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A/N: This fic has replaced Code Geass: A Different Rebellion but the three chapters that were posted will be placed in this fic, starting with the first one for this chapter. There will be different things that will go on for the characters in the fic resulting in actions. Things will be answered of why certain things have happened as you will see in this chapter.
Shots had been fired through the windows of the Aries Villa in Pendragon, the capital of the Holy Britannian Empire. Lights were switched on and there was a scene of a terrible tragedy. The stairs had blood spilt and were trailing down. The people in the manor were shocked and horrified as three bodies laid lifeless on the stairs and blood seeping from the bodies. Two of them were male servants of the Aries Villas and the third was a woman and it was Marianne vi Britannia, the 5th consort and Empress of the Holy Britannian Empire. They were two children there and they were horrified with their eyes widened at the terrible scene they have seen and it was Marianne's two children, Marianne's son, Lelouch vi Britannia and Marianne's daughter, Nunnally vi Britannia. Lelouch wondered how this could have happened and Nunnally screamed horrified to see her mother dead.
Outside of the Aries Villa in a place where he was hiding, VV was on his cell phone and he was not pleased.
"Nunnally was supposed to be used as a witness," VV said, "What happened?"
The person in the other line explained and VV frowned.
"I see, that's what happened," VV sighed, "I wanted to make Nunnally a witness but I guess it was just bad luck…well, no matter, Marianne is dead and that's all that really matters. No one will be a wedge between me and Charles any longer."
VV hung up his cell phone and went on his way in the shadows.
August 10, 2010 atb, Japan
Three children were running and were heading up to a hill. Two of them were Lelouch and Nunnally vi Britannia, the now former royal heirs of the Holy Britannia Empire and they were catching up to another boy who had short brown hair and green eyes and it was Suzaku Kururugi, the son of the Japan's Prime Minister Genbu Kururugi. There was someone watching the children and it was a young looking woman who had long green hair and golden eyes and she was wearing a kimono. Suzaku was in front of them and had gone up on the hill and he extended his hand grabbing Nunnally's hand as he and Lelouch were helping Nunnally up and then Lelouch climbed up on his own. As they were able to get to the top, they were seeing Britannian aircrafts swooping and entering Japanese airspace one by one. It was something the children dreaded and that was Britannia was invading Japan and it would be known as the Second Pacific War. The war between Britannia and Japan would occur and the fighting would take in the land and air and Britannia would add something for their invasion and that would be knightmare frames. As the war would continue for days, Lelouch, Nunnally, and Suzaku were heading to another location. They knew that staying in one spot would have gotten them killed. As they went by, they could not avoid the corpses that passed by. Nunnally was crying as she saw what the destruction of the war did. Lelouch held his little sister close trying to ease her pain but that was easier said than done as Lelouch could not help but to cringe at the dead bodies that were all over. Suzaku was not feeling well at the site as well and he stopped for the moment. Lelouch and Nunnally looked over at their friend.
"Suzaku," Lelouch called to see if Suzaku would hear them.
Suzaku did not hear as his concentration was occupied by the horrific site that was the result of war. Nunnally decided to walk over and put her hand on Suzaku's left cheek.
"Nunnally," Suzaku muttered in surprise.
Nunnally smiled, "My mother always said that doing this makes the person feel at ease…so, does it help Suzaku?"
Suzaku could tell that Nunnally was shaking and he didn't blame her, the horrific site that was around them, no one at Nunnally's age should have to be subjugated to witness such a tragic scene. Lelouch went over and put Nunnally in ease and had his sister cover her eyes so that she wouldn't see the dead bodies while Lelouch would guide her to take her where they needed to go.
"C'mon, let's go," Lelouch said.
"Okay," Suzaku said with a nod.
"Lelouch," Nunnally said.
"Don't worry Nunnally," Lelouch said in a soothing tone, "I got you and I have no intentions of letting you go. Just stay close to me."
"Okay," Nunnally said as she held on her brother tight.
Lelouch, Nunnally, and Suzaku continued to walk through what they considered the road of death. As Lelouch continued on while holding on to his sister Nunnally and with his friend Suzaku following them, Lelouch couldn't help but think about the past and the decision that he had made in the past.
Flashback: Two years ago, May 14, 2008 a.t.b.
