Chapter Seven

Edgar flied back to the south to where Antarctica, but the force of nature wasn't going to let him do so that easily. The winds kicked up and a heavy rain began to alter his course. He lost control a few times but he managed to keep it under control for a few hours, but it eventually became so bad that he was forced to land on some unknown bit of land. Once he was on the ground the weather cleared up and the second half of the truth was revealed to him.

Edgar walked around on this unknown terrain and he was alone for just a little while. He heard footsteps behind him and when he turned around to look he saw nothing. He walked along with greater caution than before and he continued to hear something following him.

This time when he turned around he heard a voice from behind him and it said, "Hello there friend."

He spun around again and he saw a penguin the looked just like him standing behind a tree.

"Who are you?" Edgar asked as he stared at this other penguin.

"I think you know but I'm going to tell you anyway. My name is Ragde and your Edgar right?"

"Yes I am. How could you have possibly known that? I have never met you before."

"Or so you think, but you will soon see that everything you think you know is going to change." Ragde moved forward and Edgar stepped backward. "I hate to have to tell you this but it is necessary. You are th-"

Suddenly the force of nature's voice broke through the trees. WELL NOW RAGDE, I DON'T WANT YOU TO GO SPOILING THE SURPRISE NOW. I WISH FOR YOU TO WAIT UNTIL LATER. AND YOU EDGAR I DON'T THINK YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO THIS GUY, AFTER ALL HE IS TRYING TO KILL YOU.

Edgar looked at the penguin named Ragde and he smirked. "How dare you try to kill me! What even makes you think you are capable of killing me you dirty little weasel?"

Ragde was getting pissed off now and he said, "Because I know how to do this." He stood straight up and let the anger within him fill him up. He stared at Edgar and then bolts of red lightning shot out of his eyes.

Edgar could sense the energy building from Ragde so he sent his own yellow bolts of lightning to counteract his enemies. "Oops, but it looks like I can do that too. You'll have to do better than that to defeat me!"

"Oh trust me my friend, the worst is yet to come." Ragde bent down to one knee and he spread his arms wide. He looked up to the sky and a golden beam of sunlight encompassed him causing Edgar to look away. When the light was gone Edgar looked back and Ragde was no longer a penguin, but he was now a well built and well armed man.

Edgar looked at how outmatched he was and said, "Oh snap."

This new man named Ragde charged at Edgar with his long sword drawn when he hit an invisible barrier set up by the force of nature. Edgar reeled in shock and the force of nature said, EVERY POWER THAT HE HAS YOU HAVE ALSO. JUST DO WHAT HE DOES AND HE CAN'T KILL YOU. The voice died away but the barrier remained.

Edgar bent to one knee, spread his arms out, and looked into the sky. A beam of silver light engulfed Edgar's form and then once it was gone the barrier was gone too and he was a man. He had bulging muscles everywhere and a cool intellect. He was wielding a claymore and charged at his very worthy counterpart. Their blades connected with a sharp clang and Edgar pulled back first and gained the offense. He pushed Ragde back with some mighty blows from his claymore and Ragde kept up the defense. Ragde was getting overwhelmed by Edgar and he snapped with his left hand and pulled a sword into existence.

Edgar was shocked and this gave Ragde the upper hand. He took back the offensive position and knocked Edgar on his back. Ragde cast his flowing cloak aside and he began to stab his two swords into the ground as Edgar struggled to dodge them. Ragde kept missing and he was getting slower and Edgar was able to kick one of his blades and it snapped in half. Ragde swung the remaining end of the long sword and cut into Edgar's leg. Edgar's leg twitched and he kicked Ragde in the chest causing him to fly back and both men changed back into the true penguin forms.

"Not bad at the swords play Edgar, I am pretty proud of you."

"You are quite skilled yourself, but we need to finish this now."

Ragde looked at Edgar and he said, "Hope you can't match this." He held out his palms and they began to glow blue. He shot ice crystals at Edgar and Edgar managed to drop to the ground and shoot some of his own that slammed into Ragde and carried him back a good ten feet. Edgar moved towards the fallen Ragde and shot more of his ice crystals at him, but by the time they reached him he had formed the same type of barrier that Edgar had erected that one day.

