A/N: Hello! Sorry for the somewhat late update- you can blame it to writer's block! (not really the reason -.-")

This chappie is short... and slightly depressing... again. Sorry, guys! Bear with me? *crosses fingers*

Anyway, thanks for those who are still keeping up with my story :D


Chapter 7:

Reunion + A Sudden Good-Bye = Why Does This Happen To ME?

Turns out, it wasn't just Amelia on the ship.

Chris and Sheva were the ones that had busted her free. And when they heard me screaming Chase's name, they ran into the room.

"Abbey? Chase?" Sheva says, slightly out of breath. "What are you two doing here…?"

"It's nothing!" I cry, standing up abruptly, nearly knocking over Chase. "N-nothing!"

"Are you two okay?" Chris asks, raising his eyebrows.

"Y-yeah," I stutter.

"You're fine too, right, Amelia?" Sheva asks.

Now, I raise my eyebrows. "Uh, you guys know each other?"

Amelia laughs. It sounds so relaxing. "Yeah. They busted me out of here."

"So, you were captured?" I say, horrified. "Damn Irving and Excella!" I run up to Amelia, grabbing her arms. "Are you hurt? Did they experiment on you in anyway?"

"Too many questions!" she says, laughing. "I'm fine, Abbey," she says gently.

"…"

My friend looks at me. "… You're going to start crying, aren't you?"

"… no," I sniffle.

"Oh my god, you are," Amelia says simply, hugging me.

I hug her back, crying loudly.

"Put a lid on it," Chase says grumpily, clasping his ears.

"Who are you?" Amelia asks flatly, turning to Chase.

"Someone who kept her alive," Chase says indifferently.

I can't deny that.

"Alright, kids, break it up," Chris says. "We'll have times for happy reunions later. Right now, we've got to get out of here."

"Yes," Sheva said, nodding. "Josh, a teammate is-"

"Josh?" I say, but then clap a hand over my mouth.

"You know him?" Sheva asks curiously.

Chase cuts in. "Yeah, he saved us."

"Oh, okay," Sheva said, less suspiciously.

Chase winks at me, and I roll my eyes. "C'mon, Amelia," I say, taking her hand and brushing pass Chase.

"Whoa, what's with the harsh attitude?" Chase says, laughing. "You are one bipolar chick…"

"Kiss this," I say, flicking him off.

Amelia raises an eyebrow and can't hide her grin. "You sure have got a way with guys…"

"Teenagers," Chris says, shaking his head. "It's alright, man," he says to Chase.

Chase only grins. "She'll get over it."

"No I won't," I mutter. Amelia and I keep walking toward the deck.

I push open a door, and Amelia suddenly clutches her stomach.

"What's wrong?" I ask, immediately horrified.

Amelia manages a grin. "I- I'm fine. Just a cramp. You know… it's that time."

I grit my teeth. "Ah, that sucks. Especially at a time like this." I follow her through the door, not noticing her own gritted teeth.

On the open deck, I immediately gag.

Irving is bleeding on the floor, dissolving and leaving a horrible stench.

I want to feel justified, but I just can't.

I actually feel sorry for him.

Someone places a hand on my shoulder. It's Sheva. "I'm sorry you had to see that," she says sadly.

I shake my head. "No. It's fine. Thanks… for killing him, I suppose. Considering he was the one who trapped us here."

Sheva smiles. "Of course."

I smile back, and that's when I remember him.

That cheating, scum, bastard, who tricked me. Unfortunately, I'll have to tell Chase later.

"Chase! Abbey!"

I turn around. "Josh!" I say happily.

He walks forward, smiling too. "Oh, thank God. I thought you two were…"

"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger!" Chase says, laughing and flexing.

I roll my eyes again and feel like someone's missing. I look behind Josh. "Um… Josh… is Mark…?"

Josh's grin vanishes. "… Yes."

I don't know what to say. Mark… I didn't even know him well, but I could feel tears filling my eyes. "Oh… I… I'm really sorry," I manage to say. I catch Chase's expression and he is downcast.

"So am I," Josh says simply. He clears his throat. "Anyway, we should get moving. I have the boat ready."

We all walk toward the edge of the dock to find a ladder leading to a boat below.

Josh climbs down first, followed by Chris, Sheva, and Chase.

I start to climb down, then notice Amelia. She has drifted away from me, to the middle of the boat. I move toward her. "Hey, let's get out of here."

Amelia shakes her head. "I'm sorry. I guess I should've told you earlier…"

"…" I say nothing. "They did something to you, didn't they?"

My friend looks away. "I can feel what they injected," she says, shivering, gripping her shoulders.

"Abbey? Amelia?" I hear someone say, but I block them out.

"Let us help you," I say cautiously, walking up to her.

"No!" She slaps my hand away. "Get away from here! I don't need your help."

"A-"

Suddenly the boat starts shaking. I scream and try to keep my balance.

Amelia walks even farther away from me, to the other end of the boat. Her hands grip the side rungs. "Everything in Resident Evil ends with a boom, right? Some random explosion," she says, half-laughing. "I suppose that's how it'll end for me."

"S-stop it," I say. More shaking, and I fall.

"This boat is about to detonate. Get away," she insists again.

"Are you insane?" I shout, getting pissed. "Stop being a bitch and come with us!"

"No." She looks down at her hands. They are shaking. "If I do, I might end up hurting you. I… can't bear that. There's no going back. I'm infected with… something. That something might hurt others."

I hear someone climbing up the ladder. "Abbey and Amelia, what the hell are you two doing?" I hear Chase say. "This ship is about to blow!" More shaking proves he is right.

"Bullshit!" I start to get frantic. "Please, Amelia, we'll find a cure, I swear!" I cry. "I swear!"

She looks sadly at me. "Can you really promise that?"

I open my mouth, then scream.

The boat has erupted in flames. Through my blurred vision, I see Amelia fall off the boat. "NO!" I scream. Hands suddenly tug at my waist, and before I can protest, pull me over the edge of the boat and into the water just as the boat explodes.

I gasp, but only inhale water. I start splashing around as the same arms pull me up toward the surface.

I start to feel dizzy, and my sight is nearly gone.

However, I swear, right before I hit the surface, past some chunk of metal from the ship, I see someone with blonde hair being held by someone wearing a cape.

"A-" I open my mouth, weakly holding out my hand. More water goes in, and I black out.


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