A/N: Hey guys! Darkfire here with a new chapter for all of you readers out there! I will warn you, this one may get a bit graphic. Now, I've noticed that very few of you ever review. I'd like to see that change, the more reviews I get the more motivated I'll feel to keep writing! So please remember to Read & Review!
Golden Sun: Darkfire's Journey
I open my eyes to find myself in a strange clearing, on what seems to be an island floating in a vast, white emptiness. Looking around in confusion, my mind goes back to the encounter with the bandits in the cave, and the injuries I sustained as a result. My thoughts are interrupted by a female voice, one that seems oddly familiar.
"Darkfire…" the voice says, calling my name.
Startled I look around quickly for the source of the voice, fearing an attack at any moment from any angle.
"Do not be frightened, child. I mean you no harm."
There it was again! Who is that? Why do I feel like I've heard that voice before?
The voice sighs before continuing, "Have you already forgotten Darkfire?" A familiar figure forms in front of me as the voice continues to speak. "We met just a short while ago, and yet you have already forgotten."
"T-Tiamat…" I say in awe, both amazed and terrified by the power and grace of the ancient female, her purple scales shimmering in the bizarre light that fills the clearing.
"Ah, so you do remember!" she says. "Good. I suppose you have questions?"
I nod timidly, nervous about being around the much stronger dragon. "Wh-where am I?"
"Hmmm. A difficult question to answer." She says. "You are not in any physical place, this is a dream, not a physical location."
Confused, I ask, "A dream?" She nods. "Why am I here?" I ask her, wanting to know what's going on, terrified at the possibility that she might be here to kill me.
"I brought you here to protect you from the pain of your injuries and to speak to you about something of great importance." She says, her voice both gentle and powerful.
"Something important? What?" I ask her, now even more confused than before.
"I came to speak about you. What you are."
"What I am?" I ask, not understanding any of what she is implying.
"You are bizarre, Darkfire. You are something that has never before existed, and something that should not be able to exist at all. You are filled with darkness, yet you do not seek to kill and destroy, a dark creature without the instinctive desire to spread chaos and destruction. And yet, in contrast to the great darkness inside you there is also a light."
"A light?" I ask confused. Does she mean I have a candle in my stomach or something?
"Yes. You are a very strange creature, Darkfire. Within you there is both darkness and light. Two energies that should not be able to exist together and yet within you they blend and mix. Such a thing is unheard of." She says. "The fact that you can even live is baffling, the ancients believed it impossible to even manipulate light and darkness, let alone blend the two."
"So… Wh-what am I?"
She sighs. "I do not know."
Huh? She doesn't know? Didn't she say she brought me here to talk about what I am?
"It is possible that you are a completely new species, or even that you come from a different world all together."
A different world? Huh? Now I'm really confused…
She remains silent for a time before continuing, "The ancients believed that there were other worlds that existed besides Weyard. I do not know for certain, but it is possible that perhaps another world has become linked with our own, altering both worlds and possibly allowing beings from one world to travel to another."
"How can there be more than one world?"
More silence. "Come to Mercury Lighthouse, I shall await your arrival. But now it is time for you to wake."
"Wait, you haven't-" I'm cut off before I can finish as the dram world seems to dissolve around me, being replaced by darkness.
I open my eyes, groaning at the bright light I see as I wake up and at the pain I feel throughout my entire body.
"Huh?" I look towards the source of the voice and quickly realize that it's Issac. "I-Issac? Wh-where am I?"
He sighs, "You're at the inn in Bilibin. You were badly injured and almost died… It's a miracle that you're even awake, the healer expected you to be out for at least another week."
Groaning, I sit up, ignoring everyone's protests. "Why can't I feel my wings?" I look behind me to check on my wings and gasp in horror at what I see. My wings are gone. "Wh-what happened to my wings?" I start to cry.
"Son…" my father says, his voice filled with pain and sadness. "Th-they took your wings… I-I'm sorry…" He hugs me. I don't feel him. The world feels empty. I feel incomplete.
All I can do is sit there in shock, repeating myself as I speak in horror. "They're gone… They're gone… My wings are gone… I-I'll never be able to fly again… Th-they took my wings…" I cry harder.
"My wings…" I've lost the one thing all dragons value most, their wings. Without them I'm little different than a giant lizard. A sad creature that will never again know the joys of flight. "They took my wings…" I scream.
I get up, my eyes burning with hatred. I roar and try to rush out the door. They stop me, holding me back as I struggle, desperate to hunt down and murder the ones that took my wings from me. The only thing I can think of is having the blood of the ones who took my wings coat my claws, the taste of their flesh as I-
"DARKFIRE!" I jump in surprise as I hear my father shout my name, snapping out of my thoughts. I stop struggling and they immediately move me back to my bed. "Dark, I know you are angry and hurt, but you need to rest. You have to stay calm."
I just lie there staring at the ceiling, images of the bandits' bloodied remains flashing through my mind, images of me killing them, images of me eating them. I feel the strong to desire to kill, something I have never felt before. It is a foreign feeling, completely alien, pushing itself to the front of my mind. I start to growl and hiss, imagining myself slashing their stomachs open and spilling their insides onto the ground.
They must have noticed, because I hear my mother approach and speak. "Dark? Are you ok sweetie?"
I simply growl in response, imagining the blood of the bandits spraying across my face as I rip their throats open.
"Dark…" she gently nudges me, snapping me out of my thoughts.
"I want to hurt them…" I say, my voice cold and emotionless. "I want to make them pay for what they did. I want to rip their flesh with my claws, the tear their throats open, to devour them." Silence. "I've never felt like this before… Why do I feel so angry?"
I feel my mother's arms around me in a gentle hug; my anger starts to melt away. I cry, tears pouring from my eyes. "I'm in so much pain… It hurts so much…"
She hugs me tighter. "I know…"
I hug back, crying. I can't stop. I cry more, filled with sorrow. I'll never be able to fly again; I'll be bound to the ground just like a human. Never able to experience the joy of flight ever again.
I can feel the sadness and anger of the others, all of them hating to see my pain. I feel loved. I have friends, something me and Neri never had growing up. We were always outcasts because we were different.
"Darkfire…" Neri says sadly, obviously upset to see me like this. "I-I'm so sorry…" She starts crying.
I look away, feeling worthless without my wings. I try to hide my tears, but I can't. I cry. I am filled with pain and anger, hating those humans who did this to me, wanting to hurt them, to make them bleed.
No, I force those thoughts from my mind. I don't want to hurt anyone. I don't want to become a monster.
And yet… The thoughts return, I think about myself killing them. I try to fight it, to force these dark thoughts from my mind. I think of my family, my friends, I remind myself of what is truly important, of the people who care for me.
"Darkfire…" my father sighs. "You should get some rest, you're still weak from blood loss."
I say nothing, choosing instead just to lie down. Within minutes, I drift off into the warm embrace of sleep.
A/N: Well, that's it for this chapter guys! Hope you enjoyed it! And remember to leave a review so I know how I'm doing and what I can improve!