The dread of consciousness fills me. The numbness fades away As I reach out for the space beside me. The fire lights the blood Illuminating it for all to see No one will though. I am alone again. The blood pounds through my head Beating itself against my skull ‘Out!’ It wails at me. I cannot. ‘Alain…’ My voice cracks Like the ancient creaks of a tomb. Forever I am tormented. Forever she will be out of reach. ‘No,’ the fire hisses at me. ‘No!’ It cries building itself up. ‘I cannot!’ I cry raising my arms Shielding against the wall of blood and fire I am lost.