When Lilac regained her consciousness, she felt the heaviness of the air and the pain of the open wound in her neck. She wondered if she was waking up from a nightmare as she struggled to remember the events of her birthday celebration. Once she grasped what had transpired, she tried to open her eyes but quickly realized she had been blindfolded, bound by the stark darkness of the place she was being held hostage, while her hands were tightly knotted with a rope that was starting to burn into her flesh as she tried to wiggle out of bondage.
That familiar sense of fear and anxiety was starting to well up into Lilac’s chest—the abnormal, destructive emotion that was fuelled by the magnified threat of immediate danger, pain, and dark energy that seemed to hover all around her. Lilac breathed deeply and honed the power within. She instinctively knew that all her past experiences had been a culmination of events leading to this very moment.
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