Edgar moved to where Ragde had landed and he erected his own barrier against Ragde. Ragde collapsed his barrier and prepared to take Edgar on in one on one penguin combat. Edgar collapsed his as well and the dove atop Ragde and they began to fight. Ragde was slammed back into the ground and he used Edgar's momentum against him and flipped Edgar over and down the hill. Ragde laid down on his back and slid down the hill after Edgar and they wrestled as the made it down the slope.

Edgar had the upper hand in this battle since he was a native from Antarctica and knew how to play when he was sliding down any hill. He pecked at Ragde's chest and caused slight damage before a rock came between them and Edgar pushed Ragde away. Edgar reached the bottom of the hill first and was standing and waiting for Ragde to complete the trip.

When Ragde hit the bottom he sort of flew up into the air a bit before he crashed into the ground. Edgar waddled over to Ragde and sat down on his back so that he couldn't get up.

Ragde realized that he had lost this battle and before he died he had to impart this wisdom to Edgar. "Before you kill me I must tell you some stuff that can save the world."

"Sure, your just trying to stall me so that you can get the upper hand. Spare your breath and die quietly." Edgar was about to use his fire ability and the force of nature decided to butt in again.

YOU SHOULD HEAR HIM OUT EDGAR. THE WHOLE POINT OF THIS SMALL JOURNEY WAS FOR YOU TO LEARN HOW TO STOP THE WORLD FROM BEING DESTROYED. IF YOU JUST LISTEN TO HIM EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT.

The force of nature stopped talking and Edgar figured he should at least here Ragde out before he destroyed him.

"Will you listen to me now?" Ragde asked.

Edgar took a moment to act like he was thinking it over and then he said, "Yeah I guess, I have nothing more to lose."

Ragde smiled a triumphant smile and said, "Good. I have some very important information for you. You remember that God mentioned that Smythe needed to use the key to save everything don't you?"

"Yeah, I do." Edgar said.

"Well, the key is a living creature, and it's an innocent being. The woman named Jane must be sacrificed and so must the key. So basically the blood of the innocent must mix with the blood of the guilty and Smythe is the only one that can do that. Once the blood is mixed God will intervene and save the planet, but this has to be done by sundown the day after tomorrow, which gives him a little more then fifty three hours to bring the key and Jane together and kill them both."

Edgar worked this over in his mind and accepted the inevitable truth that he must relay to Smythe. "Well do you know where I can find the key?"

"Yes I do." Ragde prepared himself to reveal the final bit of information to Edgar. "You Edgar are the key, it is you that Smythe must sacrifice to save the entire world, it will only work if you sacrifice yourself willingly."

Edgar eased up off of Ragde and was instantly feeling sick. He held back some vomit that he felt like releasing and he struggled to breath regularly.

Ragde knew what Edgar was going through and he tried to reassure him. "You know that you will be spared because you are so innocent. If you chose to run away and leave the world to be destroyed you will live. You don't have to sacrifice yourself for the sake of the world. It shouldn't have to be your responsibility to save the world, and you know that you won't be remembered for it and Smythe will be the hero. So just ask yourself why you should have to sacrifice yourself to give him the glory and then make your decision."

Edgar stood up and used his fire ability to kill Ragde, and when he was finished there were no scorch marks on the ground and no body was left. Edgar couldn't believe what had just happened and he immediately stared into the sky.

The force of nature made his appearance on last time and gave Edgar the full scoop on what was going down.

CONFUSED? the force of nature asked Edgar. IT IS QUITE SIMPLE ACTUALLY. RAGDE WAS THE EVIL PART OF YOUR PERSONALITY AND I JUST PUT HIM INTO ANOTHER PENGUIN BODY. HE WAS NOTHING MORE THAN THE DARK SIDE OF YOUR SOUL PUT INTO A BODY SO THAT HE COULD TELL YOU THE BASIC INFORMATION. THE HARDCORE STUFF IS YET TO COME.

Edgar looked confused for a second and asked, "I thought you had no power over my mind. How is it that you could make me hallucinate now and it didn't work on me before."

