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Those Chosen By The Planet

By Kathryn

Chapter 17

Scully heard the gunfire too. She wondered how Shinra managed to find them so fast. Audrea lay on the ground in a heap, shuddering as her old memories started to surface. "Mulder, we’ve got to get out of here!"

"I know … we need to find a back door!" He shoved the computer into Scully’s hands and tried to pick Morgan up. She was limp, her body dead weight.

Shinra troops finally broke through the door, swarming into the room, grabbing Mulder and Scully and throwing them to the floor. Sephiroth came in, took in the scene, and saw Audrea, shuddering in a heap in the floor. His Masamune sliced throught the handcuffs, freeing her arms. He looked at her to see her crying. Sephiroth turned toward the troopers. "Take them back the headquarters. I’m sure they’ll enjoy what we have in store for them." The troopers led Mulder and Scully away, Mulder shouting over his shoulder, "Remember, Morgan – Remember who you are –" he was cut off when the guard smacked him in the back with the butt of a rifle.

Sephiroth knelt down next to Audrea. "What did they do to you?"

Audrea shook her head, not trusting herself to answer. She shook violently, finally managing to gasp out "It’s … all true."

"What is?" Sephiroth saw the computer lying open on the floor. He picked it up and read the file. "What is this? How do you know it’s true?"

"Because." Audrea reached for him. "I … remember … everything. I have those memories. I remember. being .. that ..person." Her expression grew stronger. "I’m an experiment! One of Hojo’s pets."

Sephiroth held her, letting her clutch him, as he read over the file. College-Educated, trained in various martial arts, a whiz with computers … it sounded like Audrea and not like her. Audrea sat up, climbing out of his lap. "I don’t want to live like this … I don’t want to be one of Hojo’s toys."

Sephiroth looked at her, realization dawning. "You can’t … "

"I can do whatever I damn well please." Audrea picked up Masamune, holding it by the wicked-looking blade. Sephiroth could see the blood running out of her hands.

Audrea looked at him for a long moment. "I love you." She plunged Masamune into her chest. As the sword went in, the sheer weight helped it pierce her body. She fell over. Sephiroth caught her and lowered her to the floor. She looked up at him. "Help me … be free … " He nodded, wrapping his hand around the blade and pulling the sword out of her chest. Audrea looked up at him.

And died. Sephiroth held her close, feeling her blood run out over his legs. "I loved you .… too." He whispered.

He laid her body on the ground. "Take her back. Tell Hojo I want to see him." Sephiroth stormed out of the small building.

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