<small>Saturday, June 23, 2012</small>[h=3]A Sinister Plan Revealed![/h] Juan helped Sakura rise to her feet as the darkness that had enveloped Saki Gardens quickly approached them. As it neared, the dark cloud slowly took shape, revealing a figure that grew and became more defined until before them stood a looming, menacing creature who began to speak with what at first, sounded like a deep, rumbling growl... "Allow me to introduce myself." The creature spoke slowly as the smoke that enveloped the creature's surrounding smoke circled around them as if trapping them in. "My wondrous name is Nox...the lord of everything, let's just say...that you are not." Nox smirked. "HOW DARE YOU KILL MY TREES!" Sakura said loudly as she broke away from Juan's arms to confront Nox. "Well now, it appears I might have ruffled some angelic feathers." A smirk racing across his face. "It is a rather curious story you see." He said as he closed in, burning the ground he walked on. "I was conjured by the very Earthlings you are trying to save!" He said loudly and although he stood several feet away from Sakura, she could feel the infernal heat emanating from his body. "While you and your precious Pure Hearts have been building Kingdom Sky, there have been many whose heart became possessed by the very emotions you pathetic creatures deny to accept!" He continued. "HATE.JEALOUSY.SELFISHNESS.DECEPTION.GREED!" Alas, just a few of my favorite things!" He yelled. "So while you all create this pretty little world, the humans below gathered and conjured the magnificent beast before you!" Yet another twisted smile of satisfaction sprawled across his charcoal lips. "BUT WHY MY TREES, NOX!" Aika looked longingly at her owner. She could feel Sakura's indignity growing within her. "Why your trees?" He asked coyly. "Your trees are your pathetic worlds' source of hope!" His voice grew cracked like thunder. "Hope, that I must now continue to destroy!" His maniacal laughter shook the very ground they stood upon. Sakura clutched her chest, for her heart suddenly felt as if it was being torn in in shreds. But then, Sakura thought she heard something. Soft as a whisper, that grew in strength as she tried to listen, not with her ears, but with her heart. She closed her eyes and listened... Sakura....hope can not die....it lives in your heart...and love...makes it grow.... The whispered message rang in her mind and shook her very soul. She stood firmly and spread her wings as she was suddenly filled with a strength that spread through her like wildfire. "I WON'T LET YOU, NOX!" Sakura yelled defiantly. Nox was suddenly looming over here. "You and what army, Sakura?" Nox said, sarcastically. "We ARE the army, Nox, and all the Pure Hearts that believe in us and what we stand for!" The Elders rose and joined together, standing tall and brave, with wings outstretched. "Perhaps....I NEED TO TO TEACH YOU ALL A LESSON!" Nox said between bared teeth as he quickly rose his arm to strike Sakura. Sakura rose her arms to shield herself from the blow when she heard, the blow pound and felt something fall with a heavy thud at her feet. Sakura looked down to see Aika's body sprawled before with smoke softly wafting from it. "NOOOOOOO!" Sakura screamed as she fell to her knees clutching Aika's lifeless body against her chest. As she sobbed, tears trickled over her beloved guardians' singed body, exposing trials of wet, white and gold fur. "LET THAT BE A LESSON TO THE REST OF YOU WINGED RATS." Nox sneered. "I can not be stopped, and at my command every Cursed Blossom will disperse and as they do, everything they touch will burn, wither, and die!" He growled. "So enjoy your precious Kingdoms in the Sky while it lasts, you weak and pathetic fools!" His last words rumbled and echoed as he became enveloped by a thick, black smoke cloud that quickly began descending into Earth. I've not read this,so I'll share and read it too.