It was late in the night as everyone slept peacefully, all except Cynder. She kept tossing and turning in her sleep as a nightmare kept going on in her head.
In her dream~
She was trapped to the floor watching as Spyro fought against Malefor, and every few times a silver blur would flash by hitting Malefor as well. Yet Malefor would always hit them harder then they would hit him. After a round of combo hits, both Spyro and the mysterious character came crashing down, hitting the ground hard. Malefor trapped them under using a hand of darkness, turned to Spyro and the other dragon, and chuckled.
"So, all that is left to do is to kill you two." He turned to Cynder "And I know just the person to do that job for me." He raised his hand and pointed at Cynder. The grip which trapped her to ground disappeared and she slowly started growing larger. As she grew her scales turned blacker, her body stronger, horns longer and more menacing looking. She looked at herself and smiled walking closer to Malefor.
"It is good to be your servant once more Dark Master." She said and in her mind she was allowing this all to happen.
"Good to have you back. Now destroy Spyro and get my newest apprentice back on our side." He left and she turned and looked down at the silver dragon and teleported him somewhere, leaving only Spyro. He looked up and stared into her eyes only to see darkness and aggression. She looked into his eyes and saw a strange emotion surrounded by fear and sadness. She only laughed at the sight as she brought a claw up to his neck.
"Cynder please don't do this! I know your good, and can beat the darkness which swells inside you." He pleaded but she only laughed. In her mind though she was pleaded to herself to stop but she continued to watch in horror as she flung her arm back ready to strike. Spyro only accepted this and close his eyes waiting for the moment of death to rid him of this world. She threw her arm down but before she could feel her talon tear into his flesh she awoke, tears rolling down her cheeks, and breathing hard.
She wiped the tears away and stepped out of the bed. She stood there for a few seconds wondering if should tell anyone about this or not but she decided she would just go to Spyro and try to relax. She walked out of her room and into the halls. After a bit of walking she came up Spyro's room but she carefully opened the door and peeped in. She saw Spyro sound asleep and decided not to bother him. She also looked for Aaron but saw he wasn't there, she thought he got a new room and continued on. She stealthfuly walked through the room heading for the balcony and once she got to the balcony she walked backwards in order to keep an eye one Spyro to see if he would wake up or stay asleep. Unfortunately she didn't see Aaron sleeping in her way and tripped over him. He awoke instantly, stood up, and got in his battle stance.
"Who's there?" He rubbed his eyes and looked at Cynder as she picked herself off the ground."Cynder what are you doing here?" He asked as he helped her up.
"I come out here when I can't sleep. Sorry I didn't know you were out here, I'll head back into my room." She turned around but Aaron stopped her by grabbing her tail.
"Is there something wrong?" He asked and she could hear the concern feeling in his voice.
"No, it was just a nightmare. I wanted to come out here and think to myself." Aaron sat down and listened,
"There has to be something if it is preventing you to sleep. What happened in the nightmare?" She lowered her head and thought back to the dream which brought a tear back into her eyes.
"It doesn't matter. I'm going back to bed." She tried to move but he kept a good hold on her tail.
"It matters. It's keeping you awake and you came here to think about it. That tells me there is something wrong." She sat down again diverting her eyes away so he couldn't see she was crying. She told the dream to him with much sorrow in her voice. When she was done telling it he sat there for a second thinking."How is this preventing you from sleeping?"
"It felt so real. Sometimes dragons dream of the future and if this is a vision I can't be here. I need to go!" She tried to run away but he kept his grip strong."Aaron let go! I need to get away so that dream doesn't happen!" She kept trying but he still kept his grip.
"Cynder it won't." She stopped and looked at him showing the tears that had fallen down her face.
"How can you be so sure won't?!" She stared at him and he could see the fear and sorrow in her eyes.
"Darkness will not take you." He stared into her eyes with determination in his eyes.
"Aaron I am darkness! Darkness is inside me and I can't help it! It took me over once before and it will again, no matter what I do!" He shook his head taking his attention off of Cynder as she moved around where her back was to the opening of the balcony.
"Cynder, do you let it flow through you." She shook her head.
"I try not to but it still does." By the sound of her voice he could tell she was calming down.
"Cynder every being has a choice. Every choice has a result." She continued to look down.
"I guess the result of mine was becoming evil." She said sadly.
"NO! You didn't have a choice. Malefor forced you, but now that you are free you have a choice." She shook her head again.
"Aaron darkness is in me. There is no getting it out! Not an ounce of light flows through me only darkness does." This time he shook his head.
"No, darkness is not alone. There is light flowing through as well for without light darkness cannot exist."
"Aaron I can't change it. No matter how hard I try there is no getting rid of it."
"Yes there is Cynder. Let light flow through, stronger then darkness, to get rid of it."
"I don't know how."
"Do it for something."
"What? What is there for me to fight for? Almost every dragon is dead, things happened that are my fault. It's even my fault why you are here."
"It's not Cynder. Why would you say that?"
"Because it is, I left and Malefor needed someone for a new student and you are there to fill it."
