She'd been to this blank void before a thousand times, the thin glass between one world and reality. Cold, lifeless, and barren, the white atmosphere streched for eternity. The girl hung her head and stared down to her two feet. Soon, her visitor would appear and relay the news she never wanted to hear. It had to be done. Hearing a voice in the distance made her fists clench. A tear escaped her closed eyelid, her strength sapped from holding back a whimper. She relunctantly opened her eyes. An elder man with a long beard and trench coat paced closer, his steps completely silent.
"Daughter," he spoke. "The Equinox is moving in. You can't protect them much longer."
The girl nodded. He continued, "If you don't release them soon, they will all die, and so will everyone in our world. You still retain your compassion, do you not?" She swallowed, "I know what I have to do, papa. I've cared them like they were my own, just like you asked me to. Now it's time to let them go just as any good parent would." The withered old man's beard parted slightly to reveal a hopeful grin of satisfaction. "You really have learned from me, haven't you?" he said.
The girl sobbed, "Oh, papa! I wish I could hug you right now... I wish I could remember what it felt like to lean my head against your breast... to feel your warmth." The man stood up straight, "Now, now. I'm afraid there isn't any time for that. Gather your friends. You'll need their power to wake everyone up. The Righteous Hand has weakened you far too much to allow you to do it on your own. You must hurry."
The man began to slowly fade away, his body and clothing growing translucent. Overwhelmed, the girl fell to her knees and cried out, "Please stay! I can't do this without you!" As he disappeared he replied, "I'm sorry, my daughter. I will see you again soon, I promise. Now go make your father proud!"
"I won't do it just for you, but for everyone trapped in the dream! I love them, just like I love you!"
"I love you too, my Amelia."
He was gone, and the void turned to black.