Chapter 19: Verne’s Proposition
Sorenska and I were in the catacombs of Arm'e in less than a second, and amazingly, the increased speed is due to my full evolution into a true Ultimate Warrior. The catacombs were the same as usual, except for the brightness. More light seemed to enter the catacombs than any time before I've come here. Sorenska moaned against my leg, so I went to his aid by lifting him into my arms and carrying him down the long corridor that led to the Resistance's home.
I walked down the long hall, hearing my footsteps echoing throughout the entire corridor. Sorenska stopped moaning and was asleep in my arms snoring up a storm that echoed throughout the corridor. I don't blame Sorenska, for I too was tired and exhausted, but I knew I couldn't waste anymore time and had to accomplish what I was born to do for Arm'e and all who inhabit it.
Freedom was the key word for today, meaning soon the Arm'eians would be saved from the terror that has descended on Arm'e since the day Soren killed Chaos. It was time for the madness to end, and this time when the Resistance along with the imprisoned Arm'eian soldiers will be victorious in the ultimate battle Arm'e will never forget.
I could see the knob of the door to the courtyard gleaming in the distance, so I walked slowly up toward the knob and turned it, holding Sorenska at the same time. The door opened making a high pitched squeaking sound, which alerted the Resistance soldiers. I had spears and knives in my face, until the Resistance soldiers realized who I was and retracted.
They bowed their heads in loyalty to me, which sort of confused me. I went to ask why they were bowing as if I were a king, but they stopped me before I could even speak.
"We know all-mighty Ultimate Warrior. You defeated Black Matter."
"How did you know?"
"A wave of intense energy hit Arm'e. We knew it was your energy when Black Matter's evil energy faded away like mist."
"It was really that strong."
"It was, and as soon as Black Matter's energy disappeared, the Dorsians inhabiting Arm'e retreated back to Dorsa immediately, because they knew they were next."
"They were right. That's why I came here, but I guess my business is done here."
"Ultimate Warrior, someone wants to see you immediately."
"Marsa. She has a proposition for you."
"What do you mean by that?"
"She didn't say. You'll have to go see her."
"Where is she?"
"She's in her den. She's getting ready to return to the surface of Arm'e."
"I'll see her. Thank you for the loyalty, for it wasn't necessary."
"You've freed us all from a nightmare that's lasted over one-hundred years. It's all over, thanks to you."
"Thanks for the gratitude, now I have to see Marsa."
"What about your little warrior here?"
"He's fine. He's just recovering from severe damage delivered by Black Matter in his ultimate form."
"Let our caretaker take care of his recovery. You go see Marsa, for I believe that it's important."
"Very well, take him." The Resistance soldier reached out to grab Sorenska, so I carefully handed him over into the soldier's hands.
"Don't worry, he'll be recovered fully after your talk with Marsa."
"I leave him in your hands then, but if he awakes, make sure he is fully aware of who you are, for he is stronger then he seems."
"We will, now go see Marsa."
"Right." I walked away from the Resistance soldier and walked along the trail that led to Marsa's den or room. Along the way, all of the Resistance applauded and did the loud cheers and whistles that you'd usually here at a sporting event or competition. In return, I smiled and continued walking toward Marsa's den.
I reached the end of the pathway and opened the giant door to Marsa's den. Inside, a light brightened up the entire hall that led to Marsa's den and it was warm instead of cold. I walked down the hall into Marsa's room, where Marsa was in her drawers collecting her clothes and accessories.
"Hello." She turned her head in my direction and stared at me with her crystal-blue eyes. She had a smile on her face, and she was even sweating from her packing her things into separate cases made of polished stone.
"Hello brother, or should I call you the Ultimate Warrior."
I laughed at her remark. "Just call me 'brother' Marsa. It makes it easy for me."
"Okay. Now that we have that covered, I should ask you why you're here."
"I came to annialate the Dorsians that were invading Arm'e, but one of your soldiers told me that they retreated once they felt Black Matter's energy disappear from existence. He also told me that you wanted to speak with me, so here I am. Let's talk."
"I completely forgot about that, because I've been so busy doing all this. Sorry about that."
"Okay, let's talk. Brother, you've done a great thing by eliminating Black Matter from our universe, therefore in return I thought of a way to reward you for defeating him. Something that our mother and father would've wanted for you to accomplish. A very hard and rare position obtain on Arm'e."
"What is it?"
"The entire Resistance agreed that you should be our leader in restoring Arm'e back to normal conditions. That includes being the leader of the main organization that runs all of Arm'e; the Armysearches organization."
"Are you sure?"
"Absolutely. The world of Arm'e has been under an invasion since 1932, and if there's anyone who can restore Arm'e back to normal conditions, it's you my brother."
"You're willing to count on me to restore Arm'e and run an entire organization?"
"Yes. If anyone can do it, it's you brother, so what do you say to that offer?"
"Earth has always been my home, but since there's no need for me to return, I'd like to stay here and run Arm'e as best I can."
"So, it's a 'yes'?"
"Correct. That's what our dad would've wanted me to do, so I accept."
"Then it's official. You shall from now on be our leader."
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“Hey little fighter.” Sorenska-moaning from pain- looked up at me on the table where was I healed when I had pain from that night with Marsa. “How are you feeling?”
I let out a small chuckle. “You have your mother’s since of humor.”
“My back burns. What happened?”
“You were injured by Black Matter, but the injuries should heal fast.”
“Is he gone?”
“Black Matter. Did you defeat him?”
“Yes. He’s at long last, dead.”
“Good, now we can live peacefully.”
“We can, and I’ve also become the leader of Arme’.”
“So, I guess I won’t see you as much.”
“Probably not, but you can come see me anytime you want.”
“That makes me feel better.”
“I’ll be busy monitoring space for anymore threats.”
“Is it ever going to end?”
“I’m afraid not. Black Matter was only the beginning; many other challenges still exist in the future.”
“When those times come, we’ll be ready, right.”
“Yes. Whenever peril or evil shows its ugly face to Arme’, we’ll be ready to take it on, no matter the cause.”
“I love you dad.”
“I love you too Sorenska.”
At that moment, Sorenska smiled and went back into a sleep. I turned away from Sorenska and walked out of the hut, and in my mind said these words, “No matter the cause, we’ll be ready.” I smiled and walked away with no other word.
It took over ten years to restore Arm'e to its original ways, but no matter how hard we all try Arm'e is not the same and will never be the same again. Arm'e has been scarred from over one thousand years of war, so therefore, all of the Arm'eians will remain with memories of the war.
No matter how much it takes, I will make sure that all Arm'eians will feel free on Arm'e from war and tragedy. Arm'e no longer has had Dorsian-related problems and we've not seen one Dorsian since the day Black Matter died. I am the leader of Arm'e now, and Sorenska will take my place when I die, but until then I will secure and protect Arm'e with all my force and strength.