A/N: Hey people! Darkfire here and I've finally got a new chapter up! Sorry it's so short and I'm really sorry for the delay, but things happened and… Yeah. Well, on with the story!
Golden Sun: Darkfire's Journey
"Is he gonna be okay?"
Groaning, I open my eyes and begin looking around. "Where am I?" I ask, confused. "Why is everything all blurry?"
"You're at the inn in Vault. We brought you back here after the monsters attacked us," says a voice that I recognize as being Jenna's. "You're lucky to be alive; you lost a lot of blood."
Eventually my vision begins to clear up, but I notice that everything on the right side of my field of vision is still blurry. "Why can't I see out of my right eye?"
Everyone looks at each other before Mia finally responds, sighing. "Maybe it's better if I just show you."
Helping me up, Mia brings me over to the mirror hanging on the wall. As we walk, I notice how weak I feel. 'I must have lost a lot of blood.'
When we reach the mirror, I'm shocked and horrified by what I see. My right eye is completely destroyed, a large curved gash evident on its surface. Turning my gaze to the rest of my body, I notice an even larger gash across my chest, one that, if the scar is anything to go by, has been healing for quite some time. My right wing is shredded, leaving me unable to fly for the time being, and there are numerous bandages on the rest of my body, all of them stained red with blood.
"I'm amazed you even survived long enough for us to get you back here," Issac says. "Anyone else probably would have died long before we reached town."
Still fixated on my injuries, I speak, horror evident in my voice, "My… My eye is gone. It's completely shredded, just like my wings…"
Now crying quietly more from despair than from the pain that has slowly crept back into my body, I collapse back onto the bed.
"How could this happen to me…?" I ask. "It'll be months before I'm able to fly again, and I'll never be able to see out of this eye again…"
At this point my quiet crying becomes louder as my despair mixes with the pain spreading through my body. "Why did they do this to me…?"
So wrapped up in my misery, I fail to notice the door to the room opening and three familiar people entering, not realizing their presence until I feel a comforting wing wrapped around my shoulder and hear a soothing voice that I recognize as that of my mother. "Oh Darkfire… What did they do to you?"
"Mom…?" I ask confused. "What… What are you doing here…?"
"Neri came to get us," she replies. "We were so worried about you! We're taking you home."
"Mom… I-I can't go home… If I don't do this I'll turn into one of those monsters…" I say. "I don't want to turn into one of those things."
The next hour is spent explaining everything that has happened since I left. Everything, the nightmares, the meeting with Tiamat and Eclipse, the encounter with the dark monsters. It's all explained to my parents in detail.
"Darkfire…" my mom says sadly. "We're not going to let you do this alone."
Confused, I turn to look at my family. "What do you mean?" I ask.
"We're coming with you," my dad replies. "We're not going to let you go through this alone. What would happen if you died? What would we do then? No, we won't let that happen. We're coming with you and that's final."
"You'd really do that for me…?" I ask confused. "But-But I'm a monster."
"Darkfire…" my mom says. "You are not a monster. As long as you continue to fight this you won't become the monster that's been tormenting you in your dreams."
"Your mother is right Darkfire," my dad says. "You're not a monster, and we won't let you become one. We're going to help you."
"You-You will?" I ask sadly.
"Yes. We will," my mom replies. "Get some rest, we're leaving tomorrow morning."
"Okay…" I say, slowly drifting into a deep, dreamless sleep. Now I have my parents here to help me, and tomorrow we're going back to the caves. Back to where the monsters attacked us. I just hope we don't have to fight those things again.
A/N: Looks like Darkfire's parents are going to be joining this quest. And we got an interesting look into the mindset of a part-dragon that's suffered through numerous traumatic experiences throughout his whole life.
Next chapter, it's back to where it all happened. Back to where Darkfire nearly lost his life, Goma Caves. See you then!