Righto, songfic. This one is going to be presented differently then my other ones; this is going to have each chapter/song verse as a separate chapter, as the storyline changes throughout. I think you'll be able to see that when it happens (or at least, I hope so…)

Anyway, hope you enjoy nonetheless! Oh, and the song is Evanescence's 'Lies' if anybody is interested. Great song, by the way…

(This would be a line if this site's line thing wasn't messing up, just so you know...)

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She was dying.

Even as the blood seeped slowly from the wound, turning the once pale-green grass a slick crimson red, she knew. It didn't take a genius to figure out that she was going to die.

At her abhorred half-sister's hands, no less. Talk about adding insult to injury.

"Ayane, I never wanted to do it this way, but you left me no choice in the matter. You could never defeat me. You were always too weak." Kasumi's voice was soft, caressing her cheeks like the gentle breeze that would mark the end of her days.

Sure, there were times when I thought that death was better then life. But not now. I'm not ready to die. And certainly not by that bitch. I don't want to die yet! I've got so much more to do… I've got something… someone… to live for now…

Her thoughts drifted back to him. His gentle hands stroking her skin so carefully, so lovingly. A feeling she never thought that she would feel. A feeling she thought she was not allowed to feel.

And what about him? He's going to return to an empty house, and a simple note saying where I went. He's going to come here and find my dead body. He's going to have to live by himself, live for himself now…

She was scared. Yes, she, the fearless Ayane, was scared.

Well, not necessarily 'fearless'. It had sounded good once, but she knew that she was only human, she could feel.

Alright, she was downright terrified, if she wanted to be honest with herself. She couldn't just leave him…

She didn't want to leave him alone.

But there was no say in the matter for her.

A single cursed tear eased down her bloodied cheek. Too weak to wipe it away, praying to any god that would listen that Kasumi didn't see the thing.

Goddamn it. She wanted to live, live for him, live for herself. But now she couldn't, just because of Kasumi. She would curse that name as long as she lived, although that time was rapidly running out.

She had let her hatred for her half-sister drive her too far. The suffocating web of lies and betrayal that was the curse of the ninja. She had lived by it, and she was now going to die because of it.

Summoning the last of her strength, she lifted her hand defiantly towards her half-sister.

"I hate you, you stupid bitch. Burn in hell."

That was the last thing that escaped from her lips before her eyelids drooped shut and she lost consciousness…

Bound at every limb by my shackles of fear

Sealed with lies through so many tears

Lost from within, pursuing the end

I fight for the chance to be lied to again

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