Epilogue: Kesi

"You make the best waffles."

Oma smiled. She sat down at the antique kitchen table and watched Kesi eat. She still wasn't sure what to think of him. Or of the fact that she seemed to have been freed from Exile. Kesi looked up at Oma and smiled just as Daniel would have. Although this creature's eyes still swirled with the rainbow iridescence of an oil slick.

"So, Dan...sorry, 'Kesi', who are you?"

"I don't really know." Kesi admitted. "I feel like I'm Daniel. I mean, I miss my friends, I have the same nightmares, I love the same foods. It's like I found a way to copy a version of my consciousness that had full access to everything I've ever learned."

"But how did you do it?"

"I was kind of hoping you'd know. I'm starting to think that I didn't, that I couldn't have."

"You are correct." A female voice suddenly entered the conversation.

It was Kesi's turn to have his surroundings suddenly switched on him. At first he believed that he had simply been struck blind. Everything had turned a featureless white.

"Oma?"

"She is safe."

Kesi turned around and found a woman standing behind him. She matched her surroundings almost perfectly with her long white dress. Her pale hair, skin, and nearly colourless eyes added to her ghost like appearance.

"Who are you?"

"I am a Guardian." She said as if it explained everything.

"You did all of this." Kesi stated rather than asked.

"No, I simply started it." The Guardian replied. "If you consider Daniel your father, I would be your mother. I set the tablet in Daniel's path, I used it to make a 'copy' as you put it."

"Why?"

"It was a test."

"A test?" Kesi snarled. "A test of what?"

"You." The Guardian replied simply.

"Why?"

"I needed to see how far you would go, what you would sacrifice, and most importantly how you handled power. I have to admit I am pleased by the results."

"And what if I had failed?" Kesi asked angrily. "What if I had taken that power and over run the galaxy with it?"

"That would have been regrettable." The Guardian said calmly. "However I doubted that Oma would make the same mistake twice."

"Does this mean she is truly forgiven for Anubis?"

"Yes."

"So you weren't testing me, you were putting her on trial."

"In a way."

"So what was the true purpose of this?" Kesi snarled and gestured to the void like surroundings. "I killed off Anubis, what more do you want?"

"I want you to rise above Ascension and become a Guardian."

"What?"

"There is an enemy out there that you and your friends have yet to meet. An enemy of even the Ancients. I want your help fighting against it."

"Why me?"

"Because you passed my test." The Guardian answered simply. "Although before you agree to this I must warn you that your new enemy will be far worse than any in your past, and the stakes much higher."

"Worse than Anubis?"

"By far."

Kesi started to feel is temper raise, but then just sighed in sudden defeat.

"Does it ever end?" Kesi whispered sadly.

"End?"

"I was hoping to rest, to go back to Abydos." Kesi admitted. "I thought once Anubis was gone, that their might finally be peace."

"The amount of power in the Universe is infinite, and so is the number of souls willing to abuse it for their own gain. The War will only end when people stop fighting to protect the innocent. Are you ready to let the War end?"

"What about Oma?" Kesi asked rather than answered.

"My counterpart is currently offering her what I am offering you. We felt it best that you each make this decision on your own."

"What if I cause more harm than good?" Kesi asked seriously.

"The worst harm anyone can do against adversity is nothing."

Kesi thought about the Guardians words. He dragged his hands through his hair in frustration and indecision. When he looked up the Guardian was standing patiently with her hand extended for him to take. Kesi smiled and took her delicate hand.

"So...who are we fighting this time?"

"The Ori."