I'm warning you now: no matter how it begins, this chapter is not happy.
Cassiel's eyes snapped open. The green ground moved beneath him with blurring speed. Air rushed by him with a smooth caress to his face and an uplifting push to his wings. Wings? He looked back to see he had two immense eagle like wings. They were long and brown with streaks of black and white outlining each individual feather. They did not move up or down, they just let him glide.
He downcast his eyes and watched as the bright green grass rushed to meet him. The closer he came, the more details he absorbed. Thousands of white lilies decorated the field. Flowers that looked like roses decorated the bushes in the distance, but not one was red, yellow, pink, or white. Every rose was either black or blue, and they were not unreal. Every rose was naturally grown: Cassiel knew this instantly when he saw small blue and black buds. Other flowers became evident. But Cassiel could not make his eyes leave the strange blooming blue and black roses. He did not even notice when his bare feet touched the silk grass that hugged his feet.
Once he realized he had touched the ground he let his eyes drift. To his left mountains towered. To his right he saw only flat lands. To the north his eyes collided with forest. He turned around and found water reaching for him, but it could not touch him. Where am I? How'd I get here? Where did I get wings? As he asked the final question mentally, he felt a soft pain stab his back. He looked over his shoulder to see the wings turning into trillions of blue transparent orbs. When he blinked his the orbs disappeared and the pain evaporated.
"Good job!" a familiar voice exclaimed.
"Sakura!" he spun to the forests' direction. Sakura stood, hands behind her back, head tilted to the side with a gentle smile displayed upon her face. However, this Sakura was smaller: much smaller. She only reached his hip.
"Wait for me, Sakura!" a male child cried from behind him. Sakura smiled even brighter as she looked up. A small boy dropped to the ground, landing on his knees. His wings were black and eagle like, but they had no design on them or outline.
"Come on, Tears," Sakura called as she dashed for the forest. The little boy jumped up and raced after her. As he ran, his wings did the same thing Cassiel's had, but the boy did not seem to notice. Cassiel felt the familiar pull, but before he could walk, he found himself by the children's side, unmoving, but racing as fast as they were.
They gained speed. Trees slammed against them, but it never hurt. Cassiel could feel the trees touch him, but it only felt like a feather was breezing across his skin. The children raced forward laughing. Tears leaped up and his wings sprouted. He glided far past Sakura.
"No fair!" she shouted and leaped into the air, but her wings did not appear, instead she collapsed to the ground and grabbed her side. Tears dropped to the ground and landed beside her.
"Sakura! Sakura!" he called as he shook her curled up body. His blue eyes darted up and were filled with tears. A horrified expression froze on his face as he looked at Cassiel. "No!" the boy cried. He pulled Sakura up with him. "Wake up, Sakura! Their coming!" the boy sobbed.
Cassiel turned around to see the world morph and deteriorate before him. The bright blue sky turned black and scarlet read. Cassiel looked at his new surroundings. Buildings surrounded him, but they were tumbling to the ground in large solid chunks. The top of one house slid over and landed on top of him, but it went through him. It was then that Cassiel fully realized he was dreaming. Everything had seemed so real. How could it be imagined? It was almost like he remembered this: all of it, but that would mean he'd had the dream before; had he dreamed this dream before?
He heard people shout, bombs explode, metal slam against metal and people screeching in agony. He saw flames lick at people's bodies, water swallow people and animals alive until they gasped for air and drowned, earth crawled after its victims and pulled them into an eternal sleep, massive vines slithered around and touched the land bound beings and they instantly were covered in dark black or purple patches. These beings then screamed in pain as their bodies slowly began to burn and rot away. He watched in mortification as these beings began to drop to the ground and turn into piles of black or purple ash. He saw wind in the form of blades attacking other beings with thin crystal like wings.
Winged beast, that could only be dragons, flew above him, tearing gaps in the homes. Other dragons spat fire at the homes and watched them overwhelm the powerless land bound beings below. A child's shriek diverted Cassiel's attention, because he recognized it as Sakura's child voice.
She was dragging Tears, whose body was caked in blood, beside her. Her legs collapsed sending them to the ground. Cassiel now stood beside them and would have thrown up if he'd had anything within his stomach at the sight he beheld.
Tears was not only encrusted in blood, his wings were barely in existence. Only the left one remained and it was shredded. Fresh dark crimson blood highlighted the slashed wing. His right shoulder had so many deep slashes his small white bone was seen, as if there was no skin present, just bloody bone and muscle. His face had only one cut at his forehead, but it didn't even have blood on it. His shirt was sliced from his body and lay limply at his waist. Pencil thin scrapes crossed his torso like shoelaces. Dried flaky blood lay stiffly on his little body. A finger thick gouge on his left leg leaked blood openly. Sakura was wrapping it with rapid motions and muttering a foreign language.
