Disclaimer: I do not own Okage: Shadow King, characters and places.

AN: My first Okage fanfiction! I got inspired by LuigiPenPal23's fic Okage: Shadow Queen, but this is my own story, and my own idea! I am not copying off of LuigiPenPal23's work. I happened to be playing the game when the idea came to mind. This can be considered a retelling with changed and added scenes. There will be spoilers in later chapters.

Ari looked around the strange light blue space. Where was she? Why did this look so familiar? Standing in this space was another girl with short red hair and eyes that were emerald green. The girl looked around confusingly. "Hello? Anybody there?"

Ari was about to answer when another voice spoke out. There was something strange about this voice, but Ari didn't know why. Maybe it was due to the fact that she couldn't tell if the voice was male or female. "I see you are awake."

The girl looked around for the voice, Ari doing the same. Where was that voice coming from? It was as if it came from the air around them. "Who are you?" The other girl asked.

"I'm sorry," the voice said sadly. "I cannot tell you. I don't know how you can ever forgive me for this."

The girl's green eyes widened and she became nervous, putting a hand on her chest. "What are you going to do to me?"

"I cannot tell you that either," the voice replied solemnly. "Even if I did tell you, I doubt you will remember it."

The other girl was about to ask the voice what it meant, as she put a hand through her hair. She didn't notice anything until the voice spoke again. "Forgive me. For my plan to work, I had to change your appearance."

Before either the girl or Ari could ask what it meant, a small mirror materialized in front of the other girl. Her hands trembling, the girl grabbed the mirror and looked at her reflection. The girl's eyes widened in surprise and she dropped the mirror. It disappeared before it could hit the ground. "How? Why?" was all the girl could say.

"I'm sorry, but I have no choice." The voice sounded so sad. "This is for the best, I think. I'm sure you will not remember this, but if you do, I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me. I'm so sorry, Ari."

Before Ari could ask why the voice was apologizing to her, the other girl got a confused look all over her face. "But, my name is not Ari."

Before anyone else could say anything, there was a flash of blinding light. Ari shielded her eyes, unable to see anything. But, she could still hear clearly. The other girl's voice was filled with pain. For some reason, Ari couldn't help worrying about her, even though she didn't even know her.

"Are you alright?" Ari called to the girl. As Ari expected, the girl didn't hear her. So Ari called out again, more loudly than before. "Are you alright?!" But again, Ari got no reply. At least, not a reply that was directed to her.

"Please, stop!" The girl's voice was pleading to the unknown voice. "My head! It hurts! Please, stop!"

The unknown voice started to speak again, but this time, Ari could barely hear it. The only thing she could hear was the other girl, begging to the mystery voice to end her pain.

Ari slowly opened her eyes and sat up in bed. "The same dream," she murmured softly. "Again."

For the past week, the girl had the exact same dream. In the dream was a girl, that looked a lot like she did. The girl would hear a voice talking to her. There was something that was familiar about that voice, but Ari did not understand why. The voice would always apologize, saying that there was no choice, and even called the girl Ari. The girl would say that her name is not Ari, then there would be a flash of light, and the girl would cry out in pain. The voice always started saying something else, but Ari never heard what it said. Then she would wake up.

"I wonder what it means," Ari mumbled to herself, putting a hand to her forehead. "What a strange dream." Ari put her hand down on her blanket and looked around the little room. Other than the bed she was sitting on, there was a dresser where her clothes were kept, a mirror leaning against the wall, and a lone cobweb above her bed.

Ari shrugged a bit, a smile spreading on her face. "No use in worrying about it. It's just a dream." She pushed the covers off her body, swung her legs over the side, and slipped out of bed. Her light blue nightgown slightly covered her knees.

She walked over to the dresser and opened one of the drawers, looking for the clothes she always wore. She was sure today was going to be just like every other day. Little did Ari know, she was soon going to embark on a journey that would change her life forever.

AN: I know this chapter is short, but others will be much longer.