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[Fanfic] The Martyr

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A/N: I've had this idea in my head for a while and I finally started to put it on paper... or should I say on my computer. Anyway, I really enjoy to write but I never seem to have time. So if I take forever to update... Well I just hope you like this enough to care! Any sort of critique is welcomed and as a disclaimer: No I DON'T own anything other than my own characters and plot. Let me know what you think!

Enjoy!

The Martyr

Prologue

“I’ll hold him back, just go!” panted her aunt, blood gushing out from several gashes on her barrier jacket.

Please, she heard in her cold heart.

Hayate wouldn’t last much longer and they both knew it. You would expect tears in a girl’s eyes when the only parental figure she had left was about to sentence herself to a brutal death, but all the destruction she had seen, there were no more tears left to shed. Where there was once pain, now held numbness.

As she turned her back on her dying army, she heard those cries of torture from her comrades as the enemy came closer to its target… her.

Instead of making her want to go help them, these screams just made her fly faster. She had to hurry or everything would go to waste, everyone she cared about would have died for nothing.

As she reached the only room in the church not destroyed by the war, she felt the familiar stab in her heart and an increase in the emptiness she felt…

She was now truly the only one left, the only one who could fix this.

Aunt Hayate was just added to the list of people who she had to avenge.

Vita, Shamal, Rein, Signum, Zafira, Subaru, Ginga, Teana, Vice, Uncle Chrono, Aunt Amy, her cousins, her grandparents, Yuuno, Erio, Caro, Friedrich, Arf, the names never stopped.

They all ran through her head as a bright red circle began glow beneath her feet. With each passing name, the power pulsed through her veins, strengthened. The walls around her began to crumble but she didn’t notice. The spell was close too completion and if sidetracked for a split second, it would be a failure.

But she couldn’t fail…

She wouldn’t fail…

Stone started falling around her, but the circle reached its peak…
“Apollo, Athena,” she said in a hoarse voice, “You know what to do.”

“Sì, signore”

“Nai, kýrie”

… I promise Onee-chan, Fate-mama, Nanoha-mama…

… I promise I will change everything…

… No matter what happens, no matter what I have to do, I won’t fail you…

… Not again…

When his men broke into the room, all he could do was curse, because the room was empty.

Miles away, a blonde sighed in relief, “The future and past have now been blurred. It’s all up to her now.”

May the Lord be with you, young Takamachi, thought Carim.

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Ooooh very interesting. In here shows the power that ALL humans seek...the power...to control...time *grins* Be waiting for the update ^.^

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Objection !!!! the real power all humans seek is an infinite six-pack of cold Guinness !

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Interesting, indeed ^^. Mmm, Vivio changing the past and saving the future is a thing I want to see ;).

(I´m little envious, because there are great fanfics posted here and I only can write my fanfics in Spanish x_D, but, anyways, it´s good read yours works ^^, and I´m improving my English xD).

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Nura wrote:
Interesting, indeed ^^. Mmm, Vivio changing the past and saving the future is a thing I want to see ;).

(I´m little envious, because there are great fanfics posted here and I only can write my fanfics in Spanish x_D, but, anyways, it´s good read yours works ^^, and I´m improving my English xD).

Your english is really good!

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Thank you ^^

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Is that Nanoha and Fate's daughter? That would be epic.
I really want to know what happens next, please update soon.

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Thanks guys! ch1 is on its way

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The bases are interesting, I'm eager to know what follows next.

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Here's chapter 1! (I should study for a test but i just couldn't stop writing)

Chapter 1

“Geez Nanoha! Can’t you go easy on them for once! And what did I tell you about pushing yourself too hard!” exclaimed Shamal, watching the mages limp their way into her care.

Nanoha laughed at this and cheekily grinned, “But your job would be so boring without me, Shamal. Besides, I wasn’t too rough on them.”

As she said this, she patted one of her students on the back, causing him cringed and groan in pain. Shamal gave her a look.

“Sorry Leon,” Nanoha muttered.

“S’alright, Commander,” he said, all the while grimacing when Nanoha wiped the blood on her hand off with a towel.

Shamal opened her mouth to continue her scolding when a five year old ran past her and into her mother’s arms.