Sakura's little hands were smothered in blood, whose, Cassiel didn't know, but the sight, of her trying to heal Tears in her present condition made his heart ache. He only now noticed her wings, or what was left of them. The two white owl-like wings hung limply behind her, but the bottoms of them were gone, only the arches remained and a few feathers with silver highlights, but those feathers were covered in dark blood. Her face had scratches and black unnatural smudges that crept with her every movement. She touched her left cheek and frowned. Cassiel knew she had been touched by one of the vines. Blood covered the right side of her face, from her forehead to her pale neck and many horizontal scratches died her nose with blood. Her hair in the back was also covered in blood, but she didn't seem to notice she was bleeding nor did she notice the gapping flesh on her little arms. Her only thought was of the boy beside her.
"Can you hear me?" she asked masking all the pain she had to be in.
"Mmm," Tears replied weakly.
"I have to get you out of here," she panted and clamped a hand on her side.
"No," he forced out, but his face flinched in pain; "you can't."
"I have to. I'll come and get you. Remember, I can do anything if you let me." He nodded his head an inch.
"Sakura!" a new voice called. Cassiel looked to see a young girl—who looked and sounded like Arias—glaring at the other children. She was covered in sweat and blood, but it was not her blood. It couldn't be, because she had not one scratch. In her hands she carried a large silver bow and on her back she carried golden arrows; "Get him out of here!" this child was nothing like the Arias he knew. Her tone was too demanding, cruel, harsh and unforgiving.
"He won't let me!" Sakura called and choked. Blood slid from her lips and dripped down the side of her face. She continued to cough, but her eyes remained on the girl. Cassiel saw the black patches spread down her neck as the coughs subsided. He wanted to look away, but his body was paralyzed.
"You're his guardian! Do it! Now!"
"But, Arias, I can't!" she wiped the blood from her face, but the patches continued, worse yet, they were now purple and black patches on her arms.
"Do it before we all die!" Tears' eyes closed. Sakura looked down at his unconscious form. "Hurry!" Arias ordered as she pulled an arrow off her back, placed it in her silver bow and shot it at a diving young dragon. The arrow grew as it flew and fire and ice engulfed it. When the arrow struck the dragon he froze in place, dropped to the ground and shattered. His remains ignited into black and orange flames.
"Sakura," another voice called; "what are you doing? Get him out of this world. They're trying to kill him."
"He's asleep! I can't without…" she cried.
"I know," the man said his tone depressed.
"But we could…" she sobbed then cried out in pain. Her face was almost masked completely by the horrid purple and black patches. Her arms were hardly pale anymore.
"Risk it, Sakura. His life is worth more than his memory of you!" the man reminded, his words swift.
"But he'll forget you, too. Ouch!" She released Tears with one hand and held her side tightly. With a quick jerk she gasped. When she pulled her hand back, she held a black thorn covered in fresh green vines in her hand. She looked up at the man fear evident in her leaf green eyes.
"Just do it," the man grunted as he put his hands before him to stop an on slot of fire. It circled around them. Cassiel could now see a barrier around them. The fire consumed them all from sight, but did not touch them. The roar was deafening, yet he could still hear the tortured screams of the beings outside the safety of the barrier. He could still hear the sound of the bombs exploding, the beasts roaring, the vines slicing, the earth crumbling and the air shrieking. He could hear it all and every second that passed, he wished to be deaf. "Hurry, before you're too late!" the man's voice was strained now.
"Forget it Sakura! You can't keep him here. If you don't send him away, you both will die. You know what fate has decided! He's mine and I order you to send him away! You already know you're going to die! Send him!" Arias demanded as she turned her back and faced the fire wall.
"Fine!" Sakura choked out. The black and purple were no longer patches, but a mask.
"Hurry, before the poison kills you!" Arias growled, but didn't look back.
Sakura spoke in a soft voice that Cassiel was sure no one, but he heard, "I will find you again, my Tears. I will make you remember me," then even softer she whispered, "I will live through the poison and bring you back."
"Hurry," the man begged. His arms quaked before him. Arias ready another arrow. Sakura, tears pouring from her eyes, averted her eyes from the two around her and leaned over Tears' body and hugged him tightly. Her body began to sparkle, and a bright flash forced Cassiel's eyes shut.
Cassiel jerked awake. All was quite. No sound. He fought to keep the dream, but it faded and all he could see was Sakura as a child smiling brightly up at the sky. What did I just dream about? He asked himself, but even then the image of little Sakura vanished, and Cassiel caved back onto his bed, now oblivious to the dream and nightmare he had witnessed.
So what did you think? Do I need to make more details, or did I do well enough? Okay, so it was a dream, but sometimes dreams have meanings, so tell me what you think is going on. I love feedback and any form of comment. Please, Review.