Chapter 30- Never, Ever (Notes and Notices)
*Walks up to a stage and stands on podium*
Well, I've got a bit of an iffy announcement to make. This story is gonna go on break until AC4 is released so I can know what happens next. If I end the story with the way the game's gone now, I… won't exactly be able to pick it up again with the next game now, will I?
ANYWHO, this little nugget of writing will have to tide you guys over until Black Flag…
So, make Headway for Edward Kenway!
Er, but first, fliptons of review responses.
They are your favorite segment, right?
Eh, deal with it. Makes me happy. You could always scroll down, I guess. XD
Seto- My gosh, you leave so many comments… AND THAT MAKES ME HAPPIER THAN SHEOGORATH WITH A CHEESE WHEEL! =D Only problem is, now I've got to respond to 'em all. XD Alright, First Comment, Ch 19; Y'know, in all my time writing this, I have never thought about the paradox-y events. Maybe I should've. 2nd, Ch 20; You'd be surprised at who they are, maybe. Frankly, I'm glad nobody's guessed yet! Third, Ch 21; I try to stick little jokes and references wherever the flip I can. XP Fourth, Ch 22; I know, but still. You'll definitely be surprised when I bring this back when- Tsk, almost gave a spoiler! Fifth, Ch 23; Sparta! Sixth, Ch 24; Y'know, eventually I'm gonna have to just make a spinoff full of all the chapters I forgot to do… Seventh, Ch 25; Technically there's nothing to respond to here anymore, but I'm going to mention it anyways, just because. Eighth, Ch 26; There's many more questions than just those! Ninth, Ch 27; Yush, keep on with your questions, cause I like coming up with ridiculous answers! XD TENTH, Ch 28; I need to feature all of the Assassin's more, rather than just my favorites, now that I think about it... :/ Eleventh, Ch 29; (OHMYHONEYNUTCREED-IOS, Why do I always choose to respond to EVERYSINGLEREVIEW?! XD) I think you'll find he's been around before, as has Avery… He's much more than he seems to be, and I've created quite the actually sensible backstory for 'im, with quite a bit of AC Canon tie-ins… Muhahaha~
gnat2- You got your wish then!
M4tt M1ll3r - R4gn0r0k- Y'know, I think I've watched that, but I can't remember.
lost-dark-soul- *Dramatically* And the future of the world rests over one man's pointy little bat ears… *Coughs* Um, I mean, One Assassin's shiny gold ball… OF EDEN. *Dun dun Duun* Sorry, couldn't resist the opportunity. XD
Lone Reaper-068- Any of 'em would've been good, but I could only choose one… at that time! *Another dramatic sting*
Sadistserpent- It's hard to decide between all the great movies out there- Speaking of, has anyone else heard about the Assassin's Creed movie they plan on making? Say it with me- DON'T SCREW THIS UP, UBISOFT! Did great with the games' stories- now make the movie and make it right! We have faith in teh creediness!
Thortoise- Really?! You think it's that good?! Thanks! =D And yush, toasters of doom and such! XD
AnimeCrazedGirl7- Eh, I haven't seen those movies in a really long time, so I dunno.
Cliche KH Fan- Thanks for the feedback! :)
RaineCaelum- I should stick more Connor in this- he's really cool, and I love all of the new tactics. But maybe if Edward gets into this story, Connor and him'll get along well enough so I can do fliptons of Assassin-Pirate-Native American-Co-op-sorta-thingamabobs! Yaaaay! XD
Vernon682- I think it's official- Needs more Cowbell- Wait, that's not right, uhm… Connor, yes, that's the right one! XP
Nebyura- For the longest time I wanted to do this chapter, but I just kept putting it off, and now I dunno where to stick it! Maybe in that spinoff series I mentioned tons of responses back…
DeathMay- You're right, I also need to stick more Ezio in this...
Tell me These Words are A Lie- …and he needs to battle vacuum cleaners! Alright, I gotta try and remember that. XD
Both-OfUs-YouandMe- I'm just gonna respond to all of these at once rather than go through the entire list of chapters again, XD; Ha, I love reading all these. But, when it comes to Aveline, I'm trying to stick to main series Assassins… with a notable- *Coughs* Um, right, no spoiling my own story~ Anyways, I've got plans to reference her in another way!
Bleach Hui- I pretty much burst out laughing when you called the Assassins 'Smexy'- And yush, to everything else that you said! Well, 'cept for the sucking thing- all that matters is that you found it! =D
Anonymous- Shh, we gotta keep this info quiet for whoever the flip hasn't finished the game yet. So pretty much no one. Although I haven't played Mass Effect, but I know the ending, so oh well. XD
Darkis Shadow- Yay!
