No Way Out


I cowered like a child in the corner as the battle raged on. Shikashi's darkness grew, the attacks becoming more and more violent. Talyn chided him every chance he got. I looked to Shikashi. Was this what they saw when I was lost in the darkness? Was I this scary? Tayln lifted Shikashi up and smashed him to the ground, creating a large crater. His song began to fade, wavering and quieting. Tayln took a step closer but stopped when I jumped before Shikashi. Brandishing my weapon, I narrowed my eyes at the twin. I could not sit idly by while my friend was torn apart. 

"And who might you be little flower?" His voice was smooth and disarming, matching an all too dangerous smile. 

"Sveta! Leave and I will spare you." I spat back taking a step forward, daring the brother to attack even though there was no chance of me winning. Tayln chuckled and shook his head. 

"Spare me, Child? I am hundreds of years older than you, I have escaped the underworld and now have godly entities at my command. What makes you think that if my brother can't kill me, you can?" I tried to think of something, anything that I could use against him. My soul song would be too weak to bring out after my earlier rampage. I was staring my mortality in the face. With the last amount of strength I had, I charged. Talyn made not effort to move as I slammed my blade into his shoulder. Tayln didn't move. My eyes turned to his in horror as I heard him laugh, his hands clamped over mine pulling them away from the lodged blade. 

"You've sealed your fate young Sveta." he said with a sinister glint in his eyes. With the snap of his wrists, I was flying across the room and smashed into the wall. A sharp pain pierced my back causing me to scream out in agony. Tears poured from my face as I notice my own shoulder impaled on a decorative sword high upon the wall. The weapon held me in the air as my own blood began to flow. Tayln pulled my weapon from his shoulder and was instantly before me. 

"You have guts, I'll give you that. But this is between me and my brother. The next time you interfere..." he grinned but didn't finish the sentence. Tayln dropped my blade next to the wall, turned and disappeared into the palace. More tears left my eyes when I saw Shikashi. His flaming black armor had disappeared and his body lay still. 

"Shikashi," I called through gritted teeth. "You have to wake up!" He didn't stir, I yelled even louder yet still nothing. The world began to grow dark, my vision fading. 

"I guess death is coming for me now," I shut my eyes, a forlorn smile on my face."Not a death I had anticipated." I yelped as the pain grew worse, blood pooling beneath my feet. My head hung low, no way out.

"Shikashi!" A flurry of footsteps echoed around the destroyed room. I didn't need to see to know it was Zoraan, a few of the guards were with him. They circled around Shikashi, working quickly to lift him and get him out of the room. 

"Zoraan," I said, relinquishing what little air I had left in my lungs. The guards carried Shikashi out as the king looked up. 

"Sveta!" He howled in horror, moving before me. "Get help!" he shouted to the guards. "Just hold on." he pleaded with me. The world was completely black and everything seemed so cold.

"I'll see you on the other side." I breathed as unconsciousness grabbed a hold of me. Maybe death wouldn't be so bad. 

The End

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