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She didn't have much time. All she had thought of over the years was keeping the children safe, which hadn't always worked as planned. Headquarters promised the fucking moon for those babies, only for them to be dispersed, assimilated, lost to her.

Despite the poison beginning to dull her senses, the mother instinct kicked in as she untied the yellow ropes and rose with a roar. FOCUS. Drink lots of water for a reprieve. DONE. She sat down, uploading incriminating files on all the right people. SENT.

Sweating and bleary-eyed, she cursed her red hair, hoping at least one of the twins had gone rogue, unknowingly, as young people do to rebel. She wished for more time to explain, to tell them both their true purpose and destiny. Would either listen to a mother who abandoned them ?

She showered cold to lower her body temperature plus give her more time. She didn't bother to towel off, but went straight to old boxes of faded photos and journals, long since hidden. The truth would save them...or so she hoped, passing out in a haze of past, present and future, naked.

Brevity Quest 2016 213 Truly Madly Deeply Fallen Quest