Ch 03- Explanations and Escape
Disclaimer: I do not own Harry Potter. The plot is mine and only mine. I do not own Resident Evil either.
A/N: I know the continuity of the film is messed up in this story, but author's prerogative. It's called fan fiction, deal with it. Some who died will live while others who lived will die. Some will survive to die later. I also know that I may need a beta for this but I have decided that I'm not going to get one until I finish the story. Once I finish it, I start searching for one. I'll take recommendations for one though.
"Testing"- mental communication
Testing - thoughts
"Would you mind explaining what happened here?" Harry asked as he looked out the window. It looked like a war zone out there. "I don't think what happened back in the U.K. could have spread this far. It would have been noticed and the country would be isolated."
"You are only partially correct in that assessment. Eight months have passed since you were brought here. The records state that you were first moved to a lab in London for the initial observations then shipped here. They kept you sedated the entire time. It was easier for their behavioral modifications to take hold. Once you arrived, I took notice of your unique situation."
"Eight months?" Harry asked in disbelief and panic. If the infection was this bad, how far might it have spread? "And what do you mean behavioral modifications? What were they doing in my head?"
"Yes, eight months," she said. "From my analysis of your blood, you were infected with an older version of the virus. Every generation has a different code to the DNA. Even the revenants here in the city are mostly a different breed than the ones from the Hive. It mutates rapidly each generation."
"Revenants?" Harry asked.
"They are what you term zombies. Umbrella has created various strains of the virus, all of them related in someway to yours. They had no idea an even older one existed."
"If I had to give an answer, your virus is the original virus. I would say that the T-virus mutated from the original one sometime in the past. They are not completely sure about that though. The outbreak in the city started before they could finish. Umbrella was very excited when they discovered your strain though."
"This outbreak started after an outbreak in the Hive, Umbrella's headquarters for this region. At the moment, Umbrella is unsure how that outbreak began. My counterpart in the Hive was unable to transmit what started it."
"What did they do to me," he asked. Even if I survive this, the Ministry is going to label me as dark and a threat to the people.
"They combined the X-virus with multiple other strains."
"How many strains are there?"
"The T-Cameron strain, a variant of the T-Veronica strain, and the X-virus has been combined in you to form a completely new strain. They figured that if you could survive one strain, you could survive others. They were not worried if you died with two other subjects."
"It's nice to know where I stand with them. What can you tell me about the results?"
"They ran the first round of test while you were sedated. The second round was to begin next week. The results are promising but I want to run some more after we escape. Your mind does not degenerate into an animalistic state, or at least any more than a human mind can. Fortunately, you can't infect others. Your strain dies as soon as it leaves the body."
"That's good to know," he said with relief. I wonder what's keeping me from turning. Maybe it's the prophecy?
"Yes, it is good. If it was able to spread, I would have no option other than terminating you when this was over," she responded emotionlessly. "I have come to the conclusion that your magic somehow reacted with the virus and saved you. It might have changed the basic structure of it somehow. Or there could be an unknown variable involved. I will not know until we can reach a lab where I can study it."
"Terminate me?" Harry paled.
"Yes," she said. "Your continued existence would have been dangerous."
"I guess I can see what you mean. Anyway, what do we do now? He was a little shaken up over the fact that he had a computer entity in his head that would kill him if he became a danger to anyone.
"We need to escape the city first…"
"I can handle that," he said. "I can just use magic to get us out."
After two minutes of Harry just standing there, she said. "Well, what are you waiting for?"
"There seems to be a problem. I can't leave," he said. "There are wards in place that blocking me. Umbrella must have wizards in its employ…"
"I've never run across the mention of any magic before," she interrupted.
"…Or the wizarding government in America is containing the problem," Harry finished. "They may have decided that since magic was not involved, they would let the muggle handle it."
"Gather everything that we might need. I'm intercepting a signal coming from outside the containment zone."
"What's it say?"
"It's from a high ranking Umbrella scientist. His daughter is still in the city and he is offering a way out for a few people if they can rescue her."
