Past Reflections: Part Eight
Mesbeto's eyes widened greatly. Hiterkuna looked like
she was on the verge of tears. Yubioke, in sharp contrast to their terror, looked
enraged. "Is this how you fight?" she demanded angrily, her every word ringing
out her utter contempt. "By going up against little kids who can't even stand?"
The two pets seemed greatly irritated by this comment; surely they hadn't expected
fighting an Aisha with a bark just as bad as her bite. Her temper became so
great that even the air around her seemed to correspond with it - it was becoming
a dark, black shade. The ground beneath her feet was shaking, and tiny pebbles
were jumping up and down. The grass within three feet of her seemed to wither.
Both the Hissi and the Uni seemed to notice
this, and they backed up a little. I saw Yubioke's eyes change dramatically
- they were going from closed slits to open, red shards embedded in her skull.
As she seemed on the verge of losing herself, the Uni bravely croaked: "Remember
your brother. We don't need much from you..."
Upon hearing this, Hiterkuna scurried forward.
She placed a paw on Yubioke's arm, looking extremely worried. "Yubioke, please,
let's listen to them..." Yubioke cast a quick glance in Hiterkuna's direction
and seemed to wilt; her eyes closed, and the dark air around her brightened
slightly. She still seemed poised to attack.
"What do you need?" Hiterkuna asked, stepping
forward to confront them bravely. The Hissi slithered forward tentatively, his
eyes on Yubioke the entire time. It vaguely occurred to me that he didn't realize
that Hiterkuna's and Mesbeto's power just about matched Yubioke's. The Hissi
bared his fangs, but Hiterkuna did not flinch. He closed his mouth again briefly,
explaining, "We need but a little blood from each of you..." And, without consulting
her, he nicked her quickly with his fangs. Hiterkuna flinched and Mesbeto gasped,
but the Hissi simply turned to his partner. Nodding his head multiple times,
he threw the blood from his fangs and onto the ground near the Uni's hooves.
Turning around, the snakelike pet noticed the
worried looks on my siblings' faces. "Ah, don't worry, I didn't inject any poison
into that bite."
The process was repeated over and over, until
there were three very small stains of crimson on the ground. I felt worry overtake
me as I watched, helpless and feeling useless because of it.
The Uni rose an eyebrow at the stains. "What
now?" he asked the Hissi, who replied.
"That little whelp, Kei, should be here any
moment. Boss says he'll come with Kei to observe and tell his mistress about
what has happened while she was gone."
The Uni nodded blandly.
The Hissi then directed his attention to me,
flying up only far enough so that he could reach me. He wrapped his tail around
my limp form and lifted me up, then tossed me at the ground near Yubioke's feet.
The Aisha gasped slightly and knelt down next
to me, checking me over for any wounds. "You big dolt," she muttered, but she
seemed happy that I was alive. "What's going to happen?"
If I could have spoken, I would have tried to
comfort my big sister. But I could say nothing. The Hissi sneered. "Keep him
for all we care - our business with you is nearly over."
Then, as if on cue, a great blackness began
forming. I was the first to notice it, because I was gazing directly behind
the Uni when it happened. The Uni's shadow seemed to expand suddenly, and a
paw gripped the grass. I saw the form of a young shadow Zafara pull himself
from the shadow, and, following with far more grace and experience, the white
Shoyru pulled himself out after. They're using a shadow as a gateway,
I thought suddenly. Is that one of Tyne's powers?
The Zafara child was younger than myself, but
a little older than Hiterkuna. He seemed unknowing of the great danger that
we were all in, for he wore a smirk on his face. The white Shoyru noticed me
instantly, and seemed a bit smug, but he held his facial features with far more
control than the child did. The Shoyru seemed annoyed that he was with Kei at
all. The young Zafara bounded forward, whooping and cheering.
"Heh heh, so this is the great MirrorEyes!"
he sneered, looking down at me. He was about to kick me harshly, but Yubioke
snarled and swiped at him, causing him to back off quickly. It dawned on me
that this child knew next to nothing about MirrorEyes.