THAT'S SIMPLE. I JUST NEVER USED IT ON YOU BEFORE SO THAT SMYTHE WOULD GET CONFUSED AND HOPEFULLY QUIT HIS QUEST FOR TRUTH.

"Why did you want him to stop? What purpose did you serve in this whole thing?"

THAT IS WHEN THINGS BECOME TRICKY. IN THE PAST THERE WAS A LARGE PART OF HUMANITY THAT CONTAINED WARLIKE URGES THAT COULD BE FULFILLED BY SIMPLY USING TECHNOLOGY TO DO WHATEVER YOU WANT. GOD ALLOWED FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF THE WORLDS TECHNOLOGY SO THAT HOPEFULLY THIS DARK BLOT ON HUMANITY WOULD BE LOST WITH EVERYTHING ELSE.

THE FEW PEOPLE THAT SURVIVED TO REBUILD THE EARTH ALL BUT FORGOT ABOUT THE DARKNESS OF THE HUMAN CONDITION AND JUST FOCUSED ON SURVIVING TO THE NEXT DAY. THERE WAS ALWAYS SOMEONE WHO REMEMBERED IT AND IT WAS PASSED DOWN TO THE PRESENT DAY, AND THE EVIL JANE WAS THE ONE WHO HOLDS ALL OF MANKIND'S FORMER MALICE AND HATRED.

GOD THEN ENLISTED MY HELP SO THAT WHEN THE MAN CALLED SMYTHE SHOWED UP ON THE SCENE I WAS IN CHARGE OF PREVENTING HIM FROM FREEING THE TRUTH. I DID EVERYTHING I COULD TO DETER SMYTHE FROM THE PATH, BUT EVERYTHING THAT I THREW AT HIM WAS NOT ENOUGH AND HE OVERCAME ALL OF THE ADVERSITY. LUCKILY THE BACKUP PLAN, WHICH IS WHERE YOU COME IN, FELL INTO PLACE AS HE MOVED ALONG AND ONCE HE DID UNCOVER THE TRUTH HE BEGAN THE CLOCK TICKING ON THE DESTRUCTION OF THE WORLD.

GOD TOLD ME THAT IF SMYTHE WAS UNABLE TO UNCOVER THE TRUTH AND THE SACRIFICE WASN'T MADE THAT HE WOULD PURIFY THE WORLD BY DESTROYING CIVILIZATION ONCE AGAIN. NOW EVERYTHING HINGES ON IF YOU'RE WILLING TO MAKE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE AND HELP SMYTHE SAVE THE WORLD. NOW GET BACK IN THAT AIRPLANE AND FIND SMYTHE AS FAST AS YOU CAN, AND I WILL TRY AS HARD AS I CAN TO MAKE YOUR TRIP A SMOOTH AND QUICK ONE.

Edgar nodded to the sky and said, "I will do it to save the world. My death shall liberate the earth from destruction. You can count on me, I will not be a selfish bastard like Smythe and I will make all the difference."

I KNEW YOU HAD IT IN YOU. YOU OVERCAME THE DARKNESS OF YOUR PERSONALITY AND YOU TRULY ARE A SELFLESS CREATURE. I AM PROUD OF YOU EDGAR.

"Thanks for the kind words, but I really must be off now." Edgar tried to work his way up the hill, but it wasn't going all that great. "I could use a little help there buddy."

NO PROBLEM the force of nature said as he levitated Edgar and moved him almost effortlessly to the top of the giant hill. He set Edgar down and said IT REALLY IS PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT MAKE IT WORTH KEEPING LIFE ON THE PLANET. YOU ARE THE BEST THING THAT HAS EVER LIVED AND I'M SORRY THAT YOU HAD TO GET WRAPPED UP IN ALL OF THIS.

Edgar began to cry and he said, "It's okay. For all of the times that I thought my life was meaningless I feel so foolish for. I should never doubt the importance of a single life ever again. I will make sure that people will remember this after my sacrifice has been made, this will not be a lesson lost to the world." Edgar turned himself into a human and prepared to make the final leg of the journey. He took a few deep breaths and then climbed into the airplane and took off to find Smythe and set this thing straight.

