The wind blows. The fire sparks flutter lightly across the sky. The ground begins to shake, and patches begin to disappear out of it. The Hunter Gatherer looms in the distance, his sickle arm glowing in the light. "You.. It's you again.." Perry says under her breath. His suit covered in scratches, the marks covered by burns, and his helmet missing and revealing his half-scorched face, he walks up to the group with a menacing smile. "Why did it have to be you? Everything was going accordingly until you botched this operation. It doesn't matter anymore. This is where your time here ends," the Hunter Gatherer says. Kaeda's eyes glow purple, and bolts of electricity spark along her arms. "Stand low," Kaeda commands, her voice now distorted. Perry steps backwards, getting out of the Hunter Gatherer's sight. Kaeda begins spinning, the power of it causing her to become an electric tornado. She barrels towards him, but he instead holds her back with only his one remaining arm. He still feels the shocks from the bolts, but he tries not to feel them. He kicks her back, sending her at Io and Ingvar, unexpectedly attacking them. Kaeda stops spinning and falls over, the impact putting her in a daze. Io then lifts his arm up, summoning a robotic clone of the Hunter Gatherer. He tries to slash his sickle at it, but it grabs his arm instead, lifting him off of the ground. He pushes against the metal body, trying to free himself, but right in that moment, the robot pulls the sickle arm off completely. It crushes it in its hand and throws it off of the top of the hill, landing in the ocean. The Hunter Gatherer rushes down the hill and to the shoreline, but his arm floats out into the distance of the ocean before he can get it. Everyone in MOTH collectively attacks him in an open chance. This gives Perry an opportunity to flee back to town for whatever reason. The Hunter Gatherer slashes everyone back with his arm, stopping them for a minute. Through his vision, his eye, which is actually a robotic eye, allows him to see Perry's silhouette through the hill running back to town. He smiles and begins to dash to her. Speeding through the town, Perry dodges corners and hops across rooftops to escape the Hunter Gatherer's grasp. She knew she was at the end of her journey inside of the Oscillation. Everything they needed to finish was finished. The loose ends were tied. All hell had been broken loose. They stopped Mono, they're slowly getting rid of the Oscillation, and are so close to going back to their normal lives. Nothing was normal about this, though. Nothing has ever felt normal. Perry eventually makes it to the MOTH base and slides into the hatch to enter it. She runs through the boiler and storage room, looking through every box that she sees there. She appears to be looking for something vital, maybe to use against her enemy. She finishes looking through the room faster than she expected, finding nothing of use to her. She runs back to headquarters and frantically searches for something. She runs around, desperate to find something, and then it happens. She finds something. But it's something she never though she would use against someone. But she knew she had to protect herself. The battered and beaten Hunter Gatherer rushes in, but stops when he sees there is now a gun's temple aimed against the front of his head. The room falls to silence. The Hunter Gatherer smiles, a droplet of blood seeping out from his previous injuries. "You're not gonna do that, Perry," he says. "Try anything and I might," Perry says, her hand trembling in fear and never pointing it out. MOTH then rushes in and stops after they see Perry holding the gun against the Hunter Gatherer's head. "Perry, w-where did you.." Kaeda stutters, trailing off her sentence, as she realizes how messed up Perry would feel if she actually killed someone. "Perry, don't do this." "Why?! Kaeda, him and Mono have been the source of my problems ever since I came down here! Why are you defending him?!" Perry yells. "I'm not defending him. I'm preventing your action," Kaeda says. Perry looks to the firearm. She moves it away from her enemy's head and looks at it. Her hands shaking, she sets the gun down. "We'll make this simple. You get us out of here, and nothing too bad will happen to you. But if you don't comply, then we'll make sure that a special Hell is made for you, and you'll be first in line. So what's it gonna be, asshole?" Ingvar asks. The Hunter Gatherer looks to the ground. His expression turns from defeat to honor, as he looks back up, smiling. "Everything is so.. painful." Perry's rage hits its boiling point, and Perry swiftly grabs the gun. But she wasn't controlling herself. Her movements feel like someone else is controlling her. "Wait, I'm not doing that.. I'm not doing this! LET GO OF ME!" Perry screams. She unloads the bullet through the side of the Hunter Gatherer's head, killing him instantly.

