~Within the hour, the remaining forces of Cosbine are defeated or captured.~
Lando: *Sigh* Now things can finally be as they were meant on this planet. *Turns to the Goers* From the bottom of my heart, I thank all of you for helping us bring this effort to reality.
Retro: I wish we could help you guys get off this planet, though..
Lando: With the war over I think it would be better if we stayed. I'm sure these people who were terrorized by Cosbine will need a helping hand to rebuild their lives. My men will be glad to do so after bringing the fight to their own homes.
Fera: *Something redundant about fighting the good fight*
Elder: *Wobbles up to the group, wherever they are, they all turn around to meet him* Huffpuffit, I've been lookin' all over this mountain for ya!
Elder: To say thanks!
Retro: Oh. *Turns back around*
Jed: *Ahem* I think it was I who killed Cosbine, thankyouverymuch.
Elder: Well whomever did it, your dead parents would be proud. *Cackles*
Retro: I don't see how that's supposed to make me feel better..
Fera: I think he means you've restored the honor of your family name.. or something.
Elder: And that's it's own reward!
Retro: That's retarded, I just wanted to save you guys.
Elder: We never got to finish our little chat the other night, so later on you just see me, okay?
Retro: Yeah, later.
Elder: And some people stopped by Widget while you guys were off. We never got so many travelers before you guys, it's such an honor. *Weeps*
Fera: Who were they?
Rocky: *Leaps from behind a rock formation* Your beloved Rocky!
Rocky: ..And friends..TRYING TO UPSTAGE ME! *Punches Fred then tackles him, they fight in some dust cloud for a bit*
GORE: We came all the way up here for this? Lame.
Retro/Fera/Jed: Rocky! *They all run up and greet eachother again*
Fera: Are you alright?
Rocky: Mostly..we had a few huge battles, but I'm the resident cool guy, so nothing takes ol' Rocky for surprise!
Retro: Yeah. Like getting eaten by an Alien.
Fera: Or finding out you were a code puppet.
Jed: Or getting kidnapped.
Rocky: Sheesh, alright, alright. What does a guy have to do to not be ridiculed among his own 'effing friends?
Retro: You could start by not dressing like a society reject.
Rocky: Hey, I LIKE my cutting edge, emo outfit. It fits my don't care, don't worry, don't stick around to find out attitude.
Fera: It makes you look like a cigarette. Just saying.
Jed: I dunno, I always thought it made him look like he was part of the X-Men. Magneto, right?
Rocky: He's my fav! But that's besides the point, now that I am here, you all have nothing to fear.
Leaven: Aside from fear itself. The very definition thereof, which you're harboring.
Retro: *Glares at Leaven silently*
Fera: Great, who've you come back to kidnap this time you monster?
Leaven: Nnghh... listen, Fera.
Fera: Huh? How do you know my name?
Leaven: Nothing, it isn't important.
Elder: Whoa, you three. Pack up the hostility, he's a welcomed guest here don't 'cha know.
Rocky: Yeah! He's not so bad anymore. In fact, he helped save my life.
Adele: And mine, as well as the entire CIA. This man is nothing short of a hero.
Lando: Did you just say the CIA? I'm sorry to interrupt, but I am..or was, a lieutenant under the command of General Strives. My name is Lando.
Adele: Huh? Really? That was my father!
Lando: What an amazing stroke of luck these last few days have been, then..
Leaven: It's an honor to meet you, Lieutenant, but I am reluctant to tell you that the CIA has gone under two different..reforms, since you were last listed.
Lando: I'm sorry to hear that, um..
Leaven: Leaven. My name is Leaven. I lead the CIA now, or rather, I did for a brief time before passing the torch to Adele Strives here.
Lando: Has that much really changed? I.. I have not seen the commander's daughter since she was a child..
Leaven: I shall take the time to explain to you our story, as I wish for you to share yours as well. Come, we will head to Widget and the Belmont estate.
Retro: Who's just gonna let you waltz into my family's mansion?
Leaven: *Pauses, then continues walking*
Elder: Don't mind him now Leaven, you're welcome there too. Many pardons Master Belmont, you see he lived in our town as well for his childhood..
Retro: *Shocked* Wha...what?
Elder: *Nods* Before you were born. That night sure was an eerie one, yep, yep. I'm sure you all must be tired by this point, so let's pack it in.
Jed: Sounds good to me!
Retro: Why is nothing what it seems anymore?!
Fera: Retro, calm down, you're gonna go into a coma if you let these things get to you..*Smooches, then leaves*
Jed: Psst, Retro, you see Fera?
