Tea Leaves and White Pearls


Match Five: Visions:

The wasteland began to show its cracks early on within the countries. One by one, they all saw the tower in their dreams. They all started hazy at first. The dreams mirrored Japan's right down to the finest detail. Such disturbing imagery drove them into awkward silence without looking each other in the eye.

"How can something feel so real?" Germany asked himself.

None of them even wanted to describe what was going on. The chills constantly came and went on their bodies. The images thrashed around in their minds.

"Are you still having these dreams?" the therapist asked.

"Yes," Japan answered, "I don't know how to get them to stop." The therapist tried to calm him down.

"Shhh, sir, it will be okay," he told him during every session. That was only far from the truth. Something is outside scratching at the gates. None of the countries wanted to talk about and tried to focus on their daily lives. But how long before even that would become harder to do?

China would be seen as the one who pushes things forward by one little lapse in judgment with his year-old partnership with Liao Ju one night alone their building. From there, the gates unfolded and the Wasteland would wash over them all without anyone noticing a thing.

It all started with a kiss.

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