"Well, what are we waiting for," Harry said as he finished transferring all the gear into his portable pocket. "I think I'll keep this gun out. I want to try and charm it."
Raccoon City Junior High
"Morales, if you don't shut up…" Jill Valentine started.
"Me?" Terri complained. "Why don't you make him shut up? He's hasn't shut up sense we picked him up."
"I'm just nervous," L.J. said. "That tends to happen when there are dead bodies trying to kill me."
"Will you both shut up," Alice said as she walked up. Luckily she had found a car with its keys still in it.
"You're alive," Jill said in shock. "I would've thought big and ugly was too much for you."
"Hardly," Alice replied. "Though the thing is still alive so I don't think we should stick around here for long."
"Hey, I'm with you," L.J. said. "I don't want to die."
Just taking one look at the school at night made Jill agree with L.J. The school was freaky.
"Valentine, you and Morales take the upper floors. L.J., you take this floor," Alice said as she began to walk off.
"Why do I get this floor?" L.J. complained. "You know, I'm probably going to die and you'll have my death on your conscience."
"Would you rather take the basement? That's where I'm going. And my conscience would not be affected very much."
After thinking for a second, he said, "No, I'm cool. I wouldn't want to deprive you of your fun. Go kill some zombie or whatever it is you do."
"Why do I have to go off by myself," L.J. complained to no one particular. "It's not like I want to be alone…"
His ranting was interrupted by a shuffling sound from around the corner. I just knew this was going to happen.
"Hey, who's there? You wouldn't happen to be Angela would you?" he called out.
A moaning sound was his only response. "I guess that was too much to hope for." Taking aim, he slowly walked towards the sound. I hope it's only a rat. I hope it's only a rat. A very big rat.
Dropping to the floor at the sound of gunfire, he cried out, "Don't shoot. Don't shoot. I'm alive."
Looking up as he running, he saw two men wearing combat uniforms pointing guns at him. Great, I'm about to die in this school and the local rent-a-cops are going to arrest me for breaking and entering.
"He appears to be alive," the first one said as he shined a flashlight. "What do you think, Nicholai?"
"I think his mouth is going to be more trouble then its worth. It's bound to attract every zombie in the area."
"Hey," L.J. protested as he got up. "I didn't go insulting you. And I definitely didn't go shooting at you."
"Like you could hit us," Nicholai muttered.
"Calm down," the first man said. "I'm Carlos Oliveira and this is Nicholai Ginovaef."
"I take it you got the same proposal as we did," L.J. said as he dusted off some invisible dirt.
"We?" Carlos said as he looked around. "There are more of you?"
"Yeah, there are four of us. Some reporter chick, a crazy police babe, some psycho bitch, and me. Normally I wouldn't mind being surrounded by women but these just seem to want to kill me. Anyway, we were told that if we found the guys daughter, we would get a ride out of here."
"Same here," Nicholai said as he peered into a classroom. "Have you any leads?"
"No, we split up when we entered the school to cover more ground. Would you guys mind if I search with you. I'm not really into killing as much as I'm in to loving."
His only response was a grunt from Nicholai.
"I would feel a whole lot safer if you put away that video recorder and pull out your gun. That camera is not going to stop a zombie."
"You do your shooting and I'll do mine. It's better that way. I'm more likely to shoot either myself or you if I pull it out."
When Terri calmed down, she looked over her shoulder and nearly screamed at how close that zombie was. She wasn't sure she was going to be able to survive this. "Thanks."
"Don't mention it. Let's move on."
"There something up there," Terri said as she saw a shadow at the end of the hallway. "It looked small."
"Let' go, just stay behind me and warn me if something is coming from that direction."
"They're coming," a little girl said. "We won't be able to escape."
Spinning around with her gun ready, Alice came face to face with Angela Ashford.
"Who's coming, Angela?"
"How do you know who I am?" Angela asked. The girl didn't seem to be afraid of whoever was coming. In fact, the girl seemed to be perfectly okay. Too okay.
"Your father sent us to find you. He's waiting to see you again," Alice said as she looked for whatever was coming. "Who's coming?"
"Them," Angela pointed to the doorway.
