Most have never even seen the sky. It is covered by a large layer of black dust, as is the entire planet. Floating dust in the atmosphere causes plants to fail to grow, lungs to choke, and the weak to die. Therefore, intelligent beings took refuge in dome cities. Surrounded on all sides by a transparent, air-permeable, dust-retaining coating, these were cities that looked like snow globes.
The city was definitely bigger than you might think looking at it from above, because most of it was underground. The buildings underground were shaped like columns, which not only served as housing, but also as supports to keep the surface from collapsing.
The underground city was divided into two more layers, upper and lower. Lower was famous for its poverty. It was the place where the poorest part of the city lived. You can't say that it was dark and black there, but there was definitely a gloomy atmosphere there. The stuffy air stood still. The smells of alcohol and dirt combined to create an unpleasant stench to which the inhabitants had become accustomed. The sound of breaking glass and arguing came from all directions.
In one of the narrow and dark alleys of this gloomy city, a boy was leaning against the wall. The gloomy climate didn't seem to affect him. He was happy like an idiot holding a toy in his hands, a water game. It was a small green box filled with water where you need to put rings on the pillars.
Biting his tongue in concentration, he tried to arrange all the circles on the two piles that were there. Nine circles were already filled, and he only had the last one left. He pressed the button, the ring flew up, touched the pillar, brushed against it, but unfortunately it didn't get stuck on it, it just fell down.
The boy, already sweating on his forehead, pressed the button again to raise the ring again. He tilted the toy so that the ring landed where it was supposed to, and from what he could see, the ring was about to impale on the peg. He closed his eyes for a few seconds, preparing himself for a surprise.
After a moment he opened them, looked at the toy for the last ring, and saw this particular one lying with the other rings hanging on a pillar.
Boy - Yes! I did it! I did it!
Joyful, he jumped with his hands held high.
Boy - Yeeeaaah!!
He continued to make movements that indicated his happiness. He spun around and jumped on his feet a few more times, moving his whole body.
Boy - I'll show it Felyy! Hehe, I won again!
Smiling widely, he was already thinking about his sister's face when she saw his achievement.
Again he leaned against the wall of the narrow and dark alley, looked at the water game in his right hand, his pupils dilated in surprise, and his smile instantly changed to a half-moon signifying sadness. He fell to his knees with tears in his eyes.
Boy - W..w..why!?
All the rings that were on the pillar a moment ago were again at the bottom of the box. His sudden jumps stirred the contents of the toy, causing the circles to change their positions.
His sadness, however, did not last too long, because after a while he clapped his hands, jumped up from his knees and clenched his fists saying,
Boy - Again!
His eyes were full of determination, even though he was playing a simple children's game...
Again, he leaned against the cold wall, which he could feel even wearing a black sweatshirt, and underneath it, a red T-shirt with a print of a llama eating ice cream. His loose and comfortable pants were black, and he wore red sports sneakers. The black hair growing on his head was tousled and tossed in different directions. And quite a standout element for us is a black horn growing on the right side of his skull, and two fangs in his teeth. The boy was of average height with a predisposition to further body development. He was quite pretty, and cute, but with his constant smile, he also looked like an idiot.
He started to work with his toy again until he heard footsteps approaching him; in the plain and empty alley the echo was quite loud. He looked towards the sound and saw a man with a hooded head enter the alley.
Upon approaching it, the boy noticed that he had bunny ears. He was a skinny werebeast with an ugly complexion, about 30 years old. He didn't look or smell the best, but that wasn't unusual in this part of town.
Bunny - Do you have anything?
He stood uncertainly in front of the boy. His voice was hoarse and quiet.
Boy - Yeah
The boy did not care about his appearance. He put the toy game in his pocket, then reached into the other one on the opposite side of his sweatshirt and pulled out a small vial with a yellow liquid inside. It was a small, narrow, no more than 5 cm high glass container with a screw cap. It fit easily in the hand.
The boy handed the vial to the stranger, and at that time Bunny handed him the previously counted paper money.
The boy accepted the money and put it in his trouser pocket. After taking the vial, without saying anything else, the drug addict walked away a few steps when-
??? - Stop! Hands up and don't move!
Two men, whose uniforms meant they were city guards, ran into the alley. They held weapons that could be compared to pistols. One of them looked like a half-bear, and the other was covered with red scales, similar to a lizard.
Bunny - Shit!? They always let us off, why now they decided to act?
The man with the bunny ears looked surprised and terrified. Usually the guards pretended not to see the illegal sales, but this time, unfortunately, they decided to act.
Boy - Eh, what's going on?
However, the boy did not seem so smart and intelligent to feel the danger. He looked as if he had no idea what was going on and why the guards who were running towards them were pointing their guns at them.
Bunny - Run or we'll go to jail!
The man noticed the boy's indecision, so he helped him make a decision. Immediately after that, he began running away from the guards through the narrow alley. The boy, who still didn't seem to understand the situation, did as he was told and also started running away.