Perry, freely able to move again, drops the gun, absolutely shaken to her core by her sudden movement. She walks to Kaeda, parts of her body painted with blood, and slowly hugs her. Kaeda hugs her tightly, as Perry quietly sobs in her arms. "I didn't do that.. I didn't do it.. someone was.. controlling.." Perry tries to speak but is unable to through her trauma. Kaeda kisses Perry's head, kneels down, and presses her nose against Perry's. "I know.." Kaeda whispers. "..I know." A large shadow sinks down above everybody and lands in front of them. Everyone looks to see none other than Mono, who survived the explosion. "I saw what happened here. Rough patch. Ironic, since we're close to the end of the journey," Mono says. "You traumatized a child!" Kaeda yells. "How could you do that?!" Mono lifts his finger up, which causes Perry to rise into the air by the scruff of her shirt. "Making deals can really get you places," Mono says. "Try it sometime!" "JUST STOP!" Perry leaps onto Mono and holds the gun against his forehead. "Haha.. Hahaha! You made me do this!" Perry squeezes the trigger and... nothing. Not a single thing. Perry checks the bullets and finds that every one of them is missing. She looks to MOTH, noticing Io shift around a bit. He opens his hand and inside are the bullet shells. "I just.. I couldn't let you do this.." Io says, sad. "How could you do this? I had one open chance to end all of this and you stole it away from me! I thought I could trust you!" Perry says, aggravated. "We wanna get the hell out of here as much as you want to, but that doesn't mean someone of your age should be murdering people," Ingvar states. "Oh, so what is it? Is it my age? Is it my appearance? My personality? My sadisticness?! What is it about me that's making you all turn against me?!" Perry yells. "We're not turning against you.. We're just trying to help.." Io says, scared of how badly this situation is escalating. "Yeah, you think you've helped enough?! I haven't been okay on Earth, and I'm sure as shit not okay being down here!" Perry screams. Kaeda walks to Perry in an attempt for them to talk. "Hey.. look, it'll be okay-" "MAKE LIKE MY FAMILY AND JUST BE DEAD, KAEDA! ...Wait, what did I.. No, no, Kaeda, I didn't say that by myself! Mono was-" Kaeda, tears welling in her eyes, rushes out of the MOTH base and slams the door behind her, breaking the glass in it. Perry looks to Mono. "Thank you for staying in the Oscillation, Perry." Mono dissipates into light before Ingvar can punch him. Perry at this point is entirely emotionless over this. She didn't say what she said on her own. Mono had been controlling her, but still, what she said hurt. And Perry still has enough humanity left in her to cry. "I wanna get out of here.." Perry sobs. She runs out of the MOTH base as well. "Damn.. What do we do now?" Io asked. "Well, we need our leader so we can get out. Let's set things right with her," Ingvar says. "When did you become a voice of reason all of a sudden?" Io asks. "I guess I picked up on Kaeda a bit. ..A lot, actually, but not to a huge extent. I still care.. so I picked up on her way of reasoning," Ingvar explains. "Well, maybe you can use your reasonable prowess right now. How do we talk to her?"

