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Shades of Gray
Chapter information
Series

Fire World

Book

One (Heart)

Chronicle

Tie-in

Chapter

4.5

Written by

LightningStrike24

Editor(s)

LightningStrike24

Release date

June 15, 2013

Chronology
Last chapter

Breakout

Next chapter

Chapter Five: Journey

Notes

Author's Note

This is a first look at the spiritual aspects of Fire World, and will ultimately tie into the series's main conflict. Deliberately vague.

Summary

The world is not perfect. Not everyone is meant to survive. Evil will not always lose to good. Because there is no discernible line between the two. The world is painted in shades of gray. There is no such thing as black and white. But we can still fight it, no matter how difficult the odds may seem. We can still fight it, because we fight in what we believe, and that is all. But what lengths are we willing to go to preserve this? This is the story of the Avatar Spirit itself.

Shades of Gray

The world is not perfect.

Not everyone is meant to survive. Evil will not always lose to good. In fact, those words, "good" and "evil" are, in fact, metaphysical in a sense. They do not exist. There is no discernible line between the two. The world is painted in many different shades of gray, many levels of right and wrong.

Which also do not exist, if you think about it, for there is no such thing as obvious as black and white.

It is all blurred.

But we still fight against what we define as evil, no matter how strange it may seem. We can still fight it, because we fight in what we believe, and that is all.

Belief may be stemmed within the poisonous waters of fury and vengeance, but it is still a belief. And that is what we, as humans, hold onto. No one, not even the Avatar, can strip a man of his beliefs.

But what lengths are we willing to go to preserve this? Are we going to venture as far into the stormy depths of life and death? Are we willing to sacrifice our lives?

The answer lies in our conviction and our belief in our humanity.

Humanity. One word that carries so much weight. What is humanity, exactly? What defines us as a human?

The answer is not simple.

I exist in this Universe as a mediator. The bridge between the Spiritual and the Physical worlds. I was never meant to sway towards one side or the other. I live, simply, to keep the peace and balance between the worlds, the Cosmos.

Each different incarnate of my Spirit have possessed their own unique, intricate attributes—and that is how I choose. By the personality and the character of the being, not of their social class or upbringing. I do not draw dark, solid lines between nobility and peasants; between kings and criminals. Because I live, simply, to keep the peace and balance between the words, the Cosmos.

The big question is, am I a spirit, or am I a human? Or some sick and twisted combination of the two?

Every one of my incarnations have had a relatively mapped-out life planned for them. And sometimes, this can be a good thing. For others, it can be disastrous. There is always a trace of some desire hidden within an incarnate to escape a life planned for him or her. I don't quite know it, and maybe they don't know it either, but I think it is there. The wish to be free, to make their own life. The seed of this thought may not grow, but for a strong-willed incarnate, it may spring and bloom. And I silently fear this, for it will most certainly bring dire consequences to the world. A clash will come between the Physical and the Spiritual Worlds...and they say that history repeats itself.

For it has not happened yet, but I know that it eventually will. Because the world is not perfect.

There will come a time when an incarnate opens their eyes and truly sees the rest of the world. Over time, this idea of freedom will overtake their mind. The question of the world they have been born in; of society's own freedom, the question of their personal freedom. Wondering if he or she could ever be free to do what they wanted, or if they would always be controlled by their title of the Avatar, if everyone in the world would always be defined by their power, by their bending, be forced to do what they were meant to do and not what they wanted to do. They will seek to break this standard, to free everyone from this predestination. To allow humanity to make their own futures. And to do so, that incarnate would have to renounce her title as the Avatar, become something else in order to serve the cause that they, not us, not the Spirits, believed was right.

And is that what defines us as human? Our ability to detach ourselves from our given duties, the duties that everyone expects us to do?

They say that history repeats itself.

And if the above holds to be true, than the war between the Physical World and the Spiritual World is inevitable.

I can only hope that the current incarnate will make the right decisions.

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v - e - dFire World
Chapters
Book I: Heart
1. Power | 2. Resistance | 3. Chaos | 4. Breakout | 5. Scars | 6. Cosmos | 7. Vortex | 8. Phoenix | 9. Fire
10. Fallout | 11. Betrayal | 12. Avatar

4.5. Shades of Gray

Book II: Mind
To be announced after "Book I: Heart" has been completed.
Book III: Body
To be announced after "Book II: Mind" has been completed.
Book IV: Soul
To be announced after "Book III: Body" has been completed.

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