Hidden Pasts Chapter 12
By Katie Herdman
Squall knew now, he knew where Andria was and he started to lead his team
do you know where to go Squall, Quistis asked him.
dont know how, I just know where.
followed the passages until Squall led them to a big hall. There was a door
at the other side and Squall could hear chanting.
there, he whispered, pointing to the door.
out their weapons, the group burst through the
cried out Ling. She was glad to see that he was all right. The ritual was
nearly over and all Abaddon had to do know was give the sacrifice.
his followers had found them, they had brought them here so that they could
watch the end of the world as he had described.
rushed forward to the altar.
Finishing off his sentence, Abaddon gripped the handle of his dagger and
cut Andrias wrists sending blood seeping into the goblet. Leraikhe
had already been cut. Squall had been stopped by some of his gremlins, so
he had precious seconds to complete his work.
combined the blood and speaking, poured the goblet in a pool, previously
hidden. Using his powers he then disappeared, just as Squall reached to stop
him. But it was too late; the Ancient Ones had been called.
pool started to emanate a strange light, then closed up. Whispers from somewhere
echoed. The walls seemed to cave in, and the floor seemed to
gonna collapse. Quistis, Squall shouted, get out. Seifer, Vincent
help me carry Leraikhe and Andria.
Grabbing the comatose bodies. They dragged them outside. As Quistis was the
only one with any medical knowledge, she took a look at Andria.
its not good, she sighed, the blood wont stop flowing.
Theyre both gonna die.
Leraikhe, who was barely conscious, reached over and held Andrias hand.
grunted in pain, then let go of her hand. Everyone was confused, Seifer stepped
close, instead of keeping watch.
did he do? he whispered. Quistis wiped the blood on Andrias wrists
away. The wound had healed completely.
Quistis whispered, trying to wake her up. After a few seconds Andria opened
her eyes, she was confused and clueless where she was.
dragged herself over to Leraikhe. He was breathing shallowly, blood surrounded
he whispered, it was a struggle for him to speak, you are so beautiful.
Ive missed you growing up.
couldnt hold back any longer. Life was cruel. Only now was her brother
being returned to her, at the end. It simply wasnt fair.
go, she sobbed, I cant do it alone; I cant fight
can. He was fighting to speak his last words. Fight
win. With one last breath Leraikhe died in his sisters arms,
you know where youre going, Seifer asked.
know, she said and kept on walking. No one knew where she was leading
them, but they knew it was the final showdown; this was
round a corner of the maze that they were in, Seifer walked into a huge hall.
sat at a throne, his creatures around him. An oily pool with a bridge separated
them from the evil that they would soon fight.
here and watch my back, commanded Andria, she was now in charge. Something
was driving her on now; Squall knew that.
liquid in the pool now swirled round as if it was alive and the whispers
roared Abaddon, you are in time for the final chapter of the prophecy,
your death. No one left to save you now.
stepped forward onto the bridge and strode purposefully forward. The
prophecy is not yet finished, there are still chapters to be
her hands together, a white light surrounded her. All the creatures hung
her, ordered Abaddon.
hesitated for they did not know what was happening. A flash from the light
in their direction made them vanish in an instant. Andria walked further
towards the remaining few. With one last look they turned and fled.
have been forsaken, they wish that you must die for you sin.
laughed bitterly, No child will command me, the Ancient Ones have been
summoned, they are here.
mist rose from pool. Two yellow lights shined. Focusing round Andria, they
swirled in a vortex, faster and faster, crushing her.
was thrown back against the wall, but his eyes watched the battle in front
of him. He had felt the power; it had ripped through his skin, his very soul.
He wanted to shrink away from the horror that he felt invade him.
he couldnt understand flashed. He was lying on a table, robed figures
chanting, he was fighting Andria with skills he had never known before. Laguna
and Andria were arguing, and then Squall saw pain, he saw suffering, eternal,
something he never knew existed.
water from the pool whipped up and Andria was lost from
Andria felt its desire; its hunger for destruction, for death. Andria
was loosing the battle once more. Her power, her light was fading in her,
she couldnt summon any more. The only thing she could do now was sacrifice
she called for help, she might win, but to do that she would have to cross
to the nether world, give up her life. Maybe Ill be remembered for
this, she thought. There is one last thing to do.
one last amount of energy, Andria directed it at her group, and thinking
one more time of Squall, she called to her Gods.
Whats happening, Zell asked.
white light had come down from the sky and was centred over the ruins. It
was like the barrier before. Zell, Selphie and Rinoa were on the inside.
Zell found that he could walk out, but he couldnt walk back in.
ground started to shake violently.
fell over; the movement was so bad she couldnt stand up. Everything
started to get darker. The sun was going into eclipse and the light got brighter,
the only source of light in the whole of the world.
crack formed in the ground next to Rinoa, mist started to escape. Rinoa saw
yellow eyes. The mist started to come together into one shape. It formed
a man, like no one Rinoa had ever seen before. Unable to speak, she watched
him look round, his eyes still burning.
his eyes on Rinoa he floated towards her. His feet didnt touch the
looked towards the Ragnarok, it was only a few metres away if she could get
to it quick enough. Sensing her plan, the being stared at the ship. It started
to shake, then unbelievably it disappeared, it was gone.
up Rinoa turned to run as fast as she could, but she never did. It
started to roar in pain. The light was pulsating and growing, it got
caught in the lights path and disintegrated.
light was now getting closer to Rinoa, if it kept on expanding then it would
get her too. She couldnt escape it though. And within seconds, Rinoa
was taken too.
Squall opened his eyes slowly; he was lying on the ground. Seifer was next
to him rubbing his eyes.
Seifer looked confused, how did we get here?
sat up, where was Andria; she wasnt with them. Something was in
Squalls hand, opening his hand Squall saw Andrias
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