I was falling. Falling for what seemed like an eternity, in blackness. I closed my eyes, waiting for it to end...
I opened my eyes. And entered karzahni itself.
I was tied to the tree outside of a burning village. The one that would haunt me forever. I could hear the sick laughter from the Burnouts, the screams of Matoran and others as their lives were cut short. I was bruised and bloodied, the dead corpse of Fuse lying in front of me. Fuse’s head turned, creaking horribly. I had killed him by breaking his neck. The bones snapped and bent audibly as the head turned to me, his white eyes gleaming an unnatural light.
“I told you that if you burned us, we’re gonna burn you back,” Fuse’s head said, grinning wildly.
I closed my eyes. I didn’t want to see him, but I couldn’t plug my ears, and he kept repeating “We burned you!” over and over and over and over and over. I hunched over, trying to hold back tears, but I couldn’t hold in my fury any longer.
“No,” I said quietly, opening my eyes and breaking free of my bonds. “I’m going to burn you all.”
Before I knew it, I was in the village, surrounded by flame and the remaining members of the Burnouts. Three Skakdi and two Vortixx, all ready to kill me. They had the advantage in numbers. But I had the advantage in knowledge. Their weaknesses. Their strengths. Their personalities.
I cut them down, one by one, never stopping, never letting up the attack, using my mask to teleport around erratically to sow confusion and redirect attacks. I hacked at arms, legs, anything, causing screams and curses of pain all around. In little time, five bodies lay around me, and I was covered in blood, my machete and knife stained as well. I sheathed my weapons and looked away from the carnage...
Only to look back and see that I hadn’t hacked up my former “allies”. Atonal and Natalia were among the corpses, slashed apart. One of the Matoran from the Ko-Koro incident was there too, his body cut apart. Lara was lying on her back, her mask shattered. And Crimeia...Crimeia...
Crimeia crawled towards me, a hand on her stomach, her body cut apart by multiple slashes and stabs. In what seemed like an eternity, she crawled until she finally touched my foot. “Why...Veros...?” she whispered, before her hand dropped and she was no more. I picked up Crimeia’s lifeless body and held it close.
“I burned everyone. Everyone I knew and loved, everyone I hated.”
I blinked, and I had arrived at Kini-Nui. The Suva Kaita was open, and I stepped on top of it, glancing downward, and did not hesitate in taking a step forward, dropping down the hole into the heart of Makuta’s lair. I landed softly in a dark place, a pair of great red eyes staring at me, and I could hear a deep laugh echoing. I knelt down, and prepared for the sweet release of death...
I bolted upright in bed, panting heavily. It was early morning. The sun was rising over the waters of Ga-Koro, and it certainly looked inviting after that nightmare. I went outside and sat down, trying to piece together what had happened. I glanced at Atonal. “I killed him. I killed everyone,” I murmured. “Everyone burned because of me.” I held my head in my hands. “It was a dream. It was a dream. It. Was. A. Dream.” And yet it felt so real. I looked up, gazing at the sunrise. “No, this is reality. That was...that was a dream. Nothing more, nothing less.”
I took a seat on a tree stump took off my pack, and set Fenrir aside. I opened the pack, pulling out some meat strips and some fruit. After a long day of travel, some food certainly helped. As I chewed on a meat strip, I glanced at the Toa. “Want anything?” I asked, holding out a strip. “I’ve got plenty in my pack. And some fruit if you’re interested.”
Edited by AlchemistMayCry, Mar 04 2013 - 05:38 AM.