inside and began to jump around because I'd see my good friend Valsander again! Eventually, I got myself worn out, as I often do when I get excited, and Idecided to take a nap, which, to be honest, may have been the worst, yet best,decision of my life.I heard a loud thud and I sat up from my bed, in front of me was Thom,sitting on his bed, (we shared a room, did I not mention that?) with blood onhim, rocking back and forth.“Thom! Why are you covered in blood?” I asked. He just looked at mein the eyes, he had tears streaming down his face, and he didn't say anything, Igot out of my bed altogether and walked towards him.“Thom, what's going-” but I couldn't finish my sentence. My Dad bargedin the room with a big axe, it had blood or it's blade. My Dad put the axe downand pushed the wardrobe in front of the door, he had blood splattered on hisshirt.“Dad, just what the hell is going on?!” I shouted.“Don't you talk like that to me! Sit down, and shut the hell up!”Thom began to cry full tears, I sat down beside him and hugged him, hehugged me back straight away, I had no idea what was going on but it wasdeathly serious.“Shut the hell up Thom! I can't goddam concentrate!” Our Dad shouted,“Don't talk to him like that! He's 10 goddam years old!” Suddenly, myDad slapped me and I fell to the ground, I was barely awake, and everythingwas blurry, I heard the door boom open, and I saw some faint figures stroll inwith guns and swords, I heard Thom crying very vividly now, I saw him runover to the end of the room, and I saw my Dad's big bulky figure get pushed back, until I heard and gun shot, and the figure collapsed, when that happened Iheard Thom scream incredibly loud, and they walked up to him, I was nearlycompletely out, but I kind of remember someone saying,“What about this kid on the floor?”“Look, he's got blood on his face, I reckon he's already dead.”Then laughing. I heard another smack and saw the blurs walk out with aknocked out Thom on one of their backs, then, I blacked out completely.“Nero? NERO!” I heard a voice.My face was hurting a lot, I couldn't recall what had previously happened.“Nero, buddy old pal, are you there?”“Ugh...”I replied. I think I was trying to say 'here'.“Nero, thank God you're okay! I didn't want them to have killed youtoo!”It was when I heard the words 'killed you too' that I regained my memory,I sat up and realized I was on my bed, I opened my eyes, and had a blisteringhead ache.In front of me, was Valsander.