'Phew this is tiring.' I thought. 'I'm getting really tired. But I can't stop. I have to-'
I thought no more because I fell to the ground and was sound asleep before I hit the ground.
I awoke to find myself in a place full of clouds.
'Where am I?' I wondered.
I looked around, but I couldn't find anything but clouds around me. Then I saw a light. I went over to where it was and saw a scene playing out of a man and a younger man, both with blue eyes and blond hair. I decided to watch.
"Alran, are you excited?" the man asked. "You're going to have a sibling."
"I am excited otoo-sama(father)." the young man answered. "But we still don't know if my sibling will be the Warrior of White Light's reincarnation. I'm worried."
"I understand that." the man said, with a sigh. "Going by years, your sibling should be the Warrior of White Light's reincarnation. That does not bode well. We have always been attacked by the Dark Soldiers, but I'm afraid the Hell Dragon will send a massive force to kill us."
"Well, if my sibling is the Warrior of White Light's reincarnation, I wouldn't be surprised if the entire Dark Army is sent." the young man said. "We'll have to prepare for the worst."
"That's why I went and spent about three fourths of the family fortune to buy all that would be needed to make a house that had all the protection possible." the said. "Though it won't help that much against the Dark Soldiers. Which is why Aylaya and I decided that, should our second child be the Warrior of White Light's reincarnation, Aylaya and the baby would escape to the Thunder Mountains. Even the Dark Soldiers would suffer terrible losses to the Storm."
A short while after the conversation, a woman came to them.
"The child is born my lords." the woman said.
The woman then left and the two men then went into the room where a woman was resting. The woman was my mother! In my mother's arms was a baby girl with blue eyes and pink hair.
"What should we do darling?" my mother asked, frightened. "Our daughter, Ayra, is the Warrior of White Light's reincarnation! Her pink hair is the proof!"
"You and Ayra have to leave." the man said. "I'm sure that the Dark Army is headed this way. Take Ayra and the things we bought and build a home on the Thunder Mountains. By the time you get there it'll be the summer solstice. Get as far away from the Storm as possible. But don't get too close to the Shrine."
There was a bright flash of light. I closed and covered my eyes. When I opened them, I was surrounded by nothing but clouds again. Tears filled my eyes.
'Was that my family?' I wondered.
“Yes it was Ayra.” a voice behind me said.
I turned around to see who was speaking, but no one was there. I kept looking around, but I couldn't find who was speaking.
“Why did I see that?” I asked.
“It was shown to you so you could see your birth. Those two men, your father Aren, and your brother Alran, they sacrificed their lives to protect you. The Dark Army, led by the Hell Dragon himself, attacked your birthplace not long after your mother took you and headed to the Thunder Mountains. Alran used his powers to protect you by pretending that he was Ayren's reincarnation.” the voice said. “Now wake! You must not let their sacrifice be in vain!”
There was another bright flash of light. I then woke up to find myself lying on the ground in the clearing where I battled that shadow of the Hell Hawk.
'So, that's what happened when I was born.' I thought. 'My whole family sacrificed themselves so I could live and fulfill my shisetsu (mission). I can't let their lives have been sacrificed for nothing!'
I got up. The aquamarine in my necklace started to glow. A shimmering light blue path appeared on the ground. I followed the path until I got to the tree arch. I went through and saw a maze identical to the Shrine of Rain, water canals and all. I got out my tent and put on my light pink bikini with light pink roses over the breast line, pink sheer in a triangle connecting the light pink covering my breasts, a light pink bottom with light pink roses over the hips, a pink sheer bow on the right, I tied up my hair with a hairband with a pink and an orange hibiscus and green leaves and I put on plain, light pink, high-heel flip-flops.
I jumped into the first canal and swam up to the platform in front. There, I saw that there was a dam that was blocking a door. So I figured I would have to find a way to move that dam. I dived back into the canal and climbed up to the platform that was to the left of the front. I saw what looked like a button on the floor. I went towards it when three Dark Soldiers dropped from the ceiling. I fought them off and stepped on the button. I heard a loud noise and saw that the dam had been lifted and all the water was draining.
I saw more dams, but I also saw basins with water. I went to the first area and it had a basin of water, I saw that I could get under the wall in the basin. I jumped in and came up on the other side of the wall. I then saw a lever. I went towards the lever and four Dark Soldiers appeared. I killed them and pulled the lever. The water in the basin drained. I climbed out and saw that some of the water in the passage had drained and I could get to the next platform.
I then went to the next platform, but it had a canal of water that was moving too fast. I then saw a basin of water. I swam up the basin and saw a switch on the floor. Then, three Dark Soldiers appeared. I killed them and stepped on the switch. The water in the basin drained out. I went back up and saw that the water in the canal had drained and I could cross. I went through the platform and through the door.
I got to a clearing. In the back of the clearing, was the Hell Shark. Its eyes glowed and I jumped out of the way before a spout of water shot up from where I had been standing. The Hell Shark then opened its mouth and shot balls of water at me. I didn't have time to dodge, so I made my guard of my energy. The balls of water splattered against my guard, but they were so powerful, my guard shattered after the last one hit it. I decided to try and cause some damage while giving myself time to cast a Lightning spell. I began to channel a Light spell.
"Imprison the heinous and cage the immoral!” I chanted. “Shining Prism!”
