"The Badger and the Phoenix"

Prologue

I never thought that it would be this way. I never imagined that life could end up kicking you in the face and destroying all you dreams and rebuilding them in a completely different way. I never could have dreamed of this.

Why did I let all of this happen? Because love found me, bit me, and said, "You're my next victim."

I wish that I could have dodged Cupid's arrow and avoided this whole thing; but I didn't. And that's why I am the way I am today: a beautifully broken mess.

I can barely think past the pain of it all to relive the memories. It hurts to breathe when I think about what happened.

Some days I ask God, "Why? Why didn't You stop all of this?"

But then I realized one day that this was part of His plan all along. He wanted me to rise from the ashes like a phoenix.

All the raw emotions and powers collided in that one moment when the bullet was fired. And when I finally reached the blood-red horizon, I found myself not dead, but alive again, gloriously alive.

So now it's time for this phoenix to rise from the ashes again and tell her story. This is the story of worlds colliding, the raw power of love unbridled revealed, and the explosion it all creates. This, is my story…