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THE FACE-OFF

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PROLOGUE: 

“IT’S CONSIDERED TO BE A PRETTY BAD OMEN, WHEN YOUR DAY STARTS WITH A DEATH.”- THE SCRIBE

HE COULD SEE THE LADY STANDING IN THE BALCONY OF THE CHAMBERS,JUST AT THE EDGE OF THE PLATFORM.THE NIGHTGOWN THAT SHE WAS WEARING WAS FIT FOR A QUEEN,OR A PRINCESS MAYBE.SO WERE THE CHAMBERS.EVERYTHING WAS NEATLY PLACED AND CLEANED,A DAILY CHORE PROBABLY DONE BY HALF A DOZEN SERVANTS. 

THE BALCONY HAD NO BANNISTERS,IT WAS MORE LIKE A PLATFORM,WHICH WHEN STOOD UPON,GAVE A VIEW OF THE ENTIRE VALLEY BELOW AND THE MOUNTAINS TOUCHING THE NOCTURNAL HORIZON.THE BREEZE WAS COOL AND THE FLAME TORCHES KEPT FLICKERING AND WAVERING UNDER IT CONTINUOUSLY.ON SOME OTHER NIGHT,THIS SCENE WOULD HAVE BEEN ONE THAT PROVIDES A SENSE OF TRANQUILITY AND PEACE,BUT THERE WAS SOMETHING AMISS AT THAT TIME. 

THOUGH THE PRINCESS SEEMED TO HAVE ENJOYED ALL THE RICHES THE WORLD COULD BEAR,SHE SEEMED UTTERLY BROKEN.AN ALMOST CONTAGIOUS SADNESS EMANATED FROM WITHIN HER,A SENSE OF DESOLATION AND SORROW SUCH THAT CAN NEVER BE OVERCOME,AS IF THE WORLD HAD ENDED,AS IF SHE WAS TO BLAME FOR THE MISFORTUNE OF THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE

.A SINGLE TEAR CREPT DOWN FROM HER EYES.HE WANTED TO CONSOLE HER,TO GO NEAR AND TELL HER EVERYTHING WAS ALL RIGHT,BUT SOMETHING KEPT PULLING HIM BACK.HE FELT AS IF THERE WAS AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT SOURCE OF GRAVITY IN THE CHAMBERS PULLING HIM TOWARDS IT.

"I'M SORRY",SHE SAID AND MOVED A STEP FORWARD.

COMPREHENDING HER FURTHER ACTION HE TRIED TO JUMP FORWARD AND PULL HER BACK,BUT THE FORCE PULLED HIM WITH AN EVEN GREATER STRENGTH.AS HE WAS BEING PULLED INTO THE CHAMBERS BY THE INVISIBLE ENERGY,HE COULD SEE THE LADY LOOK BEHIND ONE LAST TIME WITH A FACE NOW CLOUDED WITH DESPERATION....DESPERATION FOR SOMEONE TO SAVE HER....THERE WAS NOTHING HE COULD DO BUT WATCH HER....WATCH HER TURN,AND TAKE ANOTHER STEP,ONE THAT TOOK HER TO THE VERY BOTTOM OF THE VINDICTIVE AND MALICIOUS VALLEY.

SHE WAS GONE.

ONLY THEN DID HE REALIZE THAT SO WAS THE FORCE THAT HAD ENGULFED HIM IN IT'S GRIPS.HE WANTED TO BREAK FREE NOW.THE SORROW OF THE CHAMBERS WAS TAKING A TOLL......HE WANTED TO GET OUT OF THERE SO HE RAN TOWARDS THE NEAREST DOOR AND THREW IT OPEN TO A BRIGHT LIGHT. 

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He once tread the planes 

as a traveller dark.

Scourging the land  

of every tree and lark, 

Stripping the living  

off their life and breath, 

the bane of the Angels 

and the harbringer of death

BELIEF.ONE OF THE MANY ASPECTS OF THE HUMAN PERSONALITY,AND ALSO ONE OF THE MOST POTENT.EONS BACK,WHEN WE HUMANS FOUND THAT OUR LIFE DIDN'T HAVE A PURPOSE,AN ULTIMATE AIM THAT ONE MUST STRIVE TO ACHIEVE,WE STARTED BELIEVING.

IT WAS THIS TOOL THAT SHAPED THE FORM OF OLYMPUS.

THIS ULTIMATE MOTHER,THAT GAVE BIRTH TO THE GODS THEMSELVES.

CREATING THE HALLS OF HEAVEN,AND CRAFTING THE FIELDS OF PUNISHMENT,THIS POWER GAVE US A PURPOSE IN OUR OTHERWISE GULLIBLE LIVES.IT GAVE US,IF ONLY OUT OF THE FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN,A WAY OF LIVING. 

A SINGLE PERSON IS ENOUGH FOR IT TO EXERCISE IT'S POWER.IT CAN SANCTIFY A WHOLE STRUCTURE,OR CURSE AN ENTIRE EMPIRE.DESTROY THE WORLD,OR.......CREATE ONE. 

