Dean Solis and Trent Solis
Trent: You’re a good friend too, Zara. (Trent rubs the back of his neck trying to control his nervousness) If you want, I could come with you...well anyways, you can use the guest room and sleep there. If there’s anything you need just call me or my brother.
Dean yells upstairs: IF YOU DISTURB ME, YOU’RE A DEAD PERSON.
Trent: On second thought, just call me. My brother is just being a...(Trent yells back at Dean) BIG FAT JERK.
Dean responds: WHAT?
Trent replies: LOSERSAYSWHAT!
Dean responds again: WHAT? (Trent grins in satisfaction and then he addresses Zara again)
Trent: Well, goodnight Zara. (Trent leaves to go to his room as he waves a goodbye)
(Hadrian is back to his IFF persona, Maximius. He stands outside the gates of the Nescalan Capital in front of his armies. Suddenly a angelic figure comes flying with incredible speed and lands with overpowering force that the ground shakes beneath her, yet her landing was as if a small leaf had grazed the ground.)
Maximius: Impressive! (Maximius’ armies ready their weapons against the intruder, but Maximius waves his hand up to signal them to lay down their weapons) I see that you have come for me, Miss Amber Turner. You found me so quickly too. Shall we leave to a more private place.(Hadrian opens a portal and gestures Ke’Tala to follow him as he passes through the portal. She follows reluctantly and arrives in the Void Realm)
Ke’Tala: What is this place?
Maximius: My realm! Come and enter my dream. (Hadrian examines Amber’s posture and form). You exude such an imposing presence even in this barren wasteland. It’s rare to find players like you.
Ke’Tala: Enough with your poisonous flatteries. I’m here to avenge Pierce for what you’ve done to him and to us all.
Maximius: What I have done? And what exactly is it that I have done to Pierce and the rest of his ‘family’.
Ke’Tala: You know exactly what you’ve done. (Ke’Tala anger begins to show on her face)
Maximius: You mean the enthusiasts? My charge for them was to keep an eye on him. Other than that, it was their prerogative to do as they please. Besides, Pierce was already a marked man even before my own eyes sought him. They would have gone after him even without my involvement. In fact, it was my own involvement that kept them from taking his life, that is until Pierce denied Valdus’ offer.
Ke’Tala: You mean ‘your’ offer. So it was either follow you or feed him to the wolves? You were just using him. It doesn’t matter how “uninvolved” you think you are. Pierce is lost and has lost everything because of you.
Maximius: What has happened to Pierce was his own doing. He was already lost, and there was nothing you could do to change him. So I saved him from his own petty fantasies.
Ke’Tala: YOU LIAR! YOU DIDN’T SAVE HIM, YOU DESTROYED ANY CHANCE FOR HIM TO BE A GOOD MAN. (Ke’Tala takes out her blade and points it at Maximius)
Maximius: A good man? Pierce? Hahahaha! It seems you were the one with a child’s dream.
Ke’Tala: SHUT UP YOU SNAKE! (Ke’Tala spreads her fiery wings and charges at Maximius in a blinding zig-zag motion as he goes up into the air)LINK
(She swings at Maximius and a mixture of wind and fire push him back. She then disappears and Maximius feels a dagger stab him from the back.)
Maximius: You’re truly are a splendid opponent. Rarely does anyone ever hit in the first few seconds. However...(Maximius transforms into a group of black birds as they scatter and hawk loudly. The black birds then regroup infront of Ke’Tala no longer injured.)
Ke’Tala: I’m not surprised that you always use tricks and illusions. It’s probably your forte. But you can’t fool me for long.
Maximius: Like Pierce has for years, right? Did you really think that you were actually getting to him. He seemed to never once show any signs of change in him. Even after all these years. Still the cold-hearted man with a God-complex. That is until I publicly exposed him for the dillusional fool that he was.
Ke’Tala: YOU’RE WRONG! (She strikes again with her blade, but Maximius again disperses into black birds and makes clones of himself in all directions surrounding Ke’Tala. She materializes crystalline blades and with her mind shoots them to all the clones at the same time) You won’t hide from me with your clones. No matter how many you make I will get you eventually. (Maximius appears above Ke’Tala from a distance
Maximius: And which clone of Pierce were you chasing. The “good man” you so wanted. Or the man with many faces. All this time he has been lying to you.
