Chapter one, The hatching As soon as my beak broke the egg, I knew. She was near; I didnt know who she was or even what she was. I just knew that she was important and she was near. After pondering her existence I turned my attention to the situation at hand, getting out of this darn shell. The light was blinding, I needed sunglasses. I tried to scream to this girl, to call her near. I tried Who are My voice broke off. My eyes adjusted to the bright light and I marveled at the sight before me. Despite my training I couldnt help but stare. An older chick chuckled at my awe. Are you new son? he asked. Yes sir I didnt bother to care that he called me son . Can you help me? I asked him, Well now, I dont know. What do you need? he replied in a mellow voice. I feel a girl near I paused I need to find her. He marveled at me. At once he began screaming orders to the other keepers. We are not chickens, not inside anyway. We are souls, just random souls. We were trained to protect the humans and to blend in with the other mindless animals while using our magic to better their life. Sometimes we were put into other animals, mostly chickens. But that was irrelevant. Ben, the older keeper, had gathered the others and they were staring at me. What? I asked. Youre youre bonded He ogled at me. What?!? I exclaimed that cant be! I protested. A keeper bonding to a human was very, very rare. And I just wanted to rest. Oh well, there goes that idea. But... but, how? I rambled first timers never bond. There were only 15 bonded keepers. Well 16 now. I felt a rush of excitement that wasnt mine. And before I could get up on my new feet, there was the most beautiful creature Id ever seen looking at me.