Prologue--The Bestial Realm (Rough draft)
I stand at the edge of a large window, looking out upon an ocean, cool grey waves lapping against a grey sand shore. Making their way towards the water, large monstrous creatures greyish blue and algae green, slowly walk into the shallows. As soon they touch the water, it turns thick in consistency, no longer liquid. The monsters walk on the waters, as if walking on a grey carpet. I watch with dismay, the air around me tainted with the smell of blood and dust. Beside me, stand four others, watching the scene with worried eyes and thoughtful expressions.
I stand there, frozen to the spot, watching, and then everything goes black.
Tall, thin and colorful pictures stand, lining a black road which twists and turns out of sight. The tall colorful pictures, standing erect, move with life. Images of homes, dinner tables, livingrooms, and families smiling and laughing together, welcoming and warm.
A figure appears, walking on the black road towards me. It is a woman, plump, wrinkled with bright white hair twisted into a bun on the top of her head. She neither smiles or frowns at the sight of me, only nods. She stops to stand before me and puts her wrinkled hands on her round hips, she nods at me, as if in approval.
I nod, “I’m here.”
Beside me I realize stands two others, two of the four which stood watching the water turn to pudding. They also nod, and I feel the comfort of having friends by my side. We walk out upon the dark path, which winds through the standing pictures, as a road would through a neighborhood. We pass many pictures in silence, glancing with wide eyes the beautiful images on either side.
Up ahead, the pictures abruptly end, and the black road trails on towards a large, looming forest, dark green pine trees, their height unmeasurably tall.
A faint light shines deep within the forest, and I watch as it gets brighter and brighter. With a burst of light, flame and pine needles, the light breaks free of the forest, speeding towards me.
I see the image of a large beautiful bird, aglow with flaming feathers, right in front of me.
Sudden pain, a burning sensation in my head, and then… darkness.