Looking over, Alice saw at least twenty children, all zombies. "Let's go."
Outside the school
"Are you sure this is the right place," Harry asked for the third time. "There has to be at least forty schools in this city."
"Actually, there are only six schools in this city," Angel said. "From my scans, there are two humans in the lower levels, three on the main floor, and two on the upper levels. More than likely, they have also been given the deal of retrieving the girl. Our best bet in escaping is with them."
"Sure let's go explore the creepy old school. I'm sure there are plenty of surprises just waiting to jump out at us. And you're going to tell me how you scanned that school."
"Your sarcasm is noted," she said. "I'll tell you once we escape."
"Smartarse," he muttered. "Any idea which one is the girl?"
"Negative. My scans only read life signs. If I were to hook up to the local network, we'd know for sure."
"I thought you were some type of super piece of hardware, capable of doing anything."
"The interface is not entirely activated yet. I figured escaping the city was more important that activating the last of the interface. We will have time for that once we leave the city. If you don't get us killed."
"Your faith in me is stimulating."
"I aim to serve," she said.
"I think you are spending too much time in my head" he said. "You're starting to sound like me."
"You just realize that you insulted yourself."
After thinking it over for a few second, he just muttered a few choice words.
"And why did we choose the cafeteria as the first place to search for the girl?" Angel asked.
"I'm hungry and was hoping that they still had some food." You would think that an artificial intelligence in his head would know that he was hungry after sleeping for over eight months.
"At least you are thinking with something. I just wished it wasn't your stomach."
"Well, I could start thinking with…"
Looking over towards the door he saw three dogs with mutilated skins. You would think they would feed the dogs around here.
As if sensing his thought, Angel said, "They're infected with the virus. Kill them."
"Let's see how magic reacts towards these things," he said. "Expulso. Reducto. Reducto."
"Very good, Harry. You can blow things up."
"You're a bowl full of laughs."
"I do have to say that it is effective. This magic of yours may come in useful after all."
"I'm glad I can be useful," he shot back. "I think we should keep on moving in case this attracted in more of those things."
As Alice was entering the cafeteria, she could but help feel sorry for the kids. While her conscience might not be affected by L.J. being killed, these kids did. She was still human after all. We should have destroyed the Hive somehow. Then these kids may have lived.
Looking down she saw what used to be three dogs, or at least she thought. Hearing movement behind her, she spun around with her guns aimed.
"Don't shoot, don't shoot. They're cool. They made a deal with Dr. Doom, same as us," L.J. said hurriedly. 'Damn girl, what did you do to those things?"
Looking the two men over, she began to respond before she was interrupted.
"God, I think I'm gonna puke," Terri said from the door. Jill didn't look much better.
"I didn't do this. Angela and I had heard some minor explosions in here and we came to investigate. They were already like this. Whatever did this has already left."
"We got the girl, so let's get out of here," Carlos said. "I don't know about you all, but I've had enough of this city to last a lifetime."
"Guy's, I don't think we are going anywhere at the moment," Jill said from the window. She hadn't seen this many in one place yet. Too bad they don't attack each other.
Looking out the front door of the school, the assembled group could only sum the situation up in two words. "We're screwed."
"Maybe we can make a run for it," Jill said as she calculated the distance to the SUV.
"We don't have enough ammo to make it," Carlos said. "And we might need it before we reach the chopper."
"I don't see anyway we can make it without at least one of us staying behind," Nicholai said. "They would draw the attention while the others escape. If they manage to survive, the others can pick him up."
"You volunteering," L.J. said. "Because I sure as hell am not playing decoy."
"Maybe I can be of some assistance," a voice said from behind them.
Harry had been watching them as soon as the three men came running around the corner. After disillusioning himself, he sat back in the corner and listened in to their conversation. He did have to admit that the blonde was hot.
"Maybe I can be of some assistance," he said. "I think I may be able to get us all out of here providing that you take me with you."
"What the hell," L.J. screamed. "Where the hell did you come from? You weren't there just a minute ago. This is getting to be too much. First, zombies wanting to eat me. Now we got freaky people popping out of nowhere."
