This is the last part of the story but not the finished book. I plan to do a glossary on the characters from this book and the first. I will take some time this weekend and do a polish of the story and post the final on this page and the Story PDF’s page.
Frank sat in a van on his way to the courthouse and his arraignment for drug charges and what some were calling possible terrorist actions. All his children were dead along with his wife and his brother. He felt like the last cookie in the pack. The one everyone forgot about and let go stale. Even if somehow, he beats the charges the government took all the money, and the company that held the lease for his business used his arrest to break the lease and keep the money. All he had was the house and his car, and that would soon go when he was convicted and sent to jail for the rest of his life. The van arrived at a mob scene with people holding signs saying, “kill dealers,” and “drugs kill.” The police and sheriff’s departments pushed the crowds back as they helped Frank into the building. Inside, he met with his lawyer who didn’t say a word to him. Frank figured this meant he wasn’t going to represent him. His lawyer went into a courtroom without him, and Frank sat down and waited for his last day to start.
The epilogue is taking longer than I thought and I don’t want to botch this up, but I also don’t want to go too long without posting anything, so I am breaking this up into a few parts and posting them when I am finished.
Bill woke up in a grassy field near a set of snow-capped mountains. He was still warm, but the pain was gone. This place seemed familiar. He looked around trying to see where he was when a voice he knew said, “I was starting to wonder if you were ever going to wake up.” Bill turned and saw Tina. His heart lifted then dropped. Tina smiled and ran over embracing him. Bill asked, “how can you…… after what I did?” Tina kissed him on the lips. She said, “for you, it’s been only a day or two, but for us, it's been more than a year.” Bill pulled her close and said, “I gave up and was willing to just let it all end.” Tina said, “yes I know, but none of that matters now.” Bill asked, “we?” Tina kissed him again and said, “soon, but first I think you need to see what I saw so you can understand why this place is…... well it’s heaven.” She took him by the hand and led him to a small pond. A woman was there with a girl about their age. Cathern said, “Hello Bill it’s nice to finally meet you. I’ve been watching you for a while now.” Bill replied, “Ok, that’s not creepy… no not at all.” Kaylee laughed. She said, “my name is Kaylee and like you I once held the book. Before Tina, I was the Gold Knight and the founder of the city.”
Hendrick woke to the smell of body odor, urine, and feces. It was dark, but he could see he wasn’t alone. The ground shifted, and a light went by showing him he was in something enclosed and moving. He was on a train. He bumped into someone, and that person said, “excuse me” in German. The car came to a slow stop, and the side doors opened with men in uniforms screaming, “get out, get out.” He was pushed out in a rush of people into a blinding spotlight. In the light, he could see the others from the train. Most of them were gaunt, and all of them were in black and white uniforms with a red upside-down triangle and a number. The light shifted, and he saw the sign off in the distance, “Arbeit Macht Frei” or “work sets you free.” He knew where he was. This was Auschwitz, he was home. Hendrick said, “no, this is hell.” A voice from the crowd said, “there is a man here who likes to watch people burn alive.” Another said, “if there were a god then those monsters would be here facing justice.” Hendrick said, “there is a god, and he is fire. God is glorious.”
The house was in ruins with graffiti, broken glass and holes in the walls. The front door was kicked in, and a mob of people went to town on what was left. The ice and snow were coming in through the broken windows. Given the news about his brother and his drug as well as how the authorities thought his parents were also a part of the lethal epidemic, Bill wasn’t surprised to see the house in ruins. It was as if society itself lashed out. On a wall in the living room, Bill found a family photo that no one touched. The picture was in front of his father’s business taken about a year before it all went wrong. He could remember thinking how everything was better then but now he can see all the flaws. Darren standing there alone with his family, Brenda with her fake smile trying to hide what she really felt, the twins both already high, and his mother desperately trying not to stare at his uncle George. What really surprised him was the look of almost jealousy on his uncle’s face. He thought, “was he jealous of our family?” Bill put the picture down.
Tina watched it all in slow motion as the blade struck the girl in the head. She stood there for a moment as the woman in the car screamed. The girl had her arm up blocking the sword, but her arm started to drop. The blade was buried in Angie’s head, but there was little blood. Angie’s eyes rolled back into her head, and she fell into the snow. The Scarlet Knight’s armor shifted, and his arm popped into place. He picked up his sword and pushed back at the Gold Knight. She let her sword drop staring at the girl. Angie twitched then was still. Gina screamed a sound more than just a morning more than just grief a sound that resonated in both Bill and Tina and would be there forever. All reason was gone in the Scarlet Knights eyes. Bill was gone, and only the red rage of the knight was left. He swung using both hands again and again as the Gold Knight backed away. She brought up her shield as The Scarlet Knight swung. With every blow, he changed from the superhero armor back to the medieval armor from the first day when Bill became the knight. The Gold Knight had to use both hands to hold her shield as the Scarlet Knight slammed into her until he broke her shield. The last blow split the shield spreading her arms, and he thrust his blade into her side as he pulled her close.