"Ok maybe it is but then I wouldn't be here to see all this stuff and be friends with you, Spyro, and the elders. Now though I just want to help you let in the light. Make it stronger to beat the darkness inside you."
"It can't be beat Aaron. I can't find anything to have light fight for. No one thing." She started to walk off but still felt his hand on her tail.
"What about Spyro?" She froze and thought for a second.
"He would be better off without me. I caused him too much trouble. I'm not going to cause him any more." She turned away being able to, only to meet the face of Spyro. She looked at him and noticed he had been listening for quite some time "Spyro?! What are you doing up?"
"I over heard you two talking and I came to see what was going on." He looked at Cynder then to Aaron but went back to Cynder. "Did you really mean that last part?" She nodded and started to walk away.
"Yes. Spyro by morning I hope I will be gone. Long gone so no more trouble will come to you. I have caused you enough already and I don't need to cause anymore." She continued walking leaving Aaron and a very upset Spyro behind. Spyro lied down and started to silently cry to himself as Aaron walked over.
"What am I going to do Aaron? I can't let her leave."
"I don't know but she is right about that one thing from before. There is someone who hasn't forgiven her." Spyro stood up tears flowing out of his eyes and looked at Aaron.
"Who?! Tell me quickly so we can get him to forgive and keep Cynder here." Aaron shook his head.
"It's not that easy."
"What do you mean? Tell me and I will find him and make him apologize." Aaron still shook his head.
"It's Cynder herself. She can't forgive herself of what she has done, and the only way for it to be done is if has something to allow light to flow through. A strong emotion for someone or something would do the trick." Spyro looked away trying to think while Aaron did the same thing.
"Who, or what would she really care about Aaron?" Spyro asked as he thought when Aaron came up with something.
"Spyro, how much would you say you truly care for her?" Spyro raised his head and thought for a second.
"She's my best friend, a true ally, but she knows that. It won't work." He dropped his head while Aaron shook his head.
"You have to go beyond that Spyro. How do you feel about her? What would you do for her?" Spyro thought about it.
"I feel like we are more then friends, and I would do anything for her just to keep her happy, safe, and to be here with me." Aaron grinned as Spyro thought more into it.
"Go to her and tell her that." Spyro looked at him surprised.
"Why?" He asked tears still flowing down his checks even after all this time. Aaron didn't say anything this time and Spyro could tell why. He quickly turned and ran off hoping to catch Cynder in time before she left. Aaron just stood there with a grin on his face and his arms crossed.
"Come on out Ignitus the coast is clear. There is no use hiding I can feel you nearby." Soon Ignitus flew from below the balcony onto it and looked at Aaron.
"How did you feel me? I was using silent flight."
"It doesn't mean I can't feel the winds being blown by your wings." Ignitus nodded and looked out to Spyro's room.
"Those were very wise words you used. How did you know that Spyro felt that way?"
"It's obvious to see Ignitus. I bet even Sparx, where ever he is, even saw it." Ignitus nodded again."Hey is there a window in Cynder's room?" Aaron asked.
"Yes I believe so. Why do you ask young one?"
"Could you fly me to it? I want to make sure Spyro says what he told me."
"Okay." Ignitus bent down and allowed Aaron to hop on his back. When he felt he was ready he took off silently heading around the left side of the temple in till he came up to a tall pile of rubble blocking his was to the window."This is as far as I can take you. Sorry but you won't be able to get through." Aaron didn't listen as he jumped off Ignitus' back and landed on the rubble. A few rocks fell under his feet but he quickly caught his footing and slowly but carefully climbed up before he hit a gap between him and the window. He turned to see Ignitus gone and decided to try and go ahead. With careful thinking he wall ran down the right side and when he stopped he jumped to the other side before jumping back helping him gain height before he hit the window, at this point he had to pick himself up. He looked into the room to see Cynder having her back towards him. He found this lucky and climbed fully in before he had to quickly blend into the shadow as Cynder turned her head. He stood there for a few seconds before she turned her head back allowing him to move without her seeing, but he stood still and waited before he could hear knocking at the door.
"Who is it?" Aaron could hear the sorrow in her voice.
"It's me, Spyro." The answer came from the door.
"Leave me alone Spyro." He hung his head low and started to walk away.
"Spyro don't give up." Aaron kept saying to himself hoping he wouldn't have to talk to Cynder. He was about ready to when another knock was heard from the door.
"Spyro, I said to leave me alone." Cynder said with the up most depressed voice Aaron has ever heard.
"It's me Ignitus." Both Aaron and Cynder were surprised to hear this and Cynder lowered her head.
"Come in." She said her head still hung low. Aaron watched as not Ignitus but Spyro walked in. He walked in till he was at the foot of her bed before talking again.
"Cynder." She turned to see him and looked around for Ignitus.
"Where's Ignitus. I thought he was the one knocking." Spyro shook his head.
"No it was me. I just mimicked his voice." He jumped on the bed as Cynder tried to back up."Cynder I need to tell you something." He looked at her but saw something written in the head rest of the bed. He looked to see it was a note she was drawing in the stone with her claw. It said.
