Chapter 1- The First Project

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"What do you mean I'm not the first Project Moonlark?" Sophie asked softly. Her heart pounded in her ears, but her voice had slipped to a whisper. She could barely hear it over the white noise roaring in her ears. She was vaguely aware of Linh's hand squeezing hers, but at the moment, she didn't care.

Mr. Forkle sighed and eased himself down on a chair.

"The Black Swan is not a new organization. They had projects before, too. Quite like Project Moonlark. In fact, almost exactly like Project Moonlark."

"And? Please- get to the point!" Sophie's voice cracked, struggling to keep in the thoughts and emotions piling up like shoveled snow.

"Those before us... implanted an elf embryo in a human's body. They didn't have the resources to genetically modify her, but they hoped to retrieve her later, as an elf with a unique human perspective."

"Her? It's a her?"

"Yes. Unfortunately, the Black Swan fell apart around the time they were supposed to retrieve her as a young adult. As a combination of internal arguments, missing information, and her own personal family issues, we never got to her."

"What!?"

"Yes. It was a fault decision, but what's done is done. We decided to let her be. As a fairly weak empath, we decided that she could live a normal life."

"How could you do that?" Sophie cried, grinding her teeth in frustration. Linh's hand squeezed hers again.

"We regret it, but at this point, there's nothing we can do. Unfortunately, her son... manifested as a powerful hydrokinetic and weak vociferer. You should hear him yell."

"Wait- both? He has two abilities?" Fitz cried out.

"Yes."

Mr. Forkle examined the teens' faces as the word hung in the air, heavily pressing into the small space.

"What next?" Keefe asked, voicing everyone's thoughts.

"We... bring him here."

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