I walked in and out into the middle of the foyer, Two lagging behind me. Everyone stood around in the center and watched the both of us slowly make our way there. One held my gold coat in his hands and smiled when I came up beside him. Each one of us silently followed the Oracle into the study room once again and stood around the small room.
"You have anything to say, Angel?" The Oracle looked at me.
"I'm gonna miss everyone," I looked at the rest of the group. "It's been a rather exciting time," I laughed. "One that I never would have dreamed of happening, especially to me,"
I walked down the line of people, coming up to Neo first.
"It's been an honor meeting you, Neo," I shook his hand and gave him a hug. He smiled sweetly and lowered his head. "Gonna miss you."
Next were Trinity and Niobe. I shook both their hands too, but it was Trinity's turn to hug me. She threw her arms around my neck. She pulled back and looked into my face. "I'm going to miss you. It's been a pleasure working along side someone who's not afraid to fight and help someone who needs it," Trinity said. "Take care of yourself. There's something special in you."
Ghost and Morpheus met me last. They quietly shook my hand and nodded a silent good bye. Smith stood erect beside the chair Persephone sat in and stared at me. I walked up to him and nervously stretched my hand out. He looked at it for a few seconds then slowly took his hand and placed it in mine. A half smile formed on his lips that softly uttered a good bye.
I turned to the Oracle and Seraph.
"Thanks for everything." I said. The Oracle made her way to me and gave me a warm grandmother hug.
"Child, I want you to take care of the DVD for me. Ok?" The Oracle looked into my eyes.
"And don't be so sad." she chuckled while returning to her chair.
At last the time had come. I turned back around and looked in the direction of the Twins. Walking over and standing in front of them the room got dead silent. I could feel everyone looking in our direction. Carefully I took both of my hands and put one on each side of One's face and drew his head forward. Gently I put my lips to his soft cheeks and gave him a slight kiss.
"You be good. Ok?" I smiled as tears ran down both his cheeks and mine. "Watch out for Two for me." I gave him one last kiss then hugged him tight. He walked over and away from me as I made my way to Two.
"I'm going to miss you most of all, buddy." I whispered and started crying as I took Two's face in my hands as I had done to One and kissed his pale cheek that was wet from tears. In the middle of kissing him, I couldn't hold back the tears any longer and burst out crying. Two held me in his arms with my head resting on his chest, his head resting on my head. For a few minutes we stayed that way then I pulled back, wiping the tears away with the sleeve of my sweatshirt. I took Two's face again and gave him one last kiss on the cheek and playfully ran my hand down his dreadlocks. "You behave yourself." I whispered.
Two smiled sweetly.
"Now get out of here before I have to come with you." I laughed as I firmly and playfully slapped his arm. Two walked over next to One.
"Oh! I think this belongs to you." One said as he handed me my gold coat. I took it and ran my hands over it.
"Angel, you understand that after we go back everything here will become normal again, right?" the Oracle looked at me deeply.
"The Matrix that now has this world due to One trying to change Smith's program will disappear and everything will be as it was before everything happened. All the damage to the buildings during your struggle with the Smith clones will not have happened and you, my dear Angel, will be the only person who will remember what happened. The nurses and doctors at the hospital will not remember Smith, or the Twins, or the other agents. The landlady at the apartment building Neo stayed in won't remember Neo or the rest of us that she saw. Only you, Angel, will remember any of it."
I sadly looked down at the floor and shuffled my feet.
"Now is everyone ready? It's nearly 11:00." The Oracle looked at the clock that hung on one of the study room walls.
Everyone slowly nodded. One and Two turned and looked at me one more time, fixing their eyes on me in hopes of remembering the one person who had risked everything to save them when they awoke again on the other side of the DVD.
"Let's get it over with then before the Twins here have to stay behind with Angel." The Oracle chuckled while looking at the longing faces of the two.