Perry runs through the hills, trying to find Kaeda. She calls out her name in a desperate search, and then comes across her beach house. She trudges through the sand for a moment, until she comes across Kaeda sitting by the shoreline. Perry walks up to her and sits down next to her. They don't interact with each other. They just sit and watch the waves crash along the distance of the ocean. "So..." Perry begins. "I know," Kaeda interrupts. "Know what?" Perry questions. "I know.. that wasn't you up there. That was Mono controlling you. But.. that still hurt though. And I don't know what to do now," Kaeda says. Perry looks at her. "I'm sorry-" "No. Stop apologizing. I know you didn't mean it. Just.. watch out for stuff like that next time, I don't know..." Kaeda curls her legs up a little more. Perry scoots over next to her and pats her head. Kaeda tries to smile, but even she can't fully do it. This world was already taking a toll on her too. "Thanks for trying to cheer me up, Perry," Kaeda says, trying to be happy. "You're actually pretty cool, you know that?" Perry blushes. "O-Oh.. I am...?" Kaeda nods to Perry. She smiles, hopeful that she's serious. Perry then leans over to Kaeda and hugs her. "Will we ever get out of here?" Kaeda stops. She doesn't know how to respond, since she knows that danger is still lurking out there. She tries to be optimistic anyway, even though she knows she's lying to herself. "Don't worry.. we will," Kaeda assures. Perry sits up, daring not to doubt her. Ar this point, all of Perry's full trust lies in Kaeda's arms. "Hey, are you feeling alright? You seem pale, I just noticed," Kaeda points out. "Oh, right. That. Those energy blasts are too much for my body to handle. I only have one left, and.. I'm a little scared," Perry says, with a sad tone in her voice. Kaeda jumps up and looks at Perry in shock. "W-WHAT?!" Kaeda exclaims. She stands up and walks in a circle, mumbling to herself. "Are you okay?" Perry asks worryingly. "Perry, you only have one energy blast in you. Never use it. Because if you do.. it could kill you. Just.. use your other power or something.. H-How did you even use up that blast?" Kaeda asks. "I, uh.. I was going to train my power so I could get to MOTH in Auxe Tower. I unknowingly used my second-to-last energy blast while I was doing that," Perry nervously says. Kaeda looks at Perry, distraught. "Kaeda, what happens after I use it again?" Kaeda hesitates to answer, but she tries to be outright with it. "If you use it again.. you die." Perry steps back and looks at her hands. The truth hurt her deeply. She was harboring such powerful hatred built up as power inside her, but if she used it again, she would die. Just like harboring hatred on Earth. Perry walks to Kaeda and nods. "Alright. I won't." "Just be safe. It's hard to see someone of your age die.." Kaeda says. "Yeah.. I'm aware," Perry replies. "Hey, by the way, thanks for caring about my existence. Not many people really do." "Aww, Perry, it's okay! Of course I care. We all do. So don't worry about this. We'll get through it together, " Kaeda says reassuringly. From behind the two, the sound of slow clapping rings out from the distance. Mono slowly walks through the sand, making his way to Kaeda and Perry. "Bravo, you two. You both single-handedly conversed with each other and made amends about the situation at hand. Does it make you feel any better that what you did ACTUALLY worked?" Mono questioned. "Or maybe you're denying the inevitable by assuring her that it will all be okay, despite everything going haywire right now. Yes, that sounds about right," Mono says. "Shut up. Now," Kaeda commands. "Well, anyways, I just came to check and see how everybody was doing. I suppose I shall see myself out now. Just one last thing, however... nice try," Mono says, as he swiftly turns around and knocks Io and Ingvar back, who were about to sneak attack him. "I think you're forgetting who made this world here," Mono says. "Ghh... Why did you do all this, Mono? What's it all for?" Ingvar questioned aggressively. "In a word.. salvation," Mono answered. He then picks up Io, who tries to escape but fails to, and he begins to hold him up by his neck and choke him. Io tries to release himself from his grasp, but it is too strong for him to let go. Perry turns away and shields her eyes in fear. All she can hear is noise. The sounds of impact. The sound of their voices. The sounds of Io being attacked. Suddenly, it felt as if the world around Perry fell to silence in that moment. Right then, it was silenced due to the sound of a sickening crunch. And then someone falling and hitting sand. The sounds of guttural anguish. And Perry recognized it almost immediately. Slowly looking back, the first thing that came into her line of sight was a lifeless arm. She knew it happened. Everyone remaining in MOTH stood frozen as she realized that Mono did the unthinkable. For the second time, another member of MOTH was killed.

