*The brawl continues as they fight each other and yet both collapse... after some time... both try and choke each other... but Preston takes out a Hypo and jabs himself and James with it..*
Preston: Come on!!
James: *rushes him*
*Punches, kicks, a roundhouse, and a haymaker... they are beating each other...*
*On the Republic, T'mar looks at Sam, who's feeling the fight, before mind-melding and putting in a block so she can't feel it. Suddenly, T'mar's meld gets broken and she staggers back. Sam looks in shock, as do half the bridge crew.*
David: What the hell?!
*Q just looks, knowingly.*
Q: I can't interfere, and neither can you.
Ryan: The hell I--!
Q: You know what is happening, Ryan. It has to happen.
*Ryan stops. Sam looks at him and Q, fear growing on her face.*
Sam: What? What's happening to me?
Q: I'm sorry, Captain.
*Q leaves. T'mar stands up, looking at Sam, concerned.*
*James hits Preston with a straight rough punch to the face... while Preston knocks him with a left...
The brawl continues as they start for the last time...
Preston: Come on brother...
James: *Strikes him *
*Preston feeling weary and beaten James the same way... as he and Preston both punch each other... but Preston falls over instead of James...*
Preston: *spits up blood...* Ah.. I feel more alive than I have in such a long time...
James: I am not going to kill you...
*As he turns to leave... Preston aims a hidden phaser *
Preston: No your going to have to...
James: *Dodges the blast. and rams a piece of pipe through him...killing him instantly..*
Preston: *a final smile before he fades out...*
Tal watch's from Tue other side of the room as the events happen. And can't help but let a small cross his face as Preston is killed. Tal looks around the station for a moment before vanishing. This battle is still not over yet.
Tal gives the order for the last of the republic ships to retreat from the area. As he appears on one of the command carriers.
Tal: set course for the coordinates 67093.09 mark 7.092
Officer : aye sir.
Tal then sits on the bridge watching the scene. Things may not have gone completly as planned but they where still alive. So it was a victory non the less. But something bugged him. Why hadn't Ryan known he was expecting him. He knew guardians well and knew Ryan should have seen that outcome. What was blocking even there vision. He would have to wait and see now.
Q: Your first choice; it will revive everyone who has died here, but will cost you the life of one of your loved ones.
Your second choice; you can save Sam and allow your children to grow to their intellectual age - 17, but it will cost you what short time you have left.
Your last choice; I can repair the damage done to you - cure you, but it will cost you the life of another - someone you know, of your choosing.
*OOC: I think I know which one he will pick. Would it be the second one?*
OOC: Of course but there will be something in mind as I do have a neat trick in mind for character development... for all involved but it will be MIA*
James: My my... Such funny choices... *He gets up* Number 2 then... my children and Sam.. will save more lives than I ever could... *Looks at Q* You are quite the character Q...
*He walks painfully to the second chasm of energy.. then runs as fast as he can... and leaps when he gets to the edge... He feels the disintegration of his body... but suddenly compassion... as the light overcomes him...*