:Courage: A Final Fantasy Xlll Fanfic:
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Final Fantasy Xlll © Square Enix
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Summary: You can only be bent so far before you break. Hunter found this out once her new brand led to her parent's death and her brother's vow to murder her. She was alone and broken, and maybe a bit afraid. So joining up with a group of heroes should help her, right? (HopexOC)
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A/N: I do not own Final Fantasy 13 or any of its characters. I only own my OCs, Hanley and Hunter Lee.
:-:-: Theme: Forward Motion by Thousand Foot Krutch :-:-:
She was only thirteen but for some reason she felt so much older. She felt incomplete and broken.
Of course it wasn't always like that, and she could only vaguely remember the times that she used to laugh and smile with her family.
It was only natural to stop doing those things when someone took away the reasons for them.
Hunter, was the person who took those reasons away. Hunter was the girl who used to always laugh and smile. Hunter is a L'Cie. Hunter...is a killer.
She was a sick monster and the deaths of her parents were all her fault. That was what her elder brother, Hanley told her. He was someone that she used to always look up to, but when he found out about her brand, things started to change and the eighteen year old boy began to treat Hunter like the trash she was.
Their parents were calmer about the revelation, and had even gone as far as to vow to protect their daughter from the evil PSICOM soldiers. Hunter was a wanted species after all.
They had kept her brand a secret for a maximum of two weeks before they showed up at their home, armed and ready to kill if they needed to.
It had been pouring rain that day, as if to add to the gloom of it all.
Hunter and her parents were sitting in the living room, her mother admiring the new outfit she had bought for her daughter. Hunter had decided to wear it, making her mother gush even more over the white a tank-top and blue-green sweater. With it, Hunter had wore a pair of her black jeaned shorts and some combat boots, only making it more "cute" as her mother put it.
While her father just chuckled at her mother's antics, Hanley sat quietly near the window, looking out it as he absently petted his pet bird's feathers. Hunter glanced over at him, admiring the blue bird that she had gifted him with for his birthday a year ago. She even helped Hanley name him Chaos.
The family's peaceful day had been ruined right when they heard the sound of a large truck's motor stop outside their home.
The soldiers hadn't even knocked and just knocked down their door. Hanley seemed to have been expecting them, making Hunter wonder if he had tipped them off that she was here.
Hanley's blue hair began to stick to his forward when he stepped outside in the rain, dragging Hunter with him. He was walking towards a large truck where more soldiers were waiting, along with a man who had silver hair and blue-gray eyes. His features were pointed and there was a thin scare across his forehead.
"Hanley Lee I presume?" The man had asked, staring hard at my brother.
Hunter's brother nodded, his blue eyes looking at her with disgust before he looked back to the man in front of him. "And you're Yaag Rosch."
Yaag narrowed his eyes, "Lieutenant Colonel Yaag Rosch." Hanley merely scoffed, pushing me forward.
"Whatever, this is what you want. This is that monster contacted you about." Hunter felt her heart clench.
Yaag nodded, roughly bringing Hunter closer to him. "Then we will be le-"
"HUNTER!" The voice of said girl's mother screamed. Hunter looked to her house with wide eyes, watching as her parents pushed the soldiers out of their path so they could reach her. "LET MY BABY GO!"
Hanley growled, stepping in front of his mother, forcing her to stop in front of him. "Mom, don't step any closer! Can't you see?! She isn't Hunter anymore! She's one of them!"
The older woman frowned at him, shaking her head and making some of her blue hair fall from her bun and stick to her face. "She hasn't changed! She's still your little sister! She is still our daughter and we love her!"
The brown-haired man nodded in agreement with his wife. "Hanley, I thought better of you. Did you...did you call them here? Did you want your sister gone so badly!?"
Hanley clenched his fists, glaring down at the muddy terrain that was caused from the rain. Yaag cleared his throat, pushing Hanley aside so he could speak to Hunter's parents. "Mr. and Mrs. Lee, I am sorry for your loss, but I assure you that Hunter will be taken to another place to be with her...kind."
Mr. Lee glared at the man, stepping forward and reaching behind him so he could grab Hunter's arm, pulling her close to him. The father embraced his daughter, daring anyone to take her away from him. "No! She doesn't deserve that! She'll stay with us! Hunter is fine here and we're going to help her complete her focus!"
Hunter kept silence the whole time, not knowing what to say and too in shock to even argue with all of this. Before she knew it, her mother was holding her instead and her father was shielding the both of them, arguing hotly with Yaag.
"Back down now and there will be no bloodshed!" Yaag yelled at Hunter's father, beginning to signal his men to raise their weapons.
Hunter's parents didn't waver, her mother even moving to stand beside her father. "We are willing to protect Hunter with everything! Even our lives!"
Yaag's eyes narrowed, his hand raising. "So be it."
Everything else seemed to happen so slowly. Hunter and Hanley's parents didn't move, they didn't even flinch when Yaag brought his hand down, signaling his comrades to fire.
Hunter's eyes had widened and blood was being sprayed on her, the rain slowly washing it off. Hanley had screamed in shock and despair, not having had planned for this to happen.
Before her parent's bodies had even dropped, Hunter had fled because she knew that now that her only shields were gunned down, she was no longer safe anymore.
Hanley had seen her though, and ran after her as she ran through the deserted streets of Palumpolum. She didn't know if it was because of the arrival of the soldiers or the terrible weather.
Either way it benefitted towards her, making it so no pedestrians were in her way.
Hunter quickly turned and began to run through the alley ways, looking behind her she didn't see Hanley. She almost sighed in relief before she felt herself colliding into something.
"Got you." Hunter was pushed back, her body slamming into the cemented walls. Hanley was staring down at her, his eyes full of sorrow and madness.
"Hanley..." Hunter managed to whisper, feeling herself freeze up in fear."H-Hanley wh-"
"You killed them! You killed mom and dad!" Hunter felt another pain in her chest, remembering that the blood she was covered in wasn't her own.
"Hanley, I didn't-"
"You are a monster." Her brother's voice had switched to something calm; it unnerved her. "It was you. You who killed them. Not me." It sounded like he was trying to convince himself that. Hunter couldn't ponder on that for long because he slammed her against the wall again. "If you hadn't changed then known of this would've happened! I wouldn't have had to calm them! And mom and dad wouldn't have..."
His voice cracked and he was now trying hard not to cry. Hanley punch the wall beside Hunter's face, making her jump. "Run." He said in that unnerving voice again. "Run. I will find you. And I will kill you." Hanley stepped back, looking at Hunter with cold eyes. "Monster."
And then she ran. She ran for her life, but it's not like it was really hers anymore.
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