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Prologue A cascade of shells and machine gun fire ricocheted around my feet. Wind pounded in my ears. All I could smell was fear. All I could taste was dust. It seemed like the unstable four walls that held my life together were about to collapse. How did I end up here? That’s when my sole sanctuary came into view, the only thing I could trust, my lone refuge- Bezo’s Embassy.

At the top of the turrets I witnessed something that will never leave my mind. I saw guards fighting for something bigger than themselves, sacrificing their lives for a greater purpose. One by one, they fell. To avoid the line of fire or something more sinister, I did not know.

As my feet pounded against the sand, my destination the sole oasis ahead, all I could touch was dust. All I could taste was dust. All I could smell was dust. Then the single most horrifying thing I could ever have experienced in my entire existence, happened.

The drawbridge started to close.

There was a sudden silence. And then… I felt the cold. I knew instantly this was not a typical cold. This cold penetrated so deeply it could only speak of death. It was coming. The end was coming. The cold was starting to pierce my very heart, the thing I held most dear. My thoughts were beginning to fade, everything pushed away. It took all of the effort I had left, my final energy reserve, but I managed one more thought. “I love you. Forever.”

And then the world went black.


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