It all happened so suddenly. Everybody witnessed it and got traumatized by it. And to think, this happened near the end of Perry's journey. Perry slowly steps up to Io's body, which is left in disarray. She drags her hand along the sandy floor and then lifts it up. More blood. The ground slowly begins to rumble, and the waves in the vast ocean start to become more strong. A dark force swirls around Perry, as her eyes, instead of glowing white, glow a void black. All of the pain that Perry has felt over her time inside of the Oscillation has built up as a malice in her soul, and it has now sprouted out. "P...P-Perry..?" Kaeda says, through her tears. Emotionless, Perry, in a flash, zooms to Mono and holds him to the ground. She raises her arm to the sky and a black mass forms in her hand, molding into a sickle. She holds the curved blade against Mono's neck, slowly pushing it down, but then suddenly, she gets pulled back by someone: Ingvar, who holds Perry back as she wrestles to get out of his arms. "Stop.. ugh, stop fighting it, Perry! You're making this harder than it needs to be!" Ingvar yells. "Why are you doing this?! You said you wanted to kill him!" Perry says. "Look.. Perry, I'm sorry, but.. let is handle this," Kaeda says with a sad tone. Kaeda tries to hold the lower half of Perry down with a tornado, but it only makes wind, which confuses Kaeda. She tries it again, and wind comes out. "What... is happening?" Kaeda questioned. Mono slowly stands up, laughing. "Hahaha... look at this. Glad we could figure out that every time that I am attacked, the Oscillation slowly breaks along with it," Mono explains. "And it seems like your powers are the first to go." Ingvar overhears this and tries to activate his powerful punch, but his hand doesn't glow. "Son of a bitch... he really did it.." Ingvar mutters to himself. Ingvar walks to Perry, who tries not to look at him, as she's mad about MOTH's intentions with her. "Perry, please... do your powers work?" Perry doesn't respond. "Look, I know you're mad at us now, but just trust us this one last time-" "You know what, Ingvar? Maybe I didn't want to have a power, okay?! Think about it! If your powers don't work anymore, then that means mine don't either! And Mono is-" Perry looks over Ingvar's shoulder and sees that Mono is gone. "Ugh... As expected." Perry walks away, with the remaining members of MOTH following behind her. "Are you mad at us, Perry? Just because we were trying to keep you safe?" Kaeda asks. Perry stops, and so does MOTH. She sighs. "...You wanna know something? I don't remember the last time I was happy, and.. I'm just in a bad place right now. I'm sensitive to everything now. So please.. lay off," Perry says. "One of your members is dead.. so go deal with that." Perry walks off into the distance, splitting off from MOTH, who head back to town. On the way to the beach house, Perry looks at the footprints left on the ground from when she first got here. Thinking that the hunters were soldiers was a crazy thought. She then arrives to the beach house, looking at it, and reminiscing about Tara. Perry closes her eyes and flashes back to a continuation of what happened after she lashed out at Tara. Before she ended up at the Oscillation. Perry hugs a crying Tara, as the sky turns blue outside. The two let go, and then stand up. "I just want you to know that I'll always be here for you. Even if the situation is dire," Perry says. "What if you're not here?" Tara asks, her sentences always a few words. "Well, I mean, exceptions can be made," Perry jokingly says, Tara giggling to herself. "So.. what do you want to do now?" "Oh, I know! C'mere!" Tara runs off to her room, with Perry following behind her. She walks into her room and sits down on her bed. Tara sits down on an office chair and rolls over in front of Perry. "Truth or dare?" Tara asks. "R-Really? This game?" Perry questions, nervously sweating. Truth or Dare was one of Perry's least favorite games, since she could always never keep her composure at it, and she always never wanted people delving into her personal life. Tara smirks as smug as ever. "Truth or dare?" Tara asks again. "Alright, I'll bite. Truth. I hate dares," Perry answers. "Why do you sometimes keep a box of things from