Prophecy's Refrain

BY : butabara
Category: Final Fantasy VII > General
Dragon prints: 777
Disclaimer: I do not in any way own FFVII or its affiliates. I make no money from writing this story.

A.N. Okie-dokie! Here's the next chapter - I warn you, it has had a read-through but if there are mistakes, they have not yet been edited. I'm using a new computer with a way smaller keyboard that I am not completely used to yet, so please forgive typos :(I hope you enjoy the chapter!

Chapter 28

"I demand that you untie me right this second!" Hojo said in his screechy voice.

"Ah, now see, we tried that, and Hari tried to kill you. Trust me, you're much safer this way. I can believe you actually tried to grab Sassi, what are you, an idiot?" Zack said.

"Just shut up and answer the question." Yazoo said in his 'you'll-talk-or-I'll-rip-your-fingernails-off' tone. "Do you know anything about the Legend of the Guardians?"

"Hojo huffed. "Of course I do!" He said. The group waited for him to continue.

"Well?" Harmony said impatiently.

"Well what? I can't perform the necessary tests without Jenova cells and the blood of an Ancient!"

Zack snarled and stepped in front of Aerith. "You're not going to touch her. I'll tear your goddamned hands off!" He hissed.

"And I'm not giving you any of my blood." Kadaj said. The other Remnants, including Cloud, Sephiroth, and Vincent made sounds of agreement.

"Well there's no other way for me to give you a definite answer either way. I need Cetran blood, and Jenova cells."

The group went silent, each agreeing that they couldn't allow the mad scientist to get his hands on any Jenova cells.

"Then how are we going to find out?" Harmony said, more to herself.

"Um... Hari... I think I have an idea... But you're not going to like it." Sassi said. One look in her coven-sister's eyes and Harmony knew what she was talking about.

"Oh no. No way. I refuse. You can't bring them here. You can't do that to me."

"Hari, it may be the only way! They might know something!"

"Hold on, now. Calm down. Who might know something?" Said Rufus from behind the group.

Harmony growled and then let out a resigned sigh. "My parents."

!#$%^&*()

"But I thought you said 'blinking' was too powerful to do alone?" Loz said, remembering when Harmony had broken his brothers and him out of jail.

Sassi turned an expectant gaze to Aerith. The Ancient stepped away from Zack and his shocked expression and addressed the group.

"Sassi and I have discussed it, and I think that I may be able to help with that." Harmony's expression turned from anxious to curious and Sassi and Aerith both nodded. "I'm an Ancient, and though in my world we use materia, in theory, I should be able to utilize magic here, if Sassi gives me a nudge in the right direction."

"But what will happen if it doesn't work?" Cloud asked nervously.

"That's why we're going to test it." Sassi answered. "We're going to blink from the den to the kitchen. I'm only going to give Aerith a little push, she's controlling the whole thing. I know that blinking is a bit advanced, but we don't have any other choice right now."

The others in the group nodded reluctantly, agreeing that at the moment, their options were limited.

"You ready?" Sassi asked, holding out her gloved hands. Aerith placed her hands on top of Sassi's and nodded her head.

"Just tell me what to do."

"Okay. First you need to empty your mind of everything but the one place you want to go. THe only thing I want going through your head right now is the sound of my voice, and a clear picture of the kitchen. Tell me when you've got it."

Aerith was silent and still for a long moment before nodding her head. "I'm ready." She said in a breathy voice.

"Okay, now I want you to gather your power and think about going there. Envision yourself just dropping from existence and reappearing in one specific apot in the kitchen. You have to concentrate. If you're not careful, you'll end up in a wall."

Zack let out a startled sound of concern and started forward, only to have Harmony stop him. "If you interrupt her now, you could cause serious damage. Its okay. Sassi won't let anything bad happen."

"I've got it...!" Aerith said in a strained voice, sweat breaking out on her delicate brow.

"Alright, now I'm going to use just a touch of my power, and I want you to release yours when you feel it, and keep focusing on the kitchen."

Sassi closed her eyes and the room suddenly felt calmer, more peaceful as she focused her energy.

And then both women disappeared from sight.

"Did it work? Is Aerith okay? Where are they?" Zack said, panicked.

"We're okay!" Came a delighted call from the kitchen. "It worked! I did it!" Aerith appeared in the doorway, her expression one of jubilant glee and mastering a very powerful new technique.

"Yes, you did." Sassi chuckled, joining her. "Now that you've done it once, it won't be as hard to do it." Sassi looked at Harmony. "Are you ready for this?"

"No."

"Good, I'd think you'd lost your mind if you were. If we're not back in fifteen minutes, you better get over your fears and come get us!" Sassi warned.

"I-I...I will. I won't leave you there." She said the words as though she was talking about Hell itself. In her opinion, she was.

"Okay. Lets go."

Aerith and Sassi went through their preparations once again, and in half the time it took the first time, the women blinked out of sight.

!#$%^&*()

"Harmony? Are you okay?" Cloud asked as the woman swayed on her feet. Yazoo jumped to attention and grabbed her arm, directing her to sit on the couch next to Kadaj.

"No." She sounded close to tears, her breath coming in sharp gasps.

"Hey, just breathe, you're okay. It's going to be okay." Kadaj said, hesitantly scooting closer and wrapping his arms around her.

She tensed for a split second, but the fear of finally confronting her parents after almost ten years won out, and she sagged into his comforting embrace.

"I haven't seen them since they threw me away... " She let out a shuddering breath.

