Union Home Dimension: Earth, Imperial Palace Star City
The night was a cool one, earth always did seem to have the best evenings of any planet. But then again, your home is always the best. The breeze at the top of the Imperial Palace was cooling, it was a hot day earlier but now the sun had dibbed below the skyline of the massive city allowing the summer heat to subside. Myric didnt mind at all, he loved summer, and the heat. Perhaps that was why he was married to the Angel of Fire? He chuckled to himself, he could hear roaring cheers from back down the palace, and also from the vast city below. It was the celebrations for the defeat of the Draken. To think... Nearly 60 odd years ago he defeated Xanthos, the greatest threat to creation. He wasnt down with the others though, he had come alone to the top of the Palace with a bottle of alchohol to look out across the Earth. It was then he smiled "You know... I know your there"
Ellio smirked as he stepped out of the slight shadow by the wall, the evening breeze causing his long coat to billow behind him "Well sir, I didn't think it right to interupt the musings of the emperor" he spoke in his roguishly charming voice.
Myric chuckled "I have many musings, too many for me to handle sometimes. Im surprised you are not downstairs in the lobby, there are plenty of beautiful women there" He laughed, the gargantuan lobby of the Imperial palace was one massive party. Led by the Angels a huge feast had been organised the entire length of the Processional avenue, with billions if not more eating at the massive tables.
"I'm sure they can wait" he replied with a smile "Besides, tonight is the time to remember all those we lost..." Ellio spoke, his charming tone suddenly downtrodden.
Myric became sombre "Indeed" He looked across the city again "All those trillions... They payed the price. And I am here wondering if each order I gave could of been changed to another, if it meant just one more person would of survived. All those children... Never to have a future"
Ellio nodded, remaining silent as he surveyed the sprawling city so many had died to protect.
Myric took another drink from the bottle "I have always wondered if not being able to get drunk was a blessing or a curse. Its times like these were it is almost certainly a curse" There was a moment of silence "Why are you here Darkstrider?"
He chuckled slightly "Me? I came to get what i've had coming for a few years, if it wasnt for this bio tool i'm sure my face would be burning from all the times i've been slapped today...You can't run away from fate forever" he shrugged.
Myric laughed before turning from the vista and walking into the room, the glass windows still providing a perfect view of the city. He beckoned Darkstrider to sit on one of the chairs by a table, a simple arrangement, nothing fancy at all “I am not going to reprimand you for your actions Darkstrider, truth be told I need someone who can operate for the Union yet above our laws. To watch the empire. In all honesty I am envious of you, you get freedom, totally freedom. I am more of a prisoner or slave than most realise”
Ellio smirked "Politics are a bitch and half, If I can solve it with talking sure, if I can't, well that's their problem" he laughed.
Myric grunted "If only I had that choice. Ellio. I want you to continue your work in Ancerious. There are artifcats there, weapons. Which can be used by the Union, secure as many for us as possible, make new allies and stop the Nakai where you can. You have my official sanction, however... You may not tell anyone. This conversation never happened, understand?"
"Conversation? I only just got here." Ellio smiled looking back at the emperor.
Myric smiled, but then his face went dead serious “Ellio... Im going to be honest with you, what I tell you in the next few minutes must not be told to anyone. Not even Union command. And certainly not my wife understand?”
"Of course m'lord, I most certainly know how to keep things secret." he replied leaning in with interest.
“I do not have long Ellio. I know my own destiny, I read it when the Libary of Dreams allowed me access to my own history. Everything I do is predetermined. The Nakai will come here, to Earth with 2 of the Mara'Kadas with them. They will beseige earth. I will stop them, do not fear the war will be won. But...” He paused “Shortly after I will be making my son Emperor”
Ellio raised an eyebrow, hiding his shock as best he could "Come again sir?" he spoke in a confused tone.
Myric nodded “You heard correctly, I will be stepped down as Emperor after the end of the Nakai war” He paused again “But I will not stay here, I am to... Ascend. I will only be able to visit every so often, Essentially... I have to say goodbye”
Ellio finally nodded "All things end I suppose...what of Duneyer? I doubt she'll let you go without a fight" he spoke.
Myric said nothing, looking away for a moment towards the picture of the two of them on the bedside table, on their honeymoon. He turned back to Darkstrider "I plan to leave silently. Nobody will know I am gone until I am ascended. I have no choice... Duneyer..." Myric couldnt bring himself to say it "She... gets let behind, but she will join me in time. Its just not her time. She will be alone for a while before she joins me, same for the other angels"
Ellio remained quiet, looking at the Emperor "If that is the course destiny is to take then it has been determined...we all come to an end one day... rest assured sir, the Union will never fall so long as i'm alive." Ellio smiled.
Myric nodded and made a weak smile “That is good to know Ellio. I need you to look after it when I'm gone. And... Keep Duneyer safe for me, But dont try anything... I fully expect she will kill you otherwise”
Ellio laughed loudly "I can't make any promises on that front sir" he joked "Although...sir?" he asked.
Myric sniggered before replying “Yes Darkstrider?”
"You have been deep into the library of dreams...I know it is not my place to ask, but...what is yet in store for me? And the others of my team?" Ellio asked, feeling disrespectful for even thinking of it.
Myric looked up at the ceiling "Alas Im not allowed to tell you that, the Libaries rules forbid telling another who is not yet ready to know their own destiny" He paused "But... I will tell you this, you and your team will save creation. However... It will be your reckoning"
Ellio nodded, having expected such. "Barbossa will be happy to know we go out in a blaze of glory." he laughed.
Myric nodded "Indeed, You will be remembered Darkstrider, and not just for your... Charm" He laughed "But come, this night is not one of sorrow, we are to celebrate our victory, to our lives, to our... inevitable future. Lets go rejoin the party, after all you and your team set off tomorow. And we only have so long left. Lets enjoy it" Myric smiled genuinely.
The two stood up when the doors opened into the room "What the hell are you two doing up here? There is a party on! You two need to join in! If I hadnt guessed I would say Darkstriders charmed you Myric..." Came the fiery voice of the Empress. She wore casual clothes and had a beaming grin. Myric laughed "Of course Duneyer whatever you think" He turned to Darkstrider "Lets go celebrate"
Ellio grinned and winked at the woman in the doorway before heading towards the nearest elevator. He tapped his earpiece as he walked and the deep voice of Barbossa could be heard, music in the background. "Ellio? Where are you mon?" he asked over the noise. "I want three kegs at my table by the time I get down there" Ellio grinned as the elevator doors closed, leaving the rulers of the union alone.
Duneyer raised an eyebrow after Darkstrider left “Whats up?”
Myric shook his head “Just the same old every victory day” He said hugging Duneyer. She embraced him back and kissed his head.
“No need to worry dear, everything will be ok” She kissed him and smiled “Now. Lets go have some fun!” She laughed as she and the Emperor called the elevator and then joined the party below.
After all, every moment counted.