"Master Kei," the white Shoyru said, his voice
wringing with a bit of impatience. The Zafara sauntered over to him, and the
Shoyru signaled down at the small prints on the ground. Obediently, the child
walked over to the stains. His foot made contact with them and he seemed to
shudder violently. Kei doubled over, gasping, looking as if he were on the verge
of vomiting. Hiterkuna whimpered out her sympathy for him, something I found
odd. He was our enemy. How could she be sad for him?
The air suddenly darkened intensely, in an almost
identical fashion to Yubioke. The pebbles danced inches above the ground near
him, and the grass seemed like it was dying. Kei's features were changing slightly,
also: his ears grew longer and he seemed to grow in height, making him look
more like an adult than a kid. Multiple scars lined his arms and legs, although
you could hardly see them because of the density of his shadowed fur. His eyes,
which had been closed for so long, opened to reveal a drastic color-change:
Kei seemed to shudder, then straighten up. The
aura around him vanished immediately and the area around him returned to normal.
But this time, he stood with more grace and control. His muscles bulged and
his facial features took on a more feminine, yet lethal, expression. I knew
that this was no longer Kei. It was Tyne. The white Shoyru seemed to know that
beforehand, and he knelt down, his head bowed before his mistress. "My lady,"
he mumbled quietly.
Tyne nodded towards him and he stood, then she
directed her attention towards us. She seemed to be an identical of the Zafara
I had been attacked by during MirrorEyes's remembering. Upon seeing me, the
edges of her mouth curled over in a sneer. "It... is you, isn't it." She looked
at the Hissi. "If you lethally poisoned him, you'll suffer."
The Hissi shook his head quickly. "No, m'lady,
he's just immobilized."
"Then," Tyne hissed, the small smile looking
deadly, "he can watch as I pick off his brother and sisters, one by one." I
felt my heartbeat quicken immediately, and I blubbered helplessly. Tyne ignored
my pleas and stood. She sauntered over to my siblings, Mesbeto and Hiterkuna
being shielded by Yubioke. Tyne opened her paw, and darkness gathered in the
palm of it. "I'll take you out first, Yalina."
Instantly Tyne dashed forward, and Yubioke shoved
Mesbeto and Hiterkuna out of the way. She grabbed her enemy's paw in an attempt
to stop the punch, but was knocked back violently and fell to the ground. She
picked herself up again, lunging back at Tyne with equal speed. The same transformation
that had occurred minutes earlier was repeating itself. Yubioke slowly transformed
from a skunk Aisha to a Darigan. The Aisha held out her own paw and darkness
gathered at an extremely fast rate, then flew from her paw and slammed headlong
into Tyne. The Zafara seemed frazzled from the attack, but nonetheless charge
I watched with blurry vision as the two equally
powerful dark witches fought each other for the upper hand. Every time they
collided, my heart skipped a beat. Every time Yubioke was grounded, I strained
to gasp. I couldn't sit by uselessly like this. My worries reached their peak
when Yubioke collided with the wall of our house, slumping down. She seemed
dazed from the use of so much power, and Tyne slowed down drastically. Darkness
gathered into her paw and formed a point, aimed at the Aisha's heart.
Move! I shrieked at my body. MOVE!
Maybe it was because I had been poisoned and
rendered so weak. Maybe MirrorEyes had called it forth. But what happened I
cannot explain yet, and it terrified me above all else. I felt the familiar
withdrawal that meant MirrorEyes was coming out. But, instead of transforming
into a Draik, like I usually did, something else happened. I retained my Shoyru
form. But I couldn't command it.
Suddenly the effects of the poison vanished.
My feet were moving on their own. From somewhere within me, unexpected power
was drawn forth and pinpointed to Tyne's body. There was an enormous explosion
and she was knocked down roughly, her body flung away like a useless rag down.
Tyne seemed horrified by what had happened, and she looked at me with wide eyes.
"You're not MirrorEyes..."
"Who said I had to be?!" I hissed, but it was
not my voice. "That weakling is immobilized by the poison... but I evaded it!"
