Pregnant with Krytha
Dreamed 1998/2/3 by Chris Wayan
My best friend and I are students of magic. We transformed together into small mammals and went to study under a mentor who lives up a pine tree--a pine marten or a giant squirrel? Using his nest as a base camp, we struggled with quadruped form... but eventually learned to love this arboreal life.
So recently our mentor's allowed us to graduate to a new, more difficult shape: big multicolored birds. Further from human form, but mobile, vocal, and smart--ideal shamanic vehicles.
But my friend's mad at me. He has reason, too. Against all the rules, I seduced him in mammal form: I let myself go into heat, though I'd been trained how to suppress it. In estrus I smelled irresistable to him--and drunk on pheromones, he mounted me. Now I'm pregnant--and he's furious. Not only did I change our friendship unilaterally, but transforming with a fetus or fertile egg is considered a medical risk: the baby may end up developmentally confused--crippled or a monster. To do this is a major crime among our people--and to lure a friend in like this... well, he feels betrayed. And he's right to. I used him. I wanted him, and mating with him felt wonderful, but I used him. I wanted to get pregnant.
So now, in bird form, he keeps dive-bombing me--trying to shock me into aborting my egg before it grows into a monster-child.
But his fears are wrong. I've dreamed the future already, and know I'll have a healthy daughter named Krytha, who'll be a shamanic child prodigy--partly from her parentage, but also from being various species right from conception. Krytha is a transformation of my day-name Chris--a way of saying she's both a part of me AND her own person. I'm proud of her already ...and she's not even hatched yet!
So I duck and weave, a pregnant bird, and try to convince myself his falcon-shrieks and slashes are just early birth-pangs, part of the cost I knew I'd have to pay. But worth it. Worth it. To see Krytha, our lovely, shapeshifting daughter...
If I live to lay her egg.
NOTES NEXT MORNING
The other half doesn't.
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