The Hell Shark was then surrounded by four, large, hexagons of light and an octagon of light appeared beneath it. The hexagons then shot beams of light from all directions, causing some decent damage to the Hell Shark. All the while, I was channeling a Lightning spell.
"From darkened clouds, come forth!” I chanted. “Bolt Strike!”
A ball of lightning appeared above the Hell Shark's mouth and shot down bolts of lightning. One struck the weak point Gem. The Hell Shark then vanished into shadow. I got pretty banged up from that fight, so I channeled a Healing spell.
“O angelic princess, grant us your magnificent embrace!” I chanted. “Nightingale!”
The image of an angel soared up. It then vanished and the area was covered in sparkles. The sparkles then healed all my injuries.
Then, my necklace glowed and a golden path appeared on the ground. I followed the golden path until I finally found the exit and came outside of the Woods. In front of me was a triangular blue tent with crescent moon and star shapes on it. I lifted the flap and went inside. I then saw a long table with a crystal ball and a chair in front. I sat down on the chair and, suddenly, the Prophet was floating behind the crystal ball.
“Well done Ayra.” she said. “You made it here safely.”
“Well, it wasn't easy.” I replied.
“Why have you come to see me?” the Prophet asked.
“There was a mark on my map.” I started. “So I-”
“You needn't try to mask the truth.” she said, cutting me off. “What is the real reason you sought me out?”
“It's a feeling I have that I can't seem to understand.” I said. “Ever since I started my journey, I've felt like there was more I was missing than just my elemental powers. Now that I have them all back, I'm positive something isn't right.”
The Prophet didn't seem surprised by this.
“You are correct.” she said. “You sealed away more than just your powers.”
“What else did I seal away?” I asked.
“You sealed away the Abilities of your body.” the Prophet started explaining. “The Grace that even the most acrobatic of creatures envied. The Intelligence that made you shine brighter than any scholar. The Strength that almost no living creature could match. Finally, the last Ability you sealed away was the clarity of mind that allowed to to Read the Thoughts of others.”
“So that's what I'm missing.” I stated. “Can you tell me-”
“You sealed away more than just that.” the Prophet cut me off again. “You sealed away your Emotions as well. The Courage that allowed you to face even the most frightening of foes without flinching. The Self-Confidence that gave you the strength of spirit to know nothing of despair. Lastly, the Compassion that allowed you to understand the feelings of all living things.”
“Is that all?” I asked.
“No, there is one more thing.” the Prophet answered. “But I'm positive you already know what that is.”
“Yes.” I stated. “The Memories of my past life. Did I seal those away?”
“Yes and no.” she said. “You sealed them away, but you left an opening that would allow you glimpses of the past and future. You left your power of Premonition in yourself.”
“Why would I do that?” I asked. “Why would I seal those away too?”
“To that, I have no answer.” the Prophet replied. “You sealed away everything else because I advised it.”
“You did?!” I exclaimed.
“Yes, it was to prepare the way for you Ayra.” she said. “As for Ayren's memories, he never told me the reasons.”
“Okay, then let's focus on what you do know.” I said. “Where did I seal away my Abilities and Emotions?”
“You have a map correct? Take it out.” the Prophet said.
I took out my map. Then there was a flash of light and, when it faded, there were dots of light glowing on my map. There was a red light shining in the deepest area of the Vine-Covered Swamp. A blue light shone from the inside area of the Ruins of the Star Library. A yellow light was glowing in the deepest part of the Cavern of Stones. A white light glimmered from the thickest area of the Misty Forest. A red-pink light shone from the darkest area in the Cave of Nightmares. A blue light shone from the furthest northern part of the Beach of Illusions. And a prismatic light shone from the Village of the Hopeless.
“Are these the places I need to go?” I asked.
When there was no response, I looked up. When I looked up, I saw that the Prophet had disappeared. I figured that these were the places I needed to go to. I determined that the closest place was the Vine-Covered Swamp. I put my map away and left the tent.
When I left the tent, I was surprised to see Yuu there.
“I've been waiting for you.” Yuu said. “So, you know what you are still missing?”
“Wha-what do you mean?” I started to sweat badly.
“Let me show you.” Yuu said, as he started to glow with a green light. “This is my true form.”
Yuu then shone a bright light. I covered my eyes. When I took my hands away from my eyes, a beautiful jade-colored dragon was standing where Yuu had been.
“Yuu, you are-” I started.
“Yes, I am the Jade Dragon.” the Jade Dragon said. “I have been waiting for you for 2000 years, my old friend Ayren.”
“You, know who I am.” I said. “How long have you known?”
“That's not important.” the Jade Dragon said. “From now on, I will accompany you on your journey. Things will only get more complicated from here on.”
The Jade Dragon then turned back into Yuu again.
“But, Jade Dragon, what do you mean?” I asked.
“Just call me Yuu.” Yuu said. “I mean that the Hell Dragon knows you reclaimed all your elemental powers. He will undoubtedly send hordes of Dark Soldiers after you. I can't allow you to die.”
“But, um, I-” I stammered.
“Don't worry, I have my own camping gear.” Yuu said. “Now, let's get to Yuuga, that's the closest town to the Vine-Covered Swamp.”
“Okay.” I said.
Yuu and I then started down the path that led to Yuuga. I still have a long way to go, before I am once again complete...