One day, a girl appears from nowhere.
She doesn't know who she is, where she's come from or why she's there.
She can remember that she's sixteen and she's called Aditi.
Then she runs into Iliana, a girl with strong psychic powers, who reveals that Aditi is an elemental.
She snaps her fingers in front of her friends face. Her friend jumps, knocking the books off the table. Everyone else bursts out laughing.
And then everyone disappears.
There's no explosion, no flash of light. Everything just disappears. Just like that. Poof. Gone.
You are free, a voice says. Then the whiteness fades and she drops several feet onto the ground. Hard.
She collapses into a heap. Why is this happening?
She hears a crack and a groan, and looks up to see that the street is lined with towers, and one of them is falling.
"Run, you idiot, run!" someone yells at her. She turns to see a girl, about her age, standing a bit away. She's concentrating on the building and it's fall slows, but doesn't stop.
"Do I have to say everything twice? Run!" The girl dashes forward and grabs her arm, pulling her back. The tower crashes into the ground where she'd been only moments before.
"Before you ask, my name is Iliana. And some gratitude would be nice," she says.
"Thanks," says the girl hastily. Iliana rolls her eyes.
"Now who are you? I can't find your name," Iliana says, tipping her head sideways and looking at the girl.
The girl says the first thing that comes into her head. "Aditi," she says.
"Well, Aditi," says Iliana, as if the name leaves a bad taste in her mouth. "I have a Gift. I'm a powerful psychic. You have a Gift too. You know what it is?"
"No," replies Aditi. "All I know is that I was in my classroom, laughing with my friends, and then I was here."
Iliana smiles a little smugly at Aditi. Then her expression changes to worry.
"I wonder who did that? It couldn't have been..." She trails off as something black and inhuman steps into the sun.
"Kuro's!" she says, then starts creating a pulsing pink light to turn into a psy-beam to fight with. Then she speaks directly into Aditi's mind.
The Kuro's are the Emperors guards. The Emperor probably brought you here, like me, though why I don't know. If that's the case then they'll take you to him, and trust me you don't want that to happen. You're a Gifted Elemental. Use your damn powers and help me fight!
On impulse Aditi flicks her fingers in the direction of the nearest Kuro. A thin line of fire shoots through the air and sets it on fire. Iliana's pink psy-beam obliterates ten in one go. Aditi looks a little jealous, but is distracted by another Kuro. She makes a throwing motion and the water in the air around into condenses and contracts, binding the creature long enough for her to flick fire at it again. Iliana is fighting a lot faster and better than Aditi is, but bit by bit the black wall was thinning.
"Look down!" Iliana yells. Aditi looks down and closes her eyes as a huge flash of purple light explodes from nowhere. She can see it through her eyelids.
When she opens her eyes again, all the shadow things are down and Iliana is brushing herself off.
"How... how did you do that?" asks Aditi.
Iliana taps the side of her head. "Psychic, remember? Anyway, lets get the hell out of here."