IC l OOC l Character Roster It was the middle of spring and the world was in full blossom. Kirine loved the smell of flowers. It smelt like the world had just been sprayed by a giant bottle of perfume. She stood in the centre of the field and inhaled deeply. The grass was tickling her leg, and she couldn't help but feel all calm and serine. She sat down, cross-legged and smiling, soaking up the sun's rays with her eyes closed. She felt a strong wind blowing through and the tall grass undulated like an ocean. Then she heard a shrill voice calling out to her. "Kirine! Kirine honey, where are you?" It was like a drop of ink in water. Out of place, incongruous. Kirine opened her eyes and got up out of the grass so her grandmother could spot her. "Hey Gran, I'm right here." She started walking over to were her grandmother was standing and gave her a kiss on the cheek. Her grandmother smiled and kissed her right back. Your mother said she just made some lemonade and some sandwiches up by the house. She wants to have a picnic." Her Gran smiled with her entire face as she said this. "She can drive out here then, it's beautiful and calming," Kirine suggested. The field was a bit outside the big city and there was no major roadway nearby. Her Gran agreed with her suggestion and said they should walk back over to her parked jeep and call. Kirine held her hand and started strolling over to the car when she felt a strong breeze -strong enough to push her back. Her Gran stumbled and Kirine helped her back up. She heard a strange sound coming from somewhere. It sounded like chains rustling. Kirine looked around but couldn't locate the source of the sound. It got louder and louder until, finally, she looked up and found the source of the noise. It was a chain, and it fell until it stopped short just short of touching the earth. Both Kirine and her Gran stared at it until the older woman began moving over to it slowly. "Gran...." Kirine started to say but trailed off. She was curious too. Her grandmother moved over until she reached the chain. Then slowly, nervously, she grabbed hold of it. There were a few horrifying moments before Kirine realized what had happened. Her Gran had touched the chain and burst into flames, which slowly devoured her and her guttural screams until she was nothing but ash. Kirine screamed and ran over to the chain, grabbing hold and screaming louder, and it instantly began moving upward at an unholy speed, hauling Kirine off earth. She grabbed on until her knuckles turned white as she ascended further up. Eventually she found herself staring down at the planet and still going higher and higher until she couldn't even see the stars. Just utter darkness. Her eyes opened wide as she looked around. And that's when she spotted the single white amorphous blob standing out in the darkness. Kirine stared at it for awhile, before reality set in and she started to scream once more.