Final Fantasy 7 Fanfic
Chapter 12: Freeing Chains on darkness
Weiss and Nero stayed behind the others.
“Genesis..” Weiss began looking uncertain.
“What is it Weiss?” Genesis replied stopping to turn to him.
“I think it would be best to have my brother and I stay behind..here for now. With everything that has happened..few would be pleased to see us.” Weiss said his expression on his face unreadable.
“Weiss..I came for you for a reason. I came back for you in that cave..this is your second chance.” Genesis replied.
“Perhaps..we have been hidden for so long Genesis. When I took over Deepground..I knew what I was doing. They gave me a virus in case I ever went against the Restrictor. I killed him anyway. Why give my a second chance? There are no second chances..”
“Just because you are Shinra's darkest secret...doesn't mean..you can’t move on..your organization is gone..where you go? What will you do now? I can give you a purpose.” Genesis explained.
“I dont have a purpose..it was to cleanse this planet..but when I was taken over..I only have fragments of what happened.. I don't know..there is nothing you can do for us anymore. I am grateful you brought my brother back. But it is best if..we go our separate ways.” Weiss replied eye blue eyes shifting.
“I sealed myself in that cave to become stronger. I will restore my honor. But I want your help. You were just a puppet for Shinra too, and your brother. You can be free of that now.” Genesis insisted.
Sephiroth walked up listening. “I agree with Weiss. Genesis..I will stay with them. My name is feared, I am by far the most hated out of all of us.” His catlike eyes grew colder.
“You may be right but..what about Jenova? We can't let her hurt you. Or somehow get freed. Shinra is defeated...but she still exists. She will destroy everything.”
“Yes, but for now..we will stay in Lucrecia's cave. No one goes in there, save for Vincent.” Sephiroth replied, crossing his arms.
“Sephiroth..” Atlatonan replied sighing. “Jenova played mind games..she did for you..”
“I know. I believed what she told me. And now it was all a lies..I am so sick of lies.” His voice was sharp with anger.
“Yes..and Genesis cells are in us.” Weiss replied, motioning to him, his brother.
“So that means..you have some of Jenova cells in you too?” Vincent asked, finally speaking.
“Yes. That is why we sought him out in the first place.” Nero replied.
“But that also means..she might attack you both..and Genesis..” Atlatonan sighed, lines of worry crossing over her face.
Vincent sighed. “She right. None of you are safe from..what she could do. Omega, chaos are gone..but that means nothing. It could manifest into something like Geostigma..”
“That was something I created.” Sephiroth cut in. “I would be immune to that.”
“Yes..but Jenova could find a way..to take over all of you...” Atlatonan replied.
“What about a cure?” Genesis asked, looking at her.
“I don't know..Aeris with the rain cured Geostigma..maybe the lifestream may offer answers...but we have to get rid of Jenova. Somehow..”
“I agree with Sephiroth. Insane or not..all of you need to stay here. If we need your help..we will come back.” He nodded.
“I hate leaving them all here like this..We need a way to fight her influence..asking Weiss, Sephiroth to get stronger is pointless. Physically I mean...but,mentally you all need to be prepared..Genesis, Nero too.” Atlatonan explained.
“Wait a minute..Genesis cells...Sephiroth cells..that means Cloud is at risk...” Vincent said his red eyes flashing.
Atlatonan winced. “poor cloud..you are right I’m afraid Vincent. I will tell him. I just hope..he doesn’t hurt anyone..”
“That is why we are here. To prevent that from happening.” Sephiroth replied.
“Yet why do you care? Unless Jenova was controlling you from the beginning..” Nero asked, curious.
“Because..I fought her for so long..when I learned what she was..I wanted to be with her. But everything I knew about her being a Cetra, my mother was a lie. Everything I did was for myself yes..but its changed..Its never going to be the same..but..I will try to be like I was..before.” Sephiroth looked away.
“Our pain will end..when she is destroyed.” Genesis replied nodding. “We both want our pride, our dreams, our honor back. Weiss, Nero, you both have a chance to have..that.”
Nero and Weiss stood silent. Nero looked at his brother. “What do you think?”
“Perhaps..you can cleanse this world in a different way..help us destroy Jenova.” Atlatonan replied watching Weiss carefully. Even if he was insane, he was powerful, no doubt a fearless leader. He feared nothing, was practically indestructible.
“You did give me a reason to help you...” Weiss responded thinking.
“What if I freed your brother from your chains?” Atlatonan offered. “If that would make him more powerful..we might need all the power we can get.”
‘Yes..they chained him up to the reactor zero..but he was too strong so they chained him up to his uniform..his darkness could consume anything..” Weiss explained.
“What about his wings?” Vincent asked.
“The Tsviets made him their weapon. Just like they did with me.” Weiss answered.
“It would be a risk..Nero would have to be willing to..and still keep control.” Atlatonan replied.
“Well..he has been chained for so long..he used to it by now..” Weiss replied uncertain.
Vincent also looked uncertain. “Can we trust that you will control your powers? If you agree to help us, you have to make sure you will actually help us. Look..the world may have treated you unfairly..but that was one organization..they did they same to me. That company hurt, killed a lot of people, almost destroyed Gaia as we know it. Revenge will only make things worse.”
