"This is where your pitiful, worthless life ends, worm!" The flames bellowed. Searing heat grew into blue flames before me. Even with eyes clenched shut, I could see the beast draw ever closer. The asphault of the alleyway began to bubble with each step of the demon. I scampered away only to hit the end of the alley. There would be no escape, as in my nightmares. Unfortunately, this was no dream I could wake from. Nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide.
What to do then? I'm just some normal kid? Why was this happening to me? What did I do to stir this demon from its slumber? Why did it want me? What made me so special? Why haunt me in my nightmares when it could have so easily materialized before me and ended me long ago?
Because you are not human.
I heard the thought in my mind, but it was not my own. My eyes opened. Before me, between myself and the fiery hell knight stood a warrior. Nearly six feet tall. Tattered black pants. Heavy, leather boots. A broken sword, the remains of which were