Chapter 15 Race Against Time

A/N Sad to say, this is the last chapter, I really hope most of you enjoyed this fanfic! Will Kira and Milly be able to get the needed information? Will Cagalli pull through? Will Athrun be able to brace up and stand up for what he believes in?

"What the hell!" screeched Miriallia desperately, banging against teh company gates when she realised the company was closed for the rest of the week.

"Is anyone in there? Open up!" yelled Kira loudly, searching around for any company officials or employees.

"This is hopeless! What are we going to do now? The freakin' company's closed due to Athrun and Mia's wedding preparations!" exclaiemd Mia throwing her hands into the air and sinking down against the gate.

"Good thing I came up with Plan B," said Kira, looking down at Miriallia, who looked absolutely exhausted from all the running around.

"Come on, tell me!" said Miriallia, looking up at the brunette boy sternly.

"They're getting married tomorrow, and this town is rather small, and there's only one church here. That's the church of St. Anne. This may be risky and intrusive, we'll just have to get our way through force." explained Kira firmly.

"You're not saying that, while they're in church conducting the ceremony, we're just going to storm in there and drag Athrun out, are you? It's dangerous, and the chances of success are slimmer than a cross-section of a strand of hair!" exclaiemd Miriallia frnatically, standing up and dusting the back of her skirt.

"It's not that hopless, Mirre. But the chances of success are slim, but no matter what, this is for Cagalli." said Kira nodding, and looking determinedly at Miriallia.

Holly barked, as though agreeing with their terms as well.

"Now, we go back to the hospital and say nothing about this to Cagalli. We'll just tell our little plan to Ochika." said Kira, getting back into the driver's seat and driving the trio back to the hospital.

The sun was setting beneath the horizon by the time they got back. "So, how did it go?" asked Ochika, coming out of the ward to meet Miriallia, Kira, and of course, not forgetting, Holly.

Miriallia shook her head sadly, "The company was closed, and it seems like all hope is lost. But Kira does have a plan," she replied, perking up a little.

Ochika turned to the young brunette doctor, feeling hopeful.

Kira took a deep breath and started to explain. "Athrun and Mia are getting married tomorrow, and what I plan to do is to interrupt the marriage ceremony." he said uneasily.

"Kira, I just thought of something that might contribute to our list of problems. How can we be sure that it's the church of St. Anne? They could've gone to another town to hold their marriage," said Miriallia knowingly.

"That's one of the risky parts, another thing, is that I plan to take Cagalli along." said Kira, looking through the glass window of the ward and at the blonde girl who was staring out of the window beside her.

"What? It might worsen her condition seeing the young man she loves marry another girl!" exclaiemd Miriallia loudly, placing a hand on Kira's shoulder.

"It won't worsen her condition, looking at the state she's in. It might kill her on the spot. But my reason for bringing her is so that if Athrun sees her in such a stae, it might bring him back down to earth and return to Cagalli's side." explained Kira, wringing his hands behind his back.

"But Cagalli said that Mia already said that Athrun didn't love or care about her any longer," contradicted Ochika, staring sideways at the floor to hide the tears that were rolling down her cheeks.

"How would you know that what Mia said was really from Athrun's mouth? She could just have said that to get rid of cagalli for good, and for all we know Athrun might still love Cagalli deeply." said Miriallia knowingly.

"Why don't we just have a good rest for the meantime, and just carry out the plan tomorrow. We will only get answers on the day itself," said Kira wisely.

"I think I'll keep Cagalli company through the night, rest assured I won't let slip our plan," said Miriallia following Ochika into the ward while Kira returned to the staff room.

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"Athrun, you look so handsome in that tuxedo!" squealed Mia hugging Athrun from behind.

"Mia, if you really love me, then let me go back to Cagalli," said Athrun softly, staring at the pink-headed girl through her reflection in the mirror.

"Athrun, don't bring that up again. If I can love you, why can't you love me?" asked Mia softly, resting her head on his shoulder.

"Love can't be forced, Mia," sighed Athrun, moving away from his wife-to-be.

"I don't care, I'm happy so long as you're with me," said Mia, kissing him gently on the cheek before twirling around in the wedding dress, like a ballerina.

Athrun just felt frustrated tears come to his eyes as he thought of the blonde girl. Ever sicne he had left her, she had lost her usual determined and strong-willed character.

Everything she had once been, had been vanquished completely. It was utterly hopeless now, he was getting married the very next day, and there was nothing he could do about it.

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"Come on! Let's get moving," said a handmaiden, helping Mia into the car.

Patrick shoved Athrun into the front seat before joining him in the driver's. "You'd better stop thinking about that girl, and put on a euphoric expression. Don't disgrace me in front of everyone," snarled the senior Zala.

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Cagalli got out of bed, wondering where they were about to go. They hadn't brought her anywhere since she was hospitalised.