"Dear Everyone. I am sorry to say this but I have cause enough problems and had to leave. Darkness still flows through me allowing Malefor to take over and I can't risk that for all of you. I hope everything turns out for the better. P.s I'm sorry Sp." It was cut short as Cynder didn't finish it. While he was looking Cynder made a quick dash for the door but stopped as Aaron blocked her way.
"Cynder. You need to stay." She shook her head tossing tears onto the stone ground.
"Aaron move I have to get away." He shook his head.
"Just listen to Spyro. If you want to leave I will let you." She looked down but turned around to listen to Spyro. He walked over to her slowly tears falling down his own face as his eyes stared into hers. When he got close he surprised her by pulling her into a tight hug continuing to cry as he held onto her.
"Cynder please don't go! Please stay here with me for if you leave I don't know what I would do." Cynder shook her head."You're my best friend, the only reason why I am still here."
"I'm almost the reason why your not." Spyro pulled away but held onto her shoulders.
"No Malefor is. He influenced you to darkness. He is the reason for all this not you." She moved her graze away."Cynder please look at me. I care for you, more then anyone else here." She looked up a bit surprised by his words." I care for you more then Ignitus, Sparx, even my step parents. If Malefor did anything good it was giving us the chance to meet. Not saying it was good he did this to you but if he never did this, you and I would never have met and I would never have been friends with you. Cynder I want you to stay here with me for I want you safe, happy, and to live with no regret. I have a strong feeling for you, one I can't explain but it tells me to stay close and do what ever it takes just to be by your side." Cynder continued to cry but this time out of sheer joy. Spyro was crying as well but seem surprised at the things he said. He never knew how badly he felt for her. He kept his gaze at her eyes but soon it ended as she pulled him into a tight hug crying even more.
"Do you really mean all that?" She asked tears flowing down her checks.
"Yes. I mean it all with every fiber of my being." She smiled as they hugged tight but pulled away when a strange light flashed into the room laminating it enough to see through the darkest of nights. Both Spyro and Aaron looked to see the light was forming around Cynder as it absorbed into her, but once it was gone she looked up at both of them worried at what just happened, but the only thing she really looked at was Spyro's smile."You let the light in." She went wide eyed for a second but smiled as well as she felt the light flow through her own body.
"I did. I guess I really did." She looked over to Aaron.
"I told you everything has light. You just have to let it in but since you never forgiven yourself the light never had a way in." Aaron looked away from both of them and left the room leaving the door wide open."Just like I said; if you want to leave I won't stop you." She looked at the door then to Spyro who hung his head low waiting for her to choose. She thought for a second before walking over to Spyro. He looked up tears forming out of the corner of his eyes as he looked into Cynder's. She smiled and he did as well.
"You're going to stay?" Spyro asked with hope in his voice. She nodded and he hugged her again. They slowly let go of each other and stared into each other's eyes before looking away blushing. Things were silent as Aaron waited around the corner listening in to make sure everything is ok. He was about to break the silence when he heard Cynder beat him to it.
"Spyro, could you sleep in here tonight." He only nodded, went next to the bed, and lied down before Cynder crawled up into her bed. She carefully watched as Spyro fell asleep till her own eyes started to fall on her before she was sound asleep. Aaron seeing his work was done decided to leave in order to get some sleep. Yet as he walked into the room he saw Ignitus standing there next to the bed waiting for him.
"Is there something you need Ignitus?" Aaron asked standing at the doorway.
"Yes there is. I and Cyrll are going to the Chronicler to study upon that mark on your hand." Aaron looked at his right hand. He stared at the dragon shaped mark for some time before looking back at Ignitus.
"Why this mark? Is there something about it I need to know?"
"That's why we need you to come with us. We have seen this mark before and want to know everything about it for it might lead to a way of beating Malefor once and for all." Aaron nodded and walked towards the bed.
"Who is this Chronicler any way? If I am to come I should know who I will be working with." Ignitus nodded but walked towards the door as Aaron settled down in the bed. Seeing as Spyro was in Cynder's room tonight he thought he could steal Spyro's bed for just one night.
"I will explain it when the time comes for now sleeps. When we are ready to leave we will come get you." Aaron nodded before Ignitus walked out the door into the darkness before he disappeared. Aaron quickly got up, checked outside the door to see if someone was nearby, but there was not one soul around. He quickly turned around, ran to the balcony, grabbed his pack, and brought it to the bed. He quickly rummaged through it in till he came upon a familiar book with the word "Dream" scratched in it. He turned only one page to see a picture of a wonderful sight, the only thing about it was...It was the sight of looking over the balcony right at the break of dawn. The same sight he saw yesterday. He quickly looked through more drawings of landscapes or of weird creature in till he came onto a picture of Spyro and Cynder lying down together on the ground, both with a big smile on their face. Aaron didn't remember anything about that journal but he could tell that moment was to happen soon, but has to how soon he didn't know. He looked through more and more pages constantly trying to remember if he drew this, seen it, or any way he had to do with this. After a while through sleep finally started to takes its effects on him. His eyes started to grow weary as he tried to stay awake but soon his head was done one the moss filled mattress and no sooner his eyes were close sending him off into a peaceful sleep.