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My hallowed sword. Clear as ice. Invisible to mortal eyes. Her’s was the red dagger. Black edges. Boisterous. Hellish. Magma. My off-hand weapon.
I stalked her.
Her dagger-like nails. She swiftly peeled through my sanctified steel.
I flung Ice at her eye. Cleaved down on her wings with Magma.
Unholy rage. Desperation. Love.
Ice shattered like glass on impact. Magma snapped in threes.
She cackled. “Hopeless boy…”
I scrambled for the shattered weapons.
Useless weapons! Lying old shaman!
Wings sliced over my head. Clipped my knotted mane.
“Enough!” I pleaded.
E’lees… save her.
I retrieved pieces of Magma in stealth.
Enchanted weapons were her last hope to retrieve what’s left . Of her.
She summoned machines. Slicing. Crushing. Machines.
I screamed. “Stop!”
She took flight. Whipped her wings. Summoned gusts of wind which pinned me against a crumbling column.
My despair dissolved to acceptance.
I braced my body for a pain worse than death.
She caressed my cheek. “Oh, Iku…”
Pity in her demonic tone. Pity for me.
I opened my teary eyes.
Wings. Leathery skin. All vanished in favor of her angelic flesh.
“Stop fighting.” She cuffed my cheek.
I looked away.
You wear her flesh. But you are not her.
I unearthed her broken Magma.
“Be with me,” She pleaded.
I drove Magma into my chest.
To be with her. In oblivion.
Her wings sprouted. Form shifted from flesh to scales.
“Iku!” She shrieked and collapsed the temple on top of us.