Hidden Light - Chapter 12
Douglas sipped at his steaming cup of coffee and stared out at the storm. He had been harbormaster of the Northern Continent dock for ten years and was glad his experience with storms prompted him to close the ports. Dark clouds roiled as flashes of lighting briefly illuminated the driving rain. All boats were grounded until it subsided. Smaller craft had been pulled out of the water while the others bobbed and twisted in the capricious surf.
Then he blinked. Had he seen that right? Douglas rubbed his eyes and peered out into the rain, waiting for the next lighting flash. When it came, his eyes widened. Out in the pounding surf was a tiny craft, probably the size of a skimmer, bravely battling its way through the waves. For a moment, he thought it might be empty, torn free from its moorings and set adrift. But no, it was moving with purpose, fighting the current. What mad fool chose to go out into such a squall, and a one-man skimmer at that! Recalling
Hidden Light - Chapter 11
Vincent stared at the screen as the security video continued its static-filled playback.
Just when he thought he'd finally laid his past to rest, that he'd finally found a measure of peace, there she stood once more, vibrant and alive. Was there any part of his life she would not affect? Her fingerprints marked every aspect. Her shadow walked beside his. After discovering the depths of Lucretia's involvement in his transformation, Vincent had visited her in the crystal cave where she and his father had discovered the nascent Chaos. He'd gone to say goodbye, to let go of her image which had driven, tortured, and sustained him for so long. He'd left the cave looking to the future rather than dwelling on the past for the first time.
But it seemed the past was not ready to let him go.
The security feed had suffered some damage; only a few blurred images of Lucretia and Hikari hurrying through passages showed through the static. Then the
Hidden Light - Chapter 10
Hikari did not leave the house after that. While Tifa and Cloud still had jobs, they cut back as much as possible and kept any trips into town as short as they could. Barret, Nanaki, and Vincent were permanent fixtures, and Marlene and Denzel tried to keep Hikari occupied. But Hikari was not as buoyant as before, glancing out the windows and tensing whenever she heard the door open. She struggled to keep this to herself, but Vincent could tell she was still scared and upset. Most of their evening conversations had little talking but a lot of silent shivering on Hikari’s part. It made Vincent feel frustrated and helpless. Their enemy was out there, but who were they? Where were they coming from? Where did they go? When would they come back and what would they bring to claim their prize? Vincent knew their best bet was to hunker down and wait, to lure their enemies to them.