Part 10Update 10: Abandon Hope (Polsy)
Eden or Bust
Lightning makes a decision.
The Pulse fal'Cie transformed her and Serah into l'Cie. The Sanctum fal'Cie, Eden, directs the army hunting her down.
Pulse or Sanctum, 'fal'Cie' means one thing to Lightning: an enemy responsible for ruining their lives. A clear-cut enemy is something she can deal with. Having a target is something she can understand.
The former soldier means to infiltrate the Sanctum capital, and take out the fal'Cie Eden.
She knows her plan is reckless. It could be disastrous for Cocoon, and flies in the face of Serah's last wish. It could even end in battle against Snow, who will do anything to save Cocoon. But it is the only path that will satisfy her rage.
Sazh and Vanille oppose her idea, but Hope embraces the opportunity. This is his chance to grow stronger and finally confront Snow.
Lightning is done running away.
Now she runs forward, her mind set on toppling the Sanctum. But even Lightning cannot foresee how this journey will end...
Hope makes a choice to fight alongside Lightning, but quickly finds himself exhausted by the pace.
Lightning grows ever more agitated. Their enemy is the Sanctum army. She cannot afford to look after the straggling Hope while she faces such a dangerous foe. Losing all patience, Lightning curses his weakness and tries to leave him behind.
In that moment, her l'Cie brand burns with radiant pain.
As if to strike down obstacles in Lightning's path, the Eidolon Odin appears and attacks the bewildered Hope.
Lightning moves without thinking. She blocks the deadly blade aimed at the boy she meant to abandon moments before.
Lightning defeats Odin, and brings the entity under her command. Why did the Eidolon appear in the first place?
There is no answer to her question, but one thing is certain: she no longer wishes to leave Hope to survive on his own.