And, running forward, I aimed a violent punch at Tyne. She rolled from the attack
and I hit the ground, creating a small tremor. From the sidelines, the white
Shoyru seemed to notice my drastic change. He ran forward, eager to protect
his mistress. I punched at him and he grabbed my paw with his, shaking in desperation
the whole time. With one arm rendered useless, I aimed a kick at him and hit
him harshly in the stomach. The Shoyru doubled over, and the Hissi, realizing
the desperate situation, turned tail and began to run. My attention was instantly
focused on the fleeing pet and I opened my wings, soaring after him. "You won't
get away!" I roared, flying down on him.
A strange silver light surrounded my paw and
I brought it down on the Hissi's skull. He fell to the ground and didn't get
up. From behind my eyes, I was horrified. But I couldn't help but recognize
the sense of enjoyment that was spreading throughout my body. I knew that this
wasn't MirrorEyes. He wouldn't enjoy it. Had I been harboring another monster,
another "MirrorEyes"? Shock ran through the mental being that was me, but it
did nothing to equal the enjoyment I felt also. My physical body turned and,
sneering at my victory, sauntered toward Tyne and her protector. The Uni had
already fled. But I didn't care; it had been the Hissi who had inflicted real
damage on me, and he had been rewarded.
When I attacked Tyne a second time, she was
armed and ready. As I aimed a punch at her, she blasted me back with a wave
of darkness. I fell to the ground roughly, but stood quickly, and ran in again.
I swiped at her and she blocked it with her arm, using her other to attack again.
Her eyes seemed wider and her brow was furrowed in concentration. She had to
take me far more seriously now.
"Who are you?" she yelled towards me as her
darkness nearly struck me.
I jumped nimbly to one side and sneered. "...I
wouldn't tell you even if I did have one." The Zafara let out a small gasp and
backed off nimbly as I struck at her with the silver magic.
When I was backing her into the side of the
house, I saw my chance to attack. I threw a false punch towards her and she
ducked, during which I whipped around quickly and smacked her in the stomach
with my tail. Tyne doubled over, straining to recover quickly from the ache
I had unleashed upon her. The brief moment in which she took to recover was
more than enough for me, and brandishing the silver light in my paw, I brought
it down violently on her shoulder. The Zafara whimpered slightly in pain, but
her eyes did not show fear. They brimmed with tears of pain, but mostly hatred.
She loathed what I was and she loathed every scale that made up my silver being.
The only feeling that countered that hate and challenged its magnitude was my
own, but the hate resonating from me was, in a grim way, happy.
Inside my mind, from behind the eyes that were
slightly blurred over by whoever was controlling me, I glanced back to the Hissi,
slumped on the ground. I had promised myself that I would never do this again.
I had promised my brother and sisters that I never would. What good was a promise
I couldn't keep? All it had given myself and them was a false hope that would
be shattered in an instant. I hated this feeling of loss and guilt, knowing
that if I had been stronger, I could have stopped this. This was hardly Tyne
that I was facing, either. It was a child.
Darkness enveloped me and I found myself sitting
next to a silver figure, looking just like myself. But this was a Draik. I shuddered
as I realized MirrorEyes's presence. Every time I had encountered him, it had
been either myself or him dominant. I had never sat next to him like this, like
he was an individual. I realized with a bit of guilt that I had never recognized
him as an individual. From the guilty look in his eyes, I could tell that he
felt the same way - never before had he treated me like I had my own body, my
"I'm sorry, Kyradose," he said. "I shouldn't
have picked you. I shouldn't have picked anyone, actually. I was better off
"You can't say it like that," I retorted quickly.
But, despite myself, I felt that he was right. It was his fault that all of
this had started. "You couldn't leave them," I said quietly, thinking about
myself, too. "You didn't want to leave the pets you loved so quickly."
MirrorEyes shrugged, a small smile on his face.
"MirrorEyes," I said suddenly, the question
flashing through my mind, "what did you promise Tyne?" There was a long pause,
in which many expressions flashed past the Draik's features, all at once. Anger,
guilt, confusion... sadness. I once again told myself that they had been friends
when they were children. The question that was unanswered was the one asking
what he had promised her... That question nagged me constantly now, and as I
watched his face, I was sure that he wouldn't answer.
