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.

“What a spaz.” Yazoo said, motioning toward the woman on the other side of the door.

“I kind of like her, she reminds me of-” Loz started. Kadaj interrupted him.

“Shut-up, Loz. She’s human. Gross.”

“You.” Loz said.

“What?!” Kadaj snapped, whirling around to face the eldest clone.

“You. She reminds me of you.”

Yazoo and Loz laughed as Kadaj choked and spluttered in indignance. Kadaj was still set in his ways, but Yazoo and Loz were slowly changing their minds. Maybe humans weren’t so bad after all, and maybe Jenova really was as bad as the others seemed to think. Why would everyone else in two different worlds try to stop them if they were right in their mission?

Two bright lights flashed in rapid succession in the darkness of the apartment as Harmony made her way to her balcony. She turned toward her guest room and smiled before turning back and stepping out into the cool night air.

As she leaned against the balcony rail, she noticed a shadow creep onto the balcony behind her. “Can’t sleep?” She asked, turning to see the dark haired soldier.

“After what Cloud has told me, I don’t think I’ll sleep well for a long time. To think that I could be thrown into such despair…its…unsettling.”

“I’m sorry…I seem to have forgotten your name too…I’ve met a lot of new people today.” Harmony blushed and hunched her shoulders.

“Angeal Hewley, SOLDIER First Class. And you are Harmony…?”

“Geordon. Harmony Geordon. Oldest of nine, member of the Coven of the Moon.”

“Your coven is like your unit, right?”

“Yes. And it’ll take all of us together to get rid of Jenova, or release her. So the Crazies in there can’t try to force me into letting her go. I can’t do it myself, and if they threaten my coven, I’ll make sure what they want can’t happen.”

“’Until the coven’s strength restore?’”

“Yes.” Both were quiet for a moment, and then Angeal seemed to solve a riddle in his head.

“Wait, when you say ‘making sure they don’t get what they want’…you don’t mean killing yourself, do you?”

“Well…if that’s what it takes to make sure that she can’t destroy my world, then yes. In my opinion, the safety of billions of other lives is worth the sacrifice of one.”

“That’s very noble, but - I’m sorry - stupid. What if your coven decides to release her and you don’t want to?”

“That’s the beauty of spells, they are very …picky. I can’t release her without them, and they can’t do it without me. Actually…the way I worded it… the coven would have to come to a unanimous decision before anything could be done.”

“Can you kill her?” Came a deep, rough voice from behind them. Harmony turned to see Vincent standing in the doorway.

“I don’t know. The people here have never faced anything like this…not that I know of, anyway. All I can do right now is search my Book and hope that those before me may have documented something like Jenova, and how to kill her. It may take a potion, it may take a spell. It may be that the most we can do is banish her back to your world - which lets face it: is not the most ideal option.”

“No, no it isn’t.” Angeal agreed. “Jenova wasn’t a big issue in my time…For Zack, Sephiroth, and myself, the problem was Genesis.”

“Don’t talk about me like that.” The red-head said, joining them on the balcony. “Puppy’s asleep.” He said, closing the sliding door. He walked past Vincent with a nod and came to stand on Harmony’s other side. “I know now how wrong I was in the choices I made and the beliefs I held. I will try my best to right these wrongs if I get the chance.”

Again, a blue light flashed across the group standing outside.

“What was that?” Vincent asked. “I’ve seen it happen four times now. What does it mean?”

“Well,” Harmony stated, “I think that it means the future has changed. And I think that it means that you are sincere in your wish to better yourself. The powers that be can see inside your soul. They know if you are being truthful, or if you are just saying something to get the result you want. Like I said to Sephiroth, I think that it is a step in the right direction. I think that all of you have something to learn from being here. Something about yourselves that will help change your world if and when you go back. I say ‘if’ because I honestly don’t know if I can get you back. But I do promise to do everything in my power to see you home safely. Even those of you who are crazy.”

They were quiet for a moment before she spoke again. “The only person that I don’t think I can help is Hojo. You were all caught in situations that were unfortunate. But Hojo created his own evil. In a way, he is responsible for this whole mess. Him and ShinRa…the previous president, anyway.”

The men nodded. Harmony looked to Vincent. “Your issue seems to be that you still blame yourself. Even after Omega’s defeat and realizing that Lucrecia saved your life, you still blame yourself for her death. I won’t tell you that you need to ‘get over it’ or ‘it isn’t your fault’ because I know that things like that are hard to accomplish, no matter how easy it is to say it. Just know that as an outsider, with no connection to your world and only the facts to go on, I don’t think you have anything to feel guilty about. You DIED trying to stop this from happening. She made her choice, and it isn’t your place to harbor HER guilt.”