Raising their guns, Carlos demanded, "Who are you?"
"I'm your only hope out of here," he said unconcerned with the guns pointing at him. "But be my guests at trying things your way first."
"Put you're guns down," Alice said. "If he wanted to kill us, he could have already. I could sense him when we walked in. I just didn't know what it was until just now."
"But he came from nowhere," L.J. whined. "That ain't natural."
Lowering his gun, Carlos asked again, "Who are you?"
"My name is Harry though my call sign is Chaos. And I want out of this city just as much as you do."
"A bit egotistical isn't it," Angel said. "Calling yourself Chaos? Though I do have to admit that it does fit after what you did to those dogs?"
"Okay, what's your plan," Alice said as she looked into his eyes. He's like me somehow. I can't place it, but he is similar.
"We're just gonna trust this guy," Terri asked. "He could work for Umbrella and be trying to stop us."
"As I see it, only two people in this room don't work for Umbrella," he said. "One is me and the other is the mouth over there."
"Hey," L.J. said offended. "Don't go calling me names. I'm L.J." After thinking it over for a second, "And you got that right. I would never work for the man."
Looking at Terri, he said, "So by your standpoint, L.J. and myself should take the girl and leave before you all betray us?"
"But…" Terri started.
"Face it, you all work for Umbrella in some way or another. Me, I was just kidnapped."
"Enough," Carlos said as he was getting a headache. "If the man has a plan, let's do it. I don't want to sit here all night and miss my flight."
"Run," Harry yelled as he shot another zombie. "I'll hold them off. I think"
"This is your plan," L.J. screamed. "Run like hell and hope to survive? I could've thought of that."
"I do have to admit that your plan lacks some finesse," Angel said.
"Hey, it worked last time," he defended. "I…"
"And we all know how that turned out."
"There weren't that many zombies last time I looked out the window. And where did those giant frog things come from?"
Harry decided that he wasn't going to win the argument and shut up. Luckily he wasn't in danger of running out of ammunition due to the charms he applied. And if all else failed, he still had his magic. Though he wanted to avoid using it until the last possible moment.
Once he reached the safety of the car, he was met with six angry glares and one smile. "What? I had a back up plan."
"Keep deluding yourself."
"What was it? Shoot one us and run like hell?" Jill snapped.
"No, though that is a good idea. I'll keep L.J. in mind next time that plan comes into action."
"So, how many guards do you think there are?" Nicholai asked as he looked over the ledge.
"At least seven that we can see," Jill said. "We need to get them away from the chopper before we move in."
"I got a plan," Harry said.
He was met with six angry no's."
"I'll take the roof," Alice said. Pointing to Harry, "You take those three in the building over there. The rest of you, wait until its all clear and move in."
"Well, this is a surprise," Major Timothy Cain said as he walked up. "I never expected you all to make it this far."
"You bastard," Jill spat when she recognized the man from the bridge. "Let us go."
"Now, now," he gently chided. "We can't have you spreading rumours about Umbrella. Now give me the anti-virus."
"Go to hell," Alice said.
"Fine," he said as he shot Dr. Ashford. "He was a valuable employee. You all are nothing to me. Now give me the anti-virus."
"Like I said," Alice said slowly. "Go to hell."
"I believe it's time you were reacquainted with an old friend," he said as Nemesis walked up. "Of the three projects, you two were the pinnacle. Now we can see which of the two are better."
"Three? L.J. said as his eyes bugged out. "You mean to tell me that there is another one out there like big and freaky and the psychotic bitch?"
After shooting a glare at him, he answered, "I guess it'll do no harm by telling you this. Your friend over there is an experiment. She was designed to be the perfect killing machine, as was Nemesis. There was a third experiment but it failed to initiate when instructed. We can only assume that it died when it was left untended."
Turning to Alice, "Fight."
"No," she said.
"Very well. Kill her then kill the rest of them. They are of no use."
"You think we should intervene," Harry asked. "They seem to be at a disadvantage."
"They are fine. I wish to watch this. They are the other two candidates who were with you. Project Nemesis and Project Alice."
She's like me?"