ALL I WANNA SAY,IS DO NOT BELITTLE THE POTENCY OF THIS LITTLE ASPECT OF YOUR BEING.YOU NEVER KNOW........IN YOUR QUEST TO FIND THE MEANING OF YOUR LIFE IN THIS WORLD,THE GODS MAY ALREADY HAVE A PURPOSE FOR YOU IN ANOTHER. 

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HE REALIZED HE WAS SHIVERING.MAYBE IT WAS THE ANXIETY OF THE MATCH,HE THOUGHT,BUT HE'D BEEN DOING THIS FOR A COUPLE YEARS NOW AND AFTER HAVING BEEN CARRIED OUT ON A GURNEY AFTER HIS FIRST MATCH,ANXIETY AND NERVOUSNESS HAD BECOME THE PAST.

HE ALWAYS FELT CONFIDENT BEFORE ENTERING THE RING,NOT CONSIDERING THE PREVIOUS YEAR'S CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL WHEN HE SUDDENLY COLLAPSED JUST BEFORE LANDING HIS PIVOTAL-ROUND-TURNING PUNCH ON THAT BUTT FACED CONNOR,HE WON EVERY MATCH(YES,EVEN THE FIRST ONE).

BUT TODAY--TODAY WAS DIFFERENT.HE'D BEEN FEELING ODD AND OUT OF PLACE SINCE HE WOKE UP AFTER LAST NIGHTS PRE-MATCH HANGOVER HAD PASSED.NEVER HAD HE REMEMBERED A DREAM SO VIVIDLY THAT IT SEEMED LIKE HE'D BEEN LIVING IN IT.HE TRIED TO FOCUS PUSHING OTHER THOUGHTS OUT OF HIS MIND,NOW WAS NOT THE TIME TO THINK 'BOUT IT.THIS WAS THE CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL AND HE WASN'T GOING TO LET IT SLIP THROUGH HIS HANDS AGAIN. 

HE ENTERED THE ARENA,HANDS UP,CHIN HIGH,AND A CHEEKY HEROIC GRIN ON HIS FACE---THE CAESAR'S PALACE CROWD WENT NUTS.HE HAD TOTALLY PINNED THIS YEARS MATCHES,CLEAR VICTORIES,HE HAD NO REASON TO FEEL LOW TONIGHT....PLUS,IT WAS VEGAS,AND IT WAS HIS NIGHT.WITH THE ONLY EXCEPTION THAT IT WAS CONNOR THAT HE WAS FIGHTING AGAIN.

DEJA VU,EH?NOPE,NOT GONNA AFFECT ME,HE THOUGHT,AND WITH THAT GRIN INTACT,HE CROSSED THE ROPES TO THE RING.THE BELL SOUNDED AS HE INHALED A GOOD LONG BREATH.

TIME TO SHOW OFF SOME MIXED MARTIAL ARTS. 

THE ATMOSPHERE WAS JUBILANT AND ENERGETIC.CONNOR SEEMED LIKE HE WOULD TOPPLE UNDER RAIZO'S UNWAVERING KICKS AND PUNCHES.A KICK LANDED SQUARELY ON CONNORS LEFT CHEEK AND HE TURNED ENOUGH TO GIVE RAIZO THE TIME TO MAKE A TRIPLE KICK COMBO TO HIS TORSO.RECOVERING,CONNOR TRIED TO ROUNDHOUSE PUNCH HIM-BUT TOO SLOW,A DUCK,SLIP AND A HARD KNEE IN HIS STOMACH AND HE WAS SEEING STARS.HE HEARD HIS RIB CRACK UNDER THE FORCE OF RAIZO'S KICK THAT LANDED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE FIRST ONE.RAIZO THOUGHT HIMSELF TO HAVE DEFINITELY IMPROVED SINCE HE LAST FOUGHT HIM IN THE UFC FALL FACE-OFF, BUT SO MUCH IMPROVEMENT IN SUCH LITTLE TIME WAS PLAUSIBLE. 

FOCUS,HE THOUGHT.

CONNOR FAKED A JAB TOWARDS RAIZOS TORSO AND RAIZO DODGED AS HE EXPECTED.SPINNING ON A LEG HE KICKED RAIZO ON HIS FACE,BUT HE RECOVERED FASTER THAN CONNOR ANTICIPATED.CONNOR THEN TRIED TO TRIPLE PUNCH HIM BUT RIGHT AFTER THE FIRST PUNCH,HIS ARM CRAMPED UNEXPECTEDLY, AND EVEN THOUGH THE GLITCH WAS JUST FOR A SECOND,IT GAVE RAIZO ENOUGH TIME TO DUCK AND LAND A KICK ON THE BROKEN RIB. 

THE PAIN THAT CAME AFTERWARD DAZED CONNOR AND MADE HIM BOW IN PAIN.SEIZING THE MOMENT,RAIZO HIT HIM WITH AN UPPERCUT WHICH BLEW HIM RIGHT OFF HIS FEET AND ON THE FLOOR----ONE.....TWO...THREE....THE CROWD COUNTED ALONG WITH THE REFEREE....CONNOR WAS DOWN FOR GOOD,AND AS THE BELL SOUNDED,RAIZO WAS ELATED.CONNOR HAD FALLEN LIKE A SOFT TOY THUS MAKING RAIZO THE NEW WORLD MMA CHAMPION.

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