Prologue – Arrival.
6 years ago.
The Eclipse Academy.
Kaz felt a weight in his gut. It wasn’t an unbearably heavy weight but rather, a fuzzy feeling that he couldn’t shake no matter what he did.
Deep in his heart of hearts, Kaz knew the origin of this feeling. He denied it of course, just like he had gotten used to doing for the last six years. However unlike before, he had now run out of lies to tell himself.
His father, Akela had accompanied him through his divine baptism before literally shipping him off a mere four hours later.
His parting words,
“Don’t let down the name of Tar!”
To be completely honest, Kaz didn’t really mind these harsh words that lacked any and all form affection. In fact, these were the moments he longed for. After all, it beat being completely ignored for months on end.
His mother’s parting words on the other hand somehow made him feel even worse,
“Get rid of your weakness!” was all she whispered into his ear as she hugged him goodbye.
Why was he, Kaz the eldest son of the Akela being treated this way? The answer to that is simple yet also complicated.
The root cause can be traced back to the birth of a true monster. The likes of which that had never been heard of before, at least not till his brother came into this world.
His cursed name, Silver. Able to walk, talk, and train in the divine, all after being in this world for only a year.
Akela then started to dedicate more and more time to Silver to the point that a “hello” once a month would be cause for surprise.
Carmen, Kaz’s mother fell into a depression and would continuously criticize and verbally abuse Kaz to be “better”.
“Is such a thing even possible?” thought Kaz to himself time and time again.
The hatred, envy and sadness he had to carry around in his chest would weigh him down once in a while but he could live with it. But then, what is he supposed to do when he’s basically pushed out of his own home. That type of feeling is impossible to suppress.
They might tell him, “It’s because of you’re fire attribute or it’s for your future benefit.” But those are nothing but lies. The best proof would be his dear brother, Silver who has the light attribute.
“Why not send him away for his own benefit?”
Kaz sighed as he sat on a bench outside the Headmaster’s office.
“Is something wrong, young Master?” asked Kabul.
Kaz shook his head as he looked up at Kabul. A small smile suddenly bloomed on his face as he thought about how Uncle Kabul was the only person to ever give him the time of day. Be it teaching him how to use the fire attribute better or just a simple meaningless talk, Kabul was always there. Even now, he was the only one to accompany him to the Eclipse Academy.
Kabul smiled back at Kaz, he was a phoenix beast, a creature born of fire thus he always felt a special connection between him and Kaz who bore the fire attribute.
“I was instructed to bring you to see the Headmaster, once you’re in that room... my job will be done and I will leave.”
Kaz’s expression instantly fell and the fuzzy feeling in his chest became much more noticeable.
“You’re not your brother! In more ways than one.” stated Kabul as he looked into Kaz’s eyes.
“However I mean that in the best way possible. Do you still remember what I told you about the flame?”
Kaz cleared his throat of the invisible large lump of sadness that was stuck there and said as confidently as he could,
“Do not cheat me! From the spark, to the flame, to the fire and inevitably the inferno. Destruction is the flame’s purpose!”
Kabul slowly patted Kaz’s head,
“That phrase was told to me by my father before he died but it is incomplete. The remaining part tells us of how the flame is the purest form of cleansing for both the heart and the body. All evil can be reduced to ash and from the ashes we of the flame will live again.”
Kaz furrowed his brow as he failed to make sense of Kabul’s words.
Seeing this Kabul pulled Kaz close and embraced him,
“For us beasts, life is different. We must adapt and open heartedly accept change just like you must do now. Right now it’s impossible for you to understand the depth of the words I speak but I promise, one day you will be able to comprehend them to a level that even I cannot.”
Kaz didn’t pay much attention to Kabul’s words, instead he was lost in shock.
“Is he hugging me?” wondered Kaz. He wanted this moment in time to just freeze so that he can savour it and burn it into his memory forever. He wanted to keep this feeling of warmth but alas, his wish could not be fulfilled.
The door to the Headmaster’s office suddenly opened and a low voice sounded out,
“Come in.” The voice was soft yet also very clear and filled with something that resembled arrogance yet was not.
Kabul let go of Kaz and they both stood up however before he let Kaz go into the office Kabul said one last thing,
“Tell no one of what I just told you. Especially those who bare the fire attribute.”
Kaz nodded and then turned away, heading into the office.
Little did he know that he would never again see the proud Phoenix Beast Kabul again.