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Mother and child turned to walk back up the avenue to the Port. A bounty hunter and a red bird were walking towards them. Mother and child turned to walk back up the avenue to the Port. A bounty hunter and a red bird were walking towards them.
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-The prisoners didn't follow Garian into Death Valley. 
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-“Can't be wrestling bears at my age,” explained John, “Got a bad back. You're on your own from now on. You make it there, see ya in Deadman's.” 
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-“Heh, I can make Death Valley in ten minutes flat!” he promised. Waving them off, he walked up to the edge of the first embankment and jumped onto the waiting platform. It sped him off into the swamp. 
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-As he had promised, the first stretch of the journey came as naturally to him as jumping off a boat. He leapt from platform to platform with perfect timing. Soon he came to the long grassy bank where he knew from experience that the guard bears patrolled. He drew his sword as soon as he put his foot on solid ground. 
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-Instead of the usual seven feet of solid muscle, fur, cybernetically augmented claws and unabated feral rage, he was met by an entirely different enemy. Something clawed its way out of the swamp, something much more suited to the climate. It was green, scaly and covered in stinking slime, like Drizzit's primeval cousin. It raised its head, regarded Garian with cold reptilian eyes, then bared a set of sharp fangs and roared at him.  
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-He moved before it did. As it lunged at him, his blade swung down in a wide arc, almost bisecting the creature. He kicked its corpse into the swamp and wiped its ichor from his blade. Then he heard low, animal hissing. Red eyes were watching him. It had not been the only one of its kind. He was surrounded. 
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-Striking a balance between safety and progress, he walked forwards slowly, his sword drawn, eyes darting from side to side, ready to swing at the first thing that moved. A flash of green darted from the swamp and was cut down. Another tried to grab his leg and pull him into the swamp while the first distracted it. He kicked it in the head until he was free, then moved on, already thrusting to stab the next through the chest. A spinning combination struck four more fatal blows to the gang that tried to ambush him. He was truly in battle mode now, his mind focussed only on the next move in a sequence that led his blade from target to target, his feet moving him out of the way of the next claw swipe. The lizards kept coming but he met them head on. By the time he reached the other end of the walkway, he was covered in reptilian blood. Exhiliration ran through his body. He hadn't had a straight fight in such a long time. The only time he had really felt alive in this way was on the Love Love Mini Racer track. Do your worst, Jailer's Island. I'm not going to let the only new thing to ever happen to me in fifteen years be my last battle! 
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-Then he paused, on the very same spot that Regina used to hover before she decided to foully betray him. This wasn't new at all. He had seen this before. He knew it. Where?  
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-Footsteps. He whipped around, blade in hand, and immediately thanked the Gods he hadn't gone straight for the kill. What he saw reminded him straight away where he had seen the lizard-things.  
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-Walking towards him, slowly, as confused and weary as himself, was Kay. Ignoring the pain from countless tiny mistakes in the battle, he ran to her. Their eyes locked and he gathered her in his embrace. She smelled of blue roses. Heck, he thought, I probably smell of lizards and swamp and blood and Jalapeno Juice. Even after all that happened to them on this godforsaken Island, her beauty was untouched. 
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-If any had really happened at all... 
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-Their lips met for a kiss. He bent down and whispered in her ear, “I've got you. Don't worry. Everything's going to be all right, now.” 
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-“Its been so long, Garian.” 
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-“It was worth it. I wouldn't have met you, if none of this had ever happened.” 
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-“Remember when I said 'I wish I could have another life?'. Now's the time.” 
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-“Let's go,” he said. He looked up, still holding her tightly to him. Out there somewhere, the sea was calm and the sky was clear. 
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-“There's nothing left to stay for. I've already arranged transport out of here.” she said, pointing to a spot behind them, near one of the unscaleable canyon walls that made this such a naturally perfect prison. A submarine had risen from the swamp and was waiting for them. 
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-“Be careful. It can be a little rough, leaving this place,” he warned her, “Maybe we shouldn't just leave. You have no idea how much trouble it can cause, just up and leaving.”  
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-“We only get one chance. This is a once-in-a-lifetime moment, silly,” she said, “Unless you really think that kisses like that happen every day.” 
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-“Point taken,” he said, taking her outstretched hand and walking with her to the submarine. He looked behind him one more time. The front door to the prison had rumbled open. He could faintly hear music playing inside  – Present of Tear, if his ears weren't failing him – and the light looked brighter than usual.  
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-He shrugged and stepped inside the submarine. The hatch closed and it began to descend. 
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-Into darkness. 
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-The world seemed to move in slow motion. Everything was gone except the world they were plummeting into. He began to say something reassuring to Kay, anything, just so they both knew the other existed. They were each other's world, now.  He couldn't find her. She wasn't there. Only himself, in true free-fall. Like his belated glitch-blighted friend, he was falling through the world, except there was nothing to break his fall, ever. 
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-What's the matter, Garian? You have what you desired. Freedom. Or did you expect something else? This is true freedom, and it's hell. The perfect lie.//  
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-“Where is Kay?” he yelled, ”WHERE IS KAY?”  
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-//Ah, the woman of your dreams. I forgot. You were following your heart. Like Sean, you were willing to throw away the Universe for the woman who you had selfishly decided was more important than anything.  
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-“Kay is nothing like Meg!” 
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-//Ah, but you are like Sean. So, Garian, you've found the heart, you've found the lies, I dare say its time to meet the monster.// 
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-“What about the truth?” 
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-Ah, what about the truth? Where did it go, Garian?// 
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-“I... I'm sorry! I thought it was the True Ending!” 
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-No, you didn't. You never really thought it was. You just wanted it to be. Like Meg, you didn't care that it would destroy everything about this Island and what it means to be the Dark Savior. You didn't think about what a True Ending would be in a place like this. You don't care about this Island or its people at all. People like you don't deserve to see the True Ending.  And so, there won't be a True Ending for you any more. You're stuck in here with me, now.// 
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-In the total darkness, a single white dot drifted towards him, like the 'off'switch to the Universe. As he came closer, he saw what it was. It terrified him to the core of his being. 
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-It was a Snakebird. A white Snakebird with pink eyes. It looked like it had been asleep, but now it was waking up. 
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