Edgar took off in the airplane and he headed back to the north from where he thought he had come. At the rate he was going without any help from the force of nature he was going to end up in what was North America, but the winds lightly steered his craft back towards the continent of Africa. After a few hours of being in the air the sun had left the sky and he barely reached the southern tip of the continent. He landed the plane because he could no longer see and he got a good nights rest.

When the sun came up he had about forty hours left to save the world and he jumped back into the plane and headed for Smythe. He flew over the trees and it seemed like it took him just a few moments to reach the waterfall and the nice mountains. He traveled over the mountains and he made it into the open plains. He made it past the mountains that they never climbed and he followed the path of destruction that the force of nature caused. He traveled over the final bit of mountains and made it back to the village by midday.

He landed the plane just as the engine was finally dying and he jumped out and when he landed on the ground he quickly turned back into his traditional penguin body.

Smythe had heard the plane as it came in and he picked up Jane's body and carried it outside with him. He saw Edgar and he dropped the guilty body on the ground and ran to the Edgar the penguin with the astonishing powers. Smythe embraced his greatest friend and eagerly asked, "Do you have the key?"

Edgar sighed and he lowered his head under the weight of the truth. He looked into Smythe's eyes and said, "Yeah, I have the key."

"Well let's use it and save the world. I see no sense in waiting around to do so."

Edgar almost started to cry again when he said, "We have till sundown tomorrow, and I think we should spend as much time having fun as we can before the time is up."

"Why would we need to wait? If you have the key we should just use it and get it over with." Smythe was getting angry at Edgar.

"If you really do have any respect for me at all you will wait until I am ready to use the key, otherwise I'll just take the key and leave so that the world will be destroyed and you will be at fault for it all." Edgar moved over and looked at Jane. "You have to kill her and use the key or this plan will never work. If one or the other just happens to get away than you my friend are quite screwed, so let's just do things my way and it will be fine."

"I guess that will work, as long as we actually get the thing done."

"Just promise me that when the time comes to use the key that you will not turn back no matter what it is."

"Of course I will use the key, it's for the sake of the world."

"At the expense of my life." Edgar muttered almost silently to himself.

"What did you say buddy?" Smythe asked as he stared at the penguin.

"I said I'm going to hold you to that. I know you'll want to back out when the time comes, but I have your word that you will come through."

Smythe thought that what Edgar was saying was truly bizarre and he said, "You sure are acting weird, and there is no way I'm going to back out of this thing. Now let's get out there and have some fun."

Edgar was relieved and he said, "It's about damn time."

"One more thing. We need to find a way to stash her where no one will find her. Do you have any ideas?"

"I think we should take her with us and leave her somewhere that is far enough away from this town that no one can find her on accident."

Smythe thought about it and said, "It's the best idea we've got so I say let's do it. Smythe grabbed her body and slumped it over his back.

Smythe took off into a slow run and Edgar was just fast enough to keep up with him. They ran around in the forest and had the most bizarre fun doing nothing, they were simply happy enough to be alive. As they moved through the woods the found some unusually docile animals and they were able to run with the deer and fight with the cheetahs.

They spent many hours doing this and as time went on they worked their way deeper into the forest until the hit a stunning river. Smythe put Jane's body down and took off his knapsack and striped himself of his tunic and was left with a tattered and worn pair of shorts.

He looked at Edgar who was staring at him and said, "Oh man I just realized how awkward this situation could be for both of us, but it already happened so I don't care."

Edgar stood next to him and he looked into the water as the moon was hitting it just right causing it to be eerie and beautiful at the same time. "I really don't care what you do Smythe." Edgar dove into the river first and Smythe went in after him. Edgar stayed under for a while longer than Smythe did and when he came up he noticed that Smythe was gone.

Edgar began to saw Smythe's name and he looked about in the river and didn't see his body anywhere. He began to get worried and he jumped out of the water hoping that he could find where Smythe went.

Edgar heard a crackling noise and he looked on the other side of the river where he saw smoke rising from the woods beyond. He made it to the other side of the river and he ran to the origin of the smoke. He saw the trees part and open up into a clearing where there was a raging fire going and people dancing around it. He moved forward and saw that Smythe was viewing this bizarre ritual from the cover of a large tree. Edgar eased forward and hid behind and equal sized tree just a few feet to Smythe's right.

