Heaven was more beautiful than words could ever have told her. Such warmth and dazzling light Anna had never seen in life. But of all the celestial grandeur, the smiles of her reunited family were the brightest jewels.

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.