This feature was submitted by GameCola superfan Diana Gray (aka Diana141). Check out the previous chapters here if you missed them!
â€śI donâ€™t believe it,â€ť Paul said incredulously.Â â€śI mean, Iâ€™ve made a lot of guesses, but I never expected-â€ť
The dim light reflected off the personâ€™s glasses.Â â€śBelieve it,â€ť he replied calmly.Â â€śAlthough itâ€™s not surprising that you didnâ€™t guess me.Â Iâ€™m often overlooked.â€ť
â€śBut really?!â€ť Michael cut in, taking a step forward.Â â€śYou did all of this?Â Youâ€™re RK?â€ť
The man laughed harshly.Â â€śYes, Mr. Gray, I brought you here, I manipulated all of this, and Mr. Franzen, I, Winston Payne, murdered your glorious beard!â€ťÂ Muffled gasps echoed around the walls and Paulâ€™s face fell in anger and sadness.Â â€śI am RK, the Rookie Killer!â€ťÂ Diana groaned quietly, muttering that she should have figured that out.
â€śSo you framed me?â€ť Jeddy asked indignantly, ignoring Dianaâ€™s outburst.Â â€śWhy would you do that?â€ť
â€śAll will be revealed in time,â€ť Payne replied calmly.Â His voice was a scary combination of menacing and the comically funny squeaky voice from his objection sound effect. â€śAnd we have plenty of time.Â None of you are leaving here.â€ť
â€śGive me Madeline,â€ť Edgeworth growled, glaring at the man in the corner.Â â€śAnd then you will explain everything.â€ťÂ His voice was icy cold and dangerous.
Payne gave the tied-up Madeline an appraising look.Â â€śThatâ€™s the only think I regret, you know, Prosecutor Edgeworth,â€ť he said nonchalantly as he leaned down to untie her bonds.Â â€śThe only reason I took her was because I thought you were prosecuting the trial.Â I was surprised when Miss Brent told me otherwise.â€ťÂ He forced her to stand and shoved her toward Edgeworth, who caught her as she stumbled toward him.Â She still looked a little disoriented.
â€śOkay, now tell us whatâ€™s happening,â€ť Diana said firmly.
â€śYou should know better than anyone, Miss Gray.Â This is your world, after all,â€ť Payne said, sitting down in the chair previously occupied by Madeline and trying to look cool, but only succeeding in looking slightly nervous.Â He was cornered, after all, and he clearly hadnâ€™t counted on Edgeworth, Gumshoe, Maya, Phoenix, or Larry being there.
â€śNo, it isnâ€™t!â€ť Diana breathed, looking nervously at the canon characters in the room.Â â€śNot anymore, not since youâ€™ve taken over!Â How did you even bring us here?Â Why are you doing this?Â What do you want?â€ťÂ Her voice was growing more and more desperate until she finally forced herself to stop and take some deep breaths.
Payne looked up abruptly.Â â€śMaya Fey,â€ť he said quietly.
â€śExcuse me?â€ť Edgeworth said irritably.Â It was obvious that he wanted answers, and he wanted them now.
â€śMaya Fey,â€ť Payne repeated, looking around.Â â€śSheâ€™s here, correct?â€ťÂ Everyone looked at each other in confusion.Â What did Maya have to do with any of this?Â Sheâ€™s barely even been in this story!
â€śYeah, Iâ€™m here,â€ť Maya called.Â â€śWhat do you want, Payne?â€ťÂ She hesitantly climbed down the ladder and the staff parted to let her through.
â€śThis is yours, isnâ€™t it?â€ť he said, holding out a piece of yellowing paper.
â€śYeah!â€ť Maya said, making to snatch it, but Payne quickly moved it out of her reach.Â â€śHey, give it back!Â The Elders have been bugging me about it!â€ť
â€śI need it,â€ť Payne said firmly.Â â€śItâ€™s the key.â€ť
â€śThe key?Â You mean you actually believe-â€ť Maya began.