Jed: Alright, just checking.
Retro: O_o *Starts gasping for air* What did you mean by that?
Jed: Nothing, just trying to stress you out more. You coming or what?
Retro: *Sighs* Yes, yes, I'm coming..
~Everyone heads back to Widget and sets up camp for the night. In the Belmont Mansion, the elder summons Leaven and Retro into the study, a large room with separate, secluded sections.~
Elder: I have called the both of you here for a reason. Despite your differences you are both part of Widget, and therefore, share the same blood.
Leaven: I disagree. We don't even know eachother.
Retro: I haven't seen him many times, but the times I have he's been my enemy. How do you expect me to act like we're a part of eachother?
Elder: *Gets up, and walks around the room, pausing to look out the window* Every one person in this world is a living, breathing creature. They all share the same origins, the same fates, we all have unseen ties to eachother that cannot be discovered unless we ourselves open our minds. Everything that happens, happens for a reason, but the the events that happen can occur through our own actions and the actions of others.
Leaven: *Looks downward in thought*
Retro: Throughout my life..I've done many things to hurt people, and things to try and help them. It feels like I don't remember half of it though. And the future to me...is foggy, still. Is it normal to affect other people when you yourself are not feeling whole? I wish I knew.
Leaven: My life has been all about one driven goal. Ambitious, though it is..I cannot feel anything short of powerless in the face of true fear. I cannot even act to save everything I love without losing something or someone greater. That's only in a nutshell. In reality I know the entire reason I am connected to this world and what I must do, but I am not sure if I can even do it.
Elder: *Nods* So you both have one thing in common, at least. You both want to help people, but are riddled with self doubt. Master Belmont on the one hand, doesn't even seem to realize who he really is. While you, Master Leaven, feel you lack the strength you think you need to achieve what you want.
~Retro and Leaven lock eyes for a long moment, until the elder speaks again.~
Elder: I think I have just the thing for you both. Our alchemists long ago have created a sort of elixir, one that you drink and journey into a state of self-awareness. The journey will not be kind to those that are not ready, however. Well?
Leaven: There's no harm in that, I suppose.
Retro: Yeah, I'll do it.
~After each drinking this elixir, Retro and Leaven pass out. The camera zooms closer into Retro's mind, which is pitch black for a moment. The next, a explosion of light and color. Retro opens his eyes, and looks down to see his body. His arm is missing his pixel attachment, and he is significantly shorter, standing only a few feet from the ground.~
Retro: I'm a child..in Widget.
~Retro looks around the town, but there is no one around. There is an eerie silence about him. Atop the hill in front of him is his mansion. Above him, the sky grows darker and darker. Retro makes a run for the mansion, and as he does, it begins to crumble, piece after piece, and sucked up into the sky.
An enormous being emerges from the earth where the mansion stood. It's face distorted but looking to be a skull, his eyes alight with fire. The rest of his body is pure black. His hand rockets forward and grabs Retro from where he stands. Screaming, Retro is pulled down into the depths below his house. He wakes up strapped to a table. He suddenly finds himself crying, although not knowing how or why.
There are two figures on either side of him, one of them slowly move a midnight colored stone to his head, then after pressing it there for a moment, quickly retract and bash him with it, knocking him out. The next thing Retro knows, he is once again sitting outside his mansion, like nothing happened. The sky is bright, and the mansion stands.
Retro hears a call from another boy, who he immediately identifies as Orter, somehow. Orter runs over to him and picks him up. Retro says something, and they both laugh. After that they run around the hills outside Widget having a good time. The next thing he knows he is on a PDG space station, being yelled at while writing answers frantically on am entrance exam paper. After that, he is with General Exaih..being yelled at.~
Exaih: Kid, ya know this is a dream right. A fabrication of reality. I'm here to tell you to ignore that shit and to listen to me for a second.
Retro: *Says something about field tests he can't even hear*
Exaih: *Slaps Retro across the face* Stop playing into the mind games, dammit! I'm dead, I ain't coming back, unless it's in this but you don't have another chance! *Slaps Retro again* Now listen to me, you're a respected member of the PDG, any mistakes you may have made were intended by our Gods themselves to make sure this universe exists by the time you understand your real purpose! Being dead, it's opened my eyes for the first time. You'd think it makes you oblivious to everything else, but that's what life's for, don't you see? Our forces work through people like you and your friends to let this universe experience life and the greater meanings. You'll understand someday.
Retro: I don't understand now..I don't understand now either.
