Panicking, Ash accidentally opened a portal, one leading to an unknown point in time and space. She closed her eyes, and took a deep breath. Wounded, and alone she had no other option. She looked around at the ship, and then at her hands, her cold, bloodstained hands.
'Was it worth it?' A voice asked, ethereal and far away.
"You don't have a say in this anymore, I don't have to answer to you," the Badger growled.
" I dare say that you do, considering what when down with the show. The voice replied
"The show is in the past, it's behind me." Ash said in response.
" Is he in the past? Is he behind you? You can run, and run, and run, but you can't escape what happened.
Ash fell to her knees, and she felt her brokenness. A tear rolled down her face, quickly lost in the blood and muck that matted her fur.
"Tell me, can, can I save him? Or am I doomed to failing. Again, and again? It hurts, everyday I see him in the little things, He was always trying to understand the world around him, constantly trying understand his place in the world. And now he has no place in the world. I just want to be happy, to be with him again. Is that too much to ask?"
The voice chuckled, Shall he live? Shall he die? Who can say. What I say is nothing more than conjecture. You've always been strong willed, and hardheaded. Stubborn as a mule. You'll always do whatever the hell you want. Conjecture it may be, here's what I say to you, 'Little badger, have you dug yourself a hole too deep? A wretched bed in which you must sleep? The choices you've made have brought you here. And I frankly don't see what you have to fear. Whatever's at the other end, may be as wretched as what you're in. You stand at a door, dimly lit. And you stop and say to yourself, is it worth it?'"
The badger stood back up, wiped her tears, and looked at the portal. "When one door closes, another opens," She muttered, stepping towards it, trailing its edge with her paw, and feeling the energy swirl around her fingers.
She took another breath, and threw herself in.
"This is for you Doug."