A/N: Decided to make this possibly the la

A/N: Decided to make this possibly the last chapter. Sorry. If anyone's confused by the song breaks, let me know. WARNING: some of the verses are out of order.

Am I Really A Hero?

By Xander O'Shana

The boy stood on top of a cliff, looking down and seeing an army- his army. A tear rolled down his cheek as the sunlight washed over the multiple tents and the men milling around over 50 meters away from him.

I am so high, I can hear heaven

I am so high, I can hear heaven

Whoa, but heaven, no heaven don't hear me.

Suddenly the cry of the bugle drew everyone's attention to the horizon. A dark mass, large and thick, was crawling towards the army. The boy, who was luckily already in armor, ran down the slope, and jumped gracefully on his horse. He then immediately took off, galloping around the campsite, rousing the men from their sleep or whatever they were doing at the time. Cries followed him.

"Where is Alerox, sire? They said he would come before sunup, but he's not here!" asked another boy galloping beside him. This boy then peeled off to round up even more men after he would not reply.

"Where is the hero?" asked a soldier, words slurred with sleep.

"Where are the women and children going to go?" asked the boy's friend, who happened to be a girl. He looked at her with tears in his eyes.

"I don't know," he replied. "Find a place, get them there, and get them there quick. We can't let this be like Belemheim." Belemheim was the bloodiest thing that the boy's father had exposed him to, when all the women and children died.

Both of the teenagers looked up as the flight division (mainly eagles and hawks) flew overhead.

And they say that a hero could save us

I'm not gonna stand here and wait

I'll hold onto the wings of the eagles

Watch as we all fly away.

"Go!" She left, running to the women's tent. He watched her, knowing that even if he lived, he would never be able to see her again.


The boy stood at the point of his army, breathing deeply. His heart was pounding as he issued the order to charge. The men around him responded eagerly, following him to the other army, possibly their deaths.

Due to his position, the boy was the first to strike the enemy. His sword, glittering silver in the sunlight, sliced off his first opponent's head. As soon as he struck things flew by in a blur.

Soon, the enemy army was all but gone, save for the general and four trusted bodyguards. The boy signaled that they were his, and stepped forward. The other man looked up with an evil smile on his face.

"So. You defeated my army. Why?"

"It was to save my empire. I did not wish for them to die."

"Ah, but isn't that what the villain does? Doesn't that make you the bad guy?" The boy stopped his advance, his steps faltering.

"Who are you, the man who once was my teacher, or the new menace that I must defeat?"

"For every light, there is a shadow. For every Yin, there is a Yang. For every good, there is a bad. I am that bad. I am the Shadow." The boy began stepping backwards, shaking his head, as the man- the Shadow- stepped forwards, bringing his black metal swords out of their sheaths.

"He was just a legend, he wasn't you… It's not true!"


The girl hid below with the four hundred women and children, hearing the cries of pain and the metal striking metal. When that stopped, she wondered if her love had made it through, as did all of the women.

Now that the world isn't ending

It's love that I'm sending to you

It isn't the love of a hero

And that's why I fear it won't do


The boy panicked as the Shadow grew closer. Then something came over him, and he stood firm. He remembered that his lover was somewhere, waiting for news of who had died and who had lived. He remembered his promise to go back, to be with her again.

He didn't think that that would happen anymore, so he stood firm as the Shadow grew even closer. Then he was close enough to feel the Shadow's body against his when two things pierced his stomach and chest.

His eyes opened wide as he felt the impossibly cold metal slide into him, all the way to the hilt. When the hilts hit, waves of pain radiated out, then faded. That was when he knew that he was going to die.

His legs grew weak, and he slumped against the man, who bent down to whisper something into the boy's almost deaf ears.

"Tell God that I send my regards."

Then the man pulled the twin swords out of the boy, allowing him to stay on top of him, the blood now coming too fast to stop. The boy now stood, slumped against the man, his eyes beginning to dim as his soul flees his body.

"No…" Then he was silent, his eyes vacant as a single tear ran down his face, then stopped at the corner of his mouth, where blood was also coming out, slower now that his heart had stopped.

His soul flew up, high with the birds, then blinked downwards again.


Screams startled the girl into looking up from the book she had in her hands. A boy was walking through the crowd of women- literally. He blinked in and out of view, but then he was seen walking through stalagmites, women, children, whatever. He was smiling, but covered in blood from his chest and stomach. She stood up, dropping her book.

It was her lover, the general of the army. Her legs then gave way, her eyes filled up with tears, and sobs were torn from her throat as the truth struck her. Then he started singing, in an almost ethereal voice that chilled the crowd gathered.

"Someone told me love would all save us

But how can that be, look what love gave us

A world full of killing and blood spilling

That world never came.

And they say that a hero could save us

I'm not gonna stand here and wait…"

The girl finished as the boy's form began to waver, but then her voice dissolved into sobs once again after he was gone.

"I'll hold onto the wings of the eagles

Watch as we all fly away

And they're watching us

They're watching us

As we all fly away

And they're watching us

They're watching us

As we all fly away

And they're watching us

They're watching us

As we all fly away…"

She cried then, knowing that he was gone forever.


Up on the cliff, the Shadow chuckled.

"Too easy… next is Symphonia…"


Up in the skies, the boy flew with the eagles and hawks that survived the first attack. As they did so, he was singing again.

"I am so high, I can hear heaven

I am so high, I can hear heaven

Whoa, but heaven, no, heaven don't hear me…"