The last thing I remember was that the Oracle waved her hand at me, then I saw the pale faces of the Twins one last time and everything went black. The next thing I remember was waking up and staring at the study room ceiling. I slowly got up and rubbed my head, trying to remember what had happened. I looked around the room. I was the only one there. The gold coat I had worn lay sprawled beside me on the floor. I picked it up and looked it over then glanced at my pants and shoes. I still wore the gold pants and white boots. Grabbing hold of the desk, I pulled myself up and stood in the middle of the room, a little dizzy at first but it soon passed. The silver laptop the Oracle had used still set in the middle of the desk. I pushed a button on it and out popped the DVD the Oracle had placed in it—the special copy of Reloaded that was left in my care. I took it out and put it in its case lying on a stack of papers. After shoving the disk into my coat's pocket, I ran out of the room and into the foyer. Looking up I saw the broken window above where Neo had crashed through. I darted to the left and out the backdoor into the garden.
"Two!" I shouted, my voice disappearing into the chilled night air. I knew it wouldn't do any good, but it felt good to get it out anyway, since I was alone no one could hear me. I ran down the walk and stopped. I wanted to see Two sitting huddled up next to the pond, but he wasn't there. My head dropped to my chest as I walked forward toward the spot we had been sitting. The rushing sound of the fountain was the only noise to be heard aside from cars in the distant. I fell to my knees and started to cry again at the thoughts and memories that filled my mind at that time. It was like waking up from a good dream only to find that you're alone in a strange house. Scared and not knowing what to do, you start to think about the lovely dream you had just woken up from and wish that you could just go back into it.
After staring into the fountain for a few minutes, I reached into my pants pocket and took out the razor Two had given to me. I ran my finger down its smooth pearl side and turned it over and over in my hands. The yellow lights of the pond made the pearl shine. With a smile I tucked the precious gift back into my pocket.
A little while of being by myself, I finally made it outside in the front yard of the house, the Oracle's silver laptop safely tucked under my arm. I turned to look again at the old house then made my way to the half melted van that all of us had arrived in. I stared at it for a second then ran forward and pulled the side door open. Funny how some of the things we used still remained here. I jumped up in the middle seats and looked around me. Ah—my laptop. I picked up the black computer and tucked it under my other arm as I jumped back out of the van again and started walking down the street toward the hotel I had been staying at. Truly it was a vacation I'd never forget.
Place: Our World, Home
Time: 2:30 a.m.
Date: November 5, 2003
Well, Diary, that's been my vacation. Sorry for not writing my entries sooner, but as you can tell I've been pretty busy. laughs I miss One and Two so much. When I watch the Reloaded movie over and over I tend to wonder if they even remember me at all. I can see them but they can't see me. The Oracle said that my copy of Reloaded is a special copy, but I wonder what she meant by that. Does it mean I'll get to see them again someday? sighs Probably not. Sometimes my thoughts drift back to that rainy night when I first found and rescued the Twins. It was horrible to see them that way, but now I'm glad that I had the courage to help them. Then my mind drifts off to the hospital, where I saved them from Smith. Boy was that ever an adventure. That Smith is strong, but he's cool too. I can still feel the whizzing of the bullets from his gun the time he shot at me through the hotel elevator. Man, I thought I was a goner then. And I'll not forget the time when the Twins and I first saw Neo. Ha—ha, and that moment when poor Two found out that getting a shot in your rear end isn't much fun. Poor guy. And that lovely moment Two and I spent beside the pond. That was the best time I've ever had in my life. Those two, I really miss them. All of a sudden, I wish I could give Two a hug and talk to him.
Yes, everything about this adventure will remain with me for a long time to come. Hmm, this is so long I should write a book about it, or at least a story. Oh well, guess that's all there is to tell. I need to go to bed. G' night, Diary.
Story written: 2003
Author's Note: Well everyone, this story has been fun to write and I enjoyed every second of it. I'm so sadden to see it end. I literally cried my eyes out while writing this last chapter. That is something that's never happened to me during writing my stories. Hope you've enjoyed it all as much as I've enjoyed writing it. Please feel free to email me with any comments or thoughts on the story or to just talk about your favorite part and why you liked it.