Ke’Tala: He has changed. I’ve seen it myself. I’m getting tired of you bad-mouthing him. (She takes out her bow and shoots multiple arrows of pure energy. Maximius moves side to side avoiding each arrow, but then the arrows turn around chasing after Maximius. Then Maximius comes at Ke’Tala as the arrows gain on him and hit him on all directions, engulfing Maximius in the explosion.)
Ke’Tala: You’re not tough at all. Just all big talk and no substance. Pierce is not your puppet. (Suddenly Maximius whispers in her ear behind her)
Maximius: And who were you to him? (She grabs her blade again and swings behind her, but Maximius is gone and reappears behind her again from a distance looking unscathed from the explosion.) You and everyone else were puppets to him as well. I changed all that.
Ke’Tala: NO! You made him worse.
Maximius: Did I now? Before he found his “new family”, he abandoned his previous one. The brother which he so loved, was now an object of hate. But after my intervention as Valdus, he couldn’t even finish off his little brother. A sign of weakness for sure, but is that not what a “good man” would do: To not hate his brother.
Ke’Tala: Everything you say is a lie. I WON’T HEAR IT ANYMORE. (She swings her blade once again, but Maximius grabs it with his right hand. She takes out her dagger to try and catch him off guard, but again he grabs her other hand twists her around and locking her arm behind her back. She can’t move as she’s being held in an arm lock and Maximius again whispers in her ear.)
Maximus: I’m sure all the things you told Pierce about “family” was a lie to him. He might have listened to your words, but he never heard you, did he? That spirit of hate and distrust kept him from hearing you.
Ke’Tala: What you did to him only made him hate and distrust us even more.(Ke’Tala moves her head back to head-butt Maximius, to which he let’s go of her and backs off, but not before he scratches her arm with his scythe.)
Maximius: I wanted him to feel the pain he had caused by making him feel the same hurt. The very same people he thought that he was fooling was fooling him. The man who thought himself a God was brought to shame. One can only change once they are humbled.
Ke’Tala: You haven’t changed him at all.
Maximius: Tell me, did the self-proclaimed God kill his “new family”? Or did the “good man” spare them? (Ke’Tala looks with sadness)
Ke’Tala:.......It doesn’t matter now, he has no family anymore. ALL BECAUSE OF YOU! Justify your actions all you want, but it was you who brought him to this.
Maximius: Then be glad he spared his family because of my intervention. Better to have a broken man than dillusional god. (Ke’Tala powers up as she exudes a ferocious aura of flames and then takes out her bow to shoot one huge arrow of energy)
Ke’Tala: This will finish you off. (she shoots the arrow, but Maximius stands there unfazed and says “CORPOREAL EXCHANGE”. Suddenly she is standing in Maximius’ place as she is instantly hit by her own arrow and engulfed in a huge explosion. When the smoke clears she looks in horror as she is in Maximius’ body while she stares at her own body standing few feet away from her)
Ke’Tala: Wha?...What have you done to me? Why am I in this wretched body?
Maximius: I exchanged bodies with you.
Ke’Tala: But you let yourself be injured, if your character dies then you lose.
Maximus: Then it’s a good thing this fight never happened.
Ke’Tala: What...do you mean? (In stunned unbelief she looks all around her as the reality in front of her breaks like a mirror, and it’s revealed that she’s actually in her own body in critical condition.)
Maximus: The one who you thought were fighting was merely yourself. You took yourself out with your own arrow.
Ke’Tala: Bu... but how? (Maximius points at the scratch she received earlier)
Maximius: My scythe has the ability to exchange with a person’s body if the target comes in contact with it. As far as the reality breaking before your eyes, I cast it the moment you entered this realm.
Ke’Tala: You’re like a demon.
Maximus: Are you surprised now? You did say that my forte was tricks and illusions. Anyways, I’ve wasted enough energy on you. I must return now. (As he passes by her broken body she grabs at his feet)
Ke’Tala: WAIT...what do you want from Pierce? (Maximius looks at her in an empathetic manner, but then he gets free of her grasp and keeps on walking towards a portal he opens. He stops at the entrance to the portal and says to Ke’Tala...)
Maximius:.....To bring out the “good man” in him that I could never be, even if I have to make him suffer some more.
Ke’Tala: Yo...you’re not making any sense? (Maximius smiles as if to laugh)
Maximius: I’ve been getting that a lot lately. Goodbye Miss Amber! (He leaves through the portal, leaving Ke’Tala behind in a serious condition)