"In a way. If we are to travel with her, we need to disable the Umbrella programs in her. They are the same ones that were going to be installed in you before I stopped them."
"She's good," he commented as they watched the two fight. It almost reminded him of a dance.
"Very good," Cain said as Alice fatally wounded Nemesis. "Now finish him."
"Looking into his eyes, she said, "No."
"He's obsolete. You're the future. The virus perfectly blended with you."
"I refuse to kill him."
"What a shame. I had such high hopes for you." Turning to Nemesis, "Finish them."
What happened in the next few minutes could only be descried as controlled chaos. Nemesis walked over and picked up the Gatling gun before opening fire on the guards surrounding Alice. Carlos and Nikolai managed to free themselves from their bonds before swiftly killing the guards standing next to them.
Tossing a gun to Jill, he said. "Get the others inside the chopper. We'll get Alice."
"What about Harry?" Jill asked as she looked around.
"If we see him, we'll grab him but we can't wait."
Before he could turn around, Nicholai was tackled to the ground by Jill who screamed get down. Looking up, he was horrified to see a fireball flying near where he was standing. "What the hell was that?" Carlos demanded as he got up to see it hit a skyscraper and blow a hole through it.
"Sorry, guy," Harry said as he appeared. "I guess I put too much juice in it."
They could only look at him in confusion. "That was you," Terri asked as she got her camera ready. "Where are you hiding the fireball thrower? And where did you come from?"
"Yeah, I was aiming for that chopper chasing Alice. My aim was a little off."
"What were you using?" Carlos asked. "A guided missile?"
"No really but we can go with that for the moment if it'll make you happy. A more detailed explanation will have to wait. Just don't freak out at the pretty lights. You haven't been smoking anything that I know of."
Before pushing Cain out the back of the chopper, Harry looked down and said, "It's the choices that we make which define us…"
"What," Cain gasped in pain.
"…And you have made yours. Goodbye Major Cain."
"Guys," Nicholai's voice came of the intercom. "I think we may have a problem."
Looking at the oncoming shock wave, they could only sum it up as, "We're screwed."
"Harry, can't you use your freaky mumbo jumbo and help us here?" L.J. said in panic.
"Maybe," Harry said as he thought back over his spells. "Ah, I know one. Aiming his wand at the chopper, "Impervius."
"That's it," Terri asked. "That the best you can do?"
"Just hold on," Harry said. "Even with my spell, it'll still be a rough ride."
Clearing outside Raccoon City
"Rough Ride," Jill stated in disbelief. "You are the king of understatements."
"Would it help if I said I'm sorry," Harry said.
"Would you let me deck you," she replied back with a smile. "That would help me."
"We got down in one piece and all survived."
"I'll give you that, kid," Carlos said. "Whatever that hocus pocus you do really did help. I don't think all of us would have gotten out safely otherwise."
"So," Terri said as she brought her camera up. "Can I get an exclusive interview with you?" Not waiting for an answer, "What's it like to use magic? What do you call yourselves? How many are there of you? What…"
"I never said I was going to give an interview," Harry said with a glare.
"Hey, wizard boy," Nicholai called out. "I noticed that you kept on firing your gun and never needed to reload. How did you do that?"
"Magic," he smiled. "And I prefer the term mage for myself."
"Okay, mage," Carlos said. "Could you do the same thing to our weapons? It would be nice to have."
"Sure," Harry shrugged. It's not like the wizards can hide all this.
"Headmaster, the outbreak was not contained," Snape gasped as he ran into the room. "It seems that Voldemort captured some of them and tried to control them. He thought that they were like inferi. A careless recruit was bitten by one of them and did not think to mention it to no one. He returned home and killed his family…"
"That's bad," Dumbledore said as he stood up. "We need to contain this as soon as possible. I know it will oust you as our spy, but you need to convince the Dark Lord to kill and dispose of the zombies. They are a danger to everyone, including him. I'll try to contain the outbreak at the wizard's home."
"You're not listening," Snape said. "The wizard lived in Liverpool. In the city itself."
