Many tears were shed on that day. Not only had we lost a hero, but we had also lost a friend, a daughter and a sister. Society could not except her, the people shunned her but her family and friends and the people she had saved mourned for her loss. Why did humans have to be so cruel? Why did they have to do something so horrible? It made me so angry that they could do something like this. Shadow was the best thing that has ever happened to this town. No, Analise Cordelia McGraw was. She was Shadow and now she lay in a coffin in the church that I sat in, tears rolling down my face. I sat beside Chris, Trey, Linda and her family. I have never seen Jesse cry. No, she was sobbing. Her mother, Jeanna, was heart broken. I could see that her father, Lucas, was trying to be strong but the tears still came. Selene, her sister, was sobbing into her hands as her mother comforted her. There was nothing I could do but sit here and watch, crying myself.

Since I had learned of Shadow, my time had been devoted to unmasking the person behind the sword. Now that I knew, I wish I would have done something more, something to save her. I tried but it wasn't good enough. I just know that she's in Heaven with God and Jesus Christ, singing with the angels. She rests in peace, now, no longer having to worry about if someone found out the truth since no one was excepting. But God is, I know that. He'll accept her. She's in His arms right now, watching us. She's with us right now. I smiled sadly as I pictured her in a long white gown with beautiful angel wings, her hair around her face with a glowing aura. I could almost picture her singing with a lovely voice. How I will miss her. Bullet was now in the custody of Jesse and you could tell the horse was heartbroken.

"Last to speak will be Marlie Larson," Pastor Bruce said, his eyes filled with grief. I stood and made my way up the two steps to the podium. I wiped a tear away and took a shaky breath.

"I don't...know what to say," I admitted, shaking my head and closing my eyes. "Analise was beautiful in every way. I always wondered why she was so secretive and withdrawn. A week ago, I found out why. Analise was Shadow, the hero of the night. She saved many of us and I think that it is cruel the way she died." I opened my eyes and let a sob escape. "She didn't deserve that. Analise was kind, caring and passionate. I'll miss her." My lips were trembling. "I'll miss her so much." I looked at her family. "I'm so sorry, so unbelievably sorry. You are lucky to say that your daughter was the savior of many. Thanks to her, criminals weren't out and hurting people. Now, thanks to most of the people in this town, we have no one to save us anymore. We always looked forward to the night instead of fearing it. It was because of Analise. It was all because of her. She made us feel safe and secure. I wanted so badly to discover Shadow's identity and become the one who did it. But when I found out Shadow was Analise, I promised her I wouldn't say anything and I didn't." I smiled sadly. "I just wish she was here now. I won't just remember her as Analise, the calm, compassionate and beautiful young woman, a great daughter and wonderful friend but also as Shadow, the blade of the night."

Some amens were heard as I stepped down. I sat and buried my face in my hands, sobbing uncontrollably. Chris wrapped his arms around me and held me close, giving me as much comfort as he could.

"Let us all take a moment of silence for our lost loved one and pray that God give us strength through this time," Pastor Bruce said. Everyone bowed their heads but there wasn't silence because almost everyone was crying. The song they played couldn't have been more perfect.

I know your life
On earth was troubled
And only you could know the pain
You weren't afraid to face the devil
You were no stranger to the rain

Go rest high on that mountain
Son, your work on earth is done
Go to heaven a shoutin'
Love for the Father and the Son

Oh, how we cried the day you left us
We gathered round your grave to grieve
I wish I could see the angels faces
When they hear your sweet voice sing

Go rest high on that mountain
Son, your work on earth is done
Go to heaven a shoutin'
Love for the Father and the Son

Go rest high on that mountain
Son, your work on earth is done
Go to heaven a shoutin'
Love for the Father and the Son

Go to heaven a shoutin'
Love for the Father and the Son

End


A/N: Yes, I know it was bad. But hey, I had to get it out. I thought it was going to be good at first but I think I rushed to it, not enough detail. Thank you for reviewing and reading anyway even though this wasn't one of my best stories. !Shadow!