"I'm sorry that this is so hard for you, Harmony," Rufus cut in, "but you need to calm down or you'll faint."

He was right. Though Harmony tried valiantly to even her breathing, it wasn't long until Kadaj felt her go limp in his arms. He pulled her away to get a look at her face and check her pulse.

"She passed out." He confirmed. He stood up and carefully laid her down across the couch... just as Sassi and Aerith blinked back into existence with ten very confused, very frightened visitors.

!#$%^&*()

"Weylin!" The older woman gasped as the dizziness began to pass. "What happened?" The confused voices of eight girls ranging from young teenagers to just younger than Harmony joined their mother's voice.

"I don't know, Dolores, damnit! What the hell did you do this time, you stupid-" The man started.

"Shut up, you nasty mother-fucker." Sassi said in a low voice.

The man - Weylin, they remembered - turned toward her.

"Who the hell are you? Where the hell am I?"

The older woman scoffed. "Just like you, Weylin, to be concerned only about yourself. Selfish bastard."

"Bitch-" He snarled.

"Shut! Up!" Sassi roared.

The group of unwelcome newcomers froze and stared at her. Sassi took a deep breath. "You've never met me, but I know all about you. There's only one reason you're here." She paused, looking behind her at Harmony's prone form. She sighed. She knew this would be too much for her. She again turned to face the group and put her hand to her eyes. "The reason you're here, is this: You are going to tell me everything you know about your daughter's ancestry."

Weyln smirked. "Which one? I have eight."

"No you don't you son-of-a-bitch. You have nine daughters." Sassi snapped. "The one I want to know about..." She paused and stepped out from in front of Harmony's still unconcious form, "is hers."

Weylin took in the sight of his oldest daughter lying on the couch and looking very much like she was dead.

"Hn." He chuckled, "So the little cunt is dead then? Good." The words had barely passed his lips before he found himself tackled to the floor by one-hundred-and-fifteen pounds of furious red-head. He growled viciously and tried to buck her off, only to freeze in absolute terror when he felt two parallel blades rest across his throat.

"Why don't you try that with me, shithead, or aren't you man enough?" Kadaj taunted in a slightly insane voice.

"Fuck you, asshole, get off me!"

"Takes a real big man to beat a woman." Loz chimed in, stepping beside his youngest brother and cracking his knuckles.

"What is this? Retribution?" Weylin spat.

"Oh no, that would imply that you're still a threat. This is much bigger than that." Yazoo said, falling into place beside the other two Remnants and tapping the butt of his gun.

"Then what the fuck is this?"

Sassi dug her fingernails into Weylin's chest as she leaned toward him. She allowed at dark look to cover her features and lowered her voice an octave, one word echoing throughout the suddenly deathly-quiet room.

"Justice."

"What the fuck is that supposed to mean?"

Yazoo lifted Sassi from Weylin's form before grabbing the man and roughly hauling to his feet. He gave a slight nod to his brothers and tiny screams of terror were heard as the three forced the group of blood-traitors onto their knees in a huddled circle.

"Please don't kill us!" Came the whimper from one of whom he assumed were Hari's sisters.

"Hn. Its no better than you deserve." Sephiroth spoke for the first time, standing from his position leaning against the wall. Walking slowly, forcing every ouce of intimidation in his body to the surface, he joined the Remnants in his first willing participation with the three.

"Stop." Came Harmony's weak voice.

"Hari! Are you alright?" Tifa said, kneeling next to the woman.

"I'm fine. Just got a little carried away." She refused to acknowledge her weakness in front of her parents. She forced herself to a sitting position and righted her body on the couch. "Hi Mom. Hi Dad." She said blankly.

"What is this about you little bitch? And who the hell is 'Hari'? Your name is Lilith!" Her mother shouted.

"I haven't gone by 'Lilith' in almost ten years, Mom." Harmony said. As she realized that she had just spoken back to her mother, she leaned toward the closest person, trying to subtly hide behind Cloud. She ignored the curious looks from her friends and tried to keep hold of her fragile courage. She glanced at Yazoo to find him staring at her.

"Lilith?" He mouthed. She shook her head.

"You don't ask the questions." Kadaj interrupted. "We're asking, and you are going to answer them."

"Fuck you!" Weylin hissed, trying to stand. A strong arm shoved him to the floor and Harmony noticed that Genesis had joined the circle as well. Looking around her, she saw that everyone in the room save for herself had been inching toward the group on the floor, subconsiously protecting her from the emotional threat.

It gave her the courage to speak.

"I have reason to believe that you know more about my... condition... than you made me believe. Hell, I didn't even know you knew about it." She said, her voice only shaking a little bit.

"Oh, you mean your freakish powers?" One of her sisters piped in.

"Hello, Violet. Yes, my powers. There's been something new happening and I while I have an idea about what it might be, only Mom and Dad-"

"Don't call them that. They aren't your family anymore." Sassi cut in.

"Fine, only Dolores and Weylin know the truth. I know you do." She said, turning to her father as she finished.

Weylin hissed and made a feint toward her, smirking when she fliched and sunk further into the couch. A punch to the gut from the figure now kneeling by his side had him hunched over and gasping for breath.

"You won't touch her again, coward. If you even look at 'er like you're wantin' to hurt her, I'll kill ya. Whether she hates me for it 'er not." Cid growled, his lightening blue eyes promising that every word he spoke was true.

"Now." Tseng said, drawing the groups attention as he slipped on a pair of black leather gloves, "As we said: We have a few questions, and you're going to answer them."



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