your crush hidden from me?" That was the biggest sentence that Perry had ever said so far in her life, and it truly was a hard one to answer. Before the events of this day, Perry had been keeping the things from her crush inside of a box, since they were the only person who reminded Perry that there was still humanity in the world. Their name wasn't important enough for Tara to know, though. Perry's face turns a bright red and she looks at Tara, mad. "Why ask that of ALL questions?!" Perry snaps. "Just wanna know, that's all," Tara says. Perry sighs and opens up to Tara just so she won't have to ask questions like that again. "They are the person that makes me truly happy, and.. it's nice to be reminded the world has worth, y'know?" Perry says. "Alright, now ask me!" Tara exclaims in excitement. Perry smiles in disbelief, but gives in. "Alright," Perry says sarcastically, "I'll bite. Truth or dare?" "Dare! Dare!" Tara squeals, ready for the dare. "Hmph. Alrighty then! Um... return to me.. the plush bird you stole from me!" Perry announces confidently. Tara dashes off in an instant to find the bird, Perry smiling at her little sister's energy. She then turns around and walks to the window, seeing the clear blue sky over the wave-filled ocean. She sighs and leans her head on the windowsill. Her flashback ends and she re-enters reality as the weight of her situation dawns on her. She was getting closer to home. And she knew that she couldn't fully do it without her family. When she realizes this, Perry rushes back to town to catch up with MOTH, hopeful that they can team back up to stop Mono. Past the hills in the distance, she can see MOTH enter the hatch under the building in town. Soon after, Perry enters in a while after they do, sliding in with the hatch closing behind her. She slowly walks through the boiler storage room, making the least amount of noise possible. Navigating through, she eventually does exit and enter the headquarters, hoping to find MOTH. But surprisingly, they're not there. That's weird, because Perry thought that she had just seen them go in. And it couldn't have been a hallucination either because it looked as real as it possibly could've been. Perry takes her chances, though, and persists on in her search. After a while, she can't seem to find them, and her hope starts to falter. That is, until she looks into Kaeda's bedroom and sees her sitting alone. She walks to her, hoping to set things right for good. "Hey.. I'm sorry about everything. I really, really, really want to get out of here. But I just.. I don't know what to do... Do you.. do you hate me?" Perry asks. No response for the first few seconds. Kaeda continues to look to her feet. She shifts around for a moment, and then springs up, hugging Perry tightly. Kaeda breaks down into tears. "I wanna get out of here, too!" Kaeda shouts. Perry, in surprise, hugs Kaeda back. "No more apologies, no more quarrels, no more nothing! Only us together freeing ourselves! That's all I want now! We have one member dead, and I feel nothing!" Kaeda admits. Ingvar steps in as well, holding one of Io's little orb robots. "Hey, I just found this. Maybe we can use it?" Ingvar questions. Kaeda sits back up, Perry wiping her tears off of her face. "Thank you, Perry. And yes, I suppose that could be useful somehow. ..Perry, listen to me. This could either be the last time you see us, the last time you see the Oscillation, or whatever else, because in a few moments, we're going to find Mono and end this. When he wasn't looking, I implanted a tracker in his arm that's going to show us wherever he is," Kaeda explains. "And also, sorry for breaking down on you like that.. I know we're dealing with a lot now, but this isn't what Carmen or Io would have wanted. We need to get out before we die," Kaeda says, through her sniffs. Perry smiles. "Hey, don't worry about anything. We're gonna get out. And you just said no more apologizing!" Perry laughs. "Oh yeah, I did!" Kaeda laughs as well. "So where is Mono now?" Ingvar asks. Kaeda pulls out a screen and points to a small red dot in the direction of where the tree on the hill was. "There. That's where we'll finish this," Kaeda says, now confident. Or at least she's trying to be. "So... are we ready?"

