Then, quite suddenly, the jewels lost their luster.
"Velkan!" Anna said to her brother with a laugh. "Why do you look so sad? We are together again. All of us!"
But Velkan said nothing and only looked away. One by one, he and the rest of her family began to fade into the ether. The beautiful light that had enveloped Anna just moments ago quickly waned as if pulled away by an unseen hand.
"No!" she wept. "NO!"
She heard herself scream - a scream that ended too abruptly in a gasp and darkness' smothering embrace.