I knew, that soon, that all that I had hoped for, that all I ever wanted; would be gone. Back to the plains of the dead and until I died myself, would never be able to see him again. I thought I'd be ready but as the days drew to an end, I was rushed to finish what I had started and bring peace to Phoenix.

I wouldn't allow him to leave without the truth and justice for what had been done to him. I would find out; but knowing he was going to leave, forever, made me want to cry. I loved him in a way I couldn't even explain. He made me want to laugh, cry and scream all at the same time. He made me keep every moment I had a memory because now I knew what I could lose.

"PHOENIX!" I screeched into the empty air. "PHOENIX!"

A part of my mind registered the fact that my parents were not in the house, for this little piece of knowledge I was glad. The last thing I wanted was to have to go back to counselling, especially with so little time left. I had all but 7 days to find out whom, had killed my beloved Phoenix, but as time grew shorter, my nerves became tighter and the fuse on my anger became shorter.

"PHOENIX!" I screamed for one last time, hoping with all my heart he would appear. Little after I had shouted for him, I saw an image appear on my window ledge, and there, sitting like a Greek god, was Phoenix. I ran to him and hurled myself into his arms and began to sob.

"Darina, I'm so sorry." He whispered into my hair. I had been constantly thinking about what I could do to bring him peace and my mind, every so often, would drift back to violence and sacrificing myself. I knew that if it came to it I wouldn't be able to do it, but it was still good to dream. Then my mind settled on one thought and I knew what I had to do.

I knew he was reading my mind as soon as I felt his muscles tighten around me. He knew what I was going to do. He knew everything I was thinking, yet I couldn't keep a hold on my thoughts. "DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT DARINA!" he shouted as he read the strategic plan in my head. He knew that I was about to risk my life to find justice for him. He knew everything in my head... Was that why Hunter had allowed him to come here? To check my thoughts? I was so unsure, no... I was completely confused. I untangled myself from his arm and looked him straight in the eyes.

"Phoenix. What is going on?" Was I just paranoid? I wasn't sure. Was I completely confused? COMPLETELY!

Phoenix cocked his head to a side. My mind was still reeling; I couldn't think a straight thought. Everything inside my head was spinning. Then taking me by surprise, Phoenix backed me against a wall and his lips came against mine. Instantly I understood he was trying to make me think a coherent thought. He quickly backed away, grabbing my hand at the same time, and dragged me along to sit on my bed.

"Darina, breathe. I'm here to help..." He met my eyes but then let his gaze wander out of the window. He was hiding something. My own boyfriend was hiding something from me! My mind whispered miserably 'My dead boyfriend is hiding something from me.'

Suddenly my mind checked for scandal. What was he hiding and why did he feel the need to hide it from me? Was it another one of Hunters rules? Did they actually want me to help anymore? Then my mind stopped whirling and a new thought dawned on me and I knew of what I needed to do next.