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[Fanfic] The Martyr

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Seconded! Lolz why is it we all of a sudden have a lot of time traveling writers? Hitomi is writing one, I am starting one, Satashi is making one too! LOL I guess great minds think alike? XD

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This is one of the greatest second chapters in the story of the second chapters.

Really, this fic is great, it's hard to get me to like fics with almost no romance and original characters, but you just did it. I love Kari/Hikari, and I can't wait so see her meeting with her mamas, it would be awesome if they immediately figure out who is she xD

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Amazing chapter and it´s only the second :). Kari looks set to be a great character, really powerfull. I can´t wait for the posible meeting between she and her mothers.

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I really enjoyed reading this story and I'm looking forward to the next chapter!

NanoFate fans please don't send me hate mail... I promise to turn back into a ferret and leave Nanoha (and her waifu) alone XD

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Izumi? Wow, that was one of the names I picked for my random characters, but I chose not to use it. Awesome work~

Can't wait for more!! XD

"You can close you eyes to reality but not to memories..."

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love the story!!

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Hey guys its HItomi (I kinda forgot my password and can't login T_T)!

I'm so sorry for not updating (with midterms and the holidays) but fear not I haven't forgotten about The Martyr and ch 3 is well on its way. I don't want to rush this story (that's my biggest problem when writing) and want to take my time developing it. I'll try to update soon!!

BTW Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!!

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Anonymous wrote:
Hey guys its HItomi (I kinda forgot my password and can't login T_T)!

Check this link:
http://nanofate.us/user/password

If you still need more help, please tell me.

Merry Christmas~

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Thanks! I feel really dumb because I did try that but when I checked my email, it didn't show.... My stupid email put it under spam and silly me, didn't check it!

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A/N: Sorry for the wait and for a short chapter! I never thought school (and the SAT and ACT for that matter) would be such a pain!!! ENJOY XD

Chapter 3

Three weeks! It had taken them three weeks to get permission to go to the un-administered planet #97!

“Mama, are we there yet?” asked Vivio for the thousandths time. Nanoha gripped the steering wheel tighter as Fate sighed heavily. Since Vivio was on break, they had decided to bring her along since it had been a while since she had last seen her grandparents.

“We’re almost there Vivio,” Fate reassured her.

“But-” Vivio started but Nanoha gave her a look that stopped her from replying.

“Why it took us this long is beyond me…” muttered Nanoha, venting out her irritation. All the while, she seemed to accelerate the car a bit more.

Fate shook her head; Nanoha had been like this since the moment they heard the news and wouldn’t get better until she herself made sure her family was safe.

“Nanoha,” she warned as she took note of the speed limit, “No one is going to pull anything now that we’re here. And if they do, we won’t let anything happen to them.”

She took a hold of one of Nanoha’s hands and intertwined their fingers.

“Yeah Mama! No one can get past the Ace of Aces!” Vivio never missed the chance to show off her mom to anyone.

Nanoha smiled, but couldn’t help but feel something pulling her toward the café, like some sort of force. By the time they reached their destination, she was a couple shades paler, anxious for an unknown reason. Fate looked troubled too, but seemed to be more worried about the women standing next to her. She squeezed Nanoha’s hand to reassure her for whatever the reason might be.

Vivio, oblivious to it all, couldn’t contain her excitement any longer and ran inside, wanting to see the family she had missed so much.

“Vivio-chan!” exclaimed Shirō, picking her up and twirling her around.

“Ojiisan!” Vivio giggled. Fate and Nanoha, who had entered not soon after Vivio, shared a smile, their anxiousness disappearing, if only for a while.

Fate stood back and watched the Takamachi family reunite once again, noting the look of relief in Nanoha’s eyes.

“Are you going to just stand there forever Fate?” asked Momoko, embracing the young woman. Fate returned the hug, catching Nanoha’s eyes, both thinking the same thing.

It’s good to be home.

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“So how long are you staying?” asked Miyuki, setting a plate of cookies one the table, Vivio’s greedy hands attacking the plate not long after.

The café was closing soon and many of the customers had already emptied out. Most of the family was sitting around a table while Miyuki continued to finish cleaning up the café for the night.

Nanoha and Fate had gone to the Takamachi house to drop off their bags and had quickly returned, setting their stuff into the guest room while Vivio took Nanoha’s old room.

