Tears kept falling down my face while I cradled Angeal to me. What have I done? His blood stained my hands and dress and mixed with my tears. No, he can’t die on me; I’m not going to let him die like this. Shaking my head to pull myself together.
I laid him down and began ripping parts of his shirt off and placed them on his wounds then wrapped the rest of the shirt around his torso to hold it in place.
“No way, you’re not going down like this Angeal.”
After gathering our weapons, I lifted him up onto my shoulders fireman style and ran out of the plaza. I was not going to let it end like this, he’s giving his life to bring me home, now it’s time that I return the favor. Doors from the south entrance burst open and foot soldiers were coming quickly towards us. Against my better judgement, I opted to run because I couldn’t risk any more time.
Running as fast as I could through the corridors, I’m shocked that I haven’t run into any reinforcements. When I burst through the main door, I understood why; they were all occupied fighting Genesis and Sephiroth.
Both men turned around to see us, and Genesis’ eyes widened at the sight; especially since there were more soldiers coming.
“Sephiroth cover me!” Genesis ordered.
Genesis fought through soldiers to reach us. When I stepped foot off of the stairs leading to the main plaza something pierced my back. Falling forward I dropped Angeal and he rolled forward. Clutching my abdomen, I noticed fresh blood was pouring from the wound, I was shot by a sniper. Pushing myself up I saw Genesis coming closer.
“Take Angeal! He’s hurt!”
“Not without you!”
“Forget about me get yourselves out of here!”
“So damn stubborn!”
Genesis jumped behind me to ward off oncoming bullets giving me time to gather Angel back up onto my shoulders and make my way over to Sephiroth.
“Angeal, sorry for this. Sephiroth!”
Sephiroth turned around just in time as I threw Angeal’s body over to him and he was able to maneuver to catch him.
“Get him to Reno, he’s going to die! Go now no questions!”
I turned quickly so he couldn’t protest. Sephiroth was the fastest and if Angeal had any chance, Sephiroth would be the one to make that possible. Drawing my sword I felt that power within me and, somehow, I developed a wing that made me lift off of the ground and into enemy fire.
The first soldiers I attacked were the snipers. I flew overhead slicing heads and limbs from the soldiers, watching their bodies collapse against the concrete in heaps. Other foot soldiers were trying to shoot me out of the sky, but I was much faster in taking them down first. Taking back to the sky, I summoned my Super Blizzara attack and launched it at the ground.
Genesis jumped away just before the attack hit the ground sprouting icy spikes that impaled the ground soldiers and break through the surrounding buildings. Following that I release a Super Fira causing a massive explosion that knocked me back through the air towards the forest. After that attack I became too weak to perform any more magic attacks to the point that I, unknowingly, descended to the ground, wing disappearing. Most of the soldiers had died from the blast, the compound falling with it.
Suddenly, I felt a ringing in my ears making me grip onto the sides of my head. That’s right, you will obey.
“Get out of my head,” I growled.
“Sophie!” Genesis called.Kill him, that’s an order.
Something clicked in me, and my mind went blank. I kept hearing that foreign voice barking orders at me while I struggled to silence it. The more the voice spoke the quicker I lost control of my actions. A hand placed itself on my shoulder and my automatic reaction was to swing my sword at the person.
My orders were clear again, before me stood the silver-haired General Sephiroth. I had to kill the remaining Generals of Shinra.
“What the hell?” he groaned.
Suddenly, I was hit broadside being wrestled by the one they call Genesis wrestled my down to disarm my weapon. No longer feeling pain or weakness, I kicked upwards and flipped him over me kicking both of our swords away from us while pinning his arms with my knees. In a split second I reached for a nearby rock and raised it to beat the rock into his head when a hand halted my attack. I was pulled up but I used the momentum to land on the other Generals’ shoulders and hit him across the face with a rock knocking him off balance.
Hopping off while he stumbled, I took a chance to dive for my sword but it was kicked away from me. I reached for my dagger and cut it across Genesis’ knee which caused his leg to collapse then I lunged up to slice his jugular but he evaded in time only receiving a slice across his cheek. He caught my wrist and twisted the dagger out of it but I leaned into the movement to elbow him in the temple.
“Genesis look at her neck!”
“Trying to watch my neck at the moment!”
I landed a roundhouse kick to Genesis’ ribcage hard enough to where I heard bones break against my boot. He latched onto my leg and swung me around until my back hit ground near the ice. Grunting upon impact I wrapped my free leg around his arm stretching him out into an arm bar trying to break it. Genesis cried out feeling his arm separating from the inhuman strength I used to lock him. With all his strength he supported his arm with the other to lift me off the ground, still attached to his arm, but I failed to realize that Sephiroth moved.