"What," Dumbledore said with a look of horror on his face. This is very bad. There might not be a way to contain it, not even considering the ramifications of exposing us to the world. "I shall convene an emergency assembly of the Wizengamot and ask for aid from the IWC. Alert the Order and try to ward the city from escape. Ask Gringotts for help if you can."
Three days later
"So where are we off to now?" Terri asked as she stretched.
"We?" Jill asked. "I thought all you wanted to do was escape and show off your video to the world."
"I've realized that Umbrella isn't going to allow that. Hell, they might even go as far as labeling us as the ones who did all that. As far as they know, we all died. I can cover the entire story and when this is all over, I'll show the world."
"Guy, you gotta see this," L.J. said. He was standing in front of the TV, watching what they thought was some war movie. "You won't belief this."
"We don't have time…" Jill started to say. The images on the screen shut her up quickly.
"There is no way those things could be in Europe," Carlos said. "Even Umbrella couldn't be that stupid."
"Umbrella didn't cause that outbreak," Harry said. I can't believe this. They took this long before they were noticed.
"Looks like we got our work cut out for us," Angel said. "Though, I can't understand one thing. Why did it take so long for them to report this? You've been gone for over eight months and someone was due to notice something of this caliber. Not even the British can be this ignorant."
"This may be related to my incident, but I didn't cause this," Harry said. "At the rate they were going, they would have been noticed by the muggles within two more weeks. If I had to guess, the wizards somehow stopped them eight months ago. Then either someone read from the scroll again or they captured a zombie and kept it hidden till this happened."
"You think your Voldemort may be behind all this? That he caused this outbreak?"
"Hey Harry," Jill waved her hands. "Earth to Harry. You in there?"
"Uh," he said embarrassingly. "Sorry, I was thinking. Did you say something?"
He was answered with a snort from Alice. "Yeah, we've been trying to get your attention and ask your opinion on this."
"We thought you died on us for a second," Carlos said as he lowered his gun.
"My thoughts on what?" he said trying to move the conversation along from Carlos killing wanting to kill him.
"On what's happening in Europe," Terri said. "We were wondering how Umbrella has managed this second outbreak when the first one is just ending,"
"I know Umbrella has some labs over there but I don't think they are behind this." At their dubious looks, he said, "Don't get me wrong. I'm sure they love this but I don't think they are behind this outbreak."
"How so," Alice said curious.
"Because Umbrella found me eight months ago unconscious after fighting zombies in Scotland," he said. "They kept me sedated for these past eight months and I just woke up in the same hospital as she did," he finished as he pointed to Alice.
"I knew you were like me," she said.
"Actually I'm not like you. The infection in Europe is older then the one that was in Raccoon City. That is the same one that I'm infected with. Along with a few others," he muttered.
"What did you just say," T.J. said. "I didn't catch that last part but it sounded like you said you were infected with multiple viruses."
"I knew it," Jill said as she raised her gun only to stop as Alice stepped between her and Harry. "Move it. He is a danger to everyone here."
"If he was going to turn, he would have already. Leave him alone."
"Anyway," Harry said to try and loosen the tension in the room. "The strain they are using is an offshoot of the one in my body. Well, Umbrella found me and injected me with several strains of the virus that they had developed and added a few other things."
"So if there is something that created the virus over there, then there should be something that can stop it. Right?" Nicholai asked.
"Possible. There may be a way but I don't know where it might be. That was the only thing in the tomb that I could see."
"We're not going to find anything sitting here," Alice said as she began to gather her things. As they just sat there, "What are you waiting for?"
"I don't think I want to go to England?" L.J. said. "If I'm gonna die, I want to die here in the good Ole US of A."
"He's right," Alice said. "We need to set up a base of operations over here. Valentine. You, Carlos, Nicholai, L.J., and Morale can find a place and start fortifying it. Angela will stay here also."
"What are you going to do?"
"Harry and I are going to see if we can find something to stop this. If not, we're screwed. Once you get set up, contact us. We might need some help later on. Anyway, this is just a recon mission. We go over there and find out what is happening and try to find a way to stop it. We're not getting involved in their problems for the time being."
End Chapter 3