“Well, Vivio doesn’t start school again for another two weeks but if anything suspicious happens, Fate and I will have to stay a little longer.”

“This has something to do with that explosion a while back, doesn’t it?” asked Shirō. Nanoha and Fate shared a weary look, which basically confirmed his suspicions.

“Look Dad, we can’t say much but just keep your guard up for a while and let us know if anything odd or suspicious happens. We’re here to investigate. It’s probably nothing,” Nanoha tried to assure him, though not believing those words herself.

Momoko opened her mouth to speak but Nanoha’s cell phone began to ring.

“Hai,” Nanoha quickly pulled the phone a good foot away from her ear, a loud voice clearly heard by everyone in the room.

“WHY DIDN’T YOU TELL US YOU WERE COMING SOONER? IS FATE AND HAYATE WITH YOU? VIVIO? WE’RE GOING OUT TO DINNER TONIGHT, IT’S ON ME! YOUR FAMILY IS MORE THAN WELCOMED TO JOIN. SUZUKA ALREADY SAID SHE WAS COMING!” Alisa screamed.

Nanoha giggled and looked at the rest, silently asking if they wanted to go out. When they all agreed, she brought the phone close to her ear once again,

“Hello to you to Alisa. Mou, can you not yell though, I think I’m partially deaf,” she said while laughing.

“Gomen,” Alisa quickly replied, chuckling herself. “So is that a yes?”

“Where do we meet you?”

Nanoha shut the phone a couple minutes after, turning to her family once more, letting them know the restaurant that Alisa had in mind.

“I love that place!” Momoko exclaimed.

“I think we have a problem though,” Fate interrupted, gesturing to the young girl leaning against her, half asleep.

“Poor kid’s worn out,” commented Shirō.

“I’ll stay with her,” Fate quickly suggested, not wanting Nanoha to miss out on the little time she has with her family.

“No Mama! I’m not tir-” her statement was caught off by a yawn.

“Nonsense, I think I have the perfect babysitter in mind.

Ignoring Nanoha and Fate’s surprised looks, she continued, “Don’t worry, she’s responsible and won’t let anything happen to Vivio. Your father trusts her with the café, and you know how protective he gets over it.”

“Hey!” Shirō playfully exclaimed. Momoko stuck her tongue out at him in reply.

Still acting like newlyweds, Fate mused while stroking her daughter’s hair while she fought a week battle against sleep.

“You hired someone?” Nanoha asked.

“The day after the explosion actually,” replied Momoko, the nugget of information quickly catching Nanoha and Fate’s attention.

“She should be back any minute now, she left to get some supplies for the café. She’s a nice girl, hard working too.” The others nodded in confirmation.

Before Nanoha could even question them about the suspicious timing, the anxiousness she had felt earlier returned, in stronger waves. The hairs on her neck stood and a chill went down her back. She felt Fate stiffen beside her, and Vivio, who had almost disappeared to the land of dreams, quickly rushed back to reality.

The bell on the door jingled behind them as the door opened.

“And here she is,” Momoko stood, the others following her actions as well.

“I’m back,” Nanoha’s heart for some reason skipped when she heard the voice, and time seemed to slow as she stood and turned to face the unknown force.

“Izumi-san, I’d like you to meet my youngest daughter, Nanoha.”

Amherst clashed with familiar yet distinct burgundy.

The burgundy eyes widened, the owner’s heart beating wildly, filling up with hope, pain, and fear.

Mama?

A/N: Like it? Hate it? Criticism, good or bad, is welcomed!

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Nice chapter, I like the bit of family fluff, and the cliffhanger at the end promise something interesting between Izumi and Nanoha. :3

I'll patiently wait for the next chapter, keep up the good work !

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A/N: Like it? Hate it? Criticism, good or bad, is welcomed!

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none of the above...
I just...LUV IT!!!

i can't wait to see what's going to happen in the next chapter! thank you so much for this update ^_^

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No, no, no, you can´t stop it there xD. Well, short, but reaally good chapter with the Takamachi family toguether ^^.

I´ll waiting for the next chapter.

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You're evil writer XD~

cliffhanger......