MOTH begins to make their trek up the hill. It was all going to come down to this now. Perry knew that she was close to home, and she knew that as soon as Mono perished, she would be back. The thought of that made her nervous, but optimistic. She didn't know how powerful Mono really was. And she was fearful of that. But that didn't care to her anymore. What mattered right now was getting out of the Oscillation. The three make it to the top of the hill, where Mono stands. He takes out the tracker and crushes it in his hands, the dust scattering out of his fist into the wind. "This is where everything comes together. Right back in the place you never thought you would come back to," Mono says. "Let's just get this over with," Kaeda says angrily. "A little rush, are we? Hehe, that's alright. I admire your persistence," Mono says. The three begin to attack Mono, the final battle beginning. Perry steps back, however, as she remembered that Mono said every time he was hit, the Oscillation breaks along with it. She stumbles back a bit, her body feeling sick already. Kaeda takes notice to this and commands Ingvar to hold off Mono while she checks on her. "Perry, are you alright?" Kaeda quickly asks? "This is a trap... THIS IS A TRAP!" Perry shouts. "What do you mean?" Kaeda questions. "Look!" Perry points to the distance, and sure enough, the world is beginning to disappear into a void. Every bit of the replication fades into wire-frame and floats into the darkness. Mono stands up and laughs, becoming increasingly disheveled. "Hahaha... HAHAHAHA! You really thought this would be easy?! Well, let me tell you something.. things are about to get better!" Mono says. Everyone in MOTH tries to use their powers, but they are completely gone at this point now that the world has started to collapse. "Once it all fades out then reality will be splintered, and Earth will be mine!" Mono shouts in joy. Everyone tries to attack him without their powers, but they don't stand a chance against the all-powerful world creator. That is, until Perry does what nobody else expected, and tries to reason with Mono. Perry slowly steps up to Mono, everyone else standing a distance behind her to make sure she's safe. Mono kneels down in front of her. "What do you need? You already know all of you are dead," Mono says. Perry, trying not to tremble, swallows her pride and speaks. "I want to talk to you. It's important." "Oh? And what is it about?" Mono questions. Perry sighs, her nervousness at dangerously high levels. "Look, I.. I-I know this isn't going to work, but.. we can try to make this all better. Instead of trying to kill us.. maybe you can let us live..?" "Why would I do that?" Mono questions again. Perry looks to MOTH, and the two nod in approval, giving her the courage to persist on. "I mean.. I would assume this isn't what your family would've wanted-" "Don't speak of them in vain," Mono says, cutting Perry off. "Come on, Mono. It's obvious there's a reason for all this." "Don't do this, Perry," Mono says stepping back, and as Perry steps closer. "There must have been an event that was so monumentally traumatizing that it caused you to flee here and start a calamity that's affecting the place that I LIVE IN. Speaking of which, what's your family like? Whaddya got?" Perry asks. Mono gives in at this point, Perry owning the moral high ground. "I am a father of a late wife and a beautiful daughter," Mono reveals. Perry stops and sympathizes with him. "You also don't have someone like that..? Oh.. I see.. My mom committed suicide when she found out my dad went missing," Perry says. Mono, hearing this, gets a genuine look of concern for her. "That's terrible.. I.. don't know what to say," Mono says. "I understand your intention now. You're doing this out of depression. But now that we can relate, let's all get out, and.. maybe we can fix the world instead of altering its reality," Perry says, extending her arm to Mono. He takes it and she helps him up, him smiling but only faintly. "Mono, let's fix this. Instead of us hunting each other, we can make amends," Kaeda says. "And maybe.. we don't need powers to live to a full extent," Ingvar says. Perry looks up to Mono and smiles in hope. "Can you fix this world before it closes in on us?" She asks. "I'm willing to try," Mono says. He extends his arm into the air and, with the biggest amount of strength he can muster up, launches a beam of light from his hand, making the world slowly re-form around everyone. Every bit of the Oscillation reforms and lights back up. After it is finished, the clouds thin out, the sun's rays shining in for the first time, even if it's only faintly. MOTH cheers at their success, and they hug each other, happy they are all safe and they can finally return home. "The Oscillation will fade out as soon as we all leave, and the patches all over the world will too. This world is no more," Mono says, smiling. "Thanks, Mono," Perry says. "No.. thank you," he replies. Perry finally wasn't nervous or scared anymore. She and MOTH had finally won. They could go home. The thought of finally going back made tears run down her face. "Aha.. sorry. I'm just happy.." Perry says. "Come here, Perry! Let's get out!" Kaeda calls out from the distance. "Go with them, Perry. I'll send you back in a moment," Mono says. Perry nods and begins to walk back. She hasn't felt this happy in a long time to finally be heading back and see Tara again. The rush of positivity flowed through her as she closes her eyes and smiles, thinking about how much better things will get in the future. Maybe it didn't have to all be sadness. Maybe it didn't have to all be trauma. Maybe it could be hope instead. A sense of hope that would be the key to her fabled bright future. Opening her eyes back up, she was a little confused. Kaeda and Ingvar both had genuine looks of horror. Perry tries to move but then, she feels something behind her. Looking down, it all made sense. It really was a trap. Looking down, a large blade, about a foot long and held by Mono, protruded from her back to out of the front, square in the middle of her chest. At the first sight of blood, Perry screams, her final energy blast shooting out in a white dome, consuming the Oscillation in a blinding light, lasting for about thirty seconds.