“Mama!” Vivio yelled as Nanoha picked her up and twirled her around, causing Vivio to giggle.

“How’s my girl doing?” Nanoha said, giving Vivio a kiss on the cheek.

As the little Takamachi rambled on about her day at school, Shamal began to clean a wound on Leon’s arm.

“How is it possible that one minute she’s deadly and the next she’s motherly?” Leon wondered out loud.

“The Devil has many sides to her,” whispered the girl beside him, making Shamal chuckled.

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“Fate-mama is coming home today, right Mama?” asked Vivio when she and Nanoha walked into their home. Before she could notice Nanoha’s sad expression, a voice came from the living room.

“I should hope so. She did promise after all.”

“Fate-mama!” screamed Vivio as she ran to her other mother. Once Fate set Vivio down, she walked to the shocked Takamachi that was still standing in the doorway.

“I’m home,” said Fate as she caressed Nanoha’s cheek and gave her a soft, yet short, kiss.

“You said you weren’t coming for another week,” said Nanoha disbelievingly, grabbing the hand that was still on her cheek. Fate smirked,

“I lied.”

Vivio stared up at her mothers and couldn’t help but feel happy. Nothing could ruin this moment.

A couple hours later, Fate was finishing up her written report when she felt hand start to massage her neck and shoulders.

“You never take a break do you?” whispered her lover, causing her to shiver.

“God, I missed this,” she groaned when Nanoha kneaded her way through the hard knots in the overused muscle.

“Vivio’s asleep,” Nanoha had moved Fate’s long blonde hair to the side and stared pressing light kisses on her neck. She smiled when she heard Fate moan. “If we’re really quiet, we could-”

She let out a gasp, an eerie feeling washed over her, as if an enormous amount of power had broken through the atmosphere. Her body and mind were in a daze that didn’t release its hold on her until the feeling went away. Sweat had broken out all over her body, and she panted as if she had just run for hours. She noticed then that her knees had given away and all her weight was on her lover who was too, gasping for air.

“What-” Fate’s disbelief was interrupted by their daughter, slightly opening the door, tears welling in her mismatched eyes.

“Nanoha-mama? Fate-mama? I feel funny.”

Fate stood and went to her, and picked her up in her arms, still trying to solve what had just occurred.

“Receiving an urgent call, my master,” said Nanoha’s intelligent device, Raising Heart, causing Nanoha to straighten up to her full height and go into commander mode.

“Accept call.”

The three soon stared at their old and currently pale friend, Hayate Yagami, her kind blue eyes unusually grave.

“You felt that too.” It wasn’t a question.

“What was it?” asked Fate, but Hayate shook her head.

“Meet me at the Saint Church, everyone’s on their way,” and with that, the screen disappeared. Fate and Nanoha looked at one another and nodded, both heading to Fate’s car, taking a shaken and confused Vivio with them.

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“Sorry we’re late, Vivio had a hard time being left with Admiral Lindy and Arf,” said Nanoha as she and Fate walked into Carim’s office. The couple was surprised at the amount of people.

“Took you long enough,” said Vita, who was nudge by Signum. Shamal was on her left, kneeling over Carim who was lying on a couch. Before Fate could ask, Carim quickly replied, “I just felt a little woozy during the episode. I’m fine now.” Her last remark aimed at Shamal.

“The reason I called you all here, was because of this.”

She held up blank sheet of paper, “I was going to do my annual prophecy, and everything was going on as normal. But before in middle of foreseeing… everything went black… as if all I saw had disappeared”

“You’re sure you didn’t just faint?” asked Vita.

“That’s the strange part. Sometimes I would black out, as if I were in a trance, but when I would snap out of it, the poem would already be written. As you can see, the paper’s blank. Even when I couldn’t control my power, I always wrote something, even if it didn’t make sense.” Nanoha had never seen Carim look insecure about her power before.

“Maybe the future changed. Isn’t it always in motion?” asked Chrono.

“It doesn’t change that fast,” admitted Carim.

A pregnant silence took hold of the room, while everyone gathered their thoughts. But before any could voice them, Hayate got a call from Yuuno.

“What we felt was a surge of magical energy,” he explained, “When a being, or any substance really, contains an immense amount of magic, mages within their range can sense them.”

