I force myself to stand, to ran, to escape. I don’t know where I’m going, I just have to get out of here. Out of here… Out of here?
“So, you want to leave, do you?” a voice snaps me out of my… trance?
I turn around, feeling grounded for the first time in a while. A girl with icy blue eyes and long black hair is floating behind me. The campus has disappeared, and we’re at a floating platform, above it. The girl has black, feathered wings, tipped with red, like blood.
“Kassandra Oliver.” I hiss.
“That’s me. Although I go by Dark Kassandra now. Easy mistake to make, I know.” Kass sounds stuck-up and pompous.
“Get to the point, enough of these games! What do you want?” I demand.
“Oh, Mesa. I don’t want anything. It’s you who wants something. Isn’t that right?”
“Me? What are you talking about?!”
“Weren’t you just begging to be freed from that nightmare down there?”
I go to retort, but… she’s right. “That’s what I thought. Now, how about I make you a deal? You come with me, and I help you free your little Ed from the poison never meant for him. Oh, and you’ll help me bring Kal back home too. Sound good?” Kassandra offers, smiling impishly.
Home? But Kal grew up under Tang’s rule… Not Low’s… Am I missing something? Did she lie to us?
“Hurry up, I don’t have all day. This sun… ugh, it burns.”
“If I can save Ed… Fine, you have a deal. Kal’s mean to me anyways.”
Kassandra claps, and holds out a hand. “Come on, there’s so much to do! Ooh, this’ll be so much fun!”
Stepping forward, I grab her hand. And am promptly pulled into a swirling vortex of color.