OK. My head feels fairly clear. Sort of. Clear enough.
Anyway, my last post ended with me chasing Sleight into the Empty City. So here's what happened next:
Ended up in the middle of a city park. Like Central Park only it wasn't in New York, and was therefore much nicer. I couldn't see Sleight anywhere. It was night (it nightish, all things considered) and he had slipped away into the shadows. I began walking around, looking for him.
I heard something move behind me, and spun around. Sleight's form was retreating into a heavily forested area, and I wasn't about to lose him when I'd spent a week searching America's toilet for the bastard. I gave chase.
I'm not sure how long I ran through those trees, but eventually they thinned out, and I burst out of the woods only to be met by a very tall building. I turned around to see the trees shifting away and more buildings growing from the ground. The grass and dirt beneath my feet melted into pavement, and soon I was in the center of an empty metropolis.
I walked through the streets of the Empty City, my eyes scanning every crack, every alleyway. Sleight was in here somewhere, hiding.
"I didn't mean to..." I heard a voice say, though from the way it echoed I couldn't tell where it was coming from. "Those people... I killed them and I don't even know why."
I heard something scrape to my right, and spun to face the mouth of an alley. I drew the pistol I had been keeping tucked in my belt.
"Just woke up and felt like I needed to... Never met them before, just knew that they needed to die.... And I felt I needed to come here. I needed to stop something. But I've failed."
The gun held out in front of me, I began walking toward the alley.
"Never failed before..."
I entered the alley.
"My head aches so much. I need to stop it... but it's already happened."
Step by step, I drew closer to the sound.
"But... there's something else."
I couldn't see a thing, but I knew I was close.
"You have to die."
A gunshot echoed through the alley, and I looked down to see my weapon laying at my feet, my hands clutching my stomach, trying futilely to hold the blood in.
I heard a click as Sleight prepared for the second attack.
I fell backward, using the last ounce of my strength to reach out to the Empty City, and show it Master's mark upon my being, entreat it to...
A Door opened behind me, and I plummeted through it.
The next thing I remember is waking up in a bed in some back-alley doctor's office, with Glorius and Acedia standing over me.
Heh. Guess they did something useful after all.