Hope

Jan. 24th, 2006 10:04 am
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Title / Prompt: Hope (002 / Sunrise)
Character: Irina Derevko
Warnings: Spoilers, 4/22 "Before The Flood"
Fandom: Alias
Word count: 292
Rating: 13+
Disclaimer: Not mine. JJ Abrams, Bad Robot, blah, blah...

Irina Derevko walks away from her family through the ruins of Sovogda, with a submachine gun slung over her shoulder.

It's been a long night.

The Russians will be here by dawn, and she knows perfectly well what they will do to anyone they find still in the city then.

She can't afford to linger, but she doesn't want to go.

It takes an act of will to keep walking, not to turn back and look at them. She doesn't have to look to know what she would see; Sydney, struggling to hold back her tears, Vaughn carrying Nadia, still mercifully unconscious, Arvin, disarmed and lost... and Jack staring after her, watching her go even when he shouldn't. He is the one who will have to get them moving now...

Irina cannot let herself think about what is behind her, or she'll never go forward. They'll get out. Their extraction team is on its way.

She should be waiting with them. She can't, of course. She has work to do.

She could have told them, of course, could have spared them so many hours of that agonized hope she had already seen forming in Sydney's eyes... But she couldn't. There was no hope waiting for Nadia back in America, no miracle cure to restore her to the young woman they had all known and loved.

The young woman her mother never had a chance to know.

Against her will, Irina had helped her sister set tonight's events in motion. One thing she knows; Elena did not mean the effects to be reversible.

So for Nadia there is no hope, unless Irina finds it.

By the time the sun rises over her homeland, she is on her way to Italy, searching for hope.

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