“Then why hasn’t any sensed it?” “How can we track it?” “What exactly is it?” Many asked at once.

Yuuno held up his hand to silence them.

“That’s what bothers me. The size of their range depends on how powerful they are. They could be 5 miles away, or 5 billion miles away and we wouldn’t know. It could be anything, from what I’ve read. Supposedly, you can only sense it when you enter its range. We won’t sense it if we leave the range or are still in it. Because only a few have been recorded, there isn’t much on them, and the only records that discuss them are vague.”

“What can we do?” asked Signum.

“Nothing,” stated Hayate.

“But what if someone gets a hold of it?” asked Fate, “What if that person isn’t necessarily good?”

“Those sources of power have never once been found,” reassured Yuuno, “They usually disappear as fast as they came.”

“Then how come it happened right after my prophecy was erased?” asked Carim.

“Maybe it was a coincidence, maybe you didn’t realize that the surge was what you saw,” Yuuno replied. Carim still looked unconvinced, but stayed silent.

“Okay then,” said Chrono, “There clearly is nothing that we can do except wait and hope for the best. Yuuno, keep looking for more information, I’ll even people to help research if you need it.” Yuuno nodded.

When everyone left, Carim took the blank sheet of paper once again.

This doesn’t make sense… yet why do I feel a little relieved, as if I didn’t like the prophecy I was about to make?

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Thousands or miles away, on the non-administered world #97, in Uminari City, Japan, a hospital had just admitted a young brunette, found near a small café called Midori-ya.

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Whoa! a Brunette! And here all this time I thought it was vivio! *gasp* Tell me this isnt Nanoha's copy from Project Fate >< That project has already given me lots of headaches...even more so than Jail ever could

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I repeat again, this sounds very well ^^, it´s a really good idea, I want to see how you develop it.
And the little Takamachi isn´t Vivio, mmm...

And I´m waiting for the next chapter.

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Please tell me you're about to update...

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Wa... so good!
Nanoha and Fate have another child?
I can't wait for the next chapter!!

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Oh...my...god...
What an epic story so far! XD I'm kinda wondering who that brunette is and if that brunette would give birth to a child that was the cause of the power surge? Oooh...please update SOON! XDDD

EDIT: OMG! You were born the same day and month as me! Yeah! Bastille children all the way! XD

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Bastille children ftw!!! :P

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Wow...this story is turning out really good. Can you update please? :3

And Bastille children?

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Anonymous wrote:
Wow...this story is turning out really good. Can you update please? :3

And Bastille children?

People who are born on Bastille Day, A.K.A. French Independence Day, 7/14 (July 14) (the day the French stormed inside the Bastille prison and massacred all the political prisoners inside...) and there were many things going on that date during the French Revolutionary War that was also not very...nice.

So yeah...we were born during a very chaotic moment in history. You'll be surprised how many people remember my birthday because of that violent day in French history. >.>

EDIT: I hope you do well on your test, Hitomi. :3

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We freed the prisonners (14 people iirc) in the Bastille, we didn't kill them, and it was in fact to seize the ammo and weapons inside the fortress ! (>_<)
Besides, France was always independent, we just change from an absolute monarchy to a democratic republic.

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langrisser wrote:
We freed the prisonners (14 people iirc) in the Bastille, we didn't kill them, and it was in fact to seize the ammo and weapons inside the fortress ! (>_<)
Besides, France was always independent, we just change from an absolute monarchy to a democratic republic.

DAMN THE AMERICAN BOOKS! XD But I'm still happy to be born on that day....even though I'm not French. ^^; But thanks for clearing that up. :D

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Alavon wrote:
langrisser wrote:
We freed the prisonners (14 people iirc) in the Bastille, we didn't kill them, and it was in fact to seize the ammo and weapons inside the fortress ! (>_<)
Besides, France was always independent, we just change from an absolute monarchy to a democratic republic.

DAMN THE AMERICAN BOOKS! XD But I'm still happy to be born on that day....even though I'm not French. ^^; But thanks for clearing that up. :D

lol you got owned my friend

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Anonymous wrote:
Alavon wrote:
langrisser wrote:
We freed the prisonners (14 people iirc) in the Bastille, we didn't kill them, and it was in fact to seize the ammo and weapons inside the fortress ! (>_<)
Besides, France was always independent, we just change from an absolute monarchy to a democratic republic.

