Code Geass R3

Chapter 1

"All I want and need to be happy is to be with you, Lelouch!"

"Suzaku… You will live on always wearing that mask…"

"They say Geass is the power of the king…"

Lelouch woke up on his beach towel, stood up, and stretched. He looked down at the empty towel next to him. He checked his surroundings and shook his head.

"Where could she have gone off to now…?" he said to himself. "Maybe I should worry about her so much…" He closed his eyes and thought about his dream. Flashbacks from the day he gave up his title as Zero, and as the 99th Emperor of the Holy Empire of Britannia. How strange, he thought. My original intentions were to destroy Britannia and create a world where Nunnally could be happy… and now she's the Empress.

He thought about Suzaku, Shirley, Euphy, Kallen, the Black Knights, and everyone else he hurt, especially Nunnally. How I wish I could go back and do things differently.

"You should really stop beating yourself up over that. You achieved your goal, after all."

C.C. had appeared in front of Lelouch after he opened his eyes. "Where did you run off to?" he asked her.

"Don't change the subject. Stop blaming yourself up over something that happened two years ago."

"I don't know what you're talking about."

" You know damn well what I'm talking about. You know that none of that was your fault."

"What about Shirley and Euphy? They died because of me."

"Shirley died because of Rolo's selfishness. He wanted you all to himself, and didn't want to see you reunited with Nunnally." C.C. said.

"And Euphy? I killed her myself."

"That wasn't your fault either. You had no control over your Geass."

Geass… Lelouch thought. If only I still had my Geass. Lelouch opened his hand and stared at the Code symbol on his palm, the same one C.C. had on her forehead.

"This is what kept me alive," Lelouch said, looking back up at C.C. "It's also the reason I lost my Geass. It makes me feel so… powerless."

"You're anything but powerless," C.C. assured him. "Hell, you're immortal. You also have the power to bestow Geass onto anyone you choose."

"Anyone, huh?" Lelouch replied. He then shook his head. "No. Geass is a curse. I hurt almost all the people I love with it. I still have nightmares of the day I kill Euphy, and the day I found Shirley…" He couldn't bring himself to finish what he was thinking.

"Lelouch, your Geass created a world where Nunnally could be happy. Shouldn't that be reason enough for you to forgive yourself? You achieved your goal, and now you can live peacefully."

"I can't bring back the dead, C.C. And now that I don't have my Geass, I can't erase the memories of those I hurt. How I wish I could make them forget."

How I wish I could make myself forget…