Double Arts: To the End

Chapter 1

Elraine opened her eyes to an unfamiliar world. She remembered it to be bright and blue, but it was raining and dark. She picked herself up and gathered he bearings. She was alone in the middle of a thick forest. 'What had I been doing here?' she thought to herself. A sound pierced the shadowing sky. It made her ears hurt and succumbed her to her knees. The noise ended shortly, but she was still kneeling on the ground. 'What is this…?' Her body was shaking uncontrollably, and she coughed up blood several times. 'Am I having a seizure? Why?' She searched her memories for a clue, but came up empty. 'All I know…is my name…' The seizure became harsher, and she fainted right there. 'I just woke up…and I'm…already……dead.'

"Hey, get a hold of yourself!" Elraine suddenly felt a burst of energy surge through her. She opened her eyes and stared at a big, burly man that had his arm around her body. "Are you alright?" he asked her.

"Y-yes," she replied, embarrassed.

"Good." He helped her to her feet. "I'll be going now." He turned and began to leave. The instant he did, the seizure came back to her. She was on her knees again before even a second passed. He heard her coughing, and turned back around. "Hey!" Elraine started to tilt forward. He grabbed her shoulder to support her. The pain vanished instantly. The man gently touched her face to make sure she really was ok. "Are you sure you're alright?" She looked at him, confused.

'When he touches me, the seizures stop. Why is that?'

"Hey, little girl, stop spacing out!" He broke through her thoughts with his waving hand.

"S-Sorry," Elraine apologized. The man sighed, and combed his spiky black hair with his left hand.

"Well, I can't leave you out here. There are dangerous bandits around these parts." He turned around and pointed to deeper into the forest. "My house is nearby. You can rest there if you want," he offered.

'He barely knows me, but he's offering me shelter. And he could stop my seizures. I guess I can trust him for now.' She nodded, and he smiled at her.

"My name's Lumite. You can call me Lu. And yours?"

"Elraine, but you can call me Elle."

"Well then Elle, let's get going." He faced a direction, and began to walk. She grasped his hand tightly and followed. It was awkward at first, but he allowed it.

'The first thing I've got to do is remember who I am.' She checked her pockets for an object or keepsake to spark her memory. In her right pocket was a broken, dark red ribbon. It shined in her eyes, and the fact it was broken puzzled her. 'Is Kiri alright?' Then she caught herself. 'Who's Kiri?' She stood there for a second.

"Hey, what are you doing?" Lu asked her. "It's going to be dark soon." She put it back in her pocket.

"I'm coming."

Kiri pounded the hard, dirt ground again. "Damnit!" he cursed under his breath. A slight breeze passed by him. He picked himself up and ran after the cliff. Fallan appeared in front of him and pushed him back. He flew to a solid rock and made contact.

"That's going to be helping no one," he told Kiri coldly. Then he shrugged to himself. "Well, it's your choice if you wanna fall anyway." Sui gave another attack with her iron hoop at the Gazelle assassin, and looked at him excitedly.

"That's the tenth one!" she shouted proudly. "Where's the rest!?" Fallan sighed to himself.

"There's no more, Sui!" He told her.

"What!?" She ran towards him and flung her weapon at him. He blocked it with his arm and pushed it back to her.

"Now, now. No need to attack me." He turned his attention back to Kiri. "So what are you going to do?" Kiri looked at the spot where Elraine fell of the cliff. Even though they were together with the ribbon, it ripped apart and she lost her balance.

'I have to find her soon,' he thought. 'She's going to die from Troi unless I can make it to her!' "What else!?" he asked both of them. Fallan sighed again, and started to walk down the cliff.

"Let's go then."

"Wait!" Kiri walked next to Fallan and Sui, and held their hands. "This will be faster." He concentrated for a second, closing his eyes. 'Alright. I've gotta make this last for a long time.' He opened his eyes. 'Flare!' Instantly, the mystical power that he had was bestowed on them, and they began to run as fast as they can. 'Hold on, Elle. I'm coming.'