Okay, so some of you may have read this at fanfiction.net or SD-1, but I've decided to post this here as well. It's the beginning of a triliogy and it picks up straight from the end of season one, back when Syd was about to face her mother. The Vital Spark Chapter One Innocence "Mom?" Sydney asked more than slightly dreading the response. "Oh Sydney, I've missed you so much. I'm so afraid for you," her mother answered. "What?" Sydney questioned. Her mother was afraid for her? She was the one who was holding her in chains, the one who betrayed her. "You must be crazy. If anyone should be afraid, it's me," she spat out glaring at her mother. Laura looked hurt almost confused. "No dear, why would you be afraid. I’m your mother. You should not fear me." "Because you are a lying, evil, sad excuse of a human! You betrayed my father and I, our country! You killed innocent people like my best friend's father..." she faltered and whispered, "My best friend." Vaughn. How could she have forgotten? He was her best friend in the world, the only one she could be completely honest with. And now, she had killed him like all the other men in her life. His face when he was drowning was etched in her memory. He had been her best friend, but if SD-6 were gone, if times were different, they could have been much more. "Sydney, there is something you have to understand. I would never hurt anyone without a reason. You were that reason. When I was a young girl in Russia I was much like you. At sixteen I learned who my father really was, the head of the KGB. He recruited me in, told me that it was for the benefit of Russia, much like Arvin Sloane did to you. I continued my work, but when I met your father I fell in love. You were not part of the mission. I never planned to leave you, but my mission was over. I refused to leave. Within hours agents had surrounded the house. My father threatened to kill you if I didn't leave. I had no choice," Laura explained. Tears that had filled her eyes overflowed and ran down her cheeks. "The Man, he did this to you. And now I have a chance to right what's wrong." Sydney sat dumbfounded. Her mother couldn't be lying, and if she was she deserved an Oscar. She turned her head up to her mother just in time to see her bring the syringe up to her arm. Within seconds Sydney was out cold. Yeah... I know... short... more coming very soon! So review already!