There's a fire. A building burns down. There's a young boy with white hair, he alone has survived--
And Asako, now a toddler wearing a one-piece pajama with cat ears, wakes up from her dream within a dream. She blinks, bleary-eyed. A few moments later, her mother, a plain woman with hair like hers, rushes in and hugs the little girl.
"Mama, wha's wrong?"
The woman sniffs and pets her daughter on the head.
"It's- Y-your aunt and uncle, they - there was a fire..." She sniffs again, trying to choke back tears. "Your cousin Naoya, you remember him don't you? ...He'll be...s-staying with us now."
Asako's eyes go wide and tears start at the edges of her eyes, and her mother of course misinterprets it. "I know, sweetie. It's so hard to believe...such a thing..."
[This dream shows the one thing Asako has declined to mention so far - she can see the future. It doesn't work here in Animus of course, but...]Dream 2
This time, we're in a hospital room. Asako is 12 this time, her hair down to her shoulders, and she is the one in the hospital bed, an IV drip attached to her arm. She looks out the window and sighs a little, obviously not happy with her situation.
Thankfully, the nurses have been kind enough to leave a phone in the room with her so that her relatives can call her up - she's well enough for it, they say. After a moment, there is a vision in the room with her - her cousin, the white-haired boy, collapsing with a headache. She reaches out to the phone as soon as the vision fades, dialing a number as fast as her little hands can.
"Hi, Nao-nii. How are you doing?" The one-sided conversation goes on...Dream 3
This time -- this time, we stand before a creature that looks like it was formed of black wires, each wire thicker than seven people standing together. There are yellow eyes blinking out from it, and yellow light shining out from the cracks in the wires.
Asako stands there, still tiny compared to her allies - her cousin, the gang leader, a nervous-looking boy in a cap,
and a strange, oddly adorable creature.
There are a myriad of scenes flickering in the room as well, only visible to Asako.
A world returned to normal - but then humans destroy their second chance.
A world saved by the light, with Asako as its Messiah - but it somehow seems hollow and broken.
A world where humans rule over demons with technology - but humans destroy each other with that power.
A world where the teenagers, understandably, ran from their responsibility - but it is broken beyond repair.
And finally, a world where the demons roam freely, with Asako giving the orders. It's broken, yes, but...humanity hasn't destroyed itself and the world isn't destroyed either. There's a chance, here. It's the only path where there is some hope for the future.
Asako just chuckles wryly and steps toward the black-and-yellow entity. "You don't need to tell me twice, Nao-nii. I already know what choice I'm going to make."