erza lies there on the ground, broken and beaten. she can only watch and see as ostarion prepare to send the final blow to end her life. her mind is clouded with so many memories, memories of her life, her friends, everything.
meanwhile the other members quiclkly return to try and save her, however they will be too late by the tie they attack him.
everything seems as if its in slow motion as she slowly sees everything going on around her. ostarion about to strike, her guildmates trying to return back to save her and defeat ostarion, dsespite all of their efforts. she just closes her eyes and sheds a few tears knowing that the end is near.
inside her head
erza: im sorry everyone…. i did everything i could….. we all did….. but i think now is the end for me….
suddenly the other voice returns to her head.
???: but it doesnt have to be the end you know.
suddenly, time feels as if it freezes for erza as she is deep within her mind.
she finds herself within a dark room with red curtains and dim lit candles. she sees a small figure in front of her.
???: why hello there Erza Scarlet, nice to meet you.
erza looks around the room and at the thing in front of her. she looks at herself and sees that she is in a black dress, almost like something you see in a funeral.
Erza: where am i? and who are you?
the man walks forward and reveals himself.
???: who am i? why im the black blood that dwells within you my dear. well, you could actually say im the madness within you, and given a form thanks to the madness it produces within you.
Erza: your, the black blood? but how? how did i come to have black blood within me?
devil: now now dear, dont be too surprised. too much exposure to asuras madness will infect you and others if exposed to his madness for too long. asura left a lot of his madness on this world that had saturated deeply within it. some people are more resilient to it, but some. well, you get the picture. so now that were here, do you wish for my help?
Erza: ABSOLUTELY NOT! I REFUSE TO SUCCUMB TO THE MADNESS.
Devil: tsk tsk tsk. and that is the reason why your about to die my dear. your just seconds away from being snuffed out like a candle. its because of your emotions is why you cannot defeat this opponent of yours. he feeds of of your sorrow, anger, and fears. its because of your emotions is why your about to die. but if you just let it all go, let the black blood flow within you, and just let it sweep you away into the madness. if you do, you will be freed from the emotions and fears that hold you and your friends back.
erza is stressed out over what to do. life, death, sanity, madness, all these things hit her hard and she cant think of a solution.
Erza: if i succumb, will i be able to come back?
Devil: who knows, though this is your first time experiencing madness. it ll depends on the person really. how much do you think you can handle? but i think a strong young woman such as yourself can handle it, can you?
Erza: i dont know… i want to live, i want to save my friends. i want to end the balloon masters reign of terror, but what should i do, im at my limit.
Devil: on the contrary my dear, your not. your just being held back from your true potential. it is your emotions that are holding you back. but if you work with me, we can truly be free and we can become all powerful. you will save your friends, defeat all your enemies. its just about letting go. can you do that for your friends, for your guild mates?
he reaches his hand out in front of her.
- erza is on her knees, unable to bear any more of this. she crawls slowly towards him.*
Erza: yes, yes i accept your help. please… please just help me defeat this monster so we can continue to fight the balloon master and save our planet.
she grabs a hold of his hand. the devil develops a sadistic smile, bearing teeth.
Devil: as you wish, my dear Erza Scarlet.
back to real life.
Ostarion brings his sword upon the fallen erza. the blade is about to go through her torso, dead centre. everyone if Fairy tail cannot bear to see what is going to happen. but then suddenly.
erza lifts her right hand up and open and the blades end stabs into her hand, destroying her arout around it. the tip of the blade looks as if it is only gone through the skin, no deeper than that. black blood suddenly streams from her palm and down her arm. the black blood hardened to a near indestructible form as a response to any physical traumas and attacks on her body, and healing it in a matter of seconds. Fairy tail is beyond words to see what has happened.
ostarion cannot plunge the blade any further and it wont budge. suddenly erzas eyes open up and she has a sinister smile on her face, like the look of a psychopath. her eyes have a slight glow of red in them.
Erza: eheheheheheh…… AAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!
she then grabs the sword and without any effort, throws the sword and ostarion to th other side of the arena as he crashes into the wall.
erza then gets back up, black blood around her right arm, but then as quickly as it was spilled, flows back inside of her. her black blood is already healing all of her internal wounds and cuts as she stumbles back up onto her feet and requips into purgatory armour
the others just look at her, but cannot understand what has happened to her.
Erza: AHAAAHAHAHAHAH, WHATS THE MATTER MR. SKELETON KING? AFRAID TO HURT A LITTLE GIRL? EHEHEHEHHH.
she says as she limps forward and drags her 500 pound mace on the ground, alsmost looking as if drunk. but she is beyond sanity, she is fully infected with madness.
back inside her mind, the room erza is in begins to fill up with black blood and it begins to slowly fill up with her in it. she panics and screams as she tries to escape it, but it is futile.
Erza: NO, THIS ISNT WHAT I WANTED, GIVE ME BACK MY MIND. I STILL WANT MY SANITY. NOOOO!
the devil is outside of the room, floating as he laughs maniacally.
Devil: sorry my dear, but im the one in control now.
erza has succumb to the black bloods madness and cannot find her way back to her normal self.
@Ragna and bloodpool
suddenly a portal opens up near the two of them were they are fighting and medusa appears out of it.
Medusa: my my, such power flowing within you ragna the bloodedge.
she is observing the fight as it goes on.