“What do you suggest then Vincent?” Nero asked.
“I suggest you help us. Then maybe...you can find what you are looking for.” Vincent replied.
“A new start..would be..welcomed.” Weiss answered.
Vincent nodded. “Yet you both will still look like threats..”
Nero listened to Vincent choosing his words carefully. "How can we trust you, and you us? You hardly know us."
Atlatonan sighed. "We can't really..but we will have to learn..we have to work together. Jenova will do what she can to drive us apart."
"We have nothing left. Shinra is destroyed..their members are missing. If you are willing to free me..I accept your offer. Jenova is something my brother and I are willing to face."
"So you are willing, once freed, to control your powers?" Atlatonan asked.
"I cant make guarantees ..it's been a long time since I didn't have these chains." Nero nodded.
"Well maybe the Restrictor was just afraid. The others..the scientists..maybe the just wanted to control you. It could be they were afraid of your power." Atlatonan replied.
Nero looked at her for a moment. "Yes..that could be it. You know what I can do." Nero replied.
"I trust your brother will help you." Atlatonan replied walking up to him. "Everyone stand back. We will begin now."
The darkness flickered around Nero.
The others stood back giving them space. Atlatonan took Nero outside of the cave, the others watched.
"Are you sure you want to do this?" Atlatonan asked, nervous.
Nero nodded. "Being in bondage for so many years..then everyone uses this word..free..I want know what that feels like." He may have been free from Deepground..but he still bore the uniform, his metal bonds.
Atlatonan nodded. "Well..if I do this..what will happen ?"
Nero closed his metal wings. "The darkness will be more open..it's in me..but it would be more flexible."
"Alright..hopefully this will work.."
Nero smiled , it was unseen under the straps. "I wouldn't want any one else doing this."
"Well I'm glad you think that.."
She focused her energy , her light started to glow from within.
"I'll start with your face.." When her fingers touched the straps her light started to burn it. The metal started to weaken, finally broke as part of the band across his nose snapped.
"Keep going.." Nero urged feeling stronger.
The bond across his head separated
Atlatonan dropped it on the ground.
She pulled on the broken strap across his forehead took off the bonds covering his cheeks, forehead.
All that remains was the strap across his mouth.
It was also under his chin, it was miracle he could talk.
"Are you expecting something?" Nero asked.
"No..its just..how are you feeling?"
The darkness was all around him, silhouetted against Atlatonans light.
"I feel..powerful. More than I have before. It feels wonderful."
"Good." She smiled taking the strap over his mouth and cut it apart, started to pull it away .
The strap around his chin broke, it fell to the ground with a clang.
Nero sighed in relief breaking into a wide smile. "You freed me.."
She could finally see his face, all of it.
His bangs covered his forehead, his had a small mouth.
"Thank you.." He laughed.
"Your welcome.." Atlatonan smiled.
He grinned his darkness flickering around face, fading, appearing.
"I don't know..how to thank you..I .."
"It's ok. Your free..that's what matters."
Weiss reached his brother first. "Nero.." The white haired man embraced his brother.
"Weiss..it's ok I'm free now. It's ok." Nero answered smiling.
Weiss could only smile.
He turned to Atlatonan. "I have no words to express my gratitude..Genesis is lucky to have you."
She remembered her sister, and her bond she shared. She saw that same love in Weiss, Nero. "Thank you. I know you care about each other."
Weiss nodded. "We will help you. There is no reason not to..you have done so much for us..despite everything."
Atlatonan nodded. "Thank you, we will appreciate your help."
"You won't regret it." Weiss replied.
"Good. We will go now. We will have to plan, tell the others."
He nodded. "Yes."
Genesis, Vincent watched. "He didn't engulf us yet..I guess that's good." Vincent replied dryly.
Sephiroth shrugged. "So they were from shinra.."
"Yes, leaders of the Tsviets." Genesis replied.
"I'll be fine here. Besides..I want to talk to her." Sephiroth replied, nodding to Atlatonan. He meant Lucrecia. He seemed distracted.
Atlatonan nodded. "Alright..please be careful."
He nodded. "Always."
Weiss, Nero, Sephiroth went back into the cave.
Genesis opened his wing. "Let's tell the others."
Vincent grunted. "Barrett, cloud, cid, tifa will kill us."
"Not if we explain." Atlatonan replied.
Vincent looked doubtful. "And yuffie..Red XII."
"We have to work together.."
"It won't be easy " Vincent grumbled. "I think I'd rather battle that bahamut again."
"We have to try." Atlatonan insisted. "What about Reeve?"
"Maybe...perhaps his WRO can lend a hand." Vincent replied.
"WRO?" Genesis asked, lost.
"We'll explain in the way back.."
Sephiroth watched Lucrecia sleep silently. It was hard to believe she was real. "I want..to know you.." He murmured to himself.
"You will..soon." Lucrecia answered silently, her voice echoing.
His thought about Jenova faded. Like a bad dream, he could see a little clearer. The pieces fell into place. His reality was thin as glass, he was determined to regain himself.