A/N: Okay, seeing as I wrote this way, way, way, back in September of 2012, it needed some revision... And I mean a LOT of revision. So I went ahead and edited it, hopefully fixing the errors of my words and making it better. Anyway I also did this on chapter 2, so even if you think you have read this story, go back and reread it, unless this is your first time here, then you're fine. But I just thought I should share this with you. (1-22-13)
Dr. Manhattan's POV
I stared at Rorschach as he stopped walking, I didn't want to kill my friend, but I also didn't want to let the peace that we had all worked so hard for, be stopped. I planned to go to mars and come back in fifty years or more, just until everything about my assassination to New York died down. I might be able to send him there and meet back with him in a couple of years, I mused in my mind.
Then realization struck and I wanted to bash my head into something hard for not thinking of it sooner. But I didn't do that, no, instead I thought about all of the possibilities and side effects. I felt annoyed when I couldn't think of anywhere to send him. New York would be a good choice but he might not want to ever see that place again…
"Out of my way, people have to be told." Rorschach growled at me, his hands out of his pockets and in a ready position. Though I'm not sure what he was ready for, I would not fight him. Nite Owl ran out of the building, only to stop and stare at the two of us. The wind was too loud for him to hear what we were saying.
Anywhere on Earth would be fine, but the USA would be the best… I send him to the middle of the country and he might not realize that he is in a different time period, yes the future is perfect… he will see that what we did was not wrong, but necessary! I thought, summoning my power into my hand that was rising, directed at Rorschach.
"You know I can't let you do that." I said, trying to keep up the conversation as long as I could. I needed everything planned right or something may go wrong, that would be bad.
I gave Rorschach a blank look, I needed to kill him but I had just learned the importance of life, I can't – no I wouldn't – kill Rorschach. I will send him to the future, just draw a Rorschach like drawing into the snow and stage the death of Rorschach. No harm no foul, just a happier, safer world. Just to show him that we made a better world, maybe one filled with lies, but still a better world.
"Suddenly you discover humanity? Convenient." Rorschach stated bitterly, the rough edge on his voice telling me his jaw was clenched. Rorschach took off his hat and ripped off his mask, showing fiery orange hair and dark eyes with a sharp looking face. He stared me right in the eye.
I got to work, summoning the power to my fingertips, I felt a tickling sensation when I had just enough power to send him where I wanted him, I pictured in my mind where I wanted him to go and I thought about Downtown St. Louis, Missouri. A place I had only visited once, but it was peaceful and everyone was cheerful. There was little hate, crime, or anything of the sort.
"If you cared from the start, none of this would have ever happened." Rorschach had anger boiling in his blood but had a calm face; he seemed to be a master at masks.
"I can change almost anything... but I can't change human nature." I responded, guilt forming in a tight ball of my stomach. Something that made me wonders about why I didn't know these feelings sooner...
Rorschach didn't skip a beat. "Of course you must protect the lies that are making your utopia. Whats one more body amongst foundations?" I struck a glance at Nite Owl he looked mortified, too scared to move. Rorschach had tears well up in his eyes, he looked so innocent and hurt that I didn't answer; instead I looked away from his face. "Well what are you waiting for? Do it..." His voice cracked and his face started to twitch. He was fed up with waiting. "DO IT!"
"I hope to see you later my dear friend." I said quietly, and with that, I sent him to another world, instead of my blue hue that usually came from teleporting I changed that to blood and left it to fall into an artistic red marking in the sand.
About half a second later I caught sight of Dan, starting to fall to his knees, "NOOOOO!" He yelled while falling, landing with a 'poof' on the ground. I felt happy, but now I had to lie to Adrian, that would be the hardest part of it all. He could read me like an open book.
I walked gracefully over to Dan whose face was white and he looked like he was about to cry. He looked up at me when I got close enough, I answered the question he had in his mind, Why Jon… why?
"I did it to protect the peace that we, for many years, fought for. I couldn't just let that slip away, not at a time like this. You must understand that if I didn't do that then this world would be exposed and this short time of peace would die off? Don't you?" Dan looked very angry, but stood up and walked back inside with me, away from the cold and from the fake blood that littered the snow outside.
"You still shouldn't have killed him." Dan muttered as he passed me and Laurie, and I gave him a last glance. He walked to the stairs and plopped down, head in his hands. I turned my attention back to Laurie, she was telling me to stay, to be with her and Dan, but I couldn't watch the flower I love wilt away with time. I just couldn't.
I cupped her cheek and she stopped talking. "Laurie, I love you but I must leave, staying here will make you unhappy and unable to live your life with Dan to the maximum." Her eye welled with tears and she stared into my eyes
"Jon plea-" I stopped her when I drew her in and gave her a goodbye kiss, I made my body start to fade away, giving me a time limit so I didn't draw this on too long.
"No more of this talk, I must leave. Goodbye Laurie." One tear escaped the cage of her eyelashes, though she quickly wiped it away with her thumb. I looked at Adrian who nodded his head and I returned the gesture, while walking closer to him.
Adrian flashed a dazzling smile and shook my hand that I extended. "It was wonderful working with you, Dr. Manhattan." Adrian's smile faded and he looked me in the eye. "I will miss you my good friend, we do need more people like you around these days." Adrian sighed then he smiled again, but this one not as dazzling, more of a regretful.
I nodded in return and Adrian's face filled with grief. I turned to my friends that all stared at me, I waved goodbye and then disappeared off of earth and ended up at Mars. I looked around the barren world and took it all in.
"I wonder how it will all look in a couple of years..." I sat, my legs crisscrossed on the red rock under me and I began to meditate, just as the sun started coming up, giving off breathtaking views. The deeper into my meditation I went, the more I rose, letting the meditation cleanse my unforgiving soul. The rest of the world around me died into nothing, it was only me on this red planet.
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Alright... Question of the Chapter is...
Would you rather be in the ocean surrounded by sharks and on a raft or swimming in a HUGE lake with 20 piranhas?
Life or death question, better answer wisely. Kay, BYE~ ^_^