Key Fourteen: Warning:
He lifted his head in a daze. “Hm?”
“Allen? Can you hear me? Allen? Allen?”
“Oh good. You’re still here. Listen to me, you need to hear this.”
“Stay with me, okay?”
Allen didn’t respond. Leda tried not to panic. She drew in a breath.
“You are in serious danger. They have come up with a procedure to destroy you.”
“Yes! She wants to lobotomize you.” She could see his face. Allen looked like he was about to float away.
“Allen, are you still there? Allen? Allen?”
“Yes, I am right here.” She held out her hand. “Grab my hand.” Allen’s eyes looked so empty. His mouth slightly open. Leda’s stomach turned. Come on. Come on.
“Grab my hand. Grab my hand!”
He started to reach up to her. But then he paused.
“What’s wrong? Grab my hand!”
He tried to reach again. This time, Allen didn’t stop. Inched closer. Closer. Closer. Closer. His fingertips touched hers. But then he stopped again.
“Good enough. Now listen, you have to stay focused on me. Don’t take your eyes off of me. Ignore Aizen. Focus on me. Do you understand me?”
He didn’t answer.
“Do you understand me?”
He won’t last long. She had to make this quick.
“Listen to me. They are planning to lobotomize you.”
That seemed to wake him up. “What?”
“Do you understand now?”
Allen froze. He could see Leda staring at him. A small shock of panic set in. His grip tightened.
“What do I do?” he asked. Leda pressed her fingertips on his forehead. Everything turned white around him. Allen could see what happened to Claudia. The needle going into her eye. Blood going down her tear duct. The connections in her brain breaking. Her losing herself. Tyki humiliating her in the demonstration.
Leda drew back her fingers. Allen sat there, panting. His eyes became clear.
“What do I do?”
“You will have to raise above it. You are much stronger than Aizen. You can do it. I know you can!”
A snap shot through the air.
“Leda? Leda?” He couldn’t hear her voice. “Hello? Hello?” There was nothing. Allen looked up. His stomach dropped when he saw Road standing over him.