The dreams are always the same in a never ending loop of those last 15 years and they always end the same. The aged figure of Bahamut standing cockily on the Rift mountain's rim, arms crossed and wing sets half furled. He glares down at Darksky through aged and hateful eyes. His once bright platinum scales dulled to the color of badly tarnished silver and riddled with scars of past battles.
"It is time for you to return to your prison vile beast!" Darksky hears him bellow from his place by the base of the waterfall Caige sitting near by.
"I am harming no one!" He roars back, "Leave me in peace King of the Draco I wish no ill of you!"
"Do you think I was hatched yesterday dark prince! Your lies will have no sway here"
Of course the Draco King does not believe him. Darksky's entire existence had been one filled with murder and evil. Had it not been for the events of the last 13 years, which included the disappearance of the Elf Aine and the child she'd borne him, he would never have been purified in the Necrossey spring and guided into the light. Bahamut leaps into the air his wings catching the wind as he soars straight for Darksky.
"Caige run!" Darksky shouts as he moves to meet his attacker head on. The two grapple as Bahamut lands, an act that sends Bahamut staggering backwards a few steps. "I do not wish to fight!" It is an unfair fight in Darksky's eyes as he himself has not aged one year since his hatching while Bahamut will well into his venerable years. Darksky keeps pressing into the grapple as a defense and distraction. "This does not have to happen!"
"It does and it will you abomination," Bahamut spits back snapping his jaws at Darksky's face, "you and all your tainted followers will be removed from this world!"
"They can be purified! There is a way!" Darksky gives a sudden push and releases Bahamut backing away in a defensive stance. "Please Talk to the priestess and you will see." Bahamut's eyes fall upon the white clad figure in a safe outcropping not far from the waterfall. He recognizes the garb of the priestess of the wooden river village.
"Priestess you have failed your duty! You will pay for your sins! To think, allowing yourself to be tainted by this beast!" He moves in raising a flame in his throat and preparing to destroy the tainted woman. Darksky intercepts grabbing Bahamut's jaws and holding them closed extinguishing the flame in a painful woosh. Bahamut fights back raking his claws down Darksky's chest and buffeting him with his wings. Darksky pushes Bahamut back with a roar and moves on the offensive after the aged king. He was protecting his friend now. King or not Darksky would not let Bahamut harm Caige. The fight is vicious and many hours long each taking and giving mighty blows. Darksky vaguely hears screaming from Caige urging the fighting to stop, but it cannot. Bahamut keeps pressing and Darksky continues to defend himself. Darksky is caught off guard when Bahamut smacks a dead tree at Darksky with his tail. Darksky stumbles and Bahamut takes advantage of the opening. He rushes Darksky head down and slams him in the gut following through by lifting Darksky and throwing him bodily towards the waterfall. Darksky feels his tail hit something as he lands and Caige's voice is silenced. His wings are in agony and 4 of them hang limply having been shattered in the fall. He has enough time to raise to a defensive crouch before Bahamut is upon him. He pushes off hard knocking Bahamut backwards and down into the river. While the great king flounders to his feet Darksky frantically searches where his tail had landed. There by the water lays the broken remains of the priestess. Something in Darksky's very core crumbles and he drops to the ground by the body.
"Caige! No! Caige get up! Please get up! I told you to run!" Tears coarse down the great dragon's muzzle as he gingerly picks up the body. He has caused her death. He has killed the only person left in this world that believed in him. Darksky looks up in time to see Bahamut Charging at him once more. He curls himself protectively around Caige's body with an anguished howl that is cut short when Bahamut's attack connects. The Draco King rips at Darksky's back ripping two of his wings away and destroying the membranes of the rest.
"Stop!" Darksky bellows, choking into a sob, "I give in..." Bahamut's attack ceases and Darksky rises slowly turning to the king. "I give in..." He has the haunted look of a creature with nothing left to live for. The fight is clean out of him.
Bahamut regards him suspiciously, but does not press another attack. He watches Darksky turn and enter the mountain. The King has won. He follows Darksky down into the mountain. Down to the cavern where Darksky had first been imprisoned. Darksky allows himself to be chained once more with only enough slack to just barely cradle the body of the priestess. He hears the mutterings of a spell from the Draco king and everything slips into darkness. His last sight is the broken body in his hands her once white shift now stained with blood and dirt.
Darksky starts awake and tries to lift his head. It is so heavy and his eyes can barely focus. he lays his head back down staring blurrily into space his eyes centering upon the desiccated corpse still in his hands. How long had he been here? he breathed a long low anguished moan. Not long enough for the pain in his heart to subside.
"Aine... Caige... Come back... please..." with those words he slipped back into a restless slumber doomed to repeat his dreams reminding him of all he had gained and lost.