The people were also chanting in some foreign language and waving around different types of spears, staffs, and clubs. There were people that were not dancing that were sitting on the ground providing a soft rhythmic drumbeat to regulate the dancing.

Smythe looked to Edgar and they both moved back to the river where they saw that Jane had awoken and was trying to escape. Smythe ran to her and tried to sedate her and Edgar followed, reluctant to reveal his powers just yet. He told Smythe to give her a good smack on the head with his knapsack and it did the trick, she was knocked out cold again.

Edgar thought about how they were going to sleep and he asked, "I think we should spend the night here, but if were do then who is going to keep an eye on Jane there?"

Smythe said, "Since you have brought me the key I will let you have the first rest and then at some point during the night we will switch and I will take a good rest. Does that sound fair to you Edgar?"

"That sound good to me." Edgar laid down and fell asleep rather quickly. His dreams were not plagued with thoughts about his mortality and his regrets for not doing so many things that he wanted to do, especially after discovering all of his fantastic powers. Instead he dreamt about how much of a hero he felt he was for doing something so great as to be the sacrifice that saves the world. He felt a happiness that had never been there before and an almost overshadowing sense of self righteous pride.

Smythe spent most of his shift looking into the shifting sky as the dark clouds passed by the silver moon. He followed the path of the moon as the night grew deeper and he looked over at Edgar. He saw that Edgar had the most unusually smirk on his pointed beak and Smythe couldn't help but crack up laughing. Since it was already a little past time for Edgar to start watching the girl he didn't care if he stifled his laughter. He laugh in an uproarious manner and he began to calm down. He moved over to Smythe and shook him gently.

Edgar woke up in a haze of confusion and he said, "Don't beat me with the ladle no more granny."

Smythe stood up and laughed even harder at this random statement and he said to Edgar, "You looked really funny while you were sleeping. It's your turn to monitor her if you want to, but I don't care either way."

Edgar's eyes cleared up and he looked at Smythe who was laughing once again and said, "You were really watching me sleep, isn't that a little bit creepy?"

"I wasn't staring at you or anything, but just before I woke you up you had the funniest look on your face. I couldn't help but think it was funny."

"Nice sentiment." Edgar stood up and moved closer to Jane. He looked back at Smythe and said, "Get some sleep you big crazy, I'll take over from here and wake you up an hour or so after sunrise."

"That will be just fine. Goodnight." Smythe laid down on the ground and he had dreams that were blissfully unaware of the tasks that lay ahead of him the next day. His mind winded it's way anxiously through all of the possibilities that of what the key could be and how he would have to use it, but none of them involved him sacrificing his best and only friend.

The sun was rising and Edgar was already feeling really antsy about the events of the day. He was up the rest of the thinking to himself if it was really worth it, and he figure that it was totally worth it. He watched the dark sun as it streaked the sky behind thick layers of clouds for close to and hour and a half before he woke Smythe up.

He waddled over to Smythe and said, "Wake up Smythe, the sun has been up for over an hour and we have to get a move on!"

Smythe didn't wake up at first and Edgar had to kick him until he was finally awake. Smythe jumped up and was ready and excited to go. "Do you want to carry Jane back?" Smythe asked as sort of a joke.

"Do you really want me to?" Edgar asked, contemplating whether or not to reveal his secrets now or wait until later.

"I was just kidding." Smythe began to laugh and Edgar sighed.

"Yeah, me too." Edgar moved behind Smythe and said, "You can go ahead and take her because we should probably get back and do this thing."

"Good thinking." Smythe put Jane on his back and he pushed into the forest from where they came the night before. Since it was the morning and both of them were feeling groggy and they missed some sleep it took almost twice as long to make it back to the village than it did the night before. They reached the village with two hours left to perform the ritual.

Smythe and Edgar walked into the village and they went to stand by the airplane.

Smythe dropped Jane to the ground and said, "I have her and now you need to give me the key."

"So do you swear that when I give you the key and tell you how to use it that you will go through it no matter what happens?"

"Of course I promise. Why are you making such a big deal out of this thing? I just want the key, so you could give it to me now and that would be great." Smythe held out his hands and waited for Edgar to present him with some type of object.

