THE LIBERATED FLAME
Artist: Yasuharu Takanashi - Song: Dragon Force
Alex was straining for all he was worth to make it so this hollow could be removed from him with as little damage as possible; even if that as little damage as possible could become quite extreme in the end. However, Kimitsuki kept fueling her flames of liberation as Alex struggled with the hollow that was intent on taking him over and forever depriving his family of a father; a lover. As Kimitsuki and Alex struggled with the effort, Alex seemingly struggling far more, Kimitsuki did her best to keep her liberation flame burning free. However, as time went on, Kimitsuki felt the heat in the room increase; heat that was not from Kimi herself.
Indeed, Kimitsuki was so absorbed in her effort to endure the growing heat, and to keep her liberation flame burning free, she did jump a small bit when she felt Alex's hand upon hers. Upon hearing what Alex had to say, the Danava gave a grim nod; a silent, but firm, nod. If they truly were to have this... Kimitsuki was absolutely determined to prevent Alex's untimely demise. The amount Alex's voice shook, how it seemed different from when they met; how much he nearly sounded... frightened. However, in spite of whatever might be causing his voice to diminish like such; it was obvious he was confident. Kimitsuki could not help but grin back at Alex when he smiled. She had a feeling that this meeting was oddly ordained; and one that was very good for Alex. After all, Kimitsuki could likely be among the few who could free Alex from such a fate.
A quiet had fallen upon the room, aside from the crackle of fire, as the pair fell silent as Kimitsuki felt the hollow material under her hand squirm and struggle; as if it knew what the pair were attempting. Then again, it probably did. A wave of heat tore through the room as Alex had started to focus and heat up, doing what he could to rip the hollow apart from his soul without killing him. A break down of his body, perhaps even his soul, started as the heat in the room built to levels that Kimi was all too familiar with; starting to feel a little hot even for her. Her own thermal armor was likely starting to lose its cohesion under the constant exposure to such great heat. However, she didn't care. She was going to save Alex from this hollow even if she too got burnt and singed in the process.
Dust turned to impure glass, other materials simply melted or were completely incinerated; and bit by bit, Kimitsuki felt as if the hold the hollow had was... loosening. It was an odd sensation, as if she could feel the riot within Alex rejecting the hollow with every fiber of his being; breaking the beings hold on Alex in ways that were quite painful. As Kimitsuki watched, she felt the hollow beneath her hand squirm in absolute panic. It knew what Alex was trying to do, what they were trying to do, and it was losing this little contest of strength. And then, it happened.
Alex had certainly been able to do what he needed with the anarchy that was coursing through his very blood; rejecting and rioting against the constriction that this hollow had upon him. Meanwhile, Kimitsuki's liberation did its best to free Alex from the hollow's enslavement. However, a change came over the situation as Alex's power came out in an unstable show; a pillar of fire that engulfed the pair of them. However, in such an action; the hollow that was tearing at Alex's soul was torn from Alex. He was free from such a terrible burden. And in such freedom, a dragon reared its head.
As soon as Alex had expelled the hollow from him, and Kimitsuki was certain their lives were no longer linked, Kimitsuki tore the hollow free from Alex's form; denying it the chance to reclaim it's vessel. As the Danava slid back from Alex, leaving some liberation flame with Alex to help him, the flames around Kimitsuki returned to normal; and they burned even hotter than before; possibly even causing metal around her to begin melting. She growled at the hollow she had recently torn away from Alex; the incomplete being attempting to escape from the immense heat that was melting the material around Kimitsuki. However, she wasn't going to let this hollow harm Alex, nor anyone, any longer.
With a burst of energy, and even a slight bit of force, Kimitsuki grabbed the hollow with her other hand; yelling as fire erupted around her. The flames started slow, calm, as Kimitsuki held the hollow still with both of her hands; refusing to let it get away from her. In moments, nay, seconds, Kimitsuki and the hollow were engulfed in a red-orange torrent of flame that burned hotter and hotter by the moment. Any cries of pain the hollow might, or could, make were lost in the roaring of the Danava of Fire; both the flames and the woman herself. She continued to let the torrent of flame erupt around her, making certain the hollow was completely incinerated. In the meantime, however, the room was filled with the roars of dragons.
Eventually, the din died down and the flame slowed in it's torrential assault upon the hollow that Kimitsuki had once held; no more than ash on the wind. As Kimi slowly came into view from the middle of the column of fire, Kimitisuki opened her hands to let what ash remained of the hollow to burn away; leaving the area her fire had raged, in a safe enough distance away from Alex, brutally scorched and melted. However, the Danava forgot any rage that her eyes may have once burned with; and she tore towards Alex; rushing towards him to support the man. With the hollow dead, incinerated by Kimitsuki's angry flames, Alex needed help even more now. After getting to Alex, whether she caught the man as he fell or prevented his fall, Kimitsuki gently engulfed his being in the warm, ticklish, flames that made up her liberation flame; intended to liberate him from as much as the life-threatening wounds as she could.
As it was, Kimitsuki was already breathing heavily from such an intense effort to liberate Alex from so much; but she managed to grin at Alex just a bit. Clearly, Kimitsuki at least felt some success in what the pair of them were able to do."You were right, that did sting a bit. How are you feeling?"