Penelope Case- Altair with a Pokémon, eh? If I had the choice, he'd get Rayquazza… but that's cause Rayquazza's my favy! XP
AdamantiumDevil- Thanks for the compliments! :) And yay, they didn't burn the house down~
QLGingerBlade- Glad to make your day a bit better! And Connor at a Petting Zoo, eh? Chaos would reign! XD
runningxoutxofxtime- That's the goal, to take over the world, one laugh at a time, like some Doctor Who villain or something… MUHAHAHA! XD
Altair4360- Pfft, don't hold back the laughter! I need it for my conquering the world scheme! XD
Seraph of the Seventh Heaven- I have missed it here~
Darkis Shadow- Cookies make Altair happy! Which is absolutely terrifying, so we should keep him away from those… far away. And yup, Desmond's had it rough in this story. XD
LightningWriter63- You should show this to your teacher! =D Actually, don't, they probably won't think it's very funny. XD
- I'm sorry you'll have to, but after this current break, the chapters will hopefully have a little more direction. XD
MikeOfTheDead- We'll just have to wait and see now, won't we… although I'm not necessarily planning on it. :D He's just too awesome- And little bit darker now, in AC3- definitely gonna enjoy the reactions from the Ancestors when I start sticking him in some of the in-game situations~
Well, that is… a flipton of reviews.
Alright, now, gather 'round, it's story time!
"What do you mean by 'key'?"
The tension was practically thick enough to cut with a knife, although Desmond had semi-ordered the Ancestors to put away their weapons-
The sounds of hidden blades flicking away to their sheathes had been the only answer to his request, and Nicholas had good-naturedly complied with the order to hand over his hidden blade.
Now, Desmond glared at this stranger who he'd knew he been too quick in trusting… yet maybe he hadn't been.
It was just so hard to tell who the enemy was in a feud this shadowed by history.
Nicholas exhaled. "Where to begin…? Well, you're the one with the memories. Woulda thought you knew more than I did. But, there's this door, and…"
"Let me guess, we've got to unlock it to save the world from some cataclysmic event?"
"…That works then. What kind of 'door' is it?"
"I think you'll know more than I do when I say 'Those Who Came Before'."
All of the Assassins in the room stiffened, and Desmond nodded. Suddenly, a cheery measure of notes started pinging, and Nicholas pulled out a cellphone, sliding his finger across the touchscreen and holding up a finger to shush the Desmond and the Ancestors, much to their annoyance.
"Yeah Avery, I get it. Look, I'm just trying to- I know, you want me to tell- I really don't think we should just come out and say that! Listen, I'm busy- Yes I know you know I'm- Will you let me- Okay, fine, I get it!" He pressed a button and sighed.
The others stared at him expectantly.
"What?" He asked, honestly confused.
"Well?" Desmond asked, drawing the word out. "What was that about?"
Nicholas shifted. "She told me to give you… um… this." He reached into his jacket pocket, pulling out a carefully wrapped sphere. Altair and Ezio visibly recoiled, and Connor shifted uncomfortably. Desmond reached out and held an Artifact, one of THE Artifacts.
An Apple of Eden.
"Where did you get this?" He demanded. He had last seen this one in Rome, where he had-
No, he didn't want to think about that.
Never, ever that.
Nicholas sighed again, deeper. "That was something I really didn't want to give to you… You know why. But, consider it the solid proof you need."
"Why are you giving it me, why are you carrying it around?!"
Nicholas leaned to one side. "For the first, you could say that it's more yours than anyone's, and I really, really, don't like that thing. It made me… see things, I guess?" The Assassin- Desmond was now considerably more convinced, but still unsure- shuddered. "I can just tell you that I don't want that kind of power. I like my normal, human-made weapons, thank you very much. The second answer is as a bargaining chip. I need you- all of you- to come with me. We have to find that key before the deadline. We need that key. The only problem is getting it. We're fairly sure, but… well…"
"What? What's wrong now?"
Nicholas looked at Connor guiltily. "We aren't exactly sure how far through the memory chain he is."
The others now stared at Connor. Connor himself, however, glared only at Nicholas. "Explain. Now."
Nicholas shifted footing again. "We know you got something important from… 'someone', but… we don't know if you yourself have, uh, gotten that something important from that 'someone'."
Ezio looked at Nicholas, curious. "That basically explains nothing."
"It explains everything if you've been in the animus." Desmond said, almost quietly.
No, not this again.
Never, ever this.
When would fate, or destiny, or ancient beings from so, so long ago, stop messing with him, stop trying to get in his head?!
When would he not have to climb into that damn machine?
When would he get to make his own memories, not just live through other, people's?
*Bows* Thank you. Please remember this story through the intermission period.
AC4 will tell me everything I need to know and then I can choose how to finish this.
Until then, we'll have to wait to find out where the tides will take us, won't we?
Heh, pirate joke.