Rift: The Mage and the BardKaelenea watched the ground carefully as she walked, afraid to look up and see just how close Meridian was. Her mind was a jumble of thoughts all vying for her attention. Alastar had said something unkind to her, his annoyance rising and then flaring in response to Zandra's continued poking, and he departed. Kae knew that Zandra was just trying to look out for her, but the way her heart had stopped beating as she watched Alastar walk away was enough to convince her that whatever she could get, whatever he was willing to give her, she would take it. She would take it with both hands and not question it, and be grateful.Rift: The Mage and the Bard by SunGryphon
She found him later by the Rill Pond, taking out his frustration on small creatures.
"I wouldn't blame you if you were mad," he'd said.
How could she explain how she felt without sounding like a desperate, love-struck fool? Ultimately she decided to keep it quiet. The last thing she wanted to do was scare him off with her feelings. Somehow they'd smoothed out the rough e
Rift: Kai in 512 WordsIt's not an easy thing, remembering your own death. Feeling the cold steel pressed against your stomach and then the warm gush of your blood (so much blood) as it rushes away, taking your life with it. It never hurt, though. That was the strange thing. Despite that razor edge ripping through my gut it never hurt. I guess it was the adrenaline.Rift: Kai in 512 Words by SunGryphon
No, dying never hurt. But the rebirth? That hurt more than anything imaginable. The first breath that tears through your lungs (like drowning in air) and the factory oil and ozone smell that follows, bringing bile to your throat as you realize you can't stop breathing, you have to keep going despite the stabbing pain in your lungs, and all around you there are others. The air is choking with their body heat, thick with the sweat of pain and triumph and agony.
Then, blessed coolness as you're guided away from the machines and brought, blinking, into the light. What is your name, Ascended? I try to think, to remember, and for a while I almost have