I dreamed. I haven't been able to have a dream in so long, it was...unpresumtuous. I was in a meadow, feeling the grass brush up against my exposed legs and touching the delicate flowers that stood above the blades of green grass. I was wearing a white dress that went just above my knee. It felt like silk. My long black hair was placed in a side braid and i was placing some of the flowers into it. I was looking out into the peculiar horizon and watching the tree tops dance in the wind. I was...at peace. There was small animals, like birds and rabbits, that would come and visit me as I lay in the grass bed. Just as I shut my eyes, I heard a familiar voice call my name. It was a female's voice...so soothing and reassuring that I was safe.
"Luna! Luna come here!" the voice yelled so I was able to hear. Why was it so familiar? I turned behind me and there she was...my mother. Her long blonde hair swayed in the wind and her blue eyes shined in the sunlight. "M-Ma...ma?" I said, my voice shaking a bit from the fact she was there. "Yes Luna, it's your Mother. I've missed you so much, my little girl. I'm...I'm so sorry that I did this to you. I had no choice..." she said to me, head sulking down. I stared in disbelief. Tears started to fill my eyes as she continued to speak, "I know you must have thought that I didn't care Luna, but...I do. I love you. You never got to know the truth, so...I'm here to tell you." She sat next to me and I moved over a few inches from fear.
"Your Mother was in desperate need of money, as you know. Our home was never a home, but rather a small shelter. I felt horrible that you had to live there. One day, those scientists from The Corporation and a few soldiers came to our run-down door. They told me how a place like this wasn't fit for a child. They promised me that they would give you a nice home and full meals instead of whatever we could afford from the local supermarket. You were too busy playing with your broken toys, so...so you didn't know. They promised to give me money so I could get a new home and settle down. They said they would give you back when they were done 'improving' you. I...I was so desperate. I agreed thinking they wouldn't hurt you..." my Mother said, tearing up. I was shaking from the truth. All these years I've gone, thinking she hated me and a banded me.
"M-Mama...I thought you...h-hated..." I was interrupted by my mother taking me into her arms and holding me, crying. I began to cry to and i held her back. She smelt like vanilla. "Mama!" I cried out, sobbing now and chocking on air. "Luna..." she said, starting to calm down. "Mama will always love you...and Luna?" All I could do is shake my head. "Please...promise me you'll do whatever to get out of there, okay?" I nodded. "Yes Mama..."
"That's my little girl...I love you..." she said and kissed my forehead as a goodbye. This dream...I can't tell if it was fake or, perhaps real. I woke up in the bed with the fluffy blue blanket. It felt so nice to be out of the cage, but...weird. I saw Leo sitting in a chair beside the bed, staring at me. "Ah, so you're awake?" he said. He wasn't wearing his lab coat...why? He had a grey sweater on and black jeans. He was still wearing his glasses. "LEO!" I yelled, glaring at him. "What...what did you do to me?! I THOUGHT YOU WERE MY FRIEND, HOW COULD YOU?!" I was yelling, tears falling from my eyes. I realized that I was handcuffed to the bars of the bed. That made me more aggravated. Leo sighed and got up from the chair. He glanced down at me and started to speak. "Luna...you don't know what's going on. I had to get you to calm down and be still otherwise you won't believe what I'm about to tell you."
"You see...I've known you for a very long time. You don't know because I...heh...I was too shy to talk to you. But I watched you. I only joined the corporation because my father was there and I saw you get taken away. You may not know me very well but Luna...I'm getting you out of here." he said, taking my hand into his. I stared into his eyes, trying to figure out if he was lying. "Leo...you...why?" I asked. He shook his head. "'Why' isn't important. All you need to know is that we...we're starting a rebellion." he said, eyes lighting up. I tilted my head, abashed. He let go of my hand and walked over to a lab top and brought it back and sat in the chair. He opened up a saved file and showed me a map of The Corporation, including all the subjects' cages.
"I've figured out how to get the other subjects out of here too. I know all the passages and codes to lock or unlock the doors. Luna, this will be a new beginning! We can show the rest of the world the hell The Corporation really is! We can take pictures as proof...I just need your help." he said, looking at me hopefully. I was excited and scared all the same time. What if it doesn't work? What if we get caught? I just then remembered Mama's voice telling me to do whatever to get out. I looked back at Leo and nodded my head. "I'm in."
Leo excitedly unlocked the handcuffs and took me in his arms. "We can do this." he whispered as he placed a necklace around my neck. I held it in my hand and saw what it was. "Leo, why is it an 'X'? Crossing?" I asked dumbfounded. He laughed and shook his head.
"No, Luna. It's us. The rebellion. We are X."