Here's the second chapter! I bet none of you were expecting it to come so soon, huh? Enjoy!
Chapter 2: First Day of School
The blaring sound of an alarm clock woke Lion-o, or rather Lioness if you'd like, from his sleep. He made a groan crossed with a meow and slammed his hand on the 'off' button. Lion-o got on his hands and knees then stretched, cracking out the kinks in his body and tail. Just then a knock came at the door.
"Hey Lion-o, are you up yet?"Asked a mature female voice.
"Yeah, I'm up Cheetara."Lion-o said and the door opened to reveal the spotted form of Cheetara Tsukino.
Cheetara, as you may have guessed based off her name, is a mature female cheetah anthro. She is a tall young woman with an athletic figure and long blonde hair that seemed to be the only part of her free of spots. Her attire consisted of a simple short sleeved brown polo shirt, cream track pants and brown sneaker track shoes.
"Good morning, Lion-o. I just wanted you to know that breakfast is nearly ready for us. We need our energy if we're going to last through our first day of school."Cheetara said.
"I still don't understand why you had to get a job at the Thunderian Academy, Cheetara."Lion-o said as he got out of bed and went to his closet to get his uniform.
"As your bodyguard for the duration of this case Lion-o I need to be by your side one hundred percent of the time. And by taking a job at your school as a track coach I'll have a legitimate reason to be close by you without stirring up any negative attention. Besides as they say, one job feeds the pocket while the other feeds the soul."Cheetara said and with that closed the door then walked down stairs.
Lion-o couldn't help but smile at what Cheetara said. Little wise sayings like that was just so much like her and it always made him feel better. Turning his attention back to the closet Lion-o took out his female school uniform and sighed sadly. It pained him to wear something so girly but at least the colors were dark and the school said that he could wear leggings under the skirt if he wished to, a perk the young lion intended to take complete advantage of.
After taking a hot shower Lion-o put on his outfit and looked himself over in the mirror. The uniform was made up of a dark blue tiered mini skirt, a royal purple shawl collared long sleeved cashmere sweater with black cuffs, a matching black short sleeved turtle neck top underneath and dark blue flat oxford suede shoes. And of course Lion-o also had on his knee length black leggings. Just because he has to be a girl for a while doesn't mean that he'll give any potential perverts a chance to look up his skirt.
Once he got his school bag Lion-o went downstairs and sat at the table with Cheetara, ready to dig into his food.
"Thanks for this Cheetara. Everything looks great."Said the young lion as he marveled at the pancakes, eggs, bacon and fruit salad.
"You're welcome, Lion-o. Like I said, we need our energy for our first day so I made us a big spread."Cheetara stated.
Before Lion-o started to eat a small clawed hand pulled on his skirt. He looked down and saw that it was Snarf alongside his nephew Snarfer.
"Hey, what about us? We all don't have long legs to help us reach things you know."Snarf said with a slight pout.
Snarf and Snarfer have been Lion-o's friends since he could remember. He found them shivering in the cold rain when he was about ten and so he took it upon himself to take the two cat-like creatures in. Like many Snarfs they're able to speak and are highly intelligent though they only show it when it's an emergency. More often then not though they show their wise cracking mischievous sides but in fairness to Snarf, he's usually the voice of reason between the two.
"Oh right. Sorry about that fellas."Lion-o said with an apologetic smile and lifted the two up then sat them each in their own seats at the table.
"Yay! We get a big meal today, Uncle Snarf!"Snarfer exclaimed happily and started to take pieces of food for his plate.
"Now remember you two, this isn't like Lion-o's old home. You have to behave yourselves and stay out of trouble while we're gone."Cheetara said sternly.
"No problem Cheetara. We'll keep out of trouble and you'll come back to find the house just as it was."Snarf said.
"Or we'll die trying to keep it as it is!"Snarfer added with a dramatic tone. Cheetara sighed while Lion-o chuckled.
After breakfast the two anthros grabbed their bags and went out to the grey Convertible parked outside. Cheetara got in the driver's seat while Lion-o got in the front passenger seat, then off they went. As they made their way down the road to Thunderian Academy Lion-o pulled back his left sleeve and looked at the little silver chain with a ruby cat eye charm. It was a gift his mother had given him before the Akiyama family went their separate ways. When Leona gave it to him she said "That charm is very special, don't ever lose it" and Lion-o asked how the charm was so special and his mother simply replied with "You'll see when the time comes for you to use it". Those were the last words his mother said to him before they parted ways. And Lion-o prayed that they wouldn't be the last words ever.
"Thinking about your parents?"Cheetara asked making the young lion snap out of his thoughts. He gave a sigh and nodded.
"Yeah. I just can't figure out what mom meant when she told me about this charm. How will I know when the time comes for me to use it? Will it help us with this situation? It just boggles my mind."Lion-o said.
"I understand. For what it's worth, I tried to look up the charm through the agency's search data base but couldn't find a single piece of information on it. Not even how much it's worth."Cheetara explained.
"It's okay, Cheetara. Thanks for the effort anyway."Lion-o said and smiled a bit. Cheetara smiled back and turned her face back to the road.
About twenty minutes later Cheetara and Lion-o arrived at the prestigious Thunderian Academy, and still had ten minutes to spare. The two got out of the car and after Cheetara locked it up she gave Lion-o a supportive pat on the shoulder.
"Ready?"The older anthro asked. Lion-o took a deep breath then let it out.
"As I'll ever be, yeah."Lion-o said with a nervous smile and the two walked towards the Academy doors.