The light fades, and MOTH opens their eyes. Kaeda immediately notices something off about her surroundings, but then she realizes it. She's home. The power of the blast wiped out the Oscillation completely, and everybody is now back in New Jersey, on the same hill with the tree, and overlooking the same town and the same beach. Ingvar sees this too, but then hears the sound of coughing below him. The two look to Perry and quickly try to cover her wound with a bandage. Perry's blood covers over the bandage, and it seeps out from the side of her mouth. "Perry, Perry, speak to me! Please... come on..." Kaeda cries. Perry slowly opens her foggy eyes and sees MOTH above her. "G...G..G-Guys...?" Perry stutters, the pain unbearable. "You're gonna be okay, alright? We j-just need to-" Kaeda is cut off by Perry, who places her shaking finger over her mouth. "No... don't... it's a-a-already.. too late.." Perry says, the blood now coating the grass. "Don't say that shit. You're gonna pull through..!" Ingvar says, trying to hold back tears. "Just think! We stopped Mono, and.." Ingvar trails off of his sentence, the weight of everything too much to handle in this current moment. Perry looks over to the direction of the beach with a single-mindedness. She shakily points her arm out to the distance. "L..Look! Dad's home... D-Dad's home!" Perry says, smiling. "That's him? Perry, we'll tell him everything. We'll let him know you were brave, supportive, and.. Do you want us to do that?" Kaeda asks. "Not now.." Perry coughs. "He needs time.. to see his d-d... daughter.. Speaking of.. do you have.. a phone?" "I do. Who do you want to call?" Ingvar asks. Perry, in her efforts, says the number out loud, Ingvar dialing it and setting it next to Perry, on speaker. It rings for a couple of beats, and after a minute, a familiar voice picks up. "Heyloo?" Tara answers. "Tara.. it's me, Perry," Perry replies. "I just wanted to call.. and apologize.." "For what?" Tara questions. "I'm sorry that I couldn't save you.. I'm sorry for the times.. I treated you harshly.. and.. I'm sorry that I couldn't... give you the life you wanted... Can you f..forgive me..?" There is silence for a moment. Everyone awaits the answer, but then the sound of a glitchy doorbell rings off in the background. "Oh, Dad's home! Gotta go!" Tara says in excitement. The phone clicks and turns off. Silence. "Haha.. she was always like this.. she.. w-w-was..." "Perry? PERRY!" Kaeda yells, as she realizes that Perry isn't responding. Perry slinks her head back and smiles, knowing that MOTH had won. A breath rings out for a beat. Then more silence, only drowned out by the ocean, the birds, and the town. The two stand up and look at each other. They hug for a moment, reminiscing about their newest member. They stand and both look out to the beach, where they see a figure walk to the house. Nolan, Perry's father, who has finally came back after hearing that Perry went missing, walks to the beach house, seeing it in its former glory. He knocks on the door, knowing that Tara is going to respond, and she does, happy that he's home. "Daddy!" Tara squeals, hugging his legs. "Haha, hey, sweetie! Where's your sister?" Nolan asks. "She's out, but I'm so happyyyy!" Tara asks, jumping up and down. "Aww, come here," Nolan gestures. He kneels down and hugs Tara. The sun begins to set over the horizon. "Don't worry, Tara. I'm here," Nolan says. "Mr. Mono is here."

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