Khan listened as the crowd cheered his name and shouted for the Cleansing to begin. The energy was intoxicating. He felt himself growing stronger. He knew they would do everything he asked.
By his side, was his new protégé, Jeremiah Kane. The boy had a spark much like his own son long ago. There was a brilliance in him. He was sure the boy possessed Khan DNA. He possessed no scars from disease but both his parents did. Finally, a son he could be proud of, not a weak whelp like his last son. The Diandra root was making the boy compliant to his commands, but he needed more time for it to be permanent.
“Are you ready Jeremiah?” he said looking at the boy, patting his shoulder.
Jeremiah looked up at him; eyes dark and vacant. “Yes, Father. I am ready.”
He smiled. “Good Son. It is time. Come with me.”
The two walked to the church doors and turned towards the crowd.
“IT IS TIME!” he shouted holding a road flare up in a victorious stance. “THE CLEANSING!”
The crowd replied “BROTHERHOOD! PURITY! UNITY!”
He took the flare and ripped the top off, igniting it. The intense red flames shot out of the top like a Roman candle.
“No change can endure unless the following generations believe in the change. No transformation can continue unless our children and their children keep that transformation. We are in the midst of the greatest transformation this world has ever known. We will rise from the ashes of this old, dead world and create a glorious future! The Cleansing is part of this transformation; ridding our world of the old, dead gene pool so that the vibrant DNA of the great Khan’s can thrive! FORWARD THE REVOLUTION! THE CLEANSING!”
The crowd roared with approval. “THE CLEANSING! KHAN! KHAN! KHAN!”
“This is my son, Atlan Khan.”, he said motioning for Jeremiah to come forward. The young boy walked to Khan’s side. His eyes empty and soulless. “Behold, the future of our new world. The future of the Brotherhood.” Khan handed him the makeshift torch and pointed to the church building. “Go Atlan and continue our march into the future. Cleanse these people and their tainted genes from this earth, that this world may be pure!”
Jeremiah walked towards the building carrying the burning flare. When he was ten feet away, he raised the flare high in the air. With all the breath in his lungs he shouted, “IN THE NAME OF THE CREATOR, I CLEANSE YOU!” and threw the flare at the door. Within seconds the flames spread up the building and across the walls. The front was engulfed with and orange-red flames.
Khan waited as the flames engulfed the building turning it into a giant pyre of death and rebirth. He could hear the screams of those inside the fire. Human flesh was burning. Why does it always smell like bacon? The crowd shouted and reveled in the event. As he looked at them, he knew they were his people now and he could move on to the next target. Another city ravaged by the Great Purge just as planned – ripe for his control.
At the back of the crowd, he spotted Ezra and Donald staring at glorious change occurring. Tears were streaming down their faces. They are weak. Their friends, John and Maria Kane were among the screams coming from the pyre. The Kanes were dangerous. Not because of their scars or viral remnants. There was no danger in those things. The remnants they carried in their bodies were harmless. He used that to gain control of the people. They need something to hate and to fear. They were dangerous because he could not control them. He saw that when he first met them just like he saw that spark in Jeremiah.
Khan looked over at Jeremiah standing by the flames – the future from the ashes. Jeremiah was now Atlan – the son he always wanted. He approached Atlan and placed a hand on his shoulder. Tears were running down his cheeks. His control was wearing off – his mind was clearing, and he was remembering who he was and what he’s done. No matter, I have more. This boy will grow to lead my armies and transform this world into the glorious kingdom I saw in my visions. The blood of the venerable Khan’s will reign again. The old knowledge and ancient secrets will be unlocked. Then I will be as a god as I the creator promised me.
This is the end; the finale! Enjoy!