When he spoke, his voice was cracked and dry.
"Tyne was born in a different village from myself. But when the leaders in my
village heard of her... special powers... they requested that she be trained
under professionals. Anyone with powers considered special were valued in those
days because of the constant turmoil," he explained when he saw my confused
"I was also trained under the village leaders.
Tyne's power and my own worked very well together, so our teachers devised a
plan in which we would work together on various missions. As they had thought,
it worked perfectly. We were simply children, but..." He paused, and a small,
proud smile overtook his mouth. "...we were competition for even the greatest
warriors. It was soon thought that our near perfection was because Tyne's power
rested in death, while mine rested in the essence of life. It was partially
because of that power that I could find another body so quickly without my soul
"Unfortunately, other countries that we were
at war with sought to destroy our power. Even at our young age, Tyne and I were
targeted for assassination. We were constantly traveling with guards, and we
found it a blessing when we could escape them. We took the fact that we were
targeted too lightly.
"One day, we ran away from our guard. We were
playing by a stream, trying to catch fish, when an assassin fired an arrow at
us. Our guard found us just in time to block it, but..." He looked down sadly.
"It cost him his life. During that moment when he collapsed, we realized the
true danger we were in. Tyne grew enraged and attacked the assassin, but I couldn't
tear my eyes away from the guard's face. He had given his life for us. Those
moments will be burned into my mind for an eternity, if not longer. Tyne managed
to defeat her foe, but soon after the incident, we were separated. They found
that it would be safer if we were kept apart and watched separately. During
the time when we were separated, our powers grew all the more. The enemy countries
found this breaking up as an opportunity, and they attacked Tyne's village.
We came to their rescue, and as soon as I found Tyne, I promised her that I
would come back for her. We would continue to be fighting partners, no matter
what anyone said, and we would grow even more powerful."
I blinked. "That's why she's after you?" I said
blankly. "It hardly seems like a good enough reason for her to hold a grudge
"I'm not finished yet," the Draik said a little
coolly, and I silenced myself. MirrorEyes went on.
"Tyne was kidnapped during the battle, despite
her powerful attempt to escape. They had special magic workers with them who
specialized in harnessing her powers. If I had been there... that wouldn't have
"After she was kidnapped, I persuaded the villagers
to follow them. It took us very long to finally catch them, because they were
nomads, and they were used to traveling. It took us..." he paused, deep in thought.
My eyes widened. One year was indeed a long
time, and it was easily guessed that MirrorEyes had lost a majority of his followers
during this time. The Draik nodded, as if reading my mind.
"When I attacked the enemy, I only had thirty
loyal pets with me. Each one had been trained to show any powers that they had,
and, much to my surprise, a few did have some useful traits. The attack went
relatively well, until I was struck in the side by an arrow. I was taken from
the scene of the battle quickly, and when I woke up, our number had decreased.
I was unable to protest as we began the long journey home.
"I didn't find this out until later, but a white
Shoyru who had participated in Tyne's kidnapping spoke to her the night after
the battle. He lied to her, telling her that I had arranged the first attack
in the village, all those years ago, because I had felt threatened by her power.
Tyne had questioned him about the attack last night and the white Shoyru lied
again, telling her that it had been her few loyal followers alone. Tyne didn't
want to believe him, but as she waited for me to return, her heart grew heavy
with the fact that I would not come. She soon gave up and believed the Shoyru,
thinking that I had betrayed her."
"Why didn't you go back?" I asked quickly, narrowing
my eyes. "You could have."
"The battles increased after the failed raid.
I was called off to fight in another country as soon as I healed up. That country..."
he looked down sadly, "is where I met my sisters and brother." I watched him
intently as he continued. "But I thought about Tyne for such a long time," he
said. "I felt guilty and alone for so long, but as I began to grow fond of my
new family, my memories disappeared. I feel even more guilty, now that I'd forgotten.
"And," he said, concluding his story, "you know
the rest. We both grew up, Tyne attacked my village, and I was, well..." He
glanced over at me. "...killed."
"So that's where the white Shoyru is descended
from," I mumbled, more to myself than to MirrorEyes. "The one who deceived her,
all those years ago." MirrorEyes nodded.