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Thanks for another great chapter Hitomi! This one was dedicated to the Takamachi family (to the both Takamachi families xD) which I love, the fluff was nice, and you left me with expectation of the meeting of Nanoha and Fate with their future daughter. This is going to be great ^^ I wonder if Fate is feeling the as Nanoha about Kari... it's hard to tell because this chapter was focused on Nanoha, but if she their daughter it would be nice if they could feel some kind of connection ^^

Update soon please! This is one of the best fics I have read in a while.

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Nanoha's daughter... biological? Conceived with a MAN? *gasp* XD So many questions... so little answers... that's what keeps me coming back for more! XP

NanoFate fans please don't send me hate mail... I promise to turn back into a ferret and leave Nanoha (and her waifu) alone XD

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Well that daughter has burgundy eyes, so that "MAN" would have to be Fate xD

I don't know any other Nanoha character with such deep red eye color, since Nanoha's daughter has Fate's eyes.

After all they live in a magical highly advanced technological world, so making Nanoha pregnant with Fate cells could be possible even in original Nanoha adaptation.

Also loved this short 3rd chapter and I'm hoping for more.

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ah i thought i would find something about this story here too!! i'm happy that more chapters are posted here than in fanfic!! yea yea this story is just sooo awesome. i can't wait to see what happens next.

she is definitely fate's child, too. nanoha's eyes definitely recognized those red orbs...if not from the same fate, then definitely a from her genes!!!

this is too good, please update soon!

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A/N: Thanks for the feedback guys! because I gave you such a short chapter last time, I give the longest chapter so far ;)!

Chapter 4

She shivered as she walked closer to her destination, feeling drawn to it with each step she took. Her grip on the box tightened as the light of the setting sun illuminated the street. She was surprised to see customers still in the store when nearing the café and even more surprised to see that the Takamachi had joined the customers.

She reached for the doorknob, “I’m back.” Kari had to hold back a gasp as three familiar and desperately missed auras caressed her.

“Izumi-san, I’d like you to meet my youngest daughter, Nanoha.” She barely heard her grandmother as her eyes found a younger, livelier version of the women she feared and loved most.

Mama?

Her mother was just the same as Kari remembered, yet different… happier… That itself was enough to make her heart wrench with pain and guilt. Luckily for her, she had spent years perfecting the mask she was forced to put on for most of her life.

“Pleased to meet you,” Hikari’s voice held firm as she bowed her head. “Hikari Izumi.”

Nanoha narrowed her eyes but reciprocated, feeling a strange aura from the young teen in front of her.

“Takamachi Nanoha.”

A girl with mismatched eyes broke the strange tension in the room, peering timidly behind her mother, having quickly left her other mother’s side. She tentatively took a step towards Hikari, until she was only a foot away, staring curiously at the stranger before her.

Hikari’s well-trained mask cracked when she faced her older sister. She kneeled down to the girl’s height when the young girl reached her, giving her a smile and stretching her hand out to be shaken.

“Hikari Izumi, but you can call me Kari. Who might you be?” Vivio stared at the hand quizzically before taking it, surprised by the surge of energy she felt at the touch.

“Takamachi Vivio, daughter of the Ace of Aces.”

Hikari’s grin widened, hearing the old nickname of their mother. Vivio smiled back, taking a liking of this mysterious girl before her.

“I like you.” Kari laughed at the girl’s blunt comment, but quickly looking up to hear another woman slightly scolding at the young girl.

“Vivio!” Fate scolded, Vivio sometimes had minor slip ups about TSAB’s existence whenever they visited Earth.

“It’s alright. Kyōya-san told me you worked for the military.”

Burgundy met burgundy, and Fate was suddenly reminded of times when she looked at a picture of her sister, Alicia, or simply looked at a mirror. Her postured stiffened, and much like her wife, kept her guard up.

There’s something odd about her, Fate told Nanoha telepathically while Nanoha’s father introduced her.

“This is Nanoha’s wife, Fate T. Harlaown and Vivio is their daughter. They came to visit for a couple of weeks,” Shirō informed.

“Are you a tactician or flyer?” asked Hikari, pretending to be curious. Nanoha seemed surprised by the question, while Fate stared at her more intently.

“My parents were in the army,” said Kari, explaining why she was interested.

‘Were’? Thought Nanoha, trying to figure out just who this girl was.

