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 +“Hey, moron, wake up!”
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 +A vicious boot to his ribs brought him to his senses. He was lying in a bed in Bar Stalker, staring up at Dunbar's toothy Goblin-like face.
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 +“Don't kick the Dark Savior, you idiot!” yelled Matt, before grabbing him, yanking him back and punching him in the ribs.
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 +“I'm sorry about those two. Its like being in an evil twin movie, except both twins are evil,” said Kubota, “Can I get you a drink?”
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 +Carbon Garian accepted a bottle of Jalapeno Juice, “You guys got out alive, then?”
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 +“Everyone's fine. Everyone in the whole prison.”
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 +“What, your evacuation plan actually worked?”
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 +“We got a bit of help,” he said, “These bastards won't admit it, but they're actually very grateful. They even bought the man a drink. He said he doesn't drink on duty. He's gone off to do some repair work.”
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 +“What, you mean...?”
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 +“Who else do you think could save thousands of people in ten minutes, except someone who can control the entire prison with his mind?”
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 +“He got his control keys back?”
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 +“Um... yeah... I wouldn't talk to him too much about that. It was kinda embarassing for him.”
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 +“Nice fighting out there,” said Matt, “Didn't understand what the hell happened but you definitely won.”
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 +“I don't really get it either.”
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 +“I do,” said a voice from above him. Three of the birds were perched on the fans on the roof. Regina addressed him, “You just did the impossible. You destroyed a Snakebird permanently.”
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 +“Piss me off too much and I'll do the same to you,” he promised cheerfully, “Where's Jack?”
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 +“Uh... he needed to be alone for a while,” said Regina. She looked sad.
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 +“What's up with that bird? He's been acting really oddly recently. I even wondered if he was in league with Infini.”
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 +“No, he's just... very scared.”
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 +“He thinks the same thing will happen to him as happened to Infini,” said Kaiser, “That he'll go mad. That he'll no longer be able to see the entirety of space and time. He already was unable to spot that there was a True Ending. That's why he's been so against any move to find it. He genuinely thought it didn't exist.”
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 +“Now we're forewarned, we'll be able to treat him,” said Regina, “Infini was just very unlucky. He was like that from the moment he was created, and he immediately created the world he thought was real. We couldn't have found him in time.”
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 +“You mean to say that any of you birds could go mad at any time?”
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 +“We understand how it must look to you. We've done you a great injustice. That's why, from now on, we're going to strengthen our power limiters and wear them at all times. No more time-stopping, no more healing or body strengthening. Only flying and watching out for the world,” said Kaiser, “We're not going to meddle in Agency politics, either. I'm afraid I need to keep up Data Memory, though.”
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 +“Data Memory is good,” agreed Carbon Garian, “I don't suppose you could...?”
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 +“Sure,” said Kaiser.
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 +Carbon Garian looked at his data on the Agency record and gasped. There were six stars next to his record.
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 +“This doesn't feel like Nirvana,” he said, looking around.
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 +“Give it time. Bit early yet for a party,” said Kubota, “Time for a few pre-drinks.”
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 +“I should probably lay off the booze,” said Carbon Garian, “I need to get some fresh air.”
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 +He stepped out into the street. There were peoplejust standing in the middle of the city and chatting excitedly. Their voices were full of hope and anticipation. The guards had left their posts and were mingling with the prisoners, many openly drinking. Fireworks were being let off. Nobody was rushing or even looking at the time, except that a few were listening to the bells of the Silver Clock Tower, which were chiming like wedding bells.
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 +He decided to climb the stairs to have a look up top. Quite a lot of the prison had either remained intact or been rebuilt overnight. The poor guy must be exhausted, he thought. He ran along the walkway to have a closer look at Deadman's Castle, which was only half constructed.
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 +“Reminds me of when it was first built.”
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 +He looked behind him. John had walked up to him, and was now sitting on the grassy bank beside him, drink in hand. They watched the girders literally float up on their own to fit into place in the foundations of the castle. From following their trajectory, he worked out where the Warden was. He stood inside a crowd of subordinates. Lance, Max, Don and Duran were there. Even the strange man in full plate mail who guarded Kurtliegen's house had turned up, and was piling bricks onto a moving platform. Carbon Garian winced as Lance casually walked up to one of the resting guards, grabbed him and hit him until he went back to work. Kurtliegen caught his assistant by his arm and started yelling at him, presumably to remind him that he wasn't actually supposed to be killing the staff. This sparked off a massive row, which was immediately terminated when Tracy walked up to Lance and looked him straight in the eye. The man looked terrified. She then frowned at Kurtliegen, who apologised profusely. She smiled and threw her arms around him.
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 +“What the hell?” asked Carbon Garian.
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 +“You hadn't heard? Everyone on the whole Island knows!” he sighed and shook his head, “I guess you've been pretty busy, though. While you were away... Kurtliegen proposed to Tracy, and she said yes! I know, it came as a massive shock to everyone. Nobody had spotted that they were falling for each other. They spent entire Parallels alone with each other, and I guess they got bored of fighting. That, and they've exchanged rings at least three times.”
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 +“But so have I, in Parallel 2!”
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 +“You're a bit late, sorry.”
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 +“I didn't say I wanted to marry him! Seriously, what's wrong with this Island? Everyone's gone crazy!”
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 +“She's not the one who's murdered multiple clones of themselves,” he pointed out.
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 +“I'll never understand people,” he sighed, “Honestly, whatever next?”
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 +At that moment, the sky went bright green.
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 +The green light washed over everything, flooding the Island with a bizarre radiance, as though it was actually its own neon outline. The stars became magenta clusters of light inside the emerald field. Then a spherical object made of dark green light, outlined in a lime green mesh, descended from a point just above the clock tower. It opened like the petals of a rose, revealing itself to be the unfurled wings of a Snakebird.
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 +“Not another one,” he sighed.
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 +“Don't you understand? Its a new one!” yelled Kaiser, “A newly created bird! As soon as one dies, it must be replaced. It should be impossible to create a Snakebird. There isn't enough energy in the Universe to set off the reaction needed to spontaneously create enough matter. But somehow, on this Island...”
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 +“It must have come from the unused space,” said Perdix.
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 +“The Bilanium! Kaiser, that's a Bilanium reaction!” yelled Jack, “The bird evolved from Bilan!”
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 +“That's gonna be some bird...” commented Carbon Garian.
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 +Its eyes opened, revealing purple irises. They were dazzling, full of energy and new potential. It took its first look around at the world, then called out. The Snakebirds, Jack, Kaiser, Regina and Perdix, rose up to meet it, hovering in a circle, each answering its call. They conversed in their own private language, circling around each other in intricate loops. Their psychic activity was so lively, the air buzzed.
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 +“He wants to be given a name,” explained Regina, “What should we call him, Garian? Humans are more imaginative than Snakebirds. I was going to say Bilan, but Kaiser says that's a lousy name. We need something that fits the occasion.”
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 +“Climax,” said Garian, “Call him Climax.”
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 +The bird turned around and relayed this message to the newly hatched bird. It called out in response.
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 +“He likes the name,” she said, “Okay. His name is Climax from now on. Now he says he wants to share the dream he's seen while he was in his egg. All birds see a little of a new fate, and they turn the dream into reality as soon as they're hatched. He wants everyone on this Island to share it with him.”
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 +The bird opened its beak and began to sing, a soft, gentle, clear song.
 
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