Cagalli hesitated before entering Kira's car, "Don't worry, there aren't any bombs in here," said Miriallia helping Cagalli into the back seat.

"Where're we going?" questioned Cagalli, looking from Ochika, to Kira and then to Miriallia.

"You'll soon find out, honey," replied Ochika, rubbing her fingers against the back of Cagalli's hand.

There was silence in the car as Kira drove them to their destination as planned.

"Don't lie to me already, this is the way to the church, isn't it?" asked Cagalli, tears welling up in her eyes. "I heard you and Miriallia talking last night, while I was supposedly asleep."

"Cagalli, we're doing this for you," said Ochika, worriedly.

"I don't want to see Athrun at all, it's already painful enough knowing he doesn't give a damn about me. So what for bring me there?" screamed Cagalli breaking into a fit of sobs.

"Cagalli, you need to stay strong," urged Kira, seeing that the church was just up ahead.

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"Do you, Mia Campbell, take Athrun Zala as your husband?" asked the priest, waiting for a reply from Mia.

"I do," replied Mia, a slight blush coming to her cheeks.

"Do you, Athrun Zala, take Mia Campbell as your wife?" asked the priest, turning to Athrun and waiting for a reply.

"I-" but before he could complete his reply, the church doors flew open.

Realising who it was, Mia quickly grabbed Athrun and kissed him, diverting his attention from the entrance of the church.

Cagalli who was standing about 2 metres behind Kira, Miriallia and her mother, could see right into the church.

The blonde girl closed her eyes, as she felt tears leak silently out. The jets of pain, now becoming everlasting.

Slowly, everything became pitch black, as she felt her entire frame hit the waters of the pond behind her.

"I will always love you, Athrun," Cagalli thought to herself, before she exhaled for the very last time.

Realising the blonde girl had just collapsed into the pond, Kira dived in on instinct to retreive her.

"Athrun Zala, I may not know you, and you may not know me, but I know that Cagalli loves you very much! I don't understand, I don't understand at all, why you left her? She has changed so much ever since then. Cagalli has suffered day and night, wishing you would come back to her. Every night, she lay on the hospital bed in the ward, wanting some one to take hold of her in their arms, and tell her they still cared!" but at that moment, Ochika fell to her kneeson the carpet grass, leaving the rest of her words to Miriallia.

"Every night,we would cover Cagalli with many blankets, but to no avail, she still shivered and shook. It seemed as though only YOU could keep her warm. Even as she slept her eyes still emitted tears. She dreamt of you, she could do nothing but think of you! She even refused to eat or drink anything, until we had to force it down her throat! But she threw up anyhow. Cagalli would awaken every time the ward door clicked open, hoping it would be you, but no, it was never you, only people who came to visit other patients! I don't believe that you don't love her, and I don't believe what Miss Campbell told her! Search your heart and reflect, after all she's done, is this how you repay her?" asked Miriallia, tears falling from her own eyes as she watched her former boss stand there in the aisle of the church, unsure of what to do next.

Even some of the church people were moved and were in tears themselves. Gathering all his courage, Athrun broke free from Mia grasp and sprinted out of the church entrance.

Kira had just managed to haul Cagalli out of the pond, and was trying desperately to revive her. Holly was licking Cagalli's face, hoping her owner would respond.

Athrun fell and skidded on his knees to where Cagalli lay lifeless. "I'm so sorry, Cagalli. I'm really very sorry. Wake up, the least you can do is to wake up. You don't have to forgive me, just... wake... up," pleaded Athrun taking hold of Cagalli's hand and putting it to his cheek, his eyes blurred by his tears.

In a perfect world

You will never know

You may never dream

To face the world alone

I can have a home

Or create my own

I may not be brave

Or strong or smart

But somewhere in my secret heart

I know

Love will find a way

Anywhere I go

I'm home

If you are there beside me

Like dark turning into day

Somehow will come true

Now that I've found you

Love will find a way

Just when Athrun was about to lose all hope, Cagalli spluttered and coughed, expelling all the water from her lungs, and gasping for air, as her eyes fluttered open.

The moment Athrun's gaze met hers, he embraced her tightly, and closed his eyes as their lips met in a deep kiss.

I was so afraid

Now I realised

Love is never wrong

And so it never dies

There's perfect world

Shining in your eyes

If only they could feel it too

The happiness I feel

With you

I know

Love will find a way

Anywhere I go

I'm home

If you are there beside me

Like dark turning into day

Somehow will come true

Now that I've found you

Love will find a way

A/N WAAAAAAAH! Oh goodness, I cried writing the ending of this chapter, maybe that's what took me extra long to finish it! I'm sure most of you know the song, it's also in one of my earlier chapters. I really thank those who supported me while writng this fanfic, and I might think of writing a sequel, but I've to come up with a plot first. And I'm currently working on another Athrun&Cagalli fanfic, and the plot for "A Second Generation", so wish me luck! Pls review!