Hidden Pasts Chapter 11
By Katie Herdman
They landed outside the ruins and got ready. Everyone was quiet, they were sure that this was it, the final battle. All they had done before now would be judged at this hour.
When they were ready they walked in. Above them the clouds gathered.
There was silence, no monsters roamed, they had all disappeared frightened of what would come.
Squall knew this place well from when he Irvine and Quistis had battled Odin to receive him as a GF, so they took the lead. On they walked past the ghosts of old.
For some reason, Squall knew where he had to go. He felt as if Andria was calling him.
Squall, do you know where youre going? Ling looked questionably at him. Squall nodded and carried on walking. He had to go the room where they had battled Odin.
In the room they saw that Odins throne was missing. In its place was a hole and a set of steps leading down the hole.
Well weve come this far, said Raijin, might as well go on.
Seifer looked at Squall, Why dont you go first, you are our great leader after all.
Squall was hesitant; he couldnt see where the steps led to when he looked in. They went off into the darkness. Seifer pushed Squall into the hole, and then followed him.
One by one they went down into the darkness. How far they went down they couldnt tell.
Andria woke up slowly. Her head felt like it was on fire and she couldnt see properly. She tried to move her arms to massage her head, but she found that they wouldnt move she was chained down.
When the ache in her head finally went, she saw Leraikhe opposite her also chained. They were chained to the wall somewhere underground that was all she could tell.
Ready to die yet, Leraikhe asked, looking coolly at her. Andria ignored him.
Ten strange people dressed in robes walked in and started to light the candles around the room. Andria watched them to see what they would do next.
Eight of them went to the altar in the middle of the room and prayed for a few minutes, the other two disappeared.
When they returned they were carrying two small bowls with a black oozing liquid in, which they smeared on Andria and Leraikhes foreheads. It smelled disgusting to Andria and when it touched her skin she felt the evil power that it had.
Abaddon then stood in front of her she hadnt seen where he had come from. They stench of the liquid made her feel dizzy. As she fell unconscious all she could see was his smile, he had finally won.
Where do we go now, Selphie asked Squall.
Why did they ask him, he knew as much as they did next to nothing? He didnt know anymore, Andria wasnt speaking to him.
A huge roar came out from behind them. A giant beast leaped from the shadows.
Run, Ling shouted and promptly fled in the opposite direction.
There was no way out now, the beast had cut off their exit. Squall followed her.
Rinoa ran a top speed. The thing had long since gone, but she wanted to make sure. Rinoa stopped to catch her breath.
Damn, she thought. There had been no one following her and she didnt recognise anything around her or remember the way she had come.
Hello, she called out hesitantly. There was no reply. A rock landed beside her foot, but Rinoa didnt have time to turn round. Something hit her face and she was knocked out cold.
A small dwarf shuffled up to Abaddon.
Master, they have been found and contained just as you ordered. Would you like us to kill them?
Abaddon thought, they were a nuisance and a threat to him, but Keep them alive I want them to see what happens next.
The dwarf bowed and turned to go.
Although, added Abaddon, I could use Heartilly for a while, it would be honourable, of me to show her the truth about her love, for my entertainment.
Rinoa was standing by the door to the 2F balcony. There was a voice inside her head.
Open the door, it whispered.
Rinoa obeyed the voice and stepped through.
Squall was there with Andria. They were kissing! Rinoas heart stopped at that moment.
Its a lie, she cried.
No, whispered the voice, it is the past you see and it cannot be changed. Do you want to see what happens next?
No Rinoa moaned.
In her heart she felt it was true. There had been something going on with Squall. Either she hadnt wanted to see it or she had been too blind. It didnt matter now.
There was a pain in her chest, Rinoa felt like she was breaking. She wanted to wake up now; she didnt want to stay in this dream world any longer.
I wonder why they hit Rinoa, said Selphie, none of us got hit.
They were stuck in a room. It looked more like a cave to Squall. The opening had a barrier on it. They had passed through into it, but they couldnt pass back out.
and where is Vincent, Sia and Ling.
Squall held on to Rinoa. The bleeding from a wound on her head when she had been hit had stopped some time ago.
Squall looked down at her and moved a strand of hair away from her face. Her eyes fluttered and she slowly opened them. Squall smiled slightly. Rinoa looked confused for a second, then realised.
She brought her hand up and slapped Squall across the face.
You bastard! she screamed. Everyone apart from Seifer stood looking shocked at Rinoa and Squall.
Seifer smiled, the downfall of the all-perfect Squall Leonhart. He was glad he had joined them on their quest now; he couldnt miss this.
Tears flowed down Rinoas face, Squall looked shocked at her.
Rinoa looked at everyone watching her. They didnt know.
So Squall, do you want to tell them what youve been doing.
Squall suddenly realised what she was talking about. He lowered his head trying to hide the shame on his face.
Rinoa, what is going on, Quistis asked.
Your wonderful Commander slept with her.
Rinoa couldnt bring herself to say Andrias name.
Who? Zell asked, wide eyed.
Seifer rolled his eyes, What she means by Her chicken-wuss is Andria.
Quistis looked at Squall, Is it true Squall?
Yes, he whispered.
He couldnt keep quiet or deny it now.
Squall looked at Rinoas tear stained face, he had broken her. Zone and Watts had told him to look after her and all he had done was destroy her. He had lost her forever; she would never forgive him.
Quistis stared shocked at him; Squall could do this. Andria was a manipulator; maybe he had been under a spell of hers.
You dont remember Quistis, do you, Squall said to her.
What? she asked.
About Andria, none of you, Selphie, Zell, Irvine Quistis. She was at the Orphanage with us.
Youre lying, cried Selphie.
Actually, Squalls right.
Seifer joined the trial and received hated looks from them all, especially Rinoa. That he could defend his enemy.
I dont believe this, muttered Rinoa, I feel sick thinking of it.
Im sorry, Squall said.
Rinoa laughed hollowly at him, Too late Squall.
Squall felt helpless, but he knew that he had brought this on himself. A familiar voice then penetrated his thoughts, but it wasnt Andria, Sati was talking to him.
Go to the opening, she said. Squall walked away from Rinoas accusing stare, from all of them.
When he stood in front of the opening, his hands took on a life of their own.
He placed them on the barrier. Pain shot through his body, but the barrier disappeared. Squall fell to his knees, he was exhausted. Even Seifer was speechless.
How how did you do that?
Selphie put her hand out where the barrier should be; there was nothing, not a crackle or anything.
How? Fujin whispered, did he do that?
Squall used the rock nearby to prop himself up. There was a pain all over him, it made his chest hurt even more when he breathed.
Zell, Selphie, he said when he finally go his breath back, take Rinoa back. I dont want her in this fight any further.
But-, protested Zell.
Just go. Rinoa stood defiant in front of Squall, You cant tell me what to do anymore Squall, and I want to finish this fight.
No, Squall said, you want revenge on Andria and it isnt the right time now, go Rinoa.
Zell and Selphie pulled Rinoa away. Squall was still in charge and he was right, Rinoa would only try to kill Andria if they found her in time.
Quistis, you Seifer, Raijin and Fujin are coming with me.
Where are we going, Raijin asked.
To find Andria.
Please, please dont hate me for the Andria/Squall thing, I needed it, besides I really hated Rinoa and I wanted to get my own back on her. (I have my reasons)
When I said that Seifer joined the trial, I meant that Squall was on trial for what he did to Rinoa. Seifer was his defence (odd!!), Quistis was the judge and Rinoa was the executioner (Its all a big metaphor)
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