Exaih: Of course you don't you abysmally slow earthworm! *Slaps Retro again* But I still love ya like a son, kid. And these people here with me, they know everything. You're their vessel, you understand me son? If you don't figure out what you are and why, then there's no way we'll survive. But there's gonna be no other way to do that then to tell you to make you remember, and understand all the things you've seen so far. But it won't be me that tells you, the person who does is going to represent everything that you need to overcome. Face your past, kid, face your future, because it's gonna be all of ours. I wish I could have taught you more when I was alive. The important thing right now is to protect everything you love, and destroy the evil in your heart, as well as the evil that lurks out there. That's what got me, understand? Legion is what's going to happen to this universe soon. Don't forget that.
~In the next few moments, Retro relives the rest of his life until this very moment. He awakens sitting in a chair with the Widget Elder peering out the window. He looks over to Leaven, who is still unconscious. Now to peer into his mind.
A bright light shines in Leaven's face, and doesn't leave. A lot of noise is in the background, with a woman screaming nearby, who several other people in the room seem to try to console. A duo of male voices above him speak waveringly.~
Male 1: Will he be okay? Traveling alone, it's got to be a 50/50 chance at best..
Male 2: Quiet! He is the last hope of mankind right now, it will work.
Female voice: Doctor, it's happening!
Male voice 2/Doctor: We have no time to argue the safety of it all, we must dispatch him immediately! The brainwashing mechanisms should work perfectly, he'll know our cause. What he must do..
~The women crying before sobs even more intensely after that is said. Leaven hears a door hatch shut over him, then a great quake rocks his location, then..silence. The next thing he knows, he's in Widget, sitting in the corner at school while all the other kids play and laugh and have fun. He gets up and walks outside to kick a ball around the yard, until a tall man approaches him. Leaven identifies him as his father, or the only father he's had growing up there.~
Man: Lennard, aren't you playing nicely with the children today?
Leaven: I don't care about them, dad, because they don't care about me.
Man: *Kneels besides Leaven* Listen son, you can't expect every single person to accept you at first. I know you're getting used to being in a new school, especially after being tutored, but you can't let that stop you from meeting people.
Leaven: I don't want to go to school, it's stupid. I don't even need it. I'm smart enough to do anything this village can have me do. But I want to start learning how to fight! All of my dreams keep telling me to get stronger, dad. School isn't going to help me do that..
Man: That's enough Lennard. Go finish recess and attend class, your mother and I didn't raise a child who didn't attend school on time!
Leaven: Yes, dad.. *runs off*
Man: What's coming over that boy, I wonder.
~Leaven then recalls an instance later that week, where his powerful mental manipulation powers first developed. While his teacher taught a lesson, Leaven was focusing on a particular girl he liked. For a moment, he was gazing, but the next he felt more and more drawn to what she was thinking. He fascinated himself over it, and something snapped in him, and suddenly he looked around the room frantically, wondering what came over him. He looked back over to the girl, who had just collapsed on her desk. The teacher let out a short scream and ran over to her to wake her, but she wouldn't. Leaven was shocked by this, and ran out of the room, scared.
That night, the only thing he remembers was a violent storm outside, and his dad leaving for a moment to check up on their neighbors. Leaven sat in his room crying over the condition of the girl, when something caught his attention. He could hear his dad coming in with a stranger from outside, who apparently crash landed on the planet. He was an odd one, who hardly talked about himself. He wore black garb most of the time. Over time, he noticed Leaven and his behavior, and they got to talking. Leaven felt strangely confident in telling this stranger about his power, which he took a great amount of interest in. He told him if he wanted to come with him, he would teach Leaven how to properly use such powers, as well as learn how to fight in armed combat. He promised him power, which Leaven immediately jumped at the opportunity to get. They snuck away one night, and disappeared after that.
The man never gave his name, but went by X-66. he dubbed Lennard "Leaven" and taught him the ways of weapon combat, and over time, mind manipulation. After training in a secluded area for a good number of years, they attacked the CIA headquarters and took it over as part of X-66's plan to obtain his own goals. He promised Leaven even greater power, and until Leaven slew him with Strives, that's what he was after. Now he is simply wondering if he can ever obtain such a power that he will be comfortable with to achieve his own goals.
After that, Leaven wakens.~
Elder: Ah good, you're both awake now. I do hope that experience taught you a thing or two.
Leaven: ..I don't know.
Retro: . . .
Elder: Why don't you both get some rest.
~Everyone turns in for the night after that. But sailing down towards town is a familiar dark pirate ship..~
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