“It’s just odd is all,” he says to her, voice all low and hesitant like he thinks she’ll attack him for a sudden noise.
“What is?” she murmurs back, letting her fingertips skate across the smooth, metal wall. There has to be a way out. After all, they were thrown in somehow.
On the opposite wall, Jack is doing the same, “That you’d go by a different name than the one your parents gave you.”
And in Ness’ case, she can see his confusion. Other people, those not fond of their parents or their childhood, would be more than happy to shed the name on their birth certificate. Which is an understandable and respectable way of life. But Ness looks back at the past as a place she will always yearn for, no matter the fact that she can never return.
The name her parents gave her is the last she has of them. She hasn’t used it in years.
Ness’ fingertips catch on a seam in the wall, so thin that she can barely dig her nails into it. But barely is just enough, and she rips the panel out, heedlessly tossing it to the floor of their cell with a resounding crash.
Jack, startled, growls but he catches himself mid-shift. His canine snout returns to being a perfectly human face.
In contrast, Ness has let her hands change fully into paws and claws.
“I haven’t been their daughter for a long time.”
Neither of them are entirely sure what made them successes out of the thirty experiments in their group. There are a few others who survived the treaments, but none on their level.
It’s not like either of them are genetically predisposed to be metahumans–though that is undoubtedly what they are now.
There’s a doctor who is known for taking in metahumans in need. Maybe she’ll help them.
They never make it to her.
Someone finds them first.
“Jackal and Lioness,” the woman they once knew as MX18 says while her witch lackey holds them down against the ground invisibly. They are struggling and snarling, only animalistic on the inside, Jack snapping his blunt human teeth and Ness scraping dirt beneath her soft human nails.
Neither of them are in the mood to talk.
That doesn’t stop MX18.
“You didn’t think I’d forgotten about you, did you?”
Jack and Ness are kinda my catch all for a platonic pair of characters so each installment of the Adventures of Jack and Ness are unrelated to each other.