All right! This is it, guys. The final chapter of "Resident Evil: The Other Side". It's a little short, but I thought it was a nice way to wrap up the story. So, enjoy! And don't forget to read and review! And yep, I've decided to write a sequel. I've been planning it for a while, but I think I'm just going to go ahead and write it.
DISCLAIMER: The Fagan family, Jack the cat, and Randy are the only characters that belong to me. Everyone else belongs to Capcom.
Silence now. My pain was over. My back felt fine. I moved through the darkness, my eyes refusing to open. It was pulling me deeper and deeper until I didn't feel anything anymore. This was death, and I realized it wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. I felt strangely at peace with myself. But if this was really death, and I was really going to heaven, then what the hell was all that banging that suddenly reached my ears? Was heaven supposed to be this noisy?
"Audrey!" voices cried, "Audrey!" Was that Krauser, coming to join me in death at last? I strained my ears to listen, and I realized it was my family. What were they doing here with me? They should have been alive and well back at home.
The banging increased in volume. "Audrey!" It was Mom. "Open this door right now!"
Door? What door? I felt my eyelids flutter, and as I slowly opened them, lights suddenly came into focus. I couldn't see anything, but the banging was suddenly accompanied by someone trying to unlock the same door.
"Audrey?" a male voice shouted, "Audrey, can you hear us?" That sounded like Randy!
"Please come out!" another voice pleaded. Alexis! That must mean…
My eyes snapped fully open now, and I gasped in comprehension; I was back in my room, in my own house! Jack was sitting next to me on my bed, meowing sadly. I looked around quickly. Everything looked good. No, scratch that. Everything looked great! I was out of the game and back where I belonged.
My family! I thought, leaping off my bed and bolting for the door. They were just about to break the door down when I hastily unlocked it and threw it open. "Mom!" I cried.
"Audrey!" Mom shrieked, looking at me when a relieved expression on her face. As soon as I met her gaze, I launched myself at her and wrapped her in a bear hug. I hadn't seen her since I started Resident Evil 4, and I was glad to see her. She stroked my hair and buried her head into my shoulders.
"Don't you ever scare us like that again!" she scolded, pulling away and studying me.
I sighed. "I'm sorry, Mom," I apologized, hugging her tightly again.
"Geesh, from the way you're hugging me, you act like you haven't seen us in months!"
"You have no idea," I mumbled under my breath, but I wasn't sure she heard me. I finished hugging her and then turned to Alexis next. I hugged her the same way I did Mom, and she laughed and cried at the same time.
"Where have you been, little sis?" she asked, teasing me, "Immersed in Resident Evil 4?"
"You don't even know," I replied, sighing, and she laughed. She stepped aside to reveal Randy, who stood awkwardly away from the rest of us. He and I locked eyes, and Mom and Alexis waited silently, wondering what each of us would do. I was sure I shocked both of them when I walked over and embraced my mom's boyfriend. He seemed thunderstruck as well.
"Well, this is different," Randy commented.
I looked up at him. "I know," I responded, "I want to apologize for how I've been treating you for the last two months. Somewhere in the time I was in my room, I realized I was wrong to be so rude. I see you make Mom happy, so if she's happy, then I'm happy." Randy didn't say anything at first, but the small smile that tugged at his lips did the talking for him.
"Oh, Audrey!" Mom cried, hugging me again, with Alexis and Randy joining in, "You've finally decided to accept Randy into our family. I'm so proud of you!"
"Hmm," I moaned in agreement.
"Now, that's the Audrey I raised!" I silently hugged everyone again, even tighter this time, as I took in all of their faces after not seeing them for months.
"So, how was Resident Evil 4?" Alexis asked me as we all sat outside in the warm sun. Randy and I cooked hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill while she and Mom set the table.
I rolled my eyes and smiled. "Hmm," I joked, "How do I put this lightly? It was…interesting. Let's just leave it at that." I wasn't quite ready to share my experiences with the rest of the family yet. Hell, would they even believe me?
"Did you make it all the way to the end in one sitting?"
"Yeah, I'd say I did. I also learned so much about the other Resident Evil games from this one. Almost like I don't have to play those ones."
"Would you want to play the other ones if given a chance?"
"Maybe someday." I continued to barbecue the burgers and hotdogs silently.
"Well, now that we're going to be a real family soon," Mom announced, "We can all start spending time like one. First thing in the morning, let's go to Six Flags!"
"Sounds like a plan!" Alexis and I chimed in unison. All of us laughed happily.
Perhaps I had eaten too much earlier at the barbecue, for I suddenly found myself dreaming of Krauser. We were back on the island where we first met, and he was kissing me vigorously, running his big hands through my hair. He got stronger and stronger every minute to the point where it was starting to hurt. He looked down at me, but when he spoke, his voice changed. "Dear heart," he said, and he sounded exactly like Wesker, "You cannot hide from Umbrella forever. That part of you will always lie in shadow. I look forward to our next encounter." His face changed until he morphed into Albert Wesker himself, who finally took off those damn sunglasses Wake up, Audrey! I yelled myself, Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!
Gasping, I opened my eyes and sat up in my bed, the darkness of my room intensifying my breathing. My neck throbbed, which I thought was odd. I rolled over and turned my lamp on, letting light into the room. It appeared I was still hyper vigilant, because I didn't dare move a muscle, in case something was going to pop out of nowhere. When it was apparent nothing would jump out and scare me, I began to relax, even though my neck still pulsed really badly. I decided to check it out in my mirror, so I threw the covers off of me and approached the mirror that was attached to my closet. What I saw surprised me.
The bite marks the Regenerator had given me on my first day in the game were still there. The scars had healed for the most part, but there were still two visible lined just below my jaw. I carried over all my injuries back to this world? I thought, shocked, If I still have these marks, then that must mean that…oh, shit! I still have Wesker's virus in me!
"That's right, dear heart," a voice in my head suddenly taunted, and when I looked into the mirror again, I saw myself, but I looked wrong. My eyes were bloodshot, and my skin was extremely pale. The knowing smirk I wore on my face in the reflection was also creepy. I gasped. Was this what I looked like when I was under Wesker's spell?
I blinked a few times, but the reflection of myself as one of Umbrella's monsters wouldn't go away. When I tilted my head to the left, so did my reflection; when I flexed the fingers in my right hand, so did she. A horrible realization hit me: we were one and the same. I was part of the virus, and the virus was part of me. For the rest of the night, I continued to gape at myself in the mirror while my other side smirked at me, always staying hidden in the shadows, ready to unleash itself at any time.
And that's a wrap! I'd like to thank everyone who has supported this story during the time I have written it. It was so much fun writing this story, and I'm glad it turned out the way it did. I love writing, so this was definitely an enriching experience! As mentioned before, keep an eye out for the sequel. Look for the title, "Resident Evil: Mistaken Identity" in a couple of days or so.
Once again, thank you, guys!