“Really?” Kyōya seemed surprised, “You never told us that.”

Kari’s eyes hardened, recalling various past events. You wouldn’t believe half what I would tell you, she darkly thought.

She quickly turned her back to them and placed the bag of supplies on the counter, trying to compose herself.

“You never asked,” she said when she turned around again, forcing a grin to appear.

Momoko looked at the clock, eyes widening at the time. “If we don’t head out now, we will never make it. Izumi-san, could you do us a huge favor?”

Kari hesitated but nodded nonetheless.

“Could you please look after Vivio while the rest of us go out to dinner with Nanoha and Fate’s friends? We would bring her along but she’s tired as it is.”

It was ironic that not too long ago, thought Kari, Vivio would have been the one to take care of her.

The girl in question seemed wide-awake now thanks to a certain unknown force, but she stayed quiet. Vivio liked being close to the girl, and she wouldn’t pass up the chance to do so.

“Sure.” Nanoha opened her mouth to object, not liking this arrangement but was stopped by a hand on her shoulder. She turned to see Fate silently shake her head.

If we say anything now, she’ll know we’re suspicious. It would be too obvious if she were to do something now.

Nanoha agreed with the reasoning before her sister took a hold of her and hurried her out the door. She looked back to see a helpless Fate get the same treatment from her mother. She waved at Vivio, trying to act like the odd feeling was nonexistent.

Vivio waved at her mamas, giggling at how they exited, before quickly turning to see her new babysitter, frowning at the sullen look on the girl’s face.

Kari gazed at her parents as they walked out the door, sadly noting the their automatic reactions toward her. She should have known they would have felt something about her. Feeling a pair of eyes on her, she turned to the girl and genuinely smiled for the first time.

“Let’s go,” Kari said while offering her hand. Vivio ignored the feeling she got at the touch and followed the older girl out the shop, waiting outside for a second as Kari locked the café doors.

Kari led her to a black and red motorcycle, parked close to the café. Vivio stared at it in fascination as Kari got on. She tentatively took the helmet she was offered, not trusting the machine in front of her.

“Don’t worry, you’re safe with me, I promise.”

Vivio heard the honesty and sincerity behind the comment and all her worries left her. She had never truly believed promises like that unless they came from her mothers, but she couldn’t help but hold that comment close. She got on and wrapped her arms around the girl’s waist, noting how safe she felt around her.

They quickly zoomed to the Takamachi household, much to Vivio’s dismay. She found out that she truly loved riding on motorcycles.

“Can’t we keep driving?” she begged before yawning, her sleep now returning

“Sorry Viv, but that yawn just explained why we can’t,” Kari said, turning off the bike. She ruffled Vivio’s helmet hair and picked her up, carrying her the rest of the way home. She had to pick up some supplies from the house earlier that day so she already had a key.

After lying a now pajama dressed Vivio on her bed, she went to turn off the lights but small hand stopped her.

“Why are you so sad?” Vivio innocently asked…

“Don’t be sad, Kari-chan” said Vivio struggling to take another breath.

“No! Onee-chan, don’t give up! Fate-mama and Nanoha-mama will be here any minute now! Don’t leave me!” her tears were uncontrollable now as the small body tried to hold the wounded one.

A cold and bloody hand wiped them away, “G-gomen, Kari-chan…”

The hand fell lifelessly to the ground. “ONEE-CHAN!”

“Kari-chan?”

Hikari woke form the memory, clearly shaken, “Sorry,” she said, weakly smiling at Vivio and gently kissed her forehead.

“Don’t worry about me. Good night.”

Once Hikari was out the room, she lean on a wall, letting out a shaky breath, flashes of bloody scenes quickly overtaking her vision. She shook her head, trying to forget them.

“Adelfí̱ sou koimátai, kýrie (Your sister is asleep, sir),” Athena informed.

Hikari slowly slid onto her knees and finally let the tears fall…

Hikari greeted the family when they returned from dinner an hour later. Fate quickly noticed her eyes having a slight tinge of pink but said nothing.

“Thanks again, Izumi-san,” Momoko said once more.

“No problem. See you tomorrow.” She bowed and left, the strange force leaving with her.

