Although he knew it was just a dream, Raishin found himself once more in that same one.
The black smoke got into his eyes. His lungs felt like they were on fire. His instincts were telling him he shouldn’t be here for even a second longer. A fear deeper than anything he had ever felt assailed him, screaming at him to get out of there.
However, Raishin ran forward, bursting through the flames. He went deeper inside.
“Nadeshiko, where are you!?”
Kicking down the sliding doors, he searched for his little sister. He shouted for her, till the point his throat felt like it was going to rip itself apart.
If there ever was such a thing as a premonition of destruction, Raishin was having one now.
Please let me make it in time, he thought. As he ran, he kept thinking about how he had to hurry. And also, no matter how fast he hurried, it was probably already too late.
With a loud crack like thunder, an overhead beam collapsed. At that moment,
He could hear a faint voice.
“Nadeshiko! Are you here!?”
He braked abruptly. Changing direction in the middle of the hallway, he yanked open the screen leading to a large room.
What awaited Raishin inside was—