DAMN THE AMERICAN BOOKS! XD But I'm still happy to be born on that day....even though I'm not French. ^^; But thanks for clearing that up. :D

lol you got owned my friend

Oh, shut it you. :3

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You know, I'm French and I studied History in college, and I swear, the history of the French Revolution is one giant mess to begin with... (^_^)
Besides I always found funny people outside France call our National Day, Bastille Day, here, we just call it the "Fête Nationale" or "14 juillet" (~National Celebration Day, or 14th July).

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langrisser wrote:
You know, I'm French and I studied History in college, and I swear, the history of the French Revolution is one giant mess to begin with... (^_^)
Besides I always found funny people outside France call our National Day, Bastille Day, here, we just call it the "Fête Nationale" or "14 juillet" (~National Celebration Day, or 14th July).

I'll go with what you say; yay National Celebration Day children! XD \o/

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You could keep "Bastille children", it's shorter and much more explicit. :3
Maybe we should change the name of our National Day, Bastille Day fit more.

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langrisser wrote:
You could keep "Bastille children", it's shorter and much more explicit. :3
Maybe we should change the name of our National Day, Bastille Day fit more.

Yay, Bastille children! :3

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Very good, I wonder who is the brunette...
Good luck in ur test ^_^

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The plot is looking very interesting, and the cute NanoFate and family scene was very appreciated. This girl found near the Café seems to be our time traveler, I wonder if she was the cause of the spike the mages felt, or if something else is going to happen and she's back to help to deal with this... if she were to be Nanoha and Fate's real/genetic daughter probably she would be the stronger mage ever xD And please tell me that this brunette has burgundy eyes! ^^

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I'm pretty sure the brunette is our time traveller and the source of the magic energy spike, or at least linked to it.
Also, the plot is looking fine.

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Chapter 2

The pain was unbearable…

Yet she kept fighting…

Kept killing…

She wanted to stop but they just kept coming…

Her body was begging for rest, sweat and blood dripped all over, but her swords kept swinging, never missing their target. Suddenly, she felt searing pain through her left shoulder. She staggered, knees hitting the ground. The men and machine surrounded her, coming closer with each breath she took, their weapons set to fire. It was over, she knew and accepted, but she couldn’t die like this. She shut her eyes, and heard a bang…

She shot up from bed, panting heavily. In the back of her mind, she could hear a heart monitor beep widely, but in her disoriented state she could barely take notice of her surroundings. Her gown stuck to her skin, and she didn’t have to look in the mirror to know that she was sickly pale. A fierce pounding in her head caused her to shut her eyes from the light, and a wave of nausea came over her. She heard the door open, but didn’t trust her eyes, and just held her head in her hands.

“So sleeping beauty awakens,” joked the nurse, while checking the monitors, “and it took a nightmare to do it.”

She replied with a groan, taking a peek at the nurse who was now pushing her wet, dark brown hair aside to feel her forehead. The woman wrote something down on a clipboard and pushed her back to bed.

“The doctor will be in here shortly,” she took from her pocket a pack of pills and gave her two with a cup of water, “this should take care of the migraine.”

She thanked the woman, and leaned back, trying to organize her thoughts.

What happened? Why am I here?

Before she could call on Athena or Apollo, a man came in, grabbing the clipboard the nurse had held moments ago.

“How are we doing Miss?”

“Izumi,” she replied, remembering the character she used for her alias, “Hikari Izumi.”

“Well Izumi-san, do you remember anything?” she pretended to think for a minute and then shook her head, “you were admitted to the Uminari City Hospital on February 16th, which was three days ago in a comatose state. For whatever the reason, you body is physically drained and you will have to stay in bed. We’ve cleaned and bandaged you’re your injuries…”

Kari had stopped listening to him when she heard the date…

Three days… does that matter?

She racked her already exhausted brain for an answer…

Three days… that makes today the 19th… Why is this date so importan-

Her eyes widened and her heart stopped.

“What time is it?” she asked, interrupting him completely.

“Excuse me?”

“What time is it?” she asked urgently, grabbing his coat.

