He could remember the sound of the bluebirds singing. The way they always do during the mid-summer day. With loud voices and unbothered by others. The first memory that Kazumi could remember was the face of fear he was given from the other children at the daycare and the sound of the bluebirds singing. The looks of malice from the other predators had made his skin crawl.
He learned from a young age that people did not like his eyes. He had no friends aside for only one, an alpha husky by the name of Shin who was not afraid of his eyes.
Now, granted at that age you did not know what your second gender would be.
Not until you turned twelve, sometimes thirteen to fourteen if you were a late bloomer, or eleven if you were an early bloomer. It was the reason why the other predator children had treated him so harshly during all those years at daycare. Kazumi had never told his father anything, he did not want him to worry.
Kazumi was strange from birth. That was obvious. From the way, his eyes were more upturned than his siblings, soft moles decorating his skin to the way his mannerisms seemed to be soft like a feather falling from the edge of a mountain. He still looked menacing to strangers but in the cobra household, he was soft.
As he grew, he was not as tall as his siblings, he was still taller than average but he was also not as muscular he was still strong just thin, his scent had even become sweeter. It did not matter to his father. The alpha adored him the most out of all of his children (though he would never admit that) because Kazumi had reminded him of his dear mate who had passed only a year after their youngest was born, Kazumi.
The second memory Kazumi has was when he got his scar, a light thing that went horizontal on his left eye up to his eyebrow.
He was running. His middle school was not far from his childhood home. He was late for his piano lessons and his father must be worried. He can already hear his older sisters and brother teasing him.
He ran and ran until he was out of breath. Closing his eyes tightly when he felt his stomach cramp. He bumped into something then and he felt himself land onto the hard concrete, the palm of his right hand scraped on impact. When he stood up and looked at what he hit he was met with the back of three other children. Kazumi noticed they were all older than him and that their anger was originally directed towards another who was on the ground growling in front of them. He looked to be younger than Kazumi, maybe by two or one years.
Kazumi flinched when the older boy turned to him with a ferocious glare only for the boy to flinch seeing Kazumi.
His two other accomplices took notice of this and turned to where he looked to and they faltered. It seemed as if a few minutes had passed with silence before the three boys shoved past Kazumi. They muttered under their breaths about the other boy they were hurting that he got "lucky because the snake got here" when they left Kazumi considered leaving as well but glanced towards the other boy. He was hurt, bleeding from his nose and lip. His eye was colored purple and his anger was evident in the way that he kept his glare, now it was directed towards Kazumi.
His hair was pure white and his eyes were bright red. A lion. An albino lion.
When Kazumi took a sniff he stiffened. Oh. This boy was going through his first rut. An alpha it seems. Kazumi was grateful that his father had given him expensive suppressors. It had kept his omega pheromones hidden and controlled his instincts. It was to everyone's surprise at the cobra household when Kazumi had his first heat last year when he turned thirteen. The first omega in the family of betas and alphas after ten generations.
Kazumi hesitated. The omega glanced around the scene. He assumed that this young alpha had called those boys over and started the fight, underestimating them due to his hormones. Kazumi had learned that alphas become violent when in rut, especially when it was their first rut.
"I didn't need your help." The lion bared his teeth, still angry but weak for now.
Kazumi gave him a bored look. "Oh yeah because you were handling them pretty well on your own. I just didn't want them to get hurt by the scary lion."
The omega turned back towards the direction of his home. He was more than late now. He assumes his father will send a guard now to come to look for him.
Just as he turned he glanced once more to the kid, his eyes widened seeing him with his pupils dilated and his glare directed towards him. Kazumi took a step towards him. He watched the blood run down from his scalp, the red dripping from his chin. The omega reached down to help him up, worried the lion might have gotten a concussion before he felt as if his face had been burned.
The next thing he knew was that he was in his bodyguards' arms and his eye was hurting. He could hear the lion struggle in the grip of another he did not recognize.
And although his eye hurt he could only focus on the young alpha's blood still seeping from his head. He gripped the sleeve of his guard, Luke, and when the beta turned to him with a worried expression Kazumi spoke.
"Is he ok?"
The small voice had made everyone go quiet. The young alpha lion looked at him with wide eyes before he felt himself get pinned to the ground seconds after. Kazumi could see another lion coming from afar. A man with red eyes but his hair was brown and he wore a suit. The omega thought he looked scary.
"Kenji," The man looked to his son with a frown as he was on the ground. "We're not done, we'll speak of your punishments when I get home."
Kenji grit his teeth as he was pulled up from the ground and dragged towards a black car. Kazumi watched until the door shut and he could no longer see the bright white hair.
"I'm sorry for my son," The older lion bowed to Kazumi and Luke, his eyes lingering over Kazumi. "Please call if the cobra family will want further compensation, until then, I once again offer my apologies." The man turned away from them and Kazumi could remember how menacing he looked, the omega thought he did not look sorry.
He stepped into his empty room and sighed after he shut the door behind himself. Again he had scared off new people, at this rate the only friend he'll have in University will be Shin.
He frowned. This was only the second week and he was still feared. It was during moments like these did he hate being a snake, a cobra. With every turn of his head, he would see someone flinch away from him, it was bad enough that he looked scary, he was even shy. A terrible combo.
Kazumi had short black hair, a mole under his left eye, and on his right lower jaw. His skin was pale and his lips were full, usually pink but red if he bit them due to nerves. His eyes were the biggest problem, it gave away what he was and who he was. Green snake eyes with long white eyelashes surrounding them and the ghost of a scar across his left eye only made it worse.
Shin had told him before that he looked like he had a permanent frown when he got nervous. Which was another problem seeing as Kazumi was always nervous around campus. He only wanted to change. He wanted to talk more, make more friends, maybe even start dating. The omega shook his head. That was impossible. No one but Shin knew he was an omega, if he were to stop taking such strong suppressors maybe he'd be able to attract someone but he was unwilling.
If someone who disliked him found out about his second gender they could use the information to try and ruin him even more. Being an omega was hard in this world. But being an omega from a powerful family can get you killed, held for ransom, or worse, raped. Kazumi shuddered at the thought. He would rather keep hiding.
Who knows? His father must have already knew of these unfortunate problems and has already found a mate for Kazumi or arranged a marriage. Kazumi's luck has been worse. He honestly wouldn't be surprised.
However, there was one thing that had been haunting him. It had been only a few days after entering his sophomore year of University when he felt this looming sense of dread over him. Hanging like a dark cloud, Kazumi only waited for the rain.