The Legend of Toontown

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Epilogue

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	Even Kate had to remember she was still a princess with responsibilities. She couldn't leave her home forever. So they took her back to her world and said goodbye. They knew they would miss her. They had done so much together. She pretended like she didn't feel anything but Evina could see the truth in her eyes. She would miss them too.
	The cogs' portal was closer to home than the other one they had used before so it didn't take too long to reach Toontown.
	As Evina saw his world approaching, he had the same concern arise in his head as before. He wondered what he was going to do with his life now that the adventure was over.
	The ship landed in Toontown Central. There weren't many toons around. The sky was cloudy. It was never cloudy like this before. Flippy noticed their arrival and promptly rushed out from Toon Hall to meet them.
	"I sure hope you have some good news." The dog grumbled.
	"The threat was neutralized." Gyro assured him.
	Flippy was overcome with relief. "Oh, finally there's some good news!"
	"Is everything alright?" Evina asked him.
	"You'll have to talk to Mickey about that. He can explain it better than I can." Then the dog turned and walked back into Toon Hall.
	"What was all that about?" Glue Stick wondered.
	"I have no idea." The duck answered honestly, jumping out of the spaceship. His feet touched the ground. It had been a long time since he touched his home world and it felt somewhat comforting, even after the shadow had tainted him so much. He stretched and walked through the grass. He couldn't stop thinking about how wrong the sky looked.
	"Oh, there you are!" Mickey sighed. He was walking up to them now.
	"We did it, sir."
	"Yeah, we'll have to talk about that. Um, who is this?" As Mickey approached Evina he saw the unfamiliar horse standing by his side.
	"Oh, this is my friend Glue Stick." Evina explained.
	"Nice to meet you." The mouse greeted. "That's an... interesting name."
	"Well you see, sir, he was a slave of the cogs in Cog Nation for many years."
	"Oh... then I'm glad you were finally rescued!"
	"Yeah." Glue Stick didn't seem too interested in what was being said. "Do you know where the nearest TV is? I am months behind on my shows now."
	Mickey rolled his eyes. "You can use the one in the Toon Hall lobby. And as for you, Evina, I would like to speak to you in private."
	"Uh sure." The duck agreed. He left his father and followed the mouse to a hidden area between the shrubs where a few chairs were sitting. It was nice to be away from any curious onlookers.
	Evina sat down and looked up into the sky again. It scared him how still it appeared. There was no thunder or rain at all. "What is that all about?"
	"It's been like that for a couple days now." Mickey said gravely. "Every hour it grows darker. We don't know what caused it but there is a theory."
	"What?" Evina inquired.
	"Tell me, did you close the last portal to Earth?"
	Evina hesitated before answering. "Yes."
	The mouse buried his face in his hands. "I was afraid of that. It's a good thing that you did. I'm glad you stopped the threat, but there will be consequences for this separation. Our connection to the human world is limited by thought energy alone now. The tooniverse is changing."
	"What can we do?"
	"Nothing." Mickey replied. "Except... adapt."
	Evina was trying to adapt but it was hard to accept so many changes at once. "Well, we have dealt with things like this before and we survived until everything returned to normal."
	Mickey was staring at Evina. "And you are losing your color."
	"Wait, what?!"
	"I'm certain of it. Your red isn't as bright as it was before."
	Evina hadn't noticed the change. He didn't want to think about it. One of his biggest wishes was to fit in with other toons, but now he was starting to wonder if it would be better to just give up that desire. "Sir, I assure you we are completely safe. Now if I remember correctly, I have a kart to fix." He stood up. "I'll see you later."
	Just before he left the area Mickey stopped him. "Wait a minute. What exactly was that threat that you stopped?"
	Evina turned around. "It was someone, a toon, a wild monster who was called Doom."
	Mickey was silent and deep in thought. Clearly he had been around to see the previous incident and the memories were not pleasant. "I'm sorry that you had to get stuck in this mess, Evina."
	The duck shrugged. "It's not your fault. I'm getting used to it. Everything's fine."
	"I know you don't like to see things change, Evina, but I'm sorry. We're not safe at all."
	There was no response. Evina stood still, looking back at the president of Toontown. "But, we have to be."
	"You should think about it some more. If Doom was a toon then where did he come from? They don't appear out of nowhere, you know."
	Evina remembered the dream he had experienced before he went to Earth. There was darkness ahead. It was unimaginably powerful. He didn't understand it. He couldn't escape it. It was very close and nobody even noticed it coming. This wasn't Doom, no, this was something else. This was the reason for everything. He had been born in its shadow. The worst was yet to come.
	The duck couldn't speak. He left the shrubs and walked away slowly, not knowing or caring where he was going. This was his dominion, a land of fears, of dark swirling clouds, of graphite stained with a pure black ink of evil.

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