He took the picture back, tucking it away. ”You are her, Lulu. I knew your name because her’s was the same. Any public record can prove her existence and name. We may have just met, but I can feel the same thing I felt in the presence of the Lulu I once knew. Her name was Lulu as well. She loved flowers as well and helps people in anyway she could. She was compassionate, but very thoughtful.”
He looked to the doll. ”She told me she made that doll. She fought something called Sin in order for someone she cared for to not sacrifice her life. She grew up on an island called Besaid, a place that does not exist here. She watched one of her loves die,” he closed his eyes. ”She was brave, and when she learned I would probably live to see her next life time, she cared in a way no human or Duras has ever done before. I promised her, because of that, that no matter what, I would look for her reincarnation and protect her no matter what. That promise was made before I realized I loved her and she was a stranger to me then as well, just as you are with me.”
He looked back to the other, “I only wish to keep the promise I made to her. I… I was afraid when I learned of the news of the attack, since I had no clue if her spirit had been reborn yet. I was afraid that I would not be able to keep my promise.” He was sincere with his words, as he broke eye contact and moved to the doll, picking it up once more. ”I wish to protect you, and with what will come to pass, you will need my help.”
The war. That’s what it would be and it would happen fast. She had to get out of here, had to warn her elderly neighbour and pack and flee the city. So many things to do and so little time to do it. Pushing herself to her feet, she looked to Luka, her gaze hardening a little. “I have to go, there are people that need warning, people who need to have a fighting chance of living through this.” Even though she’d effectively had a bomb dropped on her by Luka, her mind had gone elsewhere —perhaps it was a defence mechanism?
“Promise or not, I have people I want to protect, people who have been good and kind to me after my parents died.” She turned to head for the door, only pausing so that she could speak to him again. “I can’t stop you from keeping your promise to this woman, but you can’t stop me from doing what I have to do. You can stay here if you want, or you can follow me —either way I am leaving this building now.” With that her hand pulled the handle of the door and soon she pushed herself through it.
She felt dizzy, sick almost but her feet kept moving until she was outside in the fresh air. Taking a few deep breaths as her hands went to her knee’s, she closed her eyes so that she could steady herself. Lulu remained this way for a few moments before going to unlock her bike. All she could think of was getting out of the city and saving as many of the people she cared about the most.