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 +So this is death, thought Giegue.
 +He felt surprisingly free of pain. There was nothing. He couldn't feel his body. He wondered if he had a body. There was only absolute darkness around him. He had no sensation of space or time, distance or direction, cause and effect. There was only nothingness.
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 +And yet, he could still think. If he had ceased to be, how could he be aware of this? Maybe he wasn't quite dead yet. Maybe there was a few seconds after bodily death where the mind still functions, like a light that hadn't quite gone out. Especially a mind stronger than the body, a mind that was used to existing outside the body, used to being a much higher authority. Maybe the mind had simply refused to die so easily. It wasn't something the Dictory had really been able to experiment with, despite a few attempts. But now he would know first hand. It was quite an exciting journey. It had been a long time since he had last been on an exciting journey. No, wait... his expedition into Magicant, his discovery of the Prototype Realms, his visit to the Sea of Eden with the most powerful psychic in the Universe, who happened to be a baby... those had been adventures too. Why hadn't he thought of them that way? Maybe he hadn't had time to think about it. But now he was dead, he guessed, he had all the time in the world.
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 +He didn't particularly care that he was dead. There was no part of the plan that said he desperately had to be alive. Now that his destiny was unused, there probably never would be. Or maybe his destiny was vestigial BECAUSE he was dead? Who knew. His only fear was that he was dead because they had failed. 
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 +“No, its OK, we haven't failed. Believe me, the consequences for failure would be worse than death. Remember the thing that almost happened to Dung Beetle? Yeah, that.”
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 +Giegue willed himself to turn around and walk towards the source of the noise. To his amazement, he suddenly... simply WAS standing at right angles to the 'O', not directly in front of the 'A'.
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 +“I'm sure we won, Giegue.” said Moor Ecivres' voice again, “So its OK for us to be dead. I'm sure I died on my home soil. At least, in time it'll go back to being my home.”
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 +“Hey, Tent Person! Lookit me! I'm dead! I'm dead and I'm thinking and talking and moving around!” yelled Dung Beetle, “Can all Prototypes do that?”
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 +“Its not a Prototype thing, idiot, look, Giegue's doing it too!”
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 +Giegue 'walked' towards the source of the noise. The GAME OVER sign receded into the distance, stood still as he moved.
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 +“Pssst, Clay... CLAY! C'mere! See how that sign's not moving? Well, we're going to sneak up to it, right, and steal the 'O'...”
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 +“Owww, I have such a headache! I'm never going to let you guys enter my head again! Or anyone else, for that matter! I just wanted a quiet life... and I'm going to miss my grand opening now!”
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 +“This afterlife is funky, man... I guess doing too much drugs DOES kill you... we are dead, right?”
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 +“I'm not so sure...” muttered Giegue, “I don't think Game Over screens do this...”
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 +“And ending screens don't do this either, hm?”
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 +Giegue looked around. There, sitting on the 'GAME' half of 'GAME OVER', kicking his legs back and forth, was a small blonde-haired boy. He smiled mischievously. Then he snapped off the 'ME' and handed it to Giegue.
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 +The first thing Giegue saw as he woke up once again – maybe really woke up this time, not just dreaming of waking up like one of those really confusing dreams – was Kerry.  Except this time he was wearing some kind of white tunic, a black cloak with large, partly mechanical shoulderpads and a huge cybernetic pipe wrench on one hand, which flexed, sparking electricity and dripping blood. He stood protectively over the prone forms of the others, who were just waking up.
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 +“Sorry I had to run.” he said, “It... its a Dark Savior thing. I... it was all this talk of unused things, and finding the missing parts of unfinished things, and then the stage...”
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 +“You had to look for Parallel 6. I understand.” said Moor Ecivres.
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 +“I... its a long way back to my home from here. I'm technically in enemy territory. I should set off now while its still light.”
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 +“Thank you for helping us.” the exile waved at him, “If... if you ever find Parallel 6... tell me straight away.”
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 +They watched him leave.
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 +“Shame he's such a bastard in the game.” commented Moor Ecivres, “I mean, real EVIL.”
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 +“I can see him turning evil.” said Dung Beetle, shuddering at the thought.
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 +“Did we win?” asked Giegue, “What happened to the Devil Machine?”
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 +Dung Beetle pointed to a bundle of rags in his arms. It could have been a baby sleeping there from how tenderly he was carrying it. He slowly turned the corner of the bundle of rags and revealed the blunt grey edge of something plastic. Then he let the rag drop.
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 +“Is that a... SNES?” asked Moor Ecivres. Giegue recognised it as similar to the machine in the Sea of Eden.
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 +“It looks a lot different in its own world than in the other, I know.” said Dung Beetle, “I think whatever happened there distorted it. Poor thing.”
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 +“It is... beautiful.” agreed Giegue.
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 +Suddenly, before any of them could react, a claw reached out and grabbed it. A spidery claw that was on fire, and breaking apart even as it moved into the sky.
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