â€śThis universe is unstable,â€ť Payne read aloud. Â Â â€śThere are people from another place, a place where this universe is just a game.Â Bring them here and keep them for two days, and the world is sure to crumble, because their very existence defies the laws of our reality.Â When this universe falls, it will be your destiny to create a new one, one of your choosing.â€ťÂ He looked up at the shocked and disgusted faces around him.
â€śUh, what?â€ť Larryâ€™s voice floated down into the small room.Â â€śWho are these people?â€ť
Edgeworth was beginning to understand.Â He turned to face the staff, who paled at his glare.Â â€śIs this true?Â Are we just a game to you?â€ť he muttered, his words like ice.Â No one seemed to be able to respond.Â â€śI assume this is the big secret,â€ť he continued, beginning to pace around the tiny room, everyone scurrying out of his way when he came close to them.Â â€śAnd now apparently the world is going to end, all because of you!â€ťÂ His outstretched finger pointed directly at Diana, whose mouth fell open in shock.
â€śHey, itâ€™s not all my fault!â€ť she cried.
â€śThen tell us the truth, now,â€ť Edgeworth demanded, crossing his arms.Â Gumshoe and Madeline stood just behind him, and Maya quickly disappeared up the ladder to fill in Phoenix and Larry.Â Payne still sat in the corner, a smirk on his face.
â€śHeâ€™s telling the truth,â€ť she said slowly.Â â€śWe come from a- aâ€¦â€ť
â€śA different universe,â€ť Michael continued.Â â€śOne where you are just characters in a video game.â€ť
The entire staff began to chime in, recapping all the events that had occurred thus far: their mysterious arrival, the notes.Â Diana took over when it seemed that the story could go no further without an explanation of her abilities.
â€śWhat Payne said earlier, about this being my worldâ€¦â€ťÂ She trailed off at Edgeworthâ€™s glare, then took a breath and continued. Â â€śHeâ€™s not entirely wrong.Â I canâ€¦ control things that happen here.Â Iâ€™m a writer, I write and it happens.Â I donâ€™t know why, or how, or anything like that, but it just does.â€ť
â€śThen I suppose that explains this,â€ť Edgeworth said, holding up the missing paper.
â€śYou had it!â€ť exclaimed Paul.
â€śI was just trying to help,â€ť Diana said nervously, seeing Edgeworthâ€™s face.
â€śThatâ€™s how you knew so much about everyone, everything,â€ť Madeline said quietly.Â Everyone jumped; theyâ€™d kind of forgotten she was there.
â€śYeah, I guess so,â€ť Diana murmured, her eyes still on her OC.Â â€śBut you, youâ€™re different.â€ťÂ Her voice broke.Â â€śYouâ€™re me.Â I created you.â€ť
â€śWhat?â€ť Madeline whispered, moving slightly closer to Edgeworth.
â€śHavenâ€™t you noticed how alike we are?â€ť Diana said quietly.Â â€śAnd how I knew things about you before you told me, things that you havenâ€™t told anyone else?â€ťÂ She sniffed.Â â€śI know itâ€™s hard to believe, but itâ€™s all true.Â And all we want is to get back home.â€ť
â€śWell, weâ€™re all together,â€ť Nathaniel said, looking around.Â â€śCanâ€™t we go home now?â€ť
â€śWait, hold on,â€ť Paul interrupted, holding up a hand and turning toward Payne.Â â€śYou never said why you murdered my beard!Â That is something I need to know!â€ť
â€śSimple,â€ť Payne replied calmly.Â â€śJealousy.â€ť
â€śWhat?â€ť Paul said in confusion.
â€śYou may not know this, but I used to have hair, Mr. Franzen.Â But one case, years ago, and all that was gone.â€ťÂ His face twisted in anger and despair.Â â€śAlong with my good name.Â And thatâ€™s why I brought you all here.Â Revenge.Â And itâ€™ll only be a matter of time before this world is only a distant memory.â€ť
Seemingly right on cue, the entire room shook.Â Everyone let out cries of shock and fear, grabbing onto each other, except for Payne, who stood up, smiling.Â â€śItâ€™s beginning,â€ť he said, his gaze flicking over the members of the staff.Â â€śAnd your 48 hours are almost up.â€ť
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