"They've destroyed my strobe! They've dispersed my warp hole! They'll PAY!!!" Rubeus slammed his fist into the mirror. "D'oh!"
"Rubeus. You've utterly and completely failed. Why do you compound this with seven years bad luck?"
"Wiseman! Uh...um...uh... what's up?"
"Don't play stupid. You've fouled up enough. The Crystal Points-- lost. The Four Sisters-- corrupted to the side of Good. Countless monsters-- wasted. All because of you. Tell me why I shouldn't kill you right now."
"Uh... because... uh..."
"You're right. There is no reason. However, I feel generous today. You get one more chance."
"Thank you, Wiseman. I won't let you down."
"That's not true. Despite the perfection of my plan, I'm sure you'll find a way to mess up. Now listen to what I will tell you, and listen well." He waved his hand over his crystal ball. In a dazzling flash of light, a golden rod appeared. Rubeus gaped at the glittering wand. It was ringed with precious stones, and engraved with runes that seemed older than the world itself. At one end was a large green button. "This is the Time Key. It is the gate to all times. With this, you will solve all of our problems."
Wiseman proceeded to outline his plan. Yes... Rubeus thought. I will succeed... and be avenged for my humiliation!!!