Vincent stared at her, looking almost angry.

“I’m sorry. I wasn’t trying to upset you.”

He stared a moment longer, then nodded his head and left the group, entering the apartment and returning to his place next to the couch. He refused to let Hojo out of his sight.

Harmony was silent after Vincent went back inside. She stared out at the city lights, and then up and the glowing alien floating menacingly above the planet. It was cold, the sea air holding a chilling bite as the wind swirled across the balcony.

“So what’s your story?” Genesis asked, leaning onto the rail so he could see her face more clearly. “One does not achieve such a fierce look if they’ve had a pleasant life.”

“Maybe that isn’t the best subject for conversation…”Harmony said, looking down.

“Come now, you know all about us. Its only fair…” Angeal cut in.

“Well, I guess.” She turned around and leaned back against the railing, looking down and studying her fingernails.

“I come from an abusive family. My parents were married when they were seventeen because my mother was pregnant with me. They both used to tell me how I ruined their lives and it would have been better if they had left me at the hospital, or drowned me as soon as they got me home.”

She barely noticed when the three clones joined them on the balcony, also listening intently.

“For as long as I can remember, up until I turned fifteen, every day was a fight. I can’t count the number of times I was in the intensive care unit at the hospital, laying in a bed only able to breathe because of the machines I was hooked to, and praying that I would just die. I asked the nurses multiple times - begged them - to unplug the machines.

“Broken bones, scars…phantom bruises that never seem to fade away… these are all things that I have to deal with in my memories. All of my siblings were treated like royalty. They knew that all they had to do was say my name in a certain way and I was in for a long night. And they used that as often as they could.

“My parents divorced when I was fifteen, and neither of my parents wanted me, so they gave me to the state. That’s where I met Holly. She was a ward of the state as well. She taught me a lot about my gifts, because she had them too.

“I had confided in her one night about how when my parents or siblings would attack me, sometimes strange things would happen. My sister losing an eye out of nowhere being one example.

“She told me what I am, and taught me how to use it. When we were sixteen, we were able to get ourselves legally emancipated and get our own apartment and jobs. We were officially adults and the state had no power over us anymore.

“That same year, Holly introduced me to a friend of hers. His name was Jade and he was not like us, but he knew about us. I didn’t get a good feeling from him, so I stayed away for the most part. It was the end of that year when Holly asked me to go to a party with her. Be the designated driver, so to speak. I went along: I didn’t want her trying to drive home if she was drinking.

“It turned out that it wasn’t really a party. Just the two of us, Jade and another of his friends. My mistake was staying. I should have left. Holly had too much to drink, so I ended up holding her hair out of her face while she got sick.

“I have a weak stomach for things like that, even to this day, so it wasn’t long before I had to leave the bathroom or I was going to be on my knees right next to her. I left to the connecting bedroom, but left the door open so if she needed me, I could hear her.

“She suddenly got up and slammed the door shut, locking it from the other side.”

All of the men on the balcony suddenly got chills as they hoped she wouldn’t say what they thought she would. Even Kadaj dreaded hearing it.

“I tried the door to the main area, but it was blocked from the outside. At that time, the only magic I could use was telekinesis, and I didn’t have a great handle on that. Certainly not enough to protect myself, and I had never studied self defense in my life.” She was silent for a moment, and Angeal suddenly sensed that she was fighting off tears.

“Stop.” He said. “You don’t have to tell us anymore if it bothers you this much.”

She shook her head. “No…I didn’t realize before now…just how much I need to talk about this…” She took a deep breath and continued.

“I had been dating someone. Not seriously, just here and there…but Holly didn’t like him, because he took my attention away from her. She figured if I would sleep with Jade, then my lover would leave me. Even though I wasn’t serious about him and it probably would have been over in a week.” she snarled the last part.

“Imagine Jade’s surprise when I wouldn’t consent…and mine…” the entire group held their breath, “when he did it anyway.”

Her will broke then, and she let out a quiet sob, shocked when a pale hand reached out and rested on her shoulder. “He got away with it! Holly…She…My BEST FRIEND…lied for him…told the authorities that I was lying…that she had been there and everything was consensual… I… God, I hate them both so much!”

No one, though, was more shocked than Kadaj as the group watched Yazoo pull the crying girl into his arms and softly pet her hair.

“I’m sorry that happened to you. I understand your fear now…why you were as afraid as you were when we took you from the beach.” He looked at Kadaj, seeming to convey without words that he needed to say something.

“I…” Kadaj started. “I’m sorry.” His brothers both nodded their agreement.