"I am making such a big deal out of this because it is such a big deal."

"We are going to save the world, that's not all that big of an event."

"You don't freaking understand and I am trying to make this easier for you to grasp, so just listen to all of what I say and then you can respond."

"Just spit it out already."

"Okay, here it goes." Edgar took a deep breath and he had to sit on the ground so he wouldn't pass out. "We are not going to be saving the world, just you."

"What do you mean?" Smythe asked as he finally began to get nervous.

"You are going to be the one to save the world and I will not. I am the key and to save the world you have to kill me. Fine, there, I finally spit it out! Are you happy now?"

Smythe now knew why Edgar had been sitting because he felt as if the wind had been knocked out of him and he collapsed to the ground. When he regained his composure he said, "Is there any other way? Do you really have to die?"

"There is a way I can live, but that means destroying the world. I'd rather die to save the world than live and watch it crumble. You're going to have to kill me and Jane and mix our blood to save the world. I am ready to go and I got your word that no matter happens you will got through with it. I am the key and you have to do it, are you willing?"

Smythe was listening to Edgar talk and tears began to pour out of his eyes. He calmed down enough to say, "If I would have known that uncovering the truth would make you die I would have given up the quest."

"From I hear you unleashed the worst parts of the old human condition. Everything horribly wrong about the past was unleashed by you in a single moment and if I don't absolve you of your sins the world is toast. The dreams of humanity aren't meant to die, just the cursed nightmares."

Smythe wiped off his eyes and he looked at this amazingly noble creature and said, "I won't let you die to protect me, I refuse to do so."

"But I have your word." Edgar said as he stared at the distraught man in front of him.

"I don't care about my word, I will not kill you. I just won't do it and you can't make me!" Smythe jumped up and began to run away.

Edgar ran after him and his speed was boosted by the force of nature. He quickly caught up to Smythe and stopped him cold. "You have to sacrifice me." Edgar pleaded as he began twitch a little. "I'm going to die someday anyway, so I'd prefer to go out doing something noble."

"You don't seem to understand that your asking too much of me!" Smythe shouted through horribly wrenching feelings brewing inside of him. "I am not up the challenge."

"But you have to be!" Edgar shouted as he hit Smythe in the face. "Everybody gets but one life on this earth, so I might as well make it count! I can't let the world be destroyed because you are just a selfish little bastard, both of us owe more to the world than that. If you don't do it than everything will have been done in vain. Do this for the sake of me"

Smythe straightened up and his mind cleared. He looked at this pure and selfless penguin and said, "If it is for you than I will do it. I love you so much buddy, and I will never forget the sacrifice you made." Smythe hung his head and put his arm around Edgar as he led him back to Jane's body. He stood over it and looked into the sky. "God, this is for Edgar."

He pulled his sword out and held it over his head ready to strike, but in mid-swing he was stopped by the booming voice.

STOP SMYTHE! IF YOU ARE TRULY WILLING TO CAST THE ONLY FRIEND THAT YOU HAVE EVER HAD ASIDE TO SAVE ALL THE PEOPLE THAT YOU HATE THEN YOU'RE GOING TO NEED A MUCH COOLER SWORD THAN THAT. God stopped speaking and a pure white beam of light came down from the sky. The light was to bright to look at directly and when the light beam bled away there was the ultimate crystal sword sticking up from the ground. TAKE IT. God said to Smythe. BUT USE IT ONLY THIS ONE TIME, BUT ALWAYS KEEP IT. IT IS EVERYTHING PURE ABOUT EDGAR'S SOUL AND IT MUST REMAIN SACRED TO YOU.

Edgar stood up and walked slowly and with purpose to the amazing crystal sword. He plucked it from the clutch of the earth and he gazed into its unmatched beauty. It glowed with a holy white light and made Smythe cry once again. He held the crystal sword over his head with the point down and Jane awoke to look into Smythe glistening eyes.

She cried a single tear when the sword pierced her chest and she went quietly into death.

Edgar was standing on the other side of Jane's body and he just watched Smythe as he pulled the sword out of her and headed for him. The blood of the wicked had wetted the blade and Edgar knew this was all it. When Smythe raised the crystal sword to Edgar's chest level and he just nodded.

