Flames raged everywhere. Screams resounded through the air and filled the area with pure terror.
Buildings continued to crumble. The brittle metal that made the houses in the Slums was unable to endure the high temperatures that landed on its surface.
The sun was still high in the sky, but black smoke covered the entire district and created a cloud that obscured every street.
A peaceful day in the Slums of the city of Ylaco had transformed into a hellish scene. An azure mass had fallen from the sky, and everything had turned into the embodiment of desperation.
Khan knew that he was dreaming. That scene had been his reoccurring nightmare for almost eleven years. His family had lost everything after that tragedy, and he had gained a curse that activated whenever his eyes closed. A simple trip to the Slums had turned his life upside-down.
It was impossible to stop the nightmare. Khan had tried for many years to force those scenes out of his mind but to no avail. They came back every night and continued until the tragedy of the Second Impact reached its apex.
’Hurry up and come out, ’ Khan thought during his dream. ’Let me wake up already! ’
An azure halo began to pierce the smoke and redness that had taken control of the scene. That light shone on the debris that covered the area and revealed the amount of destruction caused by the attack.
Scarlet and liquefied metal ran over the charred crater at the center of the street. Remains of an alien spaceship laid on different parts of the area and released grey smoke that carried faint azure shades.
The azure halo intensified, and a hand became visible on the edge of the crater. A humanoid creature soon came out of the hole and staggered when it tried to stand on the scorching ground.
The creature was three meters tall. It had a smooth azure skin capable of suppressing the redness of the fire with its intense light. Two long and massive arms hung from its broad shoulders, and two thick legs supported its brawny torso.
The creature didn ’t have a neck nor hair. The base of its head laid on its shoulders. It didn ’t even have teeth, and its nose was nothing more than a pair of cavities placed above its mouth.
The alien ’s eyes resembled the humans ’, except that the creature had three of them, with the third placed at the center of its forehead. The three organs also radiated azure light, but they were far brighter than its skin.
Khan had read about that creature in history books. He had also seen a few perfect replicas in museums visited with his family. That creature belonged to the same alien species that had attacked Earth only five hundred years ago. The humans knew them as Nak.
The Nak ’s eyes were the most vivid detail in Khan ’s dream. They carried a series of emotions that he could recognize even when his entire world had fallen apart.
Khan saw anger, desperation, but mostly fear. The immense terror radiated by the Nak ’s eyes seeped into his mind and made him feel pity. It didn ’t matter how many people had died during the fall of the spaceship. Khan still felt sympathetic toward that creature.
Warmth suddenly filled Khan ’s mind. His eyes moved away from the alien to look at his chest. A large vertical wound ran through his torso, and an azure halo covered the edges of his injury.
The Nak began to move, attracting Khan ’s attention again. The alien stretched its arms forward, and its azure halo began to morph, taking the shape of branches that ravaged the debris of its destroyed spaceship.
When the Nak noticed that Khan w
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