*Chapter 23: Sane is Lost...*
Gerald was locked in his cell in Prison Island that is outside of Station Square. He looks through the papers of the ones who were arrested and deceased. He shook a little when he found Maria's name on the deceased list. He thought back of her dead body on the ARK. GUN killed her. His only granddaughter was now gone forever. Gerald was forced to give his projects to GUN, even his new and improve Eclipse Cannon. He has plans for it, and he will have his revenge. He was doodling on the wall of his revenge plans. He will have to go back to the ARK with the government to introduce his Eclipse Cannon on camera, and spend his last week on Prison Island before his death.
"Professor Gerald." A guard called from outside the cell. The old man turned to him and found a photo in the guard's hand. The guards shows Gerald a black and white photo of Shadow being found on this island and now shut down to sleep. Gerald made a worried look when he thought about Shadow. "Your project is safe here for now. But, it will never be awakened. It will remain asleep for many years if it has to." The guard said.
"You want to use him as a weapon." Gerald said. "But, Shadow is my creation! I'm the one who should command him!"
"Professor, the project is dangerous to mankind. You use the DNA of an alien to create the monster." The guard said. Gerald turned away from him and held his head. "You will be having the interrogation in a few minutes. Be ready for it."
In the room where the pod is with Shadow sleeping inside. He won't be awaken until the password was confirmed and the Chaos Emerald was in place. No one will get in here to awaken Shadow. The guards puts down the code data to lock the capsule and left the room. The Commander of GUN watches the doors shut.
"Project: Shadow is in deep slumber." He said. "Now we may be in peace with no creatures like that. Especially with the blood of the black alien leader."
"But, you think we did the right thing?" The man asked. "Most people up in the ARK died because of this, and...the professor was acting crazy after hearing that his granddaughter was killed by one of your men, sir."
"We had to do what is right for our planet. The president wanted immortality, but...getting DNA from the alien was a big risk." The Commander said. "The black hedgehog will be remain here. No one will dare to awaken him. No one."
Hope hands over her daughter who is asleep to Gerald. The shuttle is behind him with his partners. Hope looks at Maria with tears falling. She had to give her away for safety. Veldon was about to use Maria to experiment, and Hope will never let him do that. She had to give her daughter to Gerald.
"Oh lord. I wish I could come with you..." Hope whispered, stroking her baby's head. Gerald sighed a little.
"Hope, you will be safe in the colony with us. Maria needs a mother." He said. "The ARK is a very big place for a tiny baby. My wife will have to care for her while I work, but...I'm worried about you, Hope. After my son's death out there, I don't want to lose you either. You're my daughter-in-law, and...your daughter is everything to you and Tron." Hope looks at him, drying her eyes.
"Gerald, please just promise me that you will keep my little Maria safe with you." She said. "She can't be here on Earth because of the disease, and...Veldon is after her. I have to stay behind." Gerald looks down at Maria who is in deep sleep. Hope gave her a kiss on the forehead. "When she grows up, she will be strong. Tell her about me, Tron, and everyone that loves her very much. And if there ever was a cure for Maria, please cure her and bring her down to Earth."
"...I swear." Gerald said. Then, Hope gave him a goodbye hug. After a few moments, she pulled away and Gerald went inside the shuttle with the baby. The door closes and Hope watches it launch. She turned away with tears falling from her eyes.
"Professor Gerald." A man's voice said, bringing Gerald back to reality. He is in the room with handcuffs on him, and there is a man in a suit in front of him. "Thought I lost you for a second." He said. "Anyway, let's get back to business. You have a granddaughter-"
"Had." Gerald corrected.
"She...had a disease that is incurable, and...you somehow know the cure. Correct?" The man asked. "Immortality?"
"Professor, listen, I'm really sorry for your loss of your granddaughter and your people, but...we don't have a choice. The projects you have been creating are...dangerous. That black hedgehog has the blood of the alien, and the power of time and space." The man said. Gerald didn't say a word. The man takes out the paperwork of Gerald's. "You will show us your latest project. The Eclipse Cannon. Your whole colony will be shut down afterwards. And you do requested that you want to let out your last words on camera before your execution." Gerald shuts his eyes behind his blue glasses. There's nothing else he could do.
'Tron, Hope...forgive me. I've tried everything. Maria is at peace with you by now...' He thought.
After the interview, Gerald was secretly programming the ARK's Eclipse Cannon to make it come down to Earth as his revenge, and use his prototype of the Ultimate Life Form do the rest. Whoever will take over the ARK and have all the Chaos Emeralds collected, the ARK will fall to Earth. Even Gerald alternates Shadow's brain to bring vengeance once awaken to this world. The professor had lost reality since Maria had died. He's been writing plans on the wall of his cell before tomorrow's sentence to death.
"They took everything away from me..." Gerald said in a low voice. "They will pay and feel the pain as I..."
'I don't quite know what happened or what went wrong. Was it a mistake to create the ultimate life form? I thought it would be something that would benefit mankind. But then the military guards landed on the colony that day. They were sent to destroy the research project that I had been working on. My colleagues at the research facility, my granddaughter, Maria. I hope you are all safe.
The colony was completely shut down, probably to keep the prototype from falling into the wrong hands. The ARK was shut down under the premise that there had been an accident.
I found Maria's name among those who died when the ARK was shut down. She meant everything to me and I couldn't bear the thought that she died because of my research. I lost everything. I had nothing more to live for…I went insane. All I could think about was to avenge her…somehow, someway. I got scared as I was no longer able to control my thoughts. All I could think about was that I wanted it all to end.
Based on my original projections, I was able to complete my project, Shadow. I designed its mind to be perfect, pure. I will leave everything to him. If you wish, release and awaken it, to the world. If you wish to fill the world with destruction…'
He finished his last diary before his final recording for this day. It's time for his fate. After he was finished, the guards came in with a chair and chains. Gerald didn't say a word to them. All he did was to come towards the chair and sat on it, and let the guards put chains around him. One of them in front sets up the camera with a stand as the rest of the guards stood behind him to see Gerald look up at the camera.
"The camera starts now..." The guard said as he loaded the gun. Gerald made a look and began his last words...