Suddenly, strong arms came around my neck in a headlock and I released my hold on Genesis to try and free myself from the suffocating hold. I struggled around, but that only caused me to lose air faster.
“Sorry about this Sophie.”
Whipping around, I was tackled to the ground face first into the dirt, still in the hold, while the General used his entire weight to hold me down.
“Genesis, a little help here!”
I bit into Sephiroth’s arm deep through his cloak to where he grunted, holding in his cry of pain. If I had to take a chunk out to get free I will. Before I had enough strength to drive my teeth deeper, something cold sliced across the back of my neck. The ringing began to dull out, and my ears became deaf to everything around. A foreign pressure pressed against the back of my neck and when it pulled away the voices stopped immediately.
My body collapsed to the ground unmoving. The numbness faded away while pain and exhaustion took over. I could feel the warm blood trickling down the back of my neck as sound slowly came back to me as I heard muffled voices speaking.
I was turned over to see two familiar faces as I became aware of my surroundings. My voice locked in my throat, maybe due to the lack of oxygen, but I could not respond to them. Black spots were forming in front of my eyes, a sign of loss of blood. Sucking in a small breath of air, I tried to speak the best I could.
“You take care of Reed, I’ll get Sophie to the copter,” Sephiroth said while lifting me into his arms.
“Hurry, I’ll finish this up.”
Sephiroth took off with me in his arms somewhere I couldn’t even think of the area. All I could do was speak of one person on my mind.
“Yes Sophie, I’m taking you home to Rose. Just hold on a little longer for me.”
Wake up…wake up….wake up…
“Rose!” I bolted up.
As fast as I bolted up I shot back down onto the bed reaching behind me with my right arm, my left fell limp beside me. Oh, what the hell happened? Where am I?
“Nnn!” I moaned in pain.
I turned my head slightly to see Genesis leaning over me; whoa deja vu. Only this time, he had multiple bandages covering his face, his arm in a sling, and a brace around his torso.
“R-Rose,” I grunted.
“She’s fine, she’s safe,” he rubbed my hair with his free hand. “Sephiroth has her, she’s fine.”
“Thank Gaia,” I felt a few tears escape my eye.
My daughter is safe, my whole new reason for life is safe and sound. Her father kept his word to protect her even at the cost of his own life. I couldn’t be happier…then I remembered.
Genesis averted his gaze, an unsure expression ghosted over his features. The worst that could happen, has happened. I felt more tears spill from my eyes, it was true, I killed Angeal.
“Don’t cry!” Genesis wiped some tears away. “He’s critical, but he’s not dead!”
“H-he wouldn’t be that way had I been stronger! I-I couldn’t stop myself!”
“Sophie listen to me,” Genesis spoke harsher. “We were trained for this, maybe not for you to attack us, but we all made a commitment when joining SOLDIER. Life or death is in our line of work. Don’t cry, Angeal…Angeal is going to pull through for us. He’s stronger than death.”
“I’m sorry…I just…I can’t stand hurting you guys.”
“You didn’t hurt us, Reed did.”
“What happened to him?” I sniffed while trying to change the subject.
“He’s dead. Died in the blast you used to destroy the compound.”
“Good. He deserved whatever happened to him. Especially for trying to control me, and nearly kidnap my daughter.”
“Last I checked, she’s our daughter.”
We turned to look to the entrance and there stood Sephiroth with a cooing rose in his arms. Instantly, a smile formed on my lips as I saw my beautiful baby girl safe in her father’s arms, carefree of what’s going on. I reached my good arm out to her.
“Can I have her?”
Sephiroth walked over and put Rose on my chest and I wrapped my one arm around her hugging her close. I kissed the top of her fuzzy head multiple times thankful that she was safe. She got slightly bigger while I was away, my baby is growing up too fast. She latched onto the free strands of my hair and tugged.
“Did you miss me?” I babbled to her. “Did you miss your mama?”
“We all missed Mama,” Sephiroth said.
“Is it because you had to change diapers?” I smirk.
Sephiroth snorted slightly while folding his arms across his chest.
“Aww, did she keep you awake at night?”
“Rose sneezed all over the shirt I lent him,” Genesis snickered.
“Yeah that comes with babies.”
