Kailash nodded. “Not far from where we are now, just outside of the main city. Back then, a woman and a man led the village, and they quickly gathered together everyone who had survived. You see, over the years, humans had learned much about battling the Smiling Fire, and people knew powers then that are long forgotten now. Humans could sense when life became precarious, but so great had been the Smiling Fire’s concealment and silence that none knew the growing threat against them until it was too late. That day in the village, all learned that over the long years the Smiling Fire had regained enough of his former power to once again threaten the world. He came to strike the first of his last blows against life. The village was life’s only chance. If the Smiling Fire killed the villagers—especially the woman who was pregnant and soon to give birth—then the Smiling Fire would be powerful enough to destroy all life. And this time, he would succeed.”
Kailash paused a moment, closing and opening her eyes as if some great pain and sorrow were washing over her. Jade studied her carefully. She began to look even younger. And there was no doubt now. Before their very eyes, Kailash’s appearance had changed. There was even something familiar about her.
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