“A-a quarter to four,” he stammered. She let him go, her heart monitor speeding up.

“Shit,” she cursed as she yanked the tubes of her body, jumped out of the bed and ran out of the room, ignoring the vertigo that had hit her. She heard the doctor scream after her but she didn’t have the time to listen.

15 minutes… Damn it, only 15 minutes…

Before anyone could stop her, she broke through the closest window and called on her devices, no even beginning to fall when her armor was in place and she sped through the sky, leaving flames behind.

When she past a clock tower, she knew a couple of minutes had passed. This just made her increase her speed, creating a bright red trail in its tracks. The café was close now; all she had to do was find the item.

“Apollo, tract the chip, we’re in range.”

“Sì, signore”

A red diamond appeared in her palm, and created a screen in front of her, pinpointing to the back of the café.

“Bomba si trova a 4 chilometri di distanza, signore (Bomb is 4 kilometers away, sir),” said Apollo.

“Thanks.”

“Éxi leptá, kýrie (Six minutes, sir),” reminded her other intelligent device, Athena.

She flew over the café, too fast for any bystander to notice, except for the hot air that had suddenly passed them. She landed in the back of the café, looking not only for the device, but also who had placed it.

Where is he?

She clenched her fists, feeling someone watching her. She quickly turned and blocked a kick aiming at her, reciprocating by kneeing the enemy in the groin and punching his jaw with such force, that he smashed into the wall.

No matter how much time passes, he is still as predictable as ever, she tried to smile but winced, her body still had not fully recovered. She would have properly taken care of him if Athena hadn’t reminded her that a minute and a half remained.

After spending 30 seconds finding the device and removing it from the wall, she flew up as high as she could go and threw the tiny chip as far away from her and the ground below. A couple seconds later, a large explosion was heard throughout the streets of Uminari City, many civilians including the owners of the café stepped outside to see the fireball in the sky. She couldn’t help grin as she flew away.

I saved them… I saved them…

When Kari flew down to the back of the building, the man was gone.

Shit

************

Three days had gone by since the whole surge incident, and while Hayate and Chrono were receiving many updates from Yuuno, and dealing with the all the heads of the TSAB, no progress had been made.

“You should rest,” Hayate lifted her head from a stack of papers, her tired eyes somehow managing to stay opened.

“I’m fine Signum. Anyways, I can’t afford to sleep. Squads from all over the universe have been calling me nonstop demanding explanations I don’t have. And because of the time differences, they could call at any time of day.”

“Rein could handle it, right Rein?” The spirit in question was at the moment sticking her tongue out at the unison device on Signum’s shoulder. She quickly composed herself and nodded.

“Anything for Hayate.”

“Signum, have you ever felt something like that?” wondered Hayate, looking at the sunset, giving her a golden glow.

“I have heard about them, but they were said to be myths. No one truly believed there was someone with such power.”

“I’ve had a bad feeling for a while Signum. Something’s going to happen. Things have been too quiet.”

“I-” Rein gasped, looking at a tiny screen in front of her.

“Master, you have to see this!” she quickly turned on the large TV screen, where a news report was being shown.

“Occurred in un-administered planet #97. The bomb was clearly magical-based, because its intensity has far surpassed the technology of that planet. Lucky enough, the explosion was too far away to injure civilian, but it was large enough to grab their attention. Further investigation is taking place as we speak, while the TSAB is working on covering this up…” The screen showed the clear sky quickly changed in to an orange ball of flame.

“Stop the footage.” Signum exclaimed, “Play it back to before the explosion. Play it in slow motion.”

Rein did so, and the three watched Signum point at a certain area of the blue sky on the corner of the screen. There appeared to be a small dot there.

“That could be anything Signum. A bird or something,” said Rein.

“Watch,” commanded Signum.

As the video slowly played, that small dot started to glow and just as the explosion went into play, the dot disappeared, leaving a streak of red behind it.

“A bird wouldn’t do that. Zoom in as much as you can.” Even though the image was blurry, the three could clearly make out the outline of a human.

“Looks like we found the culprit. Good eye Signum,” complimented Agito, who had been strangely quiet since the conversation started.

Hayate looked more closely at the image, “Do you think that this being has anything to do with the surge that we felt?”

