All Men Dream

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Action and Adventure  |  House: Booksie Classic

Chapter 26 (v.1) - Epilogue

Submitted: August 18, 2014

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October 6, 2038

In his apartment, Dante Thai sighed as he sat down on a chair in the kitchen. He had placed a bottle of Sang Som before him, but he had no intention of drinking from the bottle as he usually did. This time, he had brought out a wine glass from the cupboard where he kept the drinking glasses.

He slowly reached for the bottle, but instead of opening it, he silently held it for a moment, for his mind had wandered to Reed and his family.

His friend had just called him to tell him that his wife had bore twin girls, and that news had gotten him thinking.

After a few seconds of holding the bottle, his mind went back to the bottle he held, and he effortlessly unsealed it, raised it up, and poured the rum into his wine glass. Afterwards, he sighed as he set the bottle down, and sat back in his chair as he took hold of his glass. He brought it to his lips as he looked out his kitchen window, and took a small sip of it as he sullenly looked up at the dark but starry sky.

Grandpa…I… I’m sorry… I have let you down. You… You entrusted me with the responsibility to protect this world…so I traveled the world…with the hopes that I could make a difference wherever I went…and I have…I suppose…made a difference… But how big a difference…?

Then there’s you, Louis… I thought your plan to control the world was crazy…and selfish… I believed that the world did not need to be controlled in order for it to become a better place…

For the past six years, I have worked day and night to make this world a better place, to help those who need help, to protect those who need protection, to be there for those who need me… I thought I could use my power to make a real difference in this world…and I even thought doing so would be easier thanks to Toan’s actions… I saw things in black and white… I thought that you were completely wrong, George…and I was completely right…but I was wrong…and I should have known better. Toan’s actions resulted in no one ever trying to take over this world ever again, but…the world is still as corrupt as it was when…when your girlfriend was raped by her commanding officer…

I have been exposed to a terrible truth, grandpa… One that I’m sure you already knew… Even if people can’t attempt to dominate the world…they can do so many other…bad things…

Burglary…larceny…robbery…assault...blackmail...fraud…betrayal…conspiracy...arson…assassination…ostracization…mayhem…destruction…and rape… I have seen all of these things… I am here to help people, to save people…but over these past six years, I have been forced to come to terms with the fact…that I am not almighty…for despite whatever power I may have…I…am only…human…

What does this mean for the world, then? Is the world meant to be dark and corrupt for all of eternity? Can true peace and stability ever exist, and if it did come to exist, would it last? Have these past six years been for nothing…? What do I do? I can use my power to protect people, but I cannot protect everyone…

Simone gave birth today… Now she and Reed have twin girls that they must look after… Olivia and Victoria…named after Reed’s father and brother… Their birth is what has made me realize that the world is no safer now than it was six years ago… What will happen to those two little girls…? Will they grow up with a life free of pain and suffering… No… Of course not… I suppose a better question is…just how much suffering will they endure because of this world…?

I worked so hard to stop George from ruling this world…but I do not know now if that was the right decision. I went after him out of a need for vengeance, and with naiveté I did not realize I had until now. Would the world actually be better off if one man controlled it…if one man forced his will onto the rest of humanity…? Would the world be better off if I forced my will upon humanity, and threatened to harm anyone who did anything I didn’t like…?

He closed his eye, and slowly shook his head as he continued to think.

I cannot say for sure…but there is one thing I can say…I will never be that person. I will never allow myself to become that person. I will never, can never, allow myself to believe that I have the right to rule over others. After all…such a belief is what got George sentenced to death…

He took another sip of his drink as he looked back at the stars in the night sky.

Are you watching me, George, wherever you are? Are you wondering what I will decide to do in the face of the harsh truth of reality? Are you wondering if I will lose my strength of character, if I will give up on my love for humanity, on my ideals of freedom, on those convictions I have held all these years? If you are, do not worry… I will not. Even if darkness falls upon me, I will not. Even if I lose everything and everyone I care about, I will not. Even if this world becomes as dark and cold and cruel as it can possibly be, I will not lose myself…because I made a promise. I promised my grandfather that I would be the man he thought me to be, that I would be an inspiration to the rest of the world, so no matter what dangers I face, I will carry on. Even if all of my actions end up being in vain, I will carry on.

You had a dream, George…a dream where the world was a better place under your rule. You did everything you could to accomplish your dream... You put your life on the line, and sacrificed everything for your dream: your relationship with your family, your future with your girlfriend, your opportunity for a better life, a less stressful life, a simpler life, one that, while filled with its hardships, might have been the easier path to go down that the path you ended up taking. No one else has ever thought about just what you sacrificed. Everyone always speaks of you as though you were a menace, a threat, a pest that deserved to be executed, annihilated, extinguished from this world…but I know better. You sacrificed so much for what you thought was right…and believe it or not…that has inspired me.

I have been made aware that true peace and stability may never come to exist in this world, that this world will always have darkness within it, that there will always be people out there who will hurt others, no matter what I do. It is a sad truth, but I must continue going down the path I’ve been going down all this time. I must continue to fight for what is right, to save those who need to be saved, to protect those who cannot protect themselves…and to help those who are unable to help themselves. I don’t know where this path will take me, and I don’t know what horrors the cruel mistress that is fate has in store for me…but I will go down this path regardless. I may not be able to save the world from darkness on a whole, but I will make sure, no matter how bleak my life seems, I rid the world of any darkness I can…because I promised my grandfather that I would protect this world from any evil it faces, and that

that…is my dream.


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