Summer's End Suite
The protective sphere surrounding the runaways dissipates as Ari and Lyra carry an unconscious Gem away from the fallout. Around them, trees have been flattened, grass has been burned away, and there is no sign of life for miles. Standing on a hill surveying the vast destruction, Ari and Lyra spot a horrifying sight: the city they grew up in, that has been host to their best and worst memories, lies in ruin, a charred cinder of its former glory. As Ari and Lyra slowly regain their composure and begin to ask each other how they’re still alive, Gem awakens.
I slip in and out of a trance
A blurred and nebulous vision of reality
Where am I? What am I doing here with you?
It’s nearly sundown, they’ll be expecting me
And what’s that swirling fog encompassing my horizon?
My memory seems lost in the haze
Is that smoke? Where’s the fire that preceded it?
What has set this place ablaze?
Some act of nature beyond our control?
Or a sinister force operating in the shadows?
A universe turned rogue, chaos to behold
Wake me from this nightmare, let me go
We had to get away for our own sake
We could never have foreseen the death and destruction in our wake
But now is not the time for lachrymose reflection
There's no turning back now, fate has sealed our direction
Nature is untamed and beyond our control
As are dark forces operating in the shadows
Release the anchor, cast off for a future bright and bold
Wake, and let it all go
II. The Bridge
Maybe I could move on if I had nothing left to lose
But I can only think of the future I’ve been refused
I’ll never see my family or friends again
An evening’s respite gave way to summer’s end
I ran across a bridge that collapsed into the sea
The divine spirits have turned their backs on me
The waves assault the shoreline and the tide will not recede
Maybe I have no choice but to let it consume me
III. Summer’s End
I know you’re terrified; I’m scared as hell too
Of this new world that came like a bolt from the blue
Everything you knew is forever gone
Your faith and desires, the right and the wrong
But they tried to stifle your creativity
And turn you into a cog in this cruel machinery
You’re a writer, you’re an artist; you’re nobody’s fool
You weren’t meant to play by their rules
You never fit in, didn’t know how
The world you left isn’t worth returning to now
So, leave the rose-colored glasses behind
And the regrets that leave you blind
Let us give you the strength to go on
You’re going to be fine
Oh, all seasons must end
Oh, the nights grow cold again
The sweltering heat of the summer drained our lifeblood away
Trapped in convention, we lived tomorrow the same as today
Some see the autumn as the death of youth and dreams
But the winter is never as barren as it seems
Ambition and perseverance, born from summer’s end