Chapter 1. Sacrifice

I knew what had to be done, what was necessary for the completion of our mission, for the Dark One, and with it, the Skeleton King to be destroyed. I was ready, but I was afraid. Afraid for my Team, for how would they carry on without me? And Chiro...oh, I cannot bear to think of him, my heart aches at the very thought of what I must do. My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.

"Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." Matthew 26:41

I raced to that horrid Pit of Doom, where the Skeleton King was beginning to bring forth the Dark One. I could sense it slowly awakening from the slumber that had enchained it within the planet's core for eons. But the shackles were being cast off. The beast awakening...

" And they worshipped the dragon which gave power to the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like to the beast? Who is able to make war with him?" Revelations 13:4

I attacked, defending Chiro for the forces that threatened him now. Such evil, such evil came from one who had once been so good and kind...why?

"You created us...to protect the universe."

He held us within his grasp, our lives so very much within his control, and yet there had to be a way, some moment in which Chiro could escape...There!

In desperation, I grabbed his heart, dark, evil, revolting thing that it was, crushing it in my claw, feeling the organ squeeze. I poured all of my rage, rage at what he had done, , my anguish over what I must do now to destroy him, and the evil he was desperate to resurrect, into my defense. I had, no mercy for him, for what mercy had he ever shown anyone? His screaming, gave me a strange satisfaction, and I growled in anger.

We watched as the Skeleton King, the source of so much evil and corruption in the cosmos, plummeted to his end, and into the Dark One's Egg, the dark sphere emitting a brilliant violet flare as his corpse breached the hull. Chiro blinked and stared at me in shock.

"How did you do that? The Power Primate's gone. " He asked me, his face filled with awe. I could sense Mandarin moving towards me. The end was nearing. Mandarin drew his deadly blade.

" Is it really gone Chiro?" I asked him in return. Mandarin drove his blade into the back of my skull, and I screamed in unimaginable agony. Chiro screamed in shock and horror. I felt Mandarin pull the blade from my body- he had not set it to full power- he wanted me to suffer.

The Dark One rose from the depths, the Skeleton King attached to it. He breathed a horrible wave of breath over me, and I was too weak to resist him, as was Chiro. The time was near. We were so powerless now, so weak before the evil before us. Chiro was helpless, though he was defended me.

"Get away from him." Chiro snarled, standing over me, attempting to shield me from our foe. It would not be much longer before he could no longer protect me, for I must protect him.

But alas, he too was struck down, clothes tattered and torn. The team came, but we were still ineffective. There was nothing more we could do. The time for my departure was at hand.

"Children, I am still with you for a little while. You will look for me, 1 and just as I said to the Jewish religious leaders, 'Where I am going you cannot come,' now I tell you the same. " John 13:33

I moved toward the edge of the platform, and then over it. I hovered there for a moment, on the knife-edge of life and death. I tried to give Chiro a reassuring smile, to let him know that he would survive without me. I am sorry little one, but it must be done.

"NO!"

"Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13

I felt myself fall, and allowed the Power Primate within me to consume me utterly. It tore through my body, destroying it and I screamed in agony. I passed all of the essence that I could through the Robot and to Chiro, and knew no more.