Your wings have been clipped, and your hands finally untied. You look forward, an ocean of sky between you and the next plateau. There’s no turning back. How are you going to do this?
It’s your first day of work at your new job. When you go inside, you find that you’re the only person in the office. Going further in, you notice that this isn’t an office at all, and you begin to worry that you’ve been set up.
White stripes line the floor, seeming to lead to a giant wooden door. As you walk closer to the door you hear breathing from the other side.
The chains that hold him down begin to glow red hot and then, in an instant, they are gone. He blinks a few times before he sees them slithering across the ground towards the door. His exit. His freedom.
You stare out into the deep blue that surrounds you. Bubbles escape your mouth and you start to calculate where you go from here.
The ceremony is about to begin. You and three others stand before the master, awaiting the gifts that they will imbue. Each one is specific and meant to help with your journey. Except… yours is… Wait, what? I’m sorry, one more time? How exactly is that supposed to help you? Goddamnit.