"That lineage is considered sacred, because
Tyne helped that country in many times of strife. It was, most likely, because
of her that they did so well after the war."
We were both silent for a moment, letting the
monster in dominance control my body. It was as if we were looking through a
mirror that had been glazed over by fog and ice. My body parts felt heavy as
I stood, staggering. I placed a paw on the cold glass, shivering. MirrorEyes
observed my actions from his seat.
"I promised them," I said quietly. "I promised
myself, after that stupid massacre. I would never kill someone again. Now, look
at me. I've broken that promise. I'm useless with my promises so easily broken."
"When I entered your psyche," MirrorEyes said
logically, "something else entered you, too. This being must have something
to do with me, but...." He sighed, sounding exhausted. "I fear that the contract
I made with you when I entered you is breaking."
"You most likely don't remember it," he said.
"You were only a child, but I promised you that if you let me stay inside you,
I would protect you. I have failed to protect you and the ones around you, so
I must pay the price."
I blinked in confusion. 'Price'? Before I could
further question him, MirrorEyes placed his paws on the floor of my alternate
reality, his eyes closed. His claws glowed with a silver light, and I felt,
within my body, a lightening affect in my head. I staggered, feeling slightly
"I'm not long for this world," MirrorEyes said,
looking exhausted. "I'm sorry, but this can't go on. I'm not going to let Tyne's
life end this way... even if it costs me another host."
My eyes widened at his words. The MirrorEyes
that had been speaking with me only moments ago had been kind, but the one sitting
before me now had a completely different tone in his voice. He was willing to
sacrifice anything to finish this, even though he didn't have enough time to
do it himself. He was willing to put others in danger to end the problem he
had started. He was willing to put me in danger.
MirrorEyes's body began glowing, and he shuddered
when it began pulsing. I looked down to my skin to see, to my surprise, that
it was glowing, too. The Draik stood, walking over to me. I felt the urge to
run, or to hit him and make him stay away. But I couldn't move a muscle.
"You are in my reality," MirrorEyes hissed,
grabbing my paw with his own. "You cannot move when I say so." I narrowed my
eyes in a glare towards him, feeling betrayed. Then, my body shuddered with
the violent amount of energy flooding into it. It seemed like there was a vast
reservoir that I could simply reach into and pull an amount of power from it.
Any amount. An infinite amount.
"It is not everlasting," MirrorEyes said, reading
my thoughts through my face. "But it will help you against Tyne. You will be
unable to use this power for your own needs. You will use it... simply for the
purpose of fighting her." Then, he released my paw, and I felt the power draining
from me. It was like he had put a barrier around it.
"You will fight her in my place," MirrorEyes
hissed. "Don't murder her stupidly, like you did those bandits. If you do, you
will have me to fear in the afterlife. And..." He quickly slashed a claw across
my arm, creating a long line that did not bleed. "This curse mark will remind
you of that. If you defeat her in hate, in rage... if you kill her cruelly...
then the one that matters the most to you at that time will also die."
Then, before I could question his words, I felt
the power surging through me again. This time, its true purpose was to free
me from the prison that was my mind. The first obstacle was the monster controlling
me from outside. I inhaled deeply, power coursing through my veins, and I let
loose. There was a mind-shattering explosion all around me. I felt a tug of
resistance that represented the monster, but before it could manifest into something
more powerful, I screamed at it.
"Get back!" I roared, forcing more power into
it. All my rage blasted the creature into the back of my mind, back into the
shadows. There was no more resistance for a while, and I knew that my body was
without dominance. It would be vulnerable in the next few seconds. I seized
my chance and rushed in to take back what rightfully belonged to me. My body.
In the next second, I was seeing clearly again.
Tyne stood a few yards away from me, panting in exhaustion. The body that she
was using could not keep up with her fighting demands, and she had not expected
such a challenge to come from me.
I faced Tyne. This time, I would be fighting
her with my genuine power. I would not have anyone helping me. I would defeat
her. MirrorEyes was gone, so I would have to fight my own battle. It was the
legacy he had left me.
To be continued...