Maria. I never really talk about her to anyone. She was all I had and now she's gone. She died so that I could live. She asked me one thing, just one thing: that I would give the people of Earth a chance to be happy. That's all she wanted. When I came to earth, the first thing I did was make people miserable. I failed to do the one thing Maria wanted me to do. In the end, I thought dying to fulfill her wish would make up for my wrong, but I still hurt inside. Nothing I could do could make up for my greatest mistake: Letting Maria go in the first place.
I wish I could go back...back to that day she died. I'd change the way things came out. Even if it meant dying, I would make sure Maria would live. I try to tell myself Maria sacrificed herself for me and wouldn't want me to change things now...but I can't just live with this guilt...Maria, I'm sorry.
This is my chance. I have to do it. A time warp ring is within my grasp. I can go back to that haunting day, I can let Maria live, I can change my biggest failure and live
or die in peace. It is under high security, but I need to go back. This is my one chance, I can't back out now. The ring
got it! I can go back! I can change my past! Yes! Yes! I wish to go back, I wish with all my heart. A single tear escapes my eye and falls onto the glowing yellow ring. I hear a shout, but I don't care. I'm finally going back!
I open my eyes
I'm in a sterile-looking building
the Ark! I've never felt so happy
I'm really here! The ring turns gray in my hands and I toss it aside, joy welling up inside me
I can finally change the way things are!
"Shadow!" I hear a call
a pretty female voice I'd never forget.
"Maria!" I spy her
Maria. My Maria, alive and well, running to me, and I hear the sounds of heavy footsteps running behind her. It's time.
"Shadow, we must hurry!" Maria calls urgently, grabbing my hand, her soft, delicate fingers wrapping around mine. Oh, how I missed you Maria!
We run further through the ARK, and I know exactly where we're going
the space pod bay. Most of the capsules are gone, but Maria and I dash to the nearest one. I can feel Maria try to push me inside the escape pod, but I was ready and I step aside, catching her from her momentum and gently pushing her into the capsule instead.
"Shadow! What are you doing?" Maria calls in that pretty voice of hers as the clear doors closed.
"Only what you would have done for me," I say, tears filling my eyes as I hear the sound of booted men storming into the room.
"Shadow, look out!" Maria cries, banging her little fists against the glass. I don't even turn around, but a smile crosses my lips. I hear a loud gunshot and then Maria screaming. Moments later I feel the pain
the pain that poor girl tried to endure for me
but not this time
this time I did it right. It hurt badly, but I wasn't going to mess up again. I fall, but only against the escape pod's control panel.
"Shadow! Shadow!" Maria cries. I hate to make her feel this way, but she will live
she must live.
" I said say softly, almost surprised at how hard it is to speak now. "I did it for you
You can see earth
now" I feel my strength quickly leaving my body, I've fallen to my knees, but I can still reach the release on Maria's capsule. "It's really
Tears are streaming down my face
and Maria's too.
"Shadow," she said softly.
promise me one thing
promise," I have to pause to breathe, "promise me you'll never stop
being the sweet, happy girl
and to share
with," I'm so tired
I can barely stay upright. The men in heavy boots are closing in, but nothing could ruin this moment for me. "With everyone." I pull the lever and Maria's escape pod whooshes through the floor.
"Shadow!" I hear her cry one last time
one last time. I fall onto the ground, I can barely move now
there's so much blood
but it's mine, not Maria's
Maria will live and she will see Earth at last
I can rest in peace knowing I have fixed my greatest mistake. I'm fighting to stay awake
I see black boots in front of me and hear voices, but they sound distant. Maria
I did it
I did it