Smythe nodded back and lowered the sword as he took a quick moment to build up his courage. He knew that life without Edgar would be nearly unbearable, but he figured that being alive without his only companion would beat not being alive at all, so he once again raised his shining crystal sword and pierced the holy heart of the most pure being on earth. He pulled the blade out of Edgar's heart and he screamed as Edgar fell into a heap on the ground.

The blood from the wicked and the blood of the innocent had mixed and the appropriate sacrifice had been made. The sky once again opened up and this time light poured into the area as God spoke. I KNOW THAT WAS A TOUGH THING FOR YOU TO DO SMYTHE, BUT YOU HAVE DONE SOMETHING GREAT AS WELL. EDGAR HAD THE HONOR TO GIVE HIS LIFE, BUT YOU HAD THE COURAGE TO DO WHAT OTHERS COULD NOT HAVE DONE. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEBERED FOR THAT.

The heavens began to close once again and Smythe said, "Wait a second God. Could you do me a little favor?"

ANYTHING YOU WANT SMYTHE.

Smythe sat down on a stone and rocked back and forth as he grabbed his legs. "I don't want to be remembered as the hero of this event. I may have been the one to make it happen, but I didn't do it for anyone in the world. As far as I am concerned I would have let everyone die, but what Edgar said made all of the difference."

Smythe brought himself up from his inner pit of despair and he stood boldly within the realm of pride. "I only did this because of Edgar. I did this because he wanted me to. I want him to be remembered as the hero, not me because I'm am not worthy of even having known him, but somehow we met and he was the only person I have ever loved besides my wife and I want this to be his day. That is all I ask of you, I want the glory to go to the true hero, Edgar the most righteous creature on the planet. I loved him enough to kill him and I want everyone to know his name and what he did. Could you do that for me please?"

There was a deep silence for many minutes before God said THOSE ARE TRULY THE MOST UNSELFISH WORDS I HAVE EVER HEARD ANYONE SAY. MAYBE YOU REALLY WERE WORTHY OF KNOWING EDGAR THE WHOLE TIME, BECAUSE YOU ARE MORE LIKE HIM THAN YOU KNOW. I WILL CERTAINLY DO THAT FOR YOU GOOD SMYTHE.

Smythe got up off his rock with a heavy heart and went back to the lake he and Edgar had visited the night before and washed the mixture of blood off of the naturally glowing crystal sword. He made his way back to the village and retrieved Edgar's body. Even though Edgar was a full sized penguin Smythe decided it was only proper to take his body back to where he found it and give it a good burial.

He hoisted the body onto his very strong back and carried his friend across the southern part of Africa. He spent weeks carrying Edgar and more times than he could count he thought of giving up, but he kept going for the sake of his friend. By the time he reached the boat he had brought over he to Africa his hair had grown wild and he was getting thin in the middle.

He gentle placed the penguin into the boat and he climbed in himself. He spent days rowing to Antarctica and as it got colder he just had to deal with it because he had only two tunics. He reached the shore of Antarctica after a week and a half on the open ocean and he carried the body up the hill he had been on when he found him and buried him next to the lake. He used his bare hands and by the time he was finished with this task he saw the ghost of Edgar standing above his grave.

Smythe walked forward and embrace the ghost and he felt a tear fall and land on his neck. "I guess this is goodbye my friend."

"Yes it is." The ghost faded away and Smythe made his way back to the boat. He reached the boat and sighed as he pushed off of the beautiful and icy continent.

He spent another week on the ocean before he came to the port of the town where he stole the boat. He landed the boat and found Tom. "I have returned your boat and I am sorry that I killed that other guy." He didn't stay around long enough for a confrontation and he worked his way back until he hit the river of his old town and dropped to his knees. He took a quick dip in the river before he walked along the mountains and he found his old house.

He looked in one of the windows and he saw his wife sitting in a chair at the table. He went to the door and crossed the threshold. When she didn't look up he said, "Back at last. It's finally over."

She heard his voice and looked into his eyes as a warm smile appeared on her face. "It's been almost four months."

"I know, but I'm back." He ran over to her and picked her up out of the chair with a massive hug. She just clung to him and cried sweet tears.