The Scarlet Knight flew over the city looking for a place to stay while he planned out how he would come out to the public as a hero. Every fiber of Bill’s body tingled over the idea of becoming that hero that saves the day. He would sacrifice all he was to make the Scarlet Knight a force in the world. He came down in a tent city near the center of the city of Akron. He walked around listening to the people go about their everyday lives as if it wasn’t unusual to live in a tent. A block or two away was Canal Park were the AA Rubber Ducks play, and another block was the University of Akron. Bill lived all his life within the small community of Cuyahoga Falls, but he knew about the politics of Akron and how the poor were being forced out. He turned to leave when he came face to face with a small child holding an action figure of Superman. Somehow the boy could see him. Bill took to the sky with the young boy watching him. He landed on a building near the Haven of Rest ministries where they were taking people in for the night. All over the city, people were doing good without hurting others. Bill stared at his armor and wondered why he thought might made right and was there a better way. A sound came out of the night that woke Bill, and he became the Scarlet Knight again.
Tina watched the news as Bill’s life unraveled. His father’s arrest, his mother’s death and the death of the uncle were capped by the arrest warrant issued for Bill. It was unclear if he was wanted as a conspirator or as a witness. The DEA found enough of the drug to put whoever they found responsible away for the rest of their lives. She looked over and saw the book next to her bed. Tina asked the book, “where is Bill?” The book didn’t answer. She asked, “why did Bill have you and why didn’t you give him anything?” The book didn’t answer. She asked, “did you use Bill to get to me so I can stop the Scarlet Knight?” The book didn’t answer. She asked, “where is Bill?” The book didn’t answer. Tina picked up the book and put it in a dresser drawer. She sat back down on her bed and asked, “what can I do to save Bill.” In the corner of her eye, she saw something move. She turned and saw the book on a chair blocking the door. Tina said, “show me.” The book didn’t answer. Tina picked up the book and tossed it across the room. The book opened and gave her an answer.
Frank woke up with a hangover in the back of a police car. He was handcuffed with the cuffs behind him. One of the officers said something in Spanish that Frank didn’t understand. The other officer in the front of the car said, “just relax. We will be at the border soon.” Frank said, “you can’t do this. I have rights I can fight extradition.” The English-speaking officer said, “you don’t know your DEA, do you? You think you’re on your way to trial.” The other officer said in Spanish, “you’re on your way to a shallow grave in the desert.” Frank said, “I can pay you.” The second officer said, “with what? The feds took all your money.” Frank sat as far back in the seat as he could as the officers laughed. The English-speaking officer said, “they say your son was responsible for a terrorist level attack in your country with his drug.” The car came to a stop near a building in the middle of nowhere. The officers took Frank out and nearly carried him inside where he saw a well-lit concrete tunnel that ran north. Before they parted the English-speaking officer said, “just tell them what you know and who knows you might just live long enough to get the needle or electric chair.”
Standing in the rubble was the Scarlet Knight. Hendrick pulled his sword and started to go after Bill when he remembered the stories about Adam and Eve. Hendrick pointed to the city and yelled, “what happened?” Bill let the armor fade away. He looked at Hendrick then back to the ruins that were the city and said, “I think I just saw Adam, Eve and the Devil. I don’t know why he destroyed the city. He said he wanted me to witness something, but I don’t understand what.” The crowd parted, and Vot walked up to Hendrick and Bill. Vot turned to the soldiers and said, “to the west deep in the forest you will find an ancient city that will serve well as a new home, but none of you may enter the ruins.” One of the men walked up to the edge of the ruins and said, “no one tells my king no.” He put his leg over the border, and his leg dissolved. Hendrick remembered this from the barrier that blocked access to the old castle that was the foundation for his city. The Soldier fell into the field dissolving the rest of him down to the top of his boot that fell away with the foot inside. Hendrick pointed his sword toward the ancient city and said, “go, and I will join you when I’m done here.”
A large creature flew overhead. Bill looked around trying to see where he was. He walked over to the edge of what was a large plateau in the side of one of the mountains. The plateau was lined with stone with a large stone table in the middle and lined with stone chairs. There didn’t seem to be a way to get down or for people to get up to this place. Off in the distance, Bill could see something large moving in on the city. One of the shapes kicked the wall as pieces flew into the sky. Bill became the Scarlet Knight and took off into the sky on the way to the city. He passed a group of people as he passed over their heads. One of them seemed familiar, but that didn’t make any sense. He passed by and sped up. The closer he got, the more he could see it was a man and a woman. They had to be over thirty-foot tall and completely naked. The man was swinging a tree trunk as the woman was stomping on people in the street. Bill reached his top speed and collided with the man knocking him down. The woman swung connecting with the Knight sending him into the keep.