“It happened to us, too.” Loz stated. Harmony jerked her head up to stare at the man holding her.

“It’s true.” he confirmed. “When we were in Hojo’s labs, he did everything he wanted. If he wanted sex, he took it. Whether his partners were willing, or not.”

A deadly fire suddenly flashed through Harmony’s eyes, causing Yazoo to release her and take a step back. He instinctively reached for his gun but stopped when he realized that her anger was not directed at him. She pointed in the direction of the couch inside the apartment. “That…Hojo?” she said through gritted teeth.

“Oh well done.” Kadaj said to Yazoo.

“Answer me!” She snarled.

“Yes.” Loz said quietly.

She rushed the door, intending to tear the scientist limb from limb with her bare hands. There were suddenly hands on her arms and waist, holding her back as she growled and struggled, not thinking clearly enough to use her powers to free herself.

“Stop, Harmony!” Genesis said, “Stop! We may need him to get us home!” Kadaj stood in front of the door, refusing to let her pass as she freed herself from the hands holding her.

“No one should have to go through that!” she argued, pacing, “And anyone who commits such a crime should die. There is nothing worse than what he’s done!”

“And if WE can get past our issues with him, then you should accept that. He won’t get away with it. Rest assured that if he is still alive when we get back to our own world, he won’t be for long because I will kill him myself.”

That seemed to satisfy the girl, because her eyes cleared almost instantly and she wobbled slightly.

She looked slightly confused. Then mortified.

“Oh no, I went postal, didn’t I?” she looked around at the men. They nodded carefully, Angeal and Genesis still watching her with unreadable expressions. “I didn’t kill anyone, right?” she asked, sounding panicked.

“…No…” Kadaj drawled, the word sounding more like a question, “Are you as crazy as you accuse us of being?”

“No…” she sighed in relief, “I’m sorry…its my trigger, you see…if I hear about a rape and the criminal wasn’t punished, I just snap. I can’t help it. Its only happened a few times…and there were a couple fatalities. I’m sorry you all had to see that.”

“So you remember nothing of what just happened?” Angeal asked, stepping towards her.

“No…I remember being told that Hojo…you know what…I’m not going to say it. But I remember the conversation, but the next thing I knew, I was asking myself why the hell I was about to attack Kadaj.”

“Who were they?” Angeal asked. “The ones you killed?”

She looked down. “I’m not proud of it. I never intended to kill them… I had cursed them both…”

“Who?” Genesis prodded.

“Holly and Jade. That was my greatest fear. After it happened, I was suicidal. These-” she flashed pale, scarred wrists, “-were not an accident. After a few months in a psych ward-” Kadaj interrupted her.

“And you call US crazy?!”

She ignored him and kept going, “They shouldn’t have let me out when they did…I wasn’t ‘better’, I wasn’t ready…But the therapist said I could go. So I did. I had realized by that time that what happened was NOT my fault, and I vowed that it would never happen again.”

“So you took self defense classes.” Yazoo cut in.

“Yes. Name the self defense or martial arts course, and I have taken it. I know twelve techniques, from hand to hand to weapons training.” Her face became hard and determined. “That will never…happen…to me again. They would have to kill me first- I’ll MAKE them kill me first -and I would make damn sure to take them with me. I wouldn’t use my powers unless there was more than one, just to make sure that I got them all.”

Angeal was blown away. She was nowhere near the helpless magician he thought she was.

“Anyway… I wasn’t afraid of him after I got out of the institute. I was afraid of me. Afraid of what I would do if ever given the means or the opportunity. And those fears proved to be so valid. I was in the grocery store and I saw them. They laughed at me, waving and smirking. I waited ‘til they left the store, and followed them, telling myself the whole time that this was wrong, it wasn’t my place to pass that punishment…but I couldn’t stop it. I was so angry. I didn’t care that I was throwing away everything I had ever believed in for two people that weren’t worth the oxygen it took to keep them alive. My anger gave me power. None of Holly’s magic worked on me. It just bounced right off. I didn’t even use magic on them.” She held up her hands and stared at them, palms up.

“After it was over, I sat in her house, right next to her body…and I stared at the blood on my hands. For hours. I watched it dry and cake under my fingernails. I cried so hard that I thought I was going to pass out. I had just gone against everything I had ever believed in to kill two people…out of hate, and vengeance.”

She shuddered.

“I used my magic to clean up the mess, and I cast a glamour, making it look like they had OD’d on drugs. The glamour lasted until after they were buried. I went on as if nothing had happened. I don’t even know the extent of what happened to them. I remember getting in my car to follow them, and then sitting on the floor covered in their blood.”