It was in back in Pendragon, the capital of the Holy Britannian Empire. It was there that in area that was used for a knightmare battle that Lelouch vi Britannia was watching a knightmare match. It was a match between his mother, Marianne vi Britannia, who was also known as Marianne the Flash and former Knight of Six and the man who was of the Knight of the Round as the Knight of One, Bismarck Waldstein. The eight-year-old prince was in awe as he was watching the fight. The match was amazing for him to watch and he kept his eyes glued on the match with excitement. He has been very inspired by his mother more than he ever thought he would before. He was then that during the match, he decided to do something, to learn from his mother.
The knightmare match ended and Bismarck and Marianne congratulated each other and complimented each other. They went their separate ways afterwards. When Marianne left and was on her way to the Aries Villa, she was surprised to see her son there and it looked like he was waiting for her.
"Lelouch," Marianne spoke.
"Hello Mother," Lelouch greeted, "I saw your match with the Knight of One and I have to say I was impressed."
Marianne felt giddy, "Oh my, you were watching. I would have thought you would be reading a book or playing chess with one of your siblings," Marianne grinned, "Or at the very least, keeping Nunnally and Euphie occupied."
"Actually Mother, I snuck away to see you," Lelouch admitted.
"Oh and why is that?"
"I just wanted to get away. Don't get me wrong, I love both Euphie and Nunnally but sometimes they can be overbearing and I need to breath."
The fifth imperial consort couldn't help but to laugh and Lelouch wasn't happy at his mother's response.
"Ah Mother, it's not funny," Lelouch complained.
Marianne calmed down, "Oh, I'm sorry Lelouch. I just that it's so cute, that's all."
Lelouch shook his head and decided to get right down to it, "Mother?"
"Yes, what is it my little Lulu?" Marianne asked.
"I would like to get some training and not only in piloting a knightmare frame but I want to be able to learn to defend myself."
Marianne was surprised and saw the look on her son's face and could tell that he was serious.
"This is a quite surprise, what has brought this up?" Marianne asked out of curiosity.
"I want to be like you," Lelouch answered.
Marianne was surprised again, "I thought you wanted to be like your brother Schneizel. I mean after all, you're always tagging along with him and you look up to him."
"Oh I do, I just also want to be like you as well because I've always looked up to you as well Mother."
Marianne was touched by her son's words.
"Besides," Lelouch continued with a frown, "I know that there are nobles and those within our family who are not fond of us just because you were born a commoner. They may try to do something to us. I want to be able to prepare myself when that happens. You've always protected us Mother; I want to be able to do the same as well."
Marianne thought about it and could see that Lelouch was serious, "You've really given this some thought, haven't you?"
The eight-year-old prince nodded, "Yes, I want to keep protect those close to me and I want to be able to have the strength to do that and not hide when things get too rough."
"I get it," Marianne spoke, "Are you truly serious about what you are asking?"
"I am Mother. So please, will you teach me?" Lelouch showed determination and commitment in his expression and it impressed his mother.
Marianne thought about it for a bit and came up with her decision and smiled, "Very well. I'm willing to do this for you but I want you to promise me something."
"What is it, Mother?"
"I want you to promise me that you will not skip your lessons anymore. Can you do that for me Lelouch?"
Lelouch nodded, "Yes, no more skipping lessons."
"Good. There's a military base thirty miles from Pendragon. We'll go there tomorrow for the start of your lesson of knightmare training."
Lelouch nodded excitedly, "Okay."
"Now then, why don't you go ahead Lelouch and I'll see you back home."
"Okay Mother," Lelouch said happily as he headed back to the Aries Villa.
Lelouch continued to walk the path shielding his younger sister Nunnally and his best friend Suzaku Kururugi following them. He had thought about his goals and what he had done since then. Lelouch remembered that he was always scolded for being weak and he was taunted that he would never be able to anything more. He knew that there were people who saw his mother as a real eyesore and he wanted to do everything to prepare himself and protect his sister Nunnally. His life shattered when his mother was killed that night in the Aries Villa and he as well as Nunnally had predicted, their father, the 98th Britannian Emperor, Charles zi Britannia, had no regards of who lives or die. Both Lelouch and Nunnally were always aware that their father believed that the strong should devour the weak like it was a natural thing. When he had an audience with his father regarding his mother's murder, it was all so clear more than he had realized. Lelouch left his father's sight with anger and walked away refuse to show weakness in front of anyone as he did not want to give his father or any of the vultures as Lelouch referred them the satisfaction and Lelouch vowed that would he get justice for his mother's murder.
