Jack slowly opened the door, and he, Vaughn, Conrad, Katya, and Elena walked into Sydney’s room.
“Stay back!” Conrad shouted.
Everyone obeyed, and stayed near the door way.
Conrad approached Sydney, his right hand out in front of him.
“Chosen One, you have made a grave mistake”
Sydney did not answer.
“Bu choosing to seek your destiny through this puzzle, it will result in your demise”
Sydney still did not answer.
“The Covenant has grown stronger. We barely have any power and resources left. It’s only a matter of time. Either way, he will come. You can let the Covenant have you, and loose your free will. Or you can seek your destiny through the puzzle, even though it might result in death” he explained.
“I know… and the truth is… I rather die… then become their slave” she replied.
Conrad smiled, and said “I had a feeling you’d say that.”
He looked over to the others.
“You may come in now” he told them.
They all entered the room, and approached Sydney.
“This changes everything…” Elena said.
“I know. Rina will be displeased” Katya replied.
“Sydney, please. You can’t let that puzzle kill you!” Vaughn shouted.
“It is not the puzzle, that will kill her, Mr. Vaughn. The puzzle merely shows the path. She must walk down the path herself, and write her final chapter to the story. That is what will kill her. The journey to her destiny. There are numerous ways she could end it, yet she has to choose one. All of them result in an unhappy ending. She just has to pick which ending to the story she likes best. It is her decision to make, not yours” Conrad replied.
As much as Vaughn hated it, he knew Conrad was right. He couldn’t make Sydney do what he wanted. Plus, if she had to choose being the Covenants slave or dying, he would want her to die too. That way. He knew she would be free. It scared him though, to loose her. Last time he did, it nearly killed him. He couldn’t let her die again, just when things started to brighten up.
“That’s it. I’ll find a way to end this story that doesn’t result in slavery, or death. I’ll keep Sydney away from danger…” he thought.
“Vaughn, we all have to shed blood for this battle. It would be impossible to get through this unharmed” she said.
“I know… but…”
“Vaughn, I am really honored and I really appreciate all that you’ve done for me, and how much you care about me, but I have to do this. I only have one shot at ending this for good, and I’m going to take it. So, regardless of what you say, I’m doing it”
“Wow. She’s a lot more like Rina then we though” Katya mumbled.
“I agree. She just gave one of Rina’s world famous speeches. But then again, Sydney is a lot braver then Rina was, or is now. Now that I think about it, I would’ve like to have Sydney as my sister. Maybe then, our childhood would have been more fun” Elena replied.
“I agree” said Katya.
Their talk was interrupted by a screeching black van, pulling into the driveway. Lauren and Sark quickly jumped out of the care, and headed toward the house. They all watched for the window.
“Sydney! We must leave!” Jack shouted.
“You take her. We will stay back and fight” Elena said.
Elena, Katya, Vaughn, and Conrad ran down the stairs, with their guns loaded and ready to fire. Lauren and Sark had just entered the house, when the group started firing. Sark and Lauren ran behind the couch, and flipped it over, using it as shelter.
The firing stopped, and Lauren and Sark assumed that their shooters had ran out of bullets. So, they slowly crept out from behind the couch, only to see Conrad standing in front of them. Before Sark could fire, Conrad grabbed the gun, and crushed it in his hand. Although he was old, Conrad was no weakling. While his back was turned to her, Lauren aimed her gun at him, but was interrupted by a swift blow to the head, knocking her out cold.
Sark turned around, only to see Elena standing over Lauren's body.
"That felt good... Rina wannabe! You're nothing but dirt. Do you hear me? You're nothing but dirt that I walk on" Elena said.
Sark heard a car pull out of the driveway and speed off. When he looked out the window, he saw that Jack and Sydney had made a getaway.
"Blast! I've lost them again!" he said to himself.
Things were getting worse for him. Conrad, Katya, Elena, and Vaughn all had him cornered. There was no way out. He looked over to his left, and saw the gun that Lauren had dropped. It was just within his reach. He grabbed it, and started firing. Conrad, Katya, Elena, and Vaughn all ran and hid under furniture. While they were hiding, Sark grabbed Lauren and ran out the door. When the group heard the door slam shut, they knew Sark and Lauren left the house. They got up, and looked out the window, only to see Sark and Lauren speeding off in the same direction as Jack and Sydney.
"Son of a b****!" Elena shouted, pulling out her cell phone. She quickly called Jack.
"This is Jack" she heard.
"Jack! We couldn't stop them! They escaped, and they're heading in your direction. We don't know if they know exactly where you are, or where you are going, but be carefull!" Elena shouted into the phone.
"Got it" Jack replied, before hanging up.
"I'm calling Rina, to tell her of our situation" Katya said, pulling out her cell phone.
Irina, Nadia, and Weiss crawled carefully through the vents. Irina, who was leading, looked below. There were at least 13 guards down there, so she had to be carefully not to be cought. Then, she saw light up ahead.
"We've made it!" she thought.
Suddenly, Irina's cell phone went off, and the guards below heard, and looked up at the vent.
Sydney stared out the window, and the buildings wizzing by. Her father was driving so fast, the buildings, and everything else the passed, all looked like a blur.
“Dad…” she said, finally breaking the silence.
“Sydney, I’m sorry. I know you want to do what’s best for everyone else, but it is my job to protect you, as your father. You’re my child, and I can’t stand to see you get hurt. It’s my job to protect you, and I would never forgive myself if anything happened to you” Jack said.
“Dad… I know. I know how hard this must be for you. Both of your children are in danger. But, father, if by giving up my life, I’m saving people, then I want to. I could never live with the fact that many people got hurt because of me. Sure, it is your job to protect me, but it’s my job to protect everyone else. I will do what I have to do to prevent more people from getting hurt” Sydney explained.
“It isn’t your job to save the world. You can save many, but not the whole world. You can make a difference, but not change the entire world. Sydney, I just… I love you”