We were approaching the compound where we believe Sophie is being kept; from afar it looked like a fortress. Reno dropped us off about a mile away so we could formulate how we should go in.
“Infiltration?” Genesis asked.
“Probably the best solution,” Angeal said.
We hid behind some tree trunks awaiting on the approaching footsteps. Holding our breath a figure of a single Wutai soldier appeared.
*This seems all to familiar.*
Angeal quickly got the drop on him by wrapping him in a choke hold then twisting his arm to snap the soldier’s neck. Quickly, Angeal disrobed him of his armor and began dressing himself.
“You’ve volunteered,” Genesis probed.
“I’m the quickest at infiltrating. Once inside I’ll message you to attack after I find Sophie.”
“Why are you going in to find her?” I questioned with a hint of jealously.
“Because we all know that you and Genesis are great at frontal assaults, and can deal a lot of damage while keeping the army at bay. Now are we going to argue, or are we going to save Sophie?”
Though I wanted to get to Sophie first, I had to think of the best strategy to bring Sophie home safely.
“I’m sorry,” I said. “We’ll cover you.”
Angeal nodded while putting the helmet on and heading towards the fortress. Though anxious, we waited for his signal to ambush.
I walked along the corridors a determination for destruction about me as I walked towards the mid-plaza. It was as if I knew this place when I only woke up the day before. I felt no fatigue, no feeling, not anything but the thought of destroying the three generals for Reeve. I waited at the entrance of the plaza for a signal to attack, which I didn’t wait long.
Four soldiers walked though the main entrance, but one stood out to me as I could almost recognize his features.
*One of the generals came to me, how convenient.*
I stepped out from the shadows focusing my gaze on the taller soldier, ready to kill even those who surround him.
“Sophie?” the man’s voice questioned.
The other three soldiers reacted quickly by trying to face the fourth, but he cut them down with a large sword very quickly. Throwing off his helmet he called to me.
“It’s me, Angeal!”
Does this man think that I’m going somewhere with him? He approached me at a fast pace, but I drew my sword and attacked him head on. The man’s eyes widened, as he blocked the oncoming attack, deflecting it back then taking up a defensive stance.
“Sophie what is wrong with you?!”
Tilting my head and glaring at him, I powered up feeling a spontaneous energy that I never knew I had until this point. Though it didn’t feel necessary, it felt good to let it out.
“What?” he murmured.
A powerful surge of power pushed out from me and I felt different; looking to the side and found a black reptilian wing stretched out from the left side of me. Curiously I tilt my head towards it, then I felt myself smirk at the enemy.
In the blink of an eye, I was behind the man and I went to cut him down, but he was able to block the attack. Pushing me back he started attacking head on colliding our blades in a steel dance. Using my wing, I was able to fly above him to go for an aerial attack, however, he also had a wing of his own.
Using a blitz attack, I was shoved back into some equipment. Pulling myself out from the debris I glared at the man.
“Sophie, what’s going on? Why don’t you recognize me?”
“I don’t know you!”
Taking some of the metal from where I landed, I threw it in his direction which he deflected with ease making time for me to get in close to cut at his neck, but he turned and I only grazed his cheek. A hand gripped my wrist that was armed, and tried to twist my sword out of my hand, but I turned quickly to elbow him in the chest. Though winded, he tried to restrain me.
“Sophie! I don’t want to hurt you!”
“Good, because my mission is to kill you Generals!”
Aiming a little higher with my elbow, I was able to hit him in the temple making him stumble and let go of my wrist, then I swung my sword to cut him across the shoulder.
Before I could strike again he blocked me again, then snuck a blizzard attack freezing me to the wall. Growling, I tried to break free but I was having to hard of a time.
“Something’s wrong,” Genesis commented. “Angeal never takes this long.”
“Maybe there is more security given that Reeve may be the one behind this.”
“No, something’s wrong.”
Suddenly, my phone began to ring and it was Angeal.
“Are we ready to attack?” I ask putting the phone on speaker.
“We’ve got a problem.”
“What happened?” Genesis asked.
“They did something to Sophie. She doesn’t recognize me and she is claiming her mission is to kill us.”
“What the hell are you saying?!” Genesis shouted. “Sophie would never—”
“Something happened to her she is not herself, get in here and find something to reverse it!”
A wrenching sound of metal crashing came through the phone along with a cry of pain.
“That sounds like Sophie,” I mutter.
“I’ll hold her off, just get in here now!”
The line went dead, then Genesis and I held a glance of understanding and went straight for the compound. No mercy, no survivors.
I focused my energy to create fire and blast myself out of the ice restraint that held me to the wall. Not familiar with this energy I must have used to much because I ended up hurting myself in the process injuring my left arm. Blood was gushing from the upper arm, and that only filled me with anger towards this Angeal.
Finally free, I searched the area for any sign of the general, and slight movement of shadows allowed me to hone in on his position and perform an ambush. When I turned the corner of where he was supposedly hiding, there was nothing there.
I growled in anger, but was caught off guard and down to the ground from behind. My sword was kicked away, and a heavy weight held me down to the floor.
“Sophie, you have to listen to me! I taught you to always watch your back, you are not yourself!”
