It is time. Shadow falls on Sakihama's exterior - the colossus rises. The Discovery of Self floats up in gravity-defying flight: in preparation for its final voyage.


"Locks are clear, all systems green. Only a fraction of Discovery's functionality is restored, but what is back with us works fine - looks like now we can go anywhere."


"Impressive. And it doesn't end on just being a floating rock, hmm? I must say, the Lady's in for a surprise of the lifetime."


"Not if she or her minions manage to blow it up before it reaches her, Commander. The Discovery of Self isn't going in all by itself, Project Unification will provide combat escort, as large as we can. And I will lead it from the front line."

While the commanders are discussing, within the Discovery of Self, in the imprinting chamber, the preparations are also complete. No more people enter it. Instead, it's Inspector Jou who leaves.


"It's done. The weapon against the Lady has been created. The first time, it took the form of a giant crystal, so large only the Discovery could carry it with ease. But that was in the past. It was a joint effort of countless planets, and it took years. This time..."

The Inspector opens his hands, which were clasped together. Floating between them is a tiny shimmering gem, barely the size of a fingernail.
"We will have to make with what we have."
[1] [Post "Inheritance"]

[Somehow against even his own expectations Willis returned to Sakihama with Leigh still in his arms, alive and in one piece all thanks to Elys' last actions. Something as minor as giving him permission to the MCR was what lead to in what was Willis' opinion a miracle. One that he still couldn't quite believe actually happened.

However, as quickly as Strahlend returns it takes a bit of time before the two emerge from the machine. As they do they break apart slightly in embarrassment again. ]



"You're still a big idiot, you know that right?"

[Leigh says this with the biggest smile on her face.]

I know...

[2]



[Some time later Leigh stands inside of Sakihama's hangar again, standing next to Amagahara's cockpit on one of the many elevated platforms. The machine was responsible for the fact that she was still standing here and for all intents and purposes it was her machine

As it was now Elyssa Soleil had essentially given up her life twice over allow Leigh to continue living.]

...thank you Elyssa.

[As she says this she closes the cockpit of the machine, even if it was now hers she didn't want to disrespect her memory by altering the machine in any way.]

[3]

[As for Willis he seems...actually Willis seems to have disappeared for a bit. A short time later a strange clean cut man stands in front of Strahlend, wearing a familiar looking jacket that has seemingly finally been washed. The man's gaze seems to be set on the now floating Discovery of Self.]



Just one more big problem to go.
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