“Unlikely but worth considering,” Signum replied.

“Master… Look at its location… Isn’t that close to the Takamachi café?”

Hayate’s eyes widened.

“Contact Nanoha… tell her its urgent.”

While Rein was doing just that, Signum left to get Fate, knowing she would want in on this.

This is too big a coincidence to be ignored… but why Nanoha?

************

Kari had been lying on the hotel bed for hours now, meditating. You would think that after a long day you would want to sleep… But that is the one thing she wouldn’t do. If she did, she would only be haunted by past events… events she didn’t want to remember.

The last time she had a peaceful slumber, she was alive and laying next to her… She scolded herself for thinking about that, trying to force down the lump on her throat.

Meditating was the only alternative to not sleeping. Sure it doesn’t give your body complete rest, but if done right, you can function the next day as if you’ve gotten just barely enough rest.

Before long, the sun was already up and shining, and an alarm was heard from within her.

“Óra na sikotheí, kýrie (Time to get up, sir),” said Athena, jolting Kari from her trance.

“Il caffè è stato aperto per due ore. Se non si lascia ora, non si avrà la possibilità, signore (The cafe has been open for two hours now. If you don't leave now, you won't have a chance, sir),” reminded Apollo.

That got Kari moving at lighting speed. She ran to the kitchen, grabbing a quick breakfast and go ready for the day. Yes, the hotel room had a kitchen. The room, or suite, was five-star quality. How she had the money to pay for it… well, hacking is helpful tool during times of war and hiding.

Once she had put on the proper attire for the period (she had taken some of her mothers’ when they were her age) she stopped in front of the door. The nerves were finally kicking in. This was it… she was finally going to meet the people she had only seen through pictures. She took a deep breath and walked out.

Once she was out the building, she headed toward the café, passing by an electronics shop with TVs’ on display, all showing the explosion from yesterday. The news couldn’t get enough of it. She knew that the TSAB would be heading this way soon, so she had to be ready.

************

“There are still no further improvements on the investigation of the explosion that occurred yesterday at four o’clock. Even though many are working on the case…”

It was a slow day, probably because the crowd wanted to stay away from where the explosion was closest.

Momoko sighed, “Aren’t you guys worried? It was so close to us.”

Shirō laughed, “Honey, nothing’s going to happen okay? Besides, why on earth would someone want to bomb us?”

“I don’t know… I just got scared that’s all,” she said not looking him in the eye.

Shirō went to his wife and gave her a hug, knowing what was really bothering her. Their youngest daughter dealt with dangerous things like this on a daily basis. Once Momoko saw it with her own eyes, the gravity of danger in her daughters work was starting to hit her harder than before.

“She’s fine. She can handle anything.”

“What if this has something to do with her? I almost lost her once… I can’t go through it again.”

“You have to give Nanoha more credit than that. I can’t promise she’ll be fine but I can promise that Fate will never let anything happen to her.”

“Yeah mom,” said Miyuki, “Fate is like a watchdog when it comes to Vivio and Nanoha.”

Momoko wiped her eyes and grinned, “ Nanoha got really lucky didn’t she? Finding Fate.”

Kyōya nodded, “And it doesn’t hurt that she’s hot.” Miyuki smacked him on top of his head and the family laughed. They stopped when they heard the door open

Standing there was a young woman, with long, dark brown hair that reached to her mid-back. Her smooth, pale skin contrasted with her deep, burgundy eyes. Just by looking at her body, you could tell she was fit. But the characteristic that caught their attention the most was a thin but prominent jagged scar that ran down the left side of her face, starting from just above her left eyebrow and ending at the top of her left cheek. Even though she looked young, the sorrow in her eyes told you otherwise. Her beauty and presence mesmerized the four Takamachi, but in the back of each of their minds, they wondered why this girl seemed familiar.

She smiled a smile that didn’t meet her eyes, one that made Momoko’s heart tighten for some reason.

“Hi, my name is Hikari Izumi, I was wondering if you had any jobs open.”

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Interesting, our little time traveler has two devices, and seems to have a sad past behind her.
Somehow, I have the feeling things would be interesting when Fate and Nanoha will encouter her. :3

The plot thickens, I await the next chapter !