The thing hissed, and Dan stepped back.
Until this very moment, Dan didn’t believe something could be as horrific and pitiable as this. He had seen attack dogs about to be put down and evil men beaten to breaking in prison. But nothing could prepare you for this.
The thing hissed again, and tired to move. But it’s legs wouldn’t oblige. All eighteen of them didn’t seem to want to go the same direction. And where the feathers ended and the scales began looked strange and painful. There were four to a cage, but none of the animals seemed to want to interact with one another.
It was almost like they knew they were an abomination, and were angry that they existed. Nothing about this was right, but hardly anyone knew about these things. Those that did slapped the mental label of “progress” on the creatures and ignored it.
It snapped it’s short sharp teeth at Dan, and he took another step back. The rage in the creatures bright eyes was almost palpable. He couldn’t look away.
A scientist paying too much attention to a file in his hands nearly tripped over Dan’s equipment.
“Hey! What are you-?”
Following Dan’s gaze the researcher let out a quick frustrated breath.
“You must be new. Those are the chicken lizards. Chicken parts, breed like lizards, better than both. It’s already revolutionizing the fast food industry. They can’t hurt you and you should really get back to work.”
Dan nodded once and moved his cart out of the man’s way. The scientist hurried on down the hall while Dan finished mopping the floor.
He had seen a lot of things as a janitor. But Dan didn’t think he would ever be able to eat a chicken nugget again. It would just remind him of that poor creature’s eyes.