Tina: I always knew I was . . . different. Learning about otherkin made it all make sense — why I was more comfortable with animals than with humans, why I felt this connection with foxes . . .

But if someone like Patrick . . . someone who’s reached the next stage of otherkin evolution . . .

if even he can’t find a body that feels right, what hope is there for someone like me?

Patrick: Tina, wait! I don’t know how, but you seem to have gotten the wrong idea!

Patrick (thinking): How do I explain? Is it even my place to explain? There are things my Master doesn’t want me to talk about. But she said to answer their questions. And that was sort of a question. So how do I get them to listen? Maybe if I took an older form. Even Miranda sometimes listened to that form . . .

(FLASH!)