It was dawn and a Japanese soldier was saluting at the Japanese government bureau that had just been just gone through devastation. Suzaku was sitting on a rock very detached and very sad. With the death of his father, Japan surrendered and with that, the war was over. Nunnally sat on the floor sad and angry with everything that had happened and Lelouch was disgusted with the devastation that Britannia had laid on Japan and he wondered if it was the same to other nations that Britannia had gone to war against. Lelouch clenched his fists as he thought about his mother and then he thought about the people in Japan that he and Nunnally had met in the time they stayed with Suzaku and his father Genbu. Lelouch had flash images of the energetic girl who was the same age as Nunnally and Suzaku's cousin, he then thought about the bald headed old man who held a cane, and then he thought of a man he came to admire who was a Japanese military officer who was also a martial arts teacher to him and Suzaku, and then Lelouch thought about a couple of siblings he and Nunnally met and they both had red hairs who was with their mother at the time. Lelouch decided that if this was how the ruling regime of Britannia was going to be, that if this was going to be how they continue onward, then he would fight against and he would do because he knew that in his heart, it was wrong. Lelouch made a decision.
"Nunnally, Suzaku," Lelouch spoke.
"Huh?" Suzaku uttered.
"What?" Nunnally asked.
"Mark my words on this," Lelouch said, "someday, I will defeat Britannia!"
Suzaku and Nunnally were shocked at Lelouch's words.
"What do you mean?" Nunnally asked.
"I didn't really know anything," Lelouch said, "I didn't really know how Britannia really is but I see it now," Lelouch clenched his fists, "the devastation they caused, the lives they ruined, and their despicable justification to kill even unarmed people. If this is how Britannia really is then I'll fight against it, I will fight against Britannia. Someday, when I'm fully prepared and when I have the things that I need, I will fight and defeat the Holy Britannian Empire. I will defeat the very country of my birth."
Suzaku was shocked at Lelouch's words and Nunnally was shocked as well and not only that, Nunnally was awe inspired by her brother's words. Nunnally felt that she wanted to do something and then she stood up and had a determined expression.
"Lelouch, are you really going to do it?" Nunnally asked.
Lelouch nodded, "Yes, I've made up my mind. It is how I feel; I hate the way Britannia does things and the deaths that we saw…" Lelouch shook his head, "this can't go on. I know that Japan is defeated now but one day," Lelouch looked over the sky, "I want to free it, I want to free Japan and the other countries that Britannia has occupied."
"Let me help you," Nunnally said suddenly.
"What?" Lelouch asked surprised looking at his sister.
Suzaku was shocked as well, "Nunnally?"
"I want to help you Lelouch, I…I feel the same way and I want to do everything I can to help you."
"Nunnally, you…" Lelouch spoke surprised.
Nunnally looked at Suzaku, "Suzaku, you feel the same way to, right?"
Suzaku looked at Nunnally surprised and then he had a sad expression and looked at the ground.
"S-Suzaku?" Nunnally spoke concerned.
"Suzaku?" Lelouch spoke concerned as well.
Unknown to the three children, the young green haired, golden eyed woman in the kimono looked at the three children and had thoughts of the past two years.
Flashback: May 14, 2008 atb
Lelouch went on ahead to the Aries Villa and when Marianne was certain that there was no one else around, she sighed of relief.
"So CC, are you just going to keep hiding or are you going to come out?" Marianne asked.
The green haired, golden eyed woman called CC came out she was wearing a business suit.
"I'm a bit surprised Marianne," CC said.
"Surprised? About what?" Marianne replied.
"About your son's request to learn from you."
"Well, it did surprise me as well but I figured it would be beneficial to him and to us as well."
CC was confused, "What do you mean?"
"He may become very helpful for our goal."
"The Sword of Akasha…but there is a possibility that he won't like what you and Charles are doing, what if he was to learn about it and decided to fight against it."
"Well, if that happens, then he'll just have to be put down, that's all," Marianne answered bluntly.
CC was shocked at her answer.
"I'm going to go talk to Charles about this. I'll see you later CC," Marianne said as she walked away.
CC didn't know how to respond in what she had just heard and just decided to walk to another direction.
CC sighed, "I wonder…well, your children are fine for now Marianne, I'm keeping watch just like I promised."
That's it for this chapter. Next chapter: Seven years later and Lelouch ends up getting caught up in a conflict that revolves a container.