“What exactly are your beliefs?” Kadaj asked.

“They follow our rede. ‘And it harm none, do what thou will’. Basically, no one, no matter who or what they are, has the right to take the life of another. It is NOT OUR PLACE to pass that punishment. Not our place to decide… We can do what ever we want with our magic, as long as we don‘t hurt anyone, because everything we deal out, we get back…times three.”

“That’s why you demanded no fatalities when we got these three out of prison?” Angeal asked.

“Yes.” Harmony whispered.

All was quiet for a moment as the men processed what they had been told.

“If the others ask about you?” Genesis asked, thinking of Zack and his curious nature.

“Tell them. I won’t hide myself. You all deserve to know as much about me as I demanded to know about you.”

“Come on Gen,” Angeal interrupted. “let’s get some rest. Puppy will be awake early and in this situation I think it best if we’re all awake to keep an eye on him.”

“Puppy?” Harmony asked.

“Zack.” They both said at the same time.

“As curious as a puppy.” Angeal clarified.

Harmony smiled softly. “Okay. G’night then. There are spare pillows and blankets in the library closet. By the way, I meant to ask earlier: What the hell is a dumbapple?”

Angeal and Genesis began laughing. Between chuckles, they thanked her and made their way inside leaving her question unanswered.

“Not tired?” Harmony asked the clones that remained.

“Not really.” Kadaj answered coming to stand beside her.

“Should I be worried about being alone with you three?” she asked him.

He sighed. “No, I guess not. For right now, at least-”

“Loz and I won’t hurt you.” Yazoo said. “Its Kadaj that has the short temper.”

Kadaj whirled around. “This is called mutiny.” he said in a matter-of-fact tone of voice.

“Do something about it.” Loz said, smirking.

“Hey now, I said keep the psycho-ness to a minimum.” Harmony said.

“Says the woman that just went full out homicidal not five minutes ago, and doesn’t remember any of it.” Kadaj sassed.

“You’re a jerk-off, you know that?” she shot back.

“Villain!” he pointed to himself , “I’m supposed to be a jerk.”

“Well…” She said.

“Well?” Kadaj mocked.

“Well…just…shut your pie hole.” She finished with a smile.

“Kadaj 1, Harmony 0.” Yazoo said, chuckling lightly.

“Go to bed!” Harmony ordered with mock irritation. “We have a long day of hair coloring and clothes shopping ahead of us.”

“Yes Ma’am.” Loz said. He took his brothers by the backs of their necks and ushered them inside. “I get the bed!” he said loudly. Harmony smiled at the chorus of “Shhhh!” that came from the living area of the apartment. She shook her head and went inside, closing and locking the sliding door.

Looking to her left, she saw Angeal standing against the wall speaking quietly with Vincent, Genesis, and Sephiroth. She tossed them a playful salute and went into her library.

“Don’t let anyone leave the house if you wake up before me!” she called softly. They made sounds of agreement and she nodded her head.

Deciding to leave the door open - just in case, she hurriedly lay a few blankets on the floor, making a semi-soft place to sleep, and then pulled out extra pillows. She then noticed that she did not have any nightclothes in her library.

“Shit.” she whispered. She quietly snuck down the dark hallway to stand a few feet from the tall man guarding Rufus.

“Psst.” she said quietly.

“How can I help you, Harmony?” Tseng asked.

“I forgot…I need some nightclothes. I don’t want to bother your boss if he’s sleeping…would you mind grabbing the gown and robe hanging on the back of the bathroom door in there?”

If the man was uncomfortable with his chore, he didn’t show it. He stepped inside the room, pausing to whisper “Its me! Our host would like her nightgown and robe.” and Harmony heard the sound of two pistols being set back to safety.

“Hey!” she whispered forcefully, “I better not see what I think I just heard! I don’t care if you have them but you better not even THINK about using them in my house!”

“Do as she says.” She heard Rufus’ drowsy voice in the dark.

“Sorry.” she said, “I didn’t meant to wake you.”

“Its alright. Please, come in and get what you need.” He answered.

“Okay.” Harmony walked to her bathroom quickly, grabbing her toothbrush, hairbrush, hair tie, and nightgown and robe.

“Okay, that’s all I need. Please, all of you need your rest. No one will bother you, so all four of you can sleep.” Harmony said.

“Very well.” Rufus said. “Tseng, get some sleep.” He ordered.

“Yes sir.”

Harmony made her way back to her library, closing the door momentarily to change her clothes. When she was in her nightgown, she opened the door and shut off the light.

Making herself comfortable, she pulled the comforter up to her chin and let her eyes drift closed.

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