Memories flash through your mind, even as you're pushing her away.
"What are you-?"
Iori grabs her from behind and begins dragging her back towards the Academy entrance, back towards Nonon who has descended in her Regalia.
"Anaru," Satsuki says. Her eyes widen as she is yanked backwards, and she extends a hand out to you. "ANARU!"
You kick Bakuzan into the air with one foot and catch it, hurling it all the way over. A hand rises to catch it, and Uzu lowers the sword, smiling sadly at you.
"Is this your resolve, Anaru?"
Without answering, you turn and face your enemy.
"Iori," you call out. "How long?"
"Three minutes is your maximum! Any longer, and-"
You take a step forward, and another. And another. In your head, Ryuuko's laughing. Crying. Embracing you.
Satsuki's cries don't reach your ears. You can't turn around. You promised to destroy anything that made her cry.
And so you will destroy yourself. There is much to make up for.
You try to focus on the better times as the flames begin to spread, Life and Fiber being incinerated together.
The flames climb all the way up to your shoulders, and sink all the way down to your feet. Only your head remains uncovered.
Satsuki's smile. Her laugh, the feel of her body against your own. Her lips, her sighs. Her dreams and her confessions.
As the flames consume your head and your face is covered with a blazing star, you sigh.
"At least I managed to say it before this was over."
The instant the transformation ends, the entire schoolyard shakes and cracks beneath everyone's feet.
You are the silent flame, and this is your last battle.
"To walk the line between life and death, only to find true strength at journey's end!" You cry, balling your fists and spreading your arms out. The flames spike high into the air around you.
"Life Fiber Overdrive: Phoenix Regalia!"