Project Planet: Nagi
In the darkness of the universe's core, on a lonely island, the elemental dragons had finished a group discussion and were now sitting about. Just as everything seemed quiet, the Akasha dragon sat up and rumbled, "Someone is here..."
A bright light flashed onto the island and formed into a wispy but glowing blond girl, new in her teens, float like a soft breeze above the island. A large white coat that hung off of her shoulders flowed to an endless wind. As she spoke, she sounded and looked troubled, facing the dark, star-specked dragon.
"You..." She breathed; whispered almost, "I am Nagi Suzumiya...Are you Akasha...?"
"I am, child." He peered right at her.
"I...I need your help..."
Dr. Snow sat at her computer, realizing that the tournament was about to end. There they were, the two competitors, Jasmine and Vanya, battling it out. Then once one of them got the upper hand, the other lost.
And just like that the tourney was over.
Snow stood up, turned her computer off, and walked out of the room. Dr. Ediss wasn't in there; he was off in the left wing of Station, talking to Dr. Momon and Dr. Hadani. Snow didn't have to answer to anyone. She continued her soft steps toward somewhere, she didn't know where. She just kept walking.
Her eyes off in a distance, she came to a door and fumbled with the keypad. She had arrived at the old chemistry lab where, years ago, she had that competition with chemical compounds that blew up in her face. A voice spoke. The lights were off and the room was empty, but someone was speaking.
"Did you make a decision?" It was, of course, Alice floating behind her, "Sanity or not?"
Snow didn't speak.
"C'mon, don't tell me you need to flip a coin..."
"I haven't decided." She finally said in a low voice, "It's true...if I pick sanity then I'd have more of a life and better work. I'd pay more attention to my partner. I might even be less frieghtening. But...that means Ediss would care even more about me...and the same fate might happen to him."
"I say it wouldn't hurt his chances." Alice spoke half-heartedly, looking at her nails and floating on her back.
Snow ignored her voice and went on, "If I choose the opposite...then he would be scared of me; be SAFE from me...forever...But even this decision has its downs. It means that I'd have no one to talk to but myself. I'd be more alone than I already am."
"Aren't you use to it?" Alice asked, glancing at the troubled biologist.
"...Your right." She murmured, "I can't risk his life at the expense of my happiness. I will....I choose..."
"STOP!" A new, younger voice broke the silence and a bright light, almost like lightning, beamed into the room.
"Who...?" Alice floated to the ground to stand up.
"It..." Snow fell to her knees, "...can't..."
The light, once again, formed into the same girl. She spoke with a stronger voice, and her coat wasn't as wispy as before, "Isabelle..."
"N-Nagi!?" Snow gasped.
"This isn't you!" Then 13-year-old walked up to her old friend, grabbing her glasses very lightly to remove them, "Not the Isabelle I knew..."
"N...Nagi..." She jumped backward, refusing to face her, "Look...I'm sorry for what happened. You can yell at me now, I know what your thinking."
"Listen...I SAY what I'm thinking. I've always done that. What I think right now is that your taking this way too far!" She shook her head, "Once I died, I was sad too. I felt the same way you did. Then, when you decided to close yourself off for good, I felt even worse. You shouldn't be doing that! I figured the purpose of my existence was to make you more open. But I can't fix your past. Time wont either. I understand if your cautious, but not trusting at all just isn't you. Over the years, I was with you, helping you where ever I could. I almost had given up hope on finding you a new friend, then when you were sent here and Theodor was made your partner, I was hopeful again. You finally found someone trustworthy enough, someone probably even kinder than I was. You shouldn't worry so much..."
"B-but your death...it was all my fault..." Dr. Snow closed her eyes, facing the floor.
"It was all my idea." Nagi put her hand on her old friend's head, "In that split moment of seeing that car go after you, I knew that it was the end of one of our lives. But I also felt you had more purpose than me. I wanted YOU to go on not only because we're friends, but because I believed in you. Above all things right now, you must go on. Take it from me."
"I tried to tell her." Alice scoffed, "The girl's WAY too stubborn. That's why I gave her the choice of sanity or insanity for the rest of her life."
"You really live up to your sadistic reputation, don't you?" Nagi glanced at the demon spirit, then turned back to Snow, lifting up her head, "Isabelle, I want you to be happy. I can't stay here long and you have a life to live."
Snow shook her head, wiping her eyes with the faintest of smiles, "...Why must you be so optimistic...?"
"I gotta run." Nagi spoke as Snow stood, "You'll be ok without me, right?"
"I can try."
"That's a relief!" She smiled, knowing her friend's attitude by heart that what she said had changed her. Nagi turned around, facing a glowing portal, and glanced backward, "Oh, and one more thing..."
"What's that?" Snow looked at the girl.
"There's one more plus to this side..." She grinned, "At least now your taller than me!"
Snow laughed softly under her breath, "I really will miss you, Nagi."
"You'll be fine, Isabelle..." She waved, stepping into the portal, "Chao!"
After some silence, Alice spoke, "By the way, what was your decision?"
"It was something dark..." Snow blinked, "What I realize now was the wrong choice."
"So...what's your choice now?"
"I pick sanity." Dr. Snow picked up her glasses which were left on a test table, looking at the cleared lenses that could now reveal her eyes, "...because that's what is meant to happen. Because not only will I be happier...but so will Ediss. Because...I really don't want to hurt him. I love him."
"Hmm." Alice grinned, closing her eyes for a moment, "Very well. I'll miss you, girl. That is...until I find some new poor soul to torture. Goodbye."
"Good riddens." Snow waved her off.
And just like that, there were no voices. No extreme doubt like she had before. And certainly no Ice.
All of the ice had cleared from the snow, that was for sure. The blizzard that stirred up it's perfection was gone.
And the snow was beautiful once more.