Author's Note: Hi there everyone.:) I'm yukinagato, and I really felt like writing a Puella Magi Madoka Magica fanfic since I started the anime series which was a few months ago... I think... Well anyways, I've had this story in mind for quite a while and began writing it during school, and I really like the way it's coming along so far. For some reason, my chapters are sooo frickin' long... so I kinda decided to split them up into 2 parts to make it easier on the readers, haha. I was also thinking of starting each chapter with an excerpt from a song- I thought it'd be interesting, because sometimes you just hear some music that reminds you of something or relates to it, right? And you get so psyched up cause you know it's a perfect fit and you want to share it with everyone, right? No? Am I wrong? It might be only me... so let's just start with Christina Perri already.
Heart beats fast
Colors and promises
How to be brave?
How can I love when I'm afraid to fall?
But watching you stand alone,
All of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow.
One step closer
I have died everyday waiting for you
Darling, don't be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more
Time stands still
Beauty in all she is
I will be brave
I will not let anything take away
What's standing in front of me
Every hour has come to this
One step closer
-excerpt from A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
Water fell out of the skies with pelting force. Wind was blowing at full speed, and both elements were taking the liberty to destroy what was in front of them.
It was Mitakihara City in its darkest hour. And not only was the weather against the urban city, so was Walpurgisnacht, the most powerful witch at the time. And only the two surviving magical girls left in the area were there to fight it.
"Madoka! No! You can't. I-I've tried so hard…" Homura pleaded, the tears welling up in her eyes mixing with the rain. She was crumpled on the ground, an attack from Walpurgisnacht had dealt her well and she was soon on her way to becoming a witch herself. The amethyst-colored gem was filling with a noir sheen, which was rising faster than it could be stopped. Or so she thought. The magical girl was trapped under a pile of building rubble, her cuts and gashes refusing to heal because of her magic deficiency.
Another girl took her limp hand, trying to comfort the already weak friend that had saved her so many times before. As a matter of fact, this wasn't the first time that Homura Akemi had fought Walpurgisnacht and been close to death. It had happened a countless number of times before, but worse had never come to worse because Homura had time magic. Each previous time where either Madoka or herself was about to become a witch, she would simply reset the clock and find herself rewinded a month back, always tasked with the objective of protecting her beloved. But every time she tried again, Madoka's potential as a witch only grew stronger. If Homura turned back the clock yet again, she'd have to experience the sight of her best friend transforming into a monster. If she didn't, Homura herself would become what she most feared. She had no choice but to either continue, or leave this ugly present to become one even more hideous.
It's too late for me now, she figured. But I have to save Madoka. Must… save… Madoka…
"Homura-chan." the pink haired girl above her smiled sweetly. "I know now how much and how hard you've tried so many times to save me. I understand you now, and I thank you so much for protecting me when I wasn't able to protect myself. Thank you, Homura-chan. I'm sorry, but I have to do this."
Homura's heart couldn't take it. Her only real friend in any previous timeline was about to do what she least wanted.
"Madoka…" The Soul Gem on the dark haired girl's hand turned black. "Please don't leave me again, Madoka…" she tried, with a gasp.
But Madoka wasn't listening. She was conversing with Kyubey, the Incubator who had watched the melancholy scene with ever-so-wide eyes and a mischievous eagerness.
"Kyubey." Madoka shouted through the stormy air, her voice almost drowned out by the sound of utter disaster. "I want you to grant my wish."
"And what wish would that be, Madoka Kaname? You are the only one now who can stop Walpurgisnacht." the white creature replied with a small tilt of the head.
" I wish…" Madoka stopped momentarily. catching her breath and preparing her nerves. This has to work, it just has to work, she thought, pounding the idea into her heart. Homura-chan, I will save you this time. Instead of you saving me, I'll save you. "I wish that all magical girls, whether in the past, present, or future, would never have the curse of turning into witches, because they already existed to begin with!" Madoka exclaimed with a ferocity more powerful than the surrounding atmosphere.
The cat-like creature answered.
"As you wish, Madoka Kaname."
Author's Note: So there's the prologue! Any comments would be greatly appreciated!