Fate and Nanoha went to see their daughter, finding her soundly asleep. When Nanoha tenderly kissed the girl’s forehead, Vivio mumbled, “-ari-chan.”

“I don’t trust her,” Nanoha whispered. “I don’t know why, but I don’t.”

Fate wrapped her arms around her wife, nodding.

“We’ll look into it tomorrow.”

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Days had gone by but Fate and Nanoha had yet to see Hikari do anything suspicious. It didn’t help that Vivio wanted to spend every waking moment with her.

Nanoha walked into their room, coming back from waking Vivio up, to find her wife intently looking at a screen in front of her and listening to Yuuno’s voice in the background.

“There’s no one by that name in all of Japan. No birth certificate, nothing. I even checked other solar systems and have yet to find something. It’s like she appeared out of thin air,” Yuuno ended his speech with wonder.

“It’s odd,” came another voice. Nanoha’s eyes widened in surprise to see Hayate appear on another screen. “You said that she showed up the day after the bomb incident?”

“Yes,” said Fate. “There is something about her… I get this presence of strong power whenever I’m around her, but I don’t know how to explain it.”

“She’s not the only one,” Nanoha confirmed, finally entering the discussion. “It’s as if we were drawn to her.”

“Does it feel like the surge?” asked Hayate.

Silence was her answer.

“Not to that extent,” Fate said after a minute.

“How’s everything over there?” Nanoha said trying to forget how she felt the day that had started all of this.

“Things have somewhat gotten back to normal but everyone’s one their guard. I have a feeling something is going to happen.”

“I found something,” Yuuno interrupted her. “A medical report of a girl with Izumi-san’s description, who was found lying unconscious on a street not too far from the café. She was taken to the Uminari City Hospital and was in a coma for three days. They believed it was from exhaustion but they couldn’t explain why she had some superficial wounds. She told them her name but before they could ask her anything else, she ran off. It said she woke up on-” he stopped suddenly.

“She woke up when, Yuuno?” Hayate asked, suddenly alert.

“February 19th.”

“The day of the bombing,” Nanoha whispered.

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“Have a good day,” Kari said to the customer, sighing once he left. Today’s morning rush took longer than usual.

“Was that the last of them?” Miyuki asked. She cheered when she saw the other girl nod. She flopped down on a chair, grabbed the TV remote, and began to skim through the channels. Kari would have laughed if she hadn’t heard the breaking news on the TV.

“This unknown machine has now closed off the southern part of the city. Our cameramen are trying to get a better look.” On the screen, a large body of medal appeared, but unlike similar machines seen in movies, it wasn’t aiming to destroy everything. Its target was not far from it. Suddenly, the screen turned into black and white mesh.

Miyuki stood, turning many shades paler, “Wasn’t that-” She didn’t even finish her question. Hikari was already out the door and in the air.

It’s too soon. They shouldn’t appear for another couple years. Why now?

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Another shield appeared, blocking another of the machines blasts. Nanoha grunted, trying to keep it intact.

“What is that thing?” Nanoha asked Fate, who seemed just as tired as her.

“I don’t know.” Fate once again tried to get another hit at it but only seemed to give it minor damage. She just barely dodged another blast.

Fate! She heard Nanoha’s worried cry.

I’m all right, She reassured her. Yuuno, have you found any weak point?

I can’t get anything. Whatever that body is made out of, it’s not from earth.

Don’t worry about exposure, Hayate added. It’s taken care of. I’m on my way over there now.

“Let’s attack it at the same time!” Nanoha yelled at Fate, who nodded.

“Raising Heart.”

“Bardiche.”

“Yes, my master.”

“Yes, sir.”

Nanoha aimed the device at the metal beast, Fate mimicking her moves on the other side.

“Divine-”

“Thunder-“

Aim at where the machine is sending off the blasts.

Nanoha and Fate’s eyes widened at the familiar voice.

Trust me! That’s where its heart is.

“Buster!”

“Rage!”

A pink beam shot through the machines opening, a yellow one meeting up to it from the other side. The machine burst into flames as the two mages met on the ground.

“Was that-?”

“Nanoha, behind you!” she heard in the distance.

The next couple seconds passed in slow motion as Nanoha turned to see a blast of ice blue head straight at her. She felt someone yank her backward as Fate tried to shield her from the lethal attack. She shut her eyes, waiting for Fate’s gasp of pain, but it never came. She did though, feel a familiar force envelop her, but this time stronger, if possible. There was no denying that this was the surge they had felt days ago.

