Chapter 1: The Beginning of the End The following story is not true, but could become as true as you and I, if certain measures of care are not taken. May 15th, 1990 "Egads!" The weary detective shouted as rain fell from the heavens. "It would be wise of me to seek shelter!" A flash of lighting revealed a cave in front of Sherlock Hemlock. He turned on his flashlight and ran for the cave. "If only I could start a fire," he said as he removed his cap. "But even if I could find some firewood, it would be to wet to be sufficient enough for flames." Sherlock walked forward rubbing his hands along the walls of the cave, shining his flashlight on the rugged edges. "Quite spectacular really." He said to himself as he continued down the cave. Then, a flash of light caught his eye. "Egads, what on Earth is this?" He pulled out his magnifying glass as the beam of light shined upon a large red ruby. "It appears to be a jewel of some sort, egads! There's another!" He reached down and picked up the jewels and placed them in his coat pocket. "And there's another! And another!" He shouted as a trail of rubies was revealed in front of him. He followed the rubies, turning right, then, left, then left once more; picking up each one along the way. Until he reached a large statue covered in the same red rubies. "A statue! Amazing! Truly amazing!" He shined his light onto the marvelous structure. "It appears," he said."That each of the rubies I've been following are to be placed on this statue!" So it began, he did not know how long he spent placing rubies right and left on the statue, minutes, hours, perhaps even a day. But when he was one small ruby away from finishing, he knew it was well worth the time spent. "Finnally," the exausted slueth said. "It is done." Unfourtunatly, Sherlock Hemlock did not know how right he was. As he placed the final ruby into place, the entire statue shown with a bright red light, throwing the detective to the ground. The statue's light spread throught the cave anhillalating everything in it's path. And when the light stopped shining, an opening appeared at the base of the statue. And from the opening walked the greatest evil the world has ever known. The red demon walked to the front of the cave, picked up the sherlock's hat and had only this to say, "He who releases the great evil from his tomb shall rest forever knowing that he has brought about the end of the world."