â€śJim, I know what I did. I remember. Billions dead . . . because of me!â€ť â€śThat was not you,â€ť Jim said firmly. â€śThat was the Queen of Blades. What they made you into. Youâ€™re back to being Sarah again. And weâ€™re together now. So just hush, honey.â€ť He had put off touching the strange tentacles that adorned her head in place of hair. Everything else was so human, so much the woman he remembered, but that. . . . Now he did so, keeping her fingers entwined with his as he reached with his other hand to gently stroke back the spiny protuberances. He steeled himself for the contact. To his surprise, they felt warm beneath his touch, like skin. Like Sarahâ€™s skin. And any hesitation heâ€™d had about still loving herâ€”hesitation he had pushed down so deep into his soul that he himself hadnâ€™t been aware of it untilright nowâ€”vanished like a bad dream. But the touch didnâ€™t comfort her. She turned her head, trying to pull away. Respecting her needs, Jim withdrew his hand. â€śIt doesnâ€™t matter. Sarah Kerrigan, Queen of Blades . . . you donâ€™t understand,â€ť she murmured. â€śMaybe you can never understand. Iâ€™ve always been a destroyer of things. Anything I touch, anything I care about . . . thatâ€™s why they picked me, Jim. Because Iâ€™m a destroyer of things. . . .â€ť She closed her eyes and slipped into unconsciousness. Jim sat back, trying to sort out what she had said. How much of it was real, and how much was the pain talking? And despite what he had told Sarahâ€”despite what he kept telling himselfâ€”he couldnâ€™t help but wonder how much of the massacre of billions had been only the Queen of Blades . . . and how much had been Sarah Kerrigan. *** The Queen of Blades has fallen. The sinister zerg leader no longer commands her legions of bloodthirsty aliens against the humans of the Koprulu sector, all thanks to the combined courage and tenacity of Jim Raynor, General Horace Warfield, and a mismatched team of Dominion soldiers and outlaw rebels. Although the queen is no more, Sarah Kerrigan is very much alive. The woman who once controlled countless alien minds in a rampage across the stars has been spirited away by the man who dethroned her. Now Arcturus Mengskâ€™s Dominion armada is on her heels, roaring for blood. Jim Raynor will need to test his strength, his wit, and his loyalties against impossible odds to protect the woman he loves. StarCraft II: Flashpoint bridges the events that take place in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and the upcoming StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm. Featuring never-before-seen glimpses into Jim Raynorâ€™s and Sarah Kerriganâ€™s past, this novel opens a window into a world of passion, action, and adventure.
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