Sonya woke up with a start the next morning. She didn't know what had woken her, but she had a strong nautious feeling in her stomach. She soon realised that she was going to vomit and rushed to the bathroom, trying not to disturb Johnny. When she was finished in the bathroom, Sonya walked back into the bedroom, rubbing her stomach. She didn't know what had caused her nausea, whether it was something in the large victory banquet the night before or some kind of virus. All of a sudden it dawned on her what it might be. She looked down at her stomach, and then over at Johnny.
"Morning sickness." She said quietly to herself, a smile forming on her face. She hugged her stomach and walked over to wake up Johnny. She didn't want to tell him yet. She wanted to wait until she was positive.
Sonya watched Johnny while they ate breakfast with the others. She desperately wanted to tell him and had to force herself not to. She noticed that he was whispering a lot to Jax.
"You better not be talking about me." Sonya smiled at Johnny, flicking a piece of food at him playfully.
"Nah, I'd know better." He smiled back.
After breakfast everyone prepared to leave Edenia and return to Earth.
"Is Rayden strong enough to open the portal?" Sonya asked Kitana.
"No, but he doesn't need to." Her friend replied.
"What do you mean? How else are we gonna get back?"
"Rayden has been elevated to an Elder God." Kitana replied. Sonya was shocked.
"When did that happen?" Johnny asked.
"Just a moment ago. He has chosen Fujin as his successor. He will open the portal." Kitana finished as Kiu entered the room.
"Kai is off already. He wants to explore Edenia for a while." He said standing by Kitana.
"What about the Mutants?" Sonya asked. "I mean we couldn't have stopped all of them."
"No, you are right." Kitana replied. "I don't think we will ever stop them. Not for some time anyway. They have however realised that we will always win. And Prince Goro has been placed as head of security for the palace."
"Great. That's definitely someone you want to have as a bodyguard." Sonya said finalizing her packing. Johnny walked over to her.
"Sonya, can I talk to you for a minute?" He asked.
"Of course. What is it?" She replied.
"We will leave you alone." Liu said as he and Kitana left the room. Sonya looked back at Johnny who seemed very nervous.
"Johnny what is it? You're starting to freak me out." She laughed.
"I've been doing some thinking. About us. And..." Johnny began but Jax burst into the room.
"I'm real sorry to interrupt guys, but it's important." Jax puffed.
"What now?" Sonya asked getting a little annoyed.
"We've got a beat on Jarek"
"Oh excellent. Let's go." Sonya said starting to leave. Then she remembered Johnny.
"Oh, I'm sorry. Can it wait or is it important?" She asked Johnny about his impending talk.
"No it's okay. You go. We've got all the time in the world." He smiled at her.
"I love you." She said and kissed him.
"I love you too." He replied as she walked out the room with Jax, who mouthed an apology behind Sonya's back. Johnny smiled and waved them goodbye.
"So where is he?" She asked as they walked out the palace gates.
"He was spotted just outside the palace grounds. I think we should split up. Here." He replied giving her a radio. "If you find him, call me. No heroics." He warned her.
"Jax, relax. It's me."
"That's what I'm worried about." He said watching her go.
Sonya walked around the rear of the palace grounds onto a large field, overlooking a huge canyon. She saw Jarek straight away, lurking around near the service gates to the palace kitchen. She slowly crept up behind him and grabbed his shoulder spinning him around.
"Hi baby." She smiled hugely.
"Oh shit!" He replied when he realised what had just happened.
Sonya slammed her fist into his face, forcing him into the wall. She grabbed him and threw him backwards before kicking him in the stomach and uppercutting him, sending him towards the edge of the cliff.
"It's over Jarek. Shinnok is dead, the good guys won. Your coming back with me." She ordered.
"Never Sonya. I agreed to help defeat Shinnok, not turn myself in to the Special Forces. The Black Dragon live on!" He retorted advancing on the lieutenant. They found themselves at the edge of the cliff.
"The Black Dragon died with Kano. Your the last one Jarek."
This enraged Jarek. He ran at Sonya.
"Never!!" He cried as he leaped at Sonya. Using her cunning and speed, she leapt out of the way, just as Jarek toppled over the edge. Neglecting to look over, Sonya pulled out her radio and began to make contact with Jax.
"Come in Major Briggs, this is Lieutenant Sonya Blade ove..."