Outstretching my wing, I used the extra strength I had to flip him over and deliver multiple elbow strikes to the abdomen; regardless, he kept a tight hold on me. While trying to wrestle each other he continued his ranting as if we knew each other.
“Sophie you have to remember!”
Sliding free for a moment, I was able to land a few punches to his face. Hiking his knee up, he kneed me in the stomach making me catch wind then he forced me down on my back straddling me and locking my hands above my head. Struggling against his grip, he continued to try and hold me down, refusing to let go.
Suddenly, he pulled out his phone and shoved it close at my face.
“Look Sophie! Remember Rose! Your daughter!”
On the screen was a picture of me holding a small baby smiling at her.
“Lies!” I barked at him.
“It’s not a lie! This is your daughter Rose!”
I forced my head up to head-butt him; he reeled back but still kept his hold on me.
*If I could only reach my dagger!*
“Sophie look please! Please remember, Rose needs you! We need you, we all love you! You’ve got to remember!”
“There is nothing to remember but my mission!”
Getting one hand free I quickly reached for the dagger on my thigh and plunged it into his ribcage. Angeal shouted in pain, but still took my bloody hand back in his and held me down. A small trail of blood leaked from the corner of his mouth as his eyes held pain, physical and emotional.
*What is with these generals?! Must reach my sword to finish him off!*
“Sophie please remember me, remember Genesis, Sephiroth your daughter! Rose needs you…she’s waiting for her mom to come home to her!”
“I don’t have a daughter!”
I was able to hook his leg and slip him onto his back and push the dagger deeper into him. Angeal groaned in agonizing pain while his blood began to pool at his side. Just a little longer and I’ll have one general down.
“Please…Sophie…remember who I am…”
There was an expression in his eyes that I didn’t understand. Though his brows scrutinized in pain, something softer lie in his eyes.
Suddenly a flow of emotions and a faint memory played in my mind. Vaguely I was in this same position over this man in a room.
*What is this?*
This vision showed me and this man sharing a loving kiss while slowly becoming more intimate.
*Was I…who is this man to me?*
A few more visions of this man and I showed that we trained together, had intimate encounters, and laughed carelessly as if we were…
“Yes, please remember Sophie!”
Snapping out of my daze at the sound of his voice I shook my head and proceeded to continue my mission to kill this man, trying to avoid the voice in my head telling me that this is wrong.
Using my moment of pause, Angeal flipped me back over and all at once I felt a bruising warmth cover my mouth and a warmth near my right hand.
Opening my clenched eyes, I saw Angeal’s face extremely close to mine. Coming to realization, he was actually kissing me. The feeling of his smooth lips, mixed with the iron taste of blood, brought back a flood of memories.
I knew him, he was my friend, my instructor, and my former boyfriend. His lips slowly pulled away and he opened his wavering eyes to see my reaction.
“A-Angeal,” I gasp.
“There,” he breathed heavily, “there you are.”
The warmth sliding down my forearm gained my attention, and my eyes widened in horror. I had impaled my sword through Angeal’s chest his blood dripping over my hand.
“No…no no no! What have I done?!”
Slowly Angeal moved away and I sat myself up pulling out the sword and trying to add pressure to his blood soaked chest.
“No please…Angeal I’m so sorry! Please, please stay awake!”
No matter how much pressure I applied to his chest, the blood continued to gush out. Unknowingly, tears began to trek down my face. I can’t believe this, how could I have hurt my friend?!
“No, don’t you start talking about that! I-I’m gonna call Genesis or someone just please don’t close your eyes! Please stay awake Angeal!”
His gloved hand covered mine making me look at his pale face. Though he showed a small smile, I couldn’t smile back at him. I did this, his blood is on my hands, and I don’t even know how I couldn’t stop myself.
“It’s not your fault…go find Genesis and Sephiroth.”
“I’m not leaving you here Angeal, you’re going to be fine, okay?” I tried to speak calmly.
“Go, Rose needs you.”
His words made me break out into a fit of sobs; my daughter needs me, but now I’m afraid to be around her because of what I’ve done to Angeal. His breath hitched making me come back to reality, and I could hear his slowing heartbeat.
“Nononononono! Angeal look at me!”
I cradled the larger man to my chest as his blood coated my own shirt. I began patting his cheek while hugging his head to my shoulder.
“Look at me, look at me please!”
He barely opened his eyes a sliver I could see the life leaving him. Holding him close to me I tried to look around for his phone to call the others. When I finally was able to reach it, I struggled to steady my shaking fingers to dial for Sephiroth. After struggling I was able to get the number to connect I waited for him to pickup.
Angeal’s grip faltered and his breathing nearly halted.
“Angeal, please keep breathing! D-don’t—”
“Stop talking, just hang on!”
I redialed for Genesis since Sephiroth didn’t pick up.
“Hey…teach Zack for me…how you fought today.”
“Stop talking like that!
“Did you find her?!”
Angeal’s breathing completely stopped and his heartbeat was pretty much gone.
“Sophie is that you?!”
“What happened, where are you?!”
“Some plaza! I killed him!! I-I didn’t mean it!!”
“Sophie we’re coming!”
No longer able to speak, I dropped the phone and cradled Angeal’s head rocking back and forth. Angeal was gone and his blood was on my hands; all I could do was scream.