’s not good.”
The hybrid the stone hit had crimson red scales and wings and appeared a bit more muscular than Hayden with short dark hair. And when he turned in their direction, he looked directly at Angie with his eyes a piercing orange and his teeth exposed while growling. With her heart already pounding with fear, Angie quickly hid the slingshot behind her back, though she knew it would do nothing as the hybrid began to march up to her as Hayden put himself in front of her and stood tall and still as the hybrid approached them.