Before Sonya could finish, she was grabbed by the ankle. She looked down to see Jarek holding on to the edge of the cliff face. He used his remaining strength to pull at her ankle. Sonya lost her balance and fell face first over the cliff. She screamed with all her strength but soon realised that it was of no use. She now knew the answer that had plagued her, her whole life. 'How was she going to die?' Her life flashed before her eyes and she cried at the realisation that she would never see Johnny again. She would never see her friends, her partner, or her unborn child. As she fell, she slipped through some low clouds near the bottom of the cliff, and when they cleared she saw the spot where her body would rest in peace. She thought about her life and decided that she was proud of the way she lived, and knew that her parents would be aswell. She smiled proudly as the ground rushed up and slammed into her body, shattering every bone in it. And there she lay. The fiery spirit had passed into the afterlife leaving her once beautiful body lying in a mangled heap at the bottom of the cliff.
Back at the top of the cliff, Jarek stood staring over the edge. He laughed to himself proudly as he had finally accomplished something that no Black Dragon Member was ever able to. He had killed Lieutenant Sonya Blade. He turned to leave but was met by a very angry Jax, who lifted Jarek up by the throat.
"Jax!" Jarek struggled to speak under the pressure of Jax's grip. "I thought you were going to..."
"Thought I was what? Dead? Like my partner you just tossed off the cliff?" Jax replied angrily. He lifted Jarek out over the edge of the cliff and dangled him there.
"Wait, you can't do this. You have to arrest me. You have to uphold the law! Wait! Wait! This is brutality!" Jarek pleaded for Jax to put him down but it was useless.
"Wrong Jarek. This is not a brutality. This is a fatality." Jax replied coldly as he released his grip on Jarek, letting him topple screaming down the same path that Sonya had moments earlier. Jax watched Jarek fall until he could no longer see him. He then turned and did something that he never had in his entire life. He broke down on the ground in tears. His grief flowed out of him like a tap. He was angry at Jarek. He was angry at Sonya for acting alone and not calling him. And he was angry at himself, for not being there fast enough to stop it. And the realisation that he now had to tell everyone, tell Johnny, that Sonya was dead, hit like a punch in the face.
"Congratulations Johnny." Liu said shaking his hand.
"Well I haven't asked her yet. She might say no." He smiled.
"You know as well as we all do that Sonya loves you more than anything. Of course she will marry you." Kitana said.
"Yeah." Johnny replied. "I just can't wait to take her home and away from all this."
The sound of the door opening made them all turn, as Jax slowly walked into the room and over to them. His eyes were red and his face incredibly sad.
"Jax?" Johnny asked as he came and stood in front of everyone.
"Johnny." Jax spoke but his voice was very scratchy. "I uh.....I've....um."
"Jax, where's Sonya?" Johnny asked more forcibly.
"Jax!" Johnny yelled grabbing him by the arms.
"She's dead Johnny. I'm so sorry, but.....she's gone."
Everyone gasped in shock. Kitana put her hand over her gaping mouth as tears began to fall down her cheeks. Liu pulled her into a hug and wept aswell. Johnny stood staring at Jax, a confused expression on
"What?" He asked quietly. A single tear ran down Johnny's right cheek as he stared into Jax's eyes.
Sonya stood before Rayden.
"Where am I?" She asked quietly, looking around at her surroundings. Everything was white. But soft. Easy to look at, not blinding.
"You are at the Crossing. The changeover from life to the afterlife." He replied.
"Oh. So it's true then. I'm dead?"
"I'm afraid so Sonya." He put his hand on her arm.
"Wow." She gave a slight smile. "Well okay, this has been great. You can send me back now."
"I'm sorry?" Rayden asked confused.
"Send me back. Bring me back to life."
"Sonya, I'm sorry but I ca..." Rayden started but she put her hand up in front of his face to stop him.
"No. Unless the next words to come out of your mouth are gonna be 'Sonya, I'm sorry but I can do that right now'? I don't want to hear it. Don't tell me that you can't because I know you can. You did it once for Johnny, you can do it again for me."
"Sonya. Johnny was brought back to fight in the next tournament. That and only that was why he was brought back. It may have had wonderful side effects, but he was brought back to fight and that alone. There is no legitimate reason to bring you back."
Sonya was trying hard to hold back her tears, but they just seemed to flow regardless. She wiped them from her eyes and looked back at Rayden.
"No reason?" She asked. "What about my life? Huh? My job, my friends? Johnny?"
"I'm afraid that does not concern the Elder gods. They are only concