Preface

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It burned. I felt like I was been torn apart, torn apart from the inside. A total breach against me as my own body rebelled against the surging, overwhelming power that was now erupting from me; like an angry volcano hell bent on revenge…

The light was blinding. It was the brightest light I had ever seen. Like the brightest star that shines in the sky. You can picture it…right? You can see that star, shining away in the distance…can you? Well imagine that star was right next to you. It's right next to you. However, it's not pocket sized. No. It's a hundred times bigger. That's what this bright light was. That's what it felt like. I could feel myself being engulfed by it. Swallowed up into meaningless matter.

And you know what the worst thing was? It was me. I was the star. I was destroying myself. I was destroying myself and every other living organism around me. I was death. And I could do nothing. Nothing. As the power within me was awakened to its full potential.

I couldn't move. I could barely keep my eyes open. Hot air swirled around me, whipping my hair against my face. I could hear shouts. I barely registered the fact that they were human voices calling to each other as I fought to keep consciousness. Tears streamed down my face. No. Run. Run. Get away…before I explode.

Because…wasn't it inevitable? I was going to explode, right? I was going to explode into billions of pieces, the pure white light spreading out finally free from my body that was its prison. I was going to die. After all the fighting. All the hoping. I was still going to die.

It burned. The pearl white flames licked themselves around me. I couldn't even scream. The power that was bursting from me had me pinned in place. I couldn't breathe…I was starting to black out. No. I don't want to die…I don't want this to be the end…My eyes were closing...I couldn't stop them as the darkness began to close in on me…goodbye…

"Sakura!"

My eyes flew open as a shouting voice fought its way through to my eardrums. A voice? I know that voice? It was some distance off…or was it? It could probably have came from someone right next to me and I wouldn't realise…I yearned for it, that voice, I wanted it to speak again. It washed over me like a cooling breeze, complete opposite to the flames that were consuming me. Please speak again… I know that voice. I know it. I tried to remember who it was but my mind couldn't focus…the flames continued to burn…becoming much more intense. I tried to remember but it was like a far off memory I couldn't quite recall…and yet, I wanted it. I wanted that voice. I begged it, please, speak again, don't leave me to burn…as the darkness started to seep in again a single word growled its way through the flames…

"FIGHT!"

It was an order. It was a plea. It was…a reckoning. With one single word I felt different. With one single word I could see. I could see those eyes. I could see a pair of intense, deep, dark eyes through the glaring light, eyes that were so familiar to me. Like seeing a lost loved one. Those eyes brought back memories…brought back the past…a past that now felt like another life…

Those eyes burned through the flames right into my heart…

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