Fate opened her shocked eyes to see a very familiar girl with dark brown hair in front of her, effortlessly holding up a red shield, blocking the blast and saving their lives.

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YES!! i'm the first to review!! haaa wow, this never happens.

this chapter was awesome!! so awesome...can i say it again?? i was ooo happy that vivio felt the connection between the two. kinda strange since they weren't blood related, but still, it was a great thing to read about. and the fight scene. how did nanoha and fate get there first when Kari just saw it on TV. hmm but she saved them!! their future has already been changed and seems to not go according to kari's past. so this will definitely be interesting.

thank you for the update Hitomi!!!!!

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Good chapter !

The interaction between Kari and Vivio was nice, you could tell Kari really like her older sister and share a strong bond.
You could see that Kari, even with her mask, had difficulty to not jump of joy on her mothers.

Kari show she is indeed her mothers' daughter with her magical strenght during the fight.

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Great chapter ^^. I like the interaction beteween Vivio and Kari and the action scene is really good. This story is getting more interesting with every new chapter.

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Thanks you so much for this great update! seems like Kari will need to give a lot of explanations after this hehe

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Thanks for the update Hitomi! That was great, I love this fic.

It's nice to see the interaction between Kari and her family while she is still trying to hide her identity, but now at the final of this chapter it seems like things are going to change. This is becoming very interesting.

I usually wouldn't like to see a character coming from out of the blue to overpower Nanoha and Fate, but if it's their daughter this is totally fine :D They should totally start to have a lot of babies to create the Universe most powerful army xD

Update soon please~

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Excellent chapter! Nice sprinkling of short flashbacks in key moments which helps explain the back story with poignant details, like how Vivio passed away in front of Kari in the original timeline. Very exciting, fast-paced plot development, great read!

NanoFate fans please don't send me hate mail... I promise to turn back into a ferret and leave Nanoha (and her waifu) alone XD

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A/N: Thank you the feedback! Much appreciated! This isn't one of my favorite chapters, but it's necessary... enjoy!

Chapter Five

Fate gaped at the now armored girl. She had a high ponytail similar to Signum’s, her bangs parted to the side blowing in the wind, and wore a black tank top under a sleeveless, white barrier jacket with red outlines, which reached below her knees. (A/N: Jacket somewhat like Erio’s) Dark burgundy cargo pants were held by a black belt, that carried two swords on each side, which were being grasped by her black-gloved hands. There was a tattoo on her upper right arm of the solar symbol that shined in red, getting brighter with the more magic she prepared to use.

“You!” said that man dressed in dark blue, recognizing the girl who was responsible for his failed plan of bombing a certain café. He didn’t wait another second, quickly aiming his gun again, not holding back and madly firing,

Hikari didn’t even flinch. Before Fate or Nanoha could react, she already had both of her blades out, each moving at an extremely fast rate, smashing against all the blasts that came their way.

Signum and Hayate, who had been the one who originally called out to Nanoha, joined the couple, each staring at the mage with wonder. The blue blasts only seemed to increase, but the mage was quickly shortening her distance with the enemy, her swords never faltering.

They moved as if they were an extension of her body. Her precision would make any swordsman jealous. The jabs, swings, and twirls, so fluid and graceful that could only be done with a mixture of years of experience and natural talent.

The man, realizing his weak effort, grimaced and began to make a run for it, but was too slow. He was grabbed from the collar and violently pushed to the ground. Before he could flinch from the pain he froze, feeling the cool edges of both of the mage’s swords on his neck. She leaned in close, a strange animalistic glint in her eyes.

“Tell me why I shouldn’t just kill you now?” Kari whispered coldly. He whimpered like the coward she remembered. She began to smirk, the hate in her growing when she suddenly heard a voice,

“Kari-chan!”

She looked up, meeting watery mix matched eyes that widened in fear. She knew then, that the fear wasn’t from the situation, but caused by her. Feeling like a bucket of ice water was just poured on her, she quickly snapped out of her warlike state.

The man took advantage of this and punched Hikari, forcing her off him. He then flew off, disappearing after going up a couple feet.