Rose began to settle on my chest, and drift off to sleep. She always could fall asleep when I held her close and she felt warmth from me or Sephiroth. Her presence made me feel calmness and feel great to be back. Everyone fought to bring me back and be with her. Again, I felt tears well up in my eyes as I thought of everyone that helped me with everything, and I hurt them.
Sniffing, I leaned up in my bed while still holding Rose against me and tried to stand.
“Sophie, you must rest,” Sephiroth tried to push me back.
“No! I won’t rest! I need to see him…I need to see Angeal. You all worked so hard to bring me home, and bring me back to Rose. You all kept her safe for me, and I can’t thank you all enough. But…I need to tell Angeal that too. If he doesn’t…I just need to tell him how grateful I am if things aren’t going well for him.”
It was silent for a few moments, the only thing we could hear was Rose coo in her sleep.
“I understand,” Sephiroth said. “I’ll take you.”
“Genesis you get some rest,” I say while standing up completely. “I think I really tore you up.”
“Man, shut up!” he whipped around quickly. “Ow…”
“Ribs?” I ask.
“Phew, how mad was I?”
“Don’t ask,” Sephiroth commented.
Sephiroth placed an arm around my shoulder, not only keeping me steady but to keep me close since I was holding Rose in one arm. We made our way down the corridor, just taking in a moment to ourselves.
“Thank you Sephiroth.”
“For being Rose’s father,” I smiled at him. “You really came through for her.”
“She’s my daughter, I would die for her. I almost did.”
I sighed heavily, “I know.”
He halted us just before we got to ICU. Placing both hands on my waist he pulled me closer, not enough to squash Rose, but to keep her where she could reach either one of us.
“Listen, you fought well. You are worthy of being a First Class SOLDIER. Not only that, you were strong enough to fight it and even help us in destroying the compound. We were determined to bring you home, no matter the cost because Rose deserves to have you in her life.”
“And she deserves you; you’re an amazing father Sephiroth.”
“All thanks to you. But, I don’t really want to be left alone with her for that long for a while.”
“Aww, she’s not that bad.”
“I had to call Zack.”
“What did you do to her?!” I panicked.
“Nothing, I’ll explain everything later.”
I turned to walk into ICU, “Oh God.”
After passing a few rooms I finally found Angeal’s room. I entered it cautiously and approached his bed fully taking in the damage he sustained. His entire torso was covered in heavy gauze and bandages, his handsome face had bandages on his temple, cheek, and lip. He wore an oxygen mask over his face, and a heart monitor was attached to his chest.
Balancing Rose in my one good arm I struggled to reach my other arm out to gently touch Angeal’s bandaged hand. A good sign was that his hand felt warm. I breathed in heavily and stepped closer to where his head was.
“Angeal, I don’t know if you can hear me, but if you can please know that I’m so sorry for what I’ve done. I never meant for any of this to happen. And if you’re in there, I want to say thank you for everything, thank you for bringing me home to Rose.
If anything I hope that you can come home to all of us. We love you Angeal, so please…”
I felt a tear fall down my cheek. I coddled Rose to my chest while I leaned down and place a soft kiss on his forehead.
“Please come back to us Angeal.”
I leaned back taking in one last glance at Angeal before turning to join Sephiroth who was waiting near the door watching over us.
“Hey,” I heard a raspy voice.
Whipping around, I saw Angeal open his glossy eyes.
“I didn’t get to see the munchkin.”
Sephiroth motioned for me to give him Rose, which I handed over, then I rushed over and gave Angeal the best hug I could while minding his injuries. He was able to wrap his arms around me bringing me closer to him. We separated and he reached to remove the mask on his face.
“You didn’t really think that I would really leave you and Zack without seeing you both make it to First Class?”
“You damn well had me convinced you ass,” I smiled while crying tears of joy. “I need to stop crying!”
Chuckling, he reached up and wiped away some tears, “Yes because that’s Rose’s job now.”
“Glad to see you’re alright Angeal,” Sephiroth stepped next to me while cradling our daughter.
“Thank you for rushing me to Reno.”
“We’re comrades, comes with the job.”
“Sophie, you have no idea how happy Sephiroth is to have you back,” Angeal smirked.
“Oh really~” I sat down in a nearby chair, “tell me what happened.”
“Angeal, I saved your life,” Sephiroth grumbled.
“You took my student,” Angeal countered.
“Traitor,” he growled.
Rose started to stir once more hearing everyone around her. She opened her mako eyes, taking in everything around her while cooing.
“Yes sweety,” I kissed her head, “the whole family is back together.”