Hidden Pasts Chapter 2
By Katie Herdman
Seifer Almasy yawned and looked up at the night sky. The stars twinkled in
their eternal hold. Something was different, something had begun, and Seifer
could feel it.
Turning to his posse Raijin and Fujin, he smiled. How loyal they had been
when he had been possessed by Ultimecia. Now he could see why
they had asked for the old Seifer back at Lunatic Pandora. His dreams had
been warped by her evil. Although he would never tell them, he owed them
Seifer, lets just rest a while. I mean we have been walking all day,
ya know, and it is gettin dark, Raijin moaned, but beside him
Fujin plodded on silently. Seifer could always count on her; she would do
anything for him, without question.
Scanning the horizon, Seifer muttered, Just a little
wheres our destination, asked Zell form the pilots chair
of the Ragnarok. Deling city, it says here that they sometimes
stay at the hotel there, replied Squall from behind
was looking at the pictures in the file. There were only two. The first was
of a Chinese girl, the same age as Quistis. Her jet-black hair was long,
but it was tied back. As the file said, her name was Ling. She was standing
in a street in Dollet and she was looking at an alleyway. Her clothes were
all black and in her hand she held a crossbow, like Rinoas, but it
second picture was of a boy. Apparently he was called Drew and he was sixteen.
He was posing for a photograph at
Balamb Garden. Squall couldnt
believe it, and he looked harder to make sure. Yes, it was definitely Garden.
That was how the Quad looked.
passed the photo over to Quistis. She looked at it and then back at Squall,
just shrugged his shoulders.
down outside the Galbadian capital, the team walked into the city. Ever since
Ultimecia had been defeated both Galbadia and Esthar had decided to try and
work out their differences. It would take time, but they might get there
they had just missed the bus, they all decided that they would just walk
to the hotel. It was the hotel that Squall had gone to when Sis
had sent him to his father, Lagunas past.
past a shop, a door flew open and a woman came flying out crashing straight
into Irvine. They just keep falling over themselves to be with me,
then helped the young woman. If you were that keen you could have just
said. Selphie punched him smartly on the arm. Owwwwwww,
he cried. The woman just pulled a face.
When Squall saw the woman as she dusted herself, he just stared shocked.
Rinoa had to prod him to wake him up. Are you by any chance Ling?
he asked. Yeah. Why? Who are you?
SeeDs. My name is Squall Leonhart and weve been instructed to
find a friend of yours, Andria Perne.
do you wanna find her?
in, Irvine said, Im free now if you want to go out
He never finished as a kick from Selphie shut him up.
Irvine and Selphie, Squall continued, Its about a murder in our
Garden, and we were told that she could help us.
take it Edea sent you, sighed Ling, we have problems of our own
right now. I dont think she can help you.
asked Selphie, he was my friend.
but dont blame me if she tells you to get
down the steps of the Galbadian Hotel, the guy looked around. He was about
19 with hazel eyes that used to bounce with energy, but with all that he
had seen they quickly lost their sparkle. His hair had also once been completely
black, but that was also changing to a grey. Most people thought he had an
odd appearance for a teenager, but most people hadnt gone through what
went and sat down next to a girl. Around her neck was a small pendant with
a right way up pentagram. Her hair went just below her shoulder line and
it hung loosely around her shoulders and curled inwards at the bottom. She
wore boots with a short heel, tight black trousers which showed long, thin
legs, a white top and a long, black coat. She turned and smiled when he sat
whats to report?
and Drew will meet us a Timber. It was where we were going next wasnt
theyll meet us there. Oh, and Cid called the Hotel to see if we were
well theyve had some trouble at the Garden, seems one of their people
were killed in strange circumstances, so theyve sent some SeeDs
to try and find us.
God! Cid knows how busy we are. He shouldnt have wasted his time.
Andria sighed, I suppose well just have to stay
do you really think
Vincent seemed unsure about hiding from
Andria said quickly.
at her, Vincent didnt know what to do with her. He loved her and he
was certain she knew. Well she was a witch and theyd known each other
since they were eight, which is why he knew that she would never be his.
Her heart belonged to another.
Go find Ling, she said finally, were leaving now.
Vincent got up to leave, then turned back to her.
up Andria saw the SeeDs.
quickly caught Vincents arm and dragged him behind the bar. As the
bartender knew her he didnt ask questions.
where is she, asked Zell.
go ask reception if shes left, replied Ling.
that point Irvine came in with his remarks as if on que,
youre there maybe you can get us a room
gave him a nasty look and walked away. From behind the bar, the bartender
showed Andria and Vincent out another way. Andria was furious, but not at
Ling, she wasnt to know what the SeeDs wanted. There was a familiar
presence when they walked down the stairs. She wished she had gotten a good
look at their faces. As she knew some people in SeeD, she might have recognised
I am really, really sorry Andria. I didnt know you didnt want
to speak to them, apologised Ling.
okay, I understand, you werent to know. Come on, lets get out
they started off to the train station, a gang of monsters set them
heard the scream first.
go, said Squall. The SeeDs pounded up the stairs and out the
door, but what they saw was unbelievable.
teenagers were fighting some monster, but they looked different from any
monsters that the SeeDs had ever seen before. Their faces were grotesque
looking. The girl Ling was fighting one, as was a boy. Another girl was nearby
battling three of them.
vampires were strong, Andria knew that, but they were no match for her. The
first vampire she side kicked in the face. He went down. For the second one
an inner crescent and a jump kick in the jaw brought her to her knees. She
then stabbed him with the dagger in her hand.
third one tried a different approach. He jumped over her head and quickly
turn kicked her in the back before she could turn round. Andria hit the railings
and hung on to them. When he rushed at her again, she used the railings to
balance her and she then leaned on her back and brought her feet up right
into the vampires jaw. She grabbed her dagger and slayed him straight
Ling and Vincent killed their last one, Andria and Ling hi fived. Andria
then turned round and looked into faces she hadnt seen in a long
bit of useless info: Ragnarok is the Norse word for Armageddon. Just thought
youd like to know.
I am sick of people mixing up witches with sorceresses. In FFVIII sorceresses
were never called witches. So I have both witches and sorceress in my
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