Boy - But why are they chasing us?
As he ran, he crossed his arms, which would have been difficult for a normal person to run, and began to think deeply about the situation.
Bunny - How come why? Because we both have illegal substances, you trade them and I buy!
Boy - Illegal?
He asked as if he did not understand the statement at all, only to open his mouth wide after a moment and scream,
Boy - Wait a minute! So the yellow stuff is illegal?
He directed the question to the man running beside him, who wasn't sure if it was a serious question. But the boy's face clearly indicated that he had no idea about the crime he was doing.
Bunny - Huh? Are you stupid or what!? How could you not know that!?
Boy - But nobody told me it was illegal work! I had no idea!
Bunny - You sell small vials of drug elixir, in a narrow and dark alley, to guys who hide all the time and look like me, and you didn't think this job might be illegal?!
He stared in disbelief at the boy, who looked at him with a serious expression on his face and replied,
Boy - Well, no. I did not think about it.
The drug addict's jaw dropped when he thought how much of an idiot this boy was.
Boy - But you said that yellow thing was illegal?
He quickly accepted the essence of his work and moved on to the next topic.
Bunny - Yes... and?
Boy - And it does some cool stuff, doesn't it?
He looked at the vial with glowing eyes. He smiled widely, eager to try this unfamiliar liquid.
Bunny - Hey! We have bigger problems right now!
He reminded him that they were on the chase right now and were running away from the guards.
They heard two shots aimed at them, though not as loud as the guns from our world.
Bunny - Oh no, no no! I don't want to die!
You can call him a coward by the way he gets scared by the sound of bullets. There were tears of fear in his eyes and he began to shake his pants. Fortunately, neither of the two bullets hit them, and they both continued to run away.
Boy - If you're so scared, why are you running so slowly?
Bunny - Huh?
He looked at the boy running next to him with teary eyes. In contrast to him, the boy wasn't scared at all, on the contrary, he looked excited. Plus, he didn't look tired at all, while bunny was barely breathing.
Bunny - Ne.. Never mind! Damn...
He shook his head to clear unnecessary thoughts.
Bunny - Now we have to figure out how to escape them, nothing else matters.
He looked at the road ahead. They ran all the time through narrow, unfrequented streets, turning from time to time into another alley.
Bunny - Maybe...
Boy - Hey, bunny! - He called his companion.
Bunny - ?
Boy - Jump in!
Right at the turn, the boy jumped up and grabbed the balcony on the first floor. He easily dragged himself on and laid himself on the floor of the balcony so that the guards would not find him.
Bunny - Maybe you do have a brain after all.
The boy's idea wasn't so bad, so the bunny wanted to use it. He jumped up and grabbed onto the balcony, but he had trouble pulling himself up. He wasn't as fit or muscular to go in as the boy did.
From the alley from which they had just run out, the footsteps of the running guards became louder and louder. They were about to turn the corner and see the bunny struggling to get to the balcony from the first floor.
Boy - Come on, what are you waiting for?
And from the balcony you could hear a boy who did not understand that his temporary partner was definitely weaker than him.
Bunny - It's nothing. It's just one pull-up, I'll be fine.
Although he did not believe his words himself, he gathered all his strength in his arms, and, biting his teeth, he braced himself, straining his hands and shoulders.
And at the same time, the sound of the guards running inexorably fell into his ears. They were about to show up.
In five seconds,
In four seconds,
There were even veins on his forehead from the strain.
In three seconds,
He tried so hard that his face twisted into a funny expression. And the boy couldn't help but laugh.
In two seconds,
Getting closer and closer. He had already lifted his head off the balcony floor
In one second,
So close! Just a little bit!
Finally, the chase arrived, and they saw...
Guard (Bear) - Where are they?
Guard (Lizard) - I can't hear any footsteps. Damn, they couldn't just go away like that.
Bunny managed to climb onto the balcony and hide milliseconds before the chase caught up with them. He was so tired that he would like to gasp as loud as he could, so he covered his mouth, trying not to make a sound.
Both the boy and the bunny were lying side by side on the cold floor. They could hear the guards talking to each other below them.
Bear - Didn't I tell you? We just lost time.
Lizard - ... Haa ...
He needed to breathe after his co-worker scolded him.
Lizard - All these transactions must be stopped. And if command isn't doing anything about it, I'll do it myself.
Misiek - Don't be so hardworking, it will end badly for you.
They hid on the balcony of a residential building. There was a chair, some plant, a few other small shards and something that caught the boy's attention.
His eyes lit up and his mouth watered, letting you know how much he wanted this thing. If it was a dog, I'd say it started wagging its tail so hard it caused a hurricane.
He stretched his hand forward to grab this "amazing" item.
Bunny - Hey, what are you doing?
He whispered when he noticed that the boy was starting to act strangely. And then he saw what his hand was aiming at,
Bunny - Stop it, if we make any noise then...
But it was too late. The warning that was given by the man with the rabbit ears did nothing. The boy made it and...