Kari rubbed her jaw as she heard footsteps toward her. She felt small arms wrap around her, a small body pressing itself on her, shaking. She smiled and patted the young girl’s head.

“I’m okay. Didn’t I tell you not to worry about me?”

“Still…” Vivio sniffled.

“Mom, take Vivio home.” Said a rather serious voice.

Momoko and Vivio were on their way to the supermarket when the machine showed up. Nanoha and Fate came soon afterwards and told them to take cover, but they to had a clear view of the event that had taken place.

Hikari looked at the eldest Takamachi, who appeared like she didn’t want to leave either. Momoko gave her a worried, motherly glance as she neared the pair of sisters. Sensing her grandmother, Vivio tightened her grip and shook her head stubbornly.

“No. They can’t make me, no.,” she whimpered.

“Vivio,” Nanoha said once more. “You have to go home.”

Vivio looked at Fate, sending her a pleading look. Fate looked away, knowing that Nanoha was right. Vivio began to protest, but Hikari stopped her.

“Go on, Vivio,” she said, gently prodding the girl. “It’ll be okay. It’s not like you’ll never see me again.”

“But-”

“I’ll see you later, Viv,” said Kari, passing her to Momoko.

Vivio looked into her eyes, for some reason not believe her, but let Momoko take her away.

Once they where out of sight, Hikari stood up straight and turned to the four mages in front of her. Her heart ached when she saw Signum and Hayate, but didn’t let her face show it.

Hayate looked at this girl with curiosity.

It’s strange, she told the others telepathically. It’s like she already knows what we’re going to say.

“Hikari Izumi, you’re under arrest for suspicions of ill use of magic.”

Hayate was once again interested when the young mage willing let Signum handcuff her.

“Your device.” Signum commanded.

Hikari sighed, transforming back to her daily attire.

“Apollo, Athena,” she called out.

“Ma signore! (But sir!)” Apollo argued.

“Apollo, Athena,” she said once again, this time more commanding.

The four stared, astonished when not one, but two intelligent devices appeared from the girl’s palm and float towards Signum. One was a diamond shaped ruby, the other a gold sphere.

Just who is this girl, Hayate wondered. She looks like…

Hayate quickly glanced at her best friends and looked back at the girl.

…. But that’s impossible.

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“What is your name?”

“Hikari Izumi.”

“Okay, now tell me the truth. What is your name?”

“No matter how many times you ask, my name won’t change.”

“Then why can’t we find any documentation of a ‘Hikari Izumi’?”

“…”

“Okay, let’s try another route. Why did you bring a bomb to non-administered planet #97?”

“I didn’t.”

“But wasn’t it you in the video?”

“Yes, but-”

“If you didn’t have anything to do with the bomb, then how did you know it was there?”

“…”

“If you didn’t bring the bomb, then who did?”

“…”

“Why did you start working at the Midori-ya café the day after? Wasn’t the café rather close to where the bomb went off?”

“I’m not the enemy here!”

“Then who is?”

“Listen, why would I place a bomb in the middle of the sky, just far enough so that people wouldn’t get hurt? And if I were after the Takamachis, don’t you think I would have killed them by now. The bomb was supposed to go off at the café, I was the one who took it out before it went off.”

“Then I ask again, how did you know it was there? Were you working for the enemy and suddenly had a change of heart?”

“That’s not it!”

“Explain how then?”

“You wouldn’t believe me.”

“I don’t believe you now, so any story won’t hurt you.”

“…”

“If that’s all you’ve got to say-”

“I’m from the future.”

“… What did you say?”

“I told you, you wouldn’t believe me.”

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“Signum is getting agitated,” Hayate said, staring at the interrogation taking place in the other room.

“I would be too,” Nanoha admitted. “Actually, I would have already lost it. Can you believe that she is using time travel as an explanation?”

“Well, I didn’t believe in magic when I was younger… or of other planets outside our solar system and look at me now,” Hayate reasoned.

“But time travel?”

“You have a call waiting Hayate,” said Rein, appearing on her master’s shoulder.

Nanoha leaned back on her chair as Hayate accepted the call, letting out a deep sigh. The past day had been tiresome. Fate was back home, packing and all the while trying to get Vivio to talk to them again. The girl was genuinely upset when Nanoha tried to explain that she couldn’t see Hikari anymore. Vivio refused to believe that Hikari was an enemy and she wasn’t the only one, her whole family defended the mage.

“They tell me you caught someone.”

“Good to see you too, Carim,” Hayate grinned at her.

“How’s it going?”

“The interrogation is getting us nowhere. She either stays quiet or tries to defend herself with ridiculous explanations,” Nanoha answered.

“And what would that be?” Carim asked, wondering why the mage was so riled up.

“She says she’s from the future,” Hayate informed, noticing the blonde stopping what ever she was doing, her eyes widening. “Carim?”

“Of course,” they heard her whisper. “Why didn’t I realize it before?”

“You’re not suggesting-”

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“Took you long enough,” Hikari remarked at the blonde woman who had just entered the interrogation room.

Three days had passed since her arrest, and the interrogations were getting on her last nerve. The ship had had already reached Mid-Childa and she was moved to the Section Six headquarters. Even though she hadn’t seen much, it was nice to see the building standing, remembering the day it was destroyed.

Hayate, Fate, and Nanoha closely followed Carim into the room, each trying to figure out what was going on.

“You’re the reason behind the surge of magical energy. You were what blocked my vision.” It wasn’t a question.

“Tell me, what was is that you were about to predict? It wasn’t pretty was it?”

“I don’t remember,” she confessed. “But did it turn out so bad that time travel was the only option?”

Hikari stiffened, her frustration building up. “You were the one who suggested it. And before you ask, I came because I’m the only one left! Where I come from, everyone’s dead… The Takamachi were supposed to be the first ones to go, but I saved them. Trust me, we tried everything but… they were just too strong, he was too strong.”

Fate stared at the young mage, resisting the sudden urge to hold her tight and comfort her.

Just what did you go through?

“Who is he?” she asked.

“My grandfather, Izumi Toshio” Hikari said in disgust, refusing to look Fate in the eye. Your father, she silently added.

“What about the TSAB?” Hayate demanded, ignoring the sinking feeling in her stomach. Hikari let out a humorless laugh.

“Like I said before, I’m the only one left. I came back because I have to stop him, but I can’t do it alone. I needed the three of you.” She finally looked up and saw Nanoha with her back turned away from her.

“He knew that to succeed, he had to get rid of you three, so he started to target the people you knew. He wanted to weaken your heart, because if he destroyed those who loved you, then you would be an easier kill… He was right.”

She let out a shaky breath and continued, “That machine you saw, they weren’t supposed to show up for years, and that was one of the weaker models. My guess is that he always had them and was waiting to set them free. I can teach you how to beat them, I can tell you whom he’s targeting. Please, just help me in defeating him. I won’t let that future come true… You have no idea what it’s like.”

“We have people guarding my family and I’ll ask for a full report on this Izumi Toshio. Even though I still don’t trust you,” Nanoha finally turned, looking at the mage with uncertainty. “ I can promise you that none of us are going to let him win.”

Nanoha then marched out. Fate looked at the girl once more, before following her wife out. She stopped at the door but didn’t turn, “Thank you for saving us that day.” She then walked out.

“You know that if they find out, you might disappear right?” Carim asked, receiving a questioning look from Hayate.

“They won’t. Besides, you should have more faith in me,” Hikari said, cracking a grin. “I am their daughter after all.”

Hayate’s jaw dropped.

Oh my god….

“Ehhh!”

A/N: I always wondered who Fate's father was...

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So Fate's "father" is the mastermind of this attack, I don't see that one coming.

It's understandable nobody would believe Hikari saying she comes from the future.

I like the reaction of Hayate when she learn Hikari is Nanoha and Fate's daughter.

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If I recall right Fate didn't have mother or father cause she was created using some cloning method from Alicia cells in Project F experiment, we can assume that Precia was Fate's 'mother' and Jail was her 'father'.

Precia was Alicia's biological mother, is it mentioned somewhere who was Alicia's dad and Precia's husband?

Nanonymous
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Alicia's biological father has never been mentioned and
whoever he is, he is indirectly Fate's father too because
she is Alicia's clone. I'm just making up a storyline for
the unknown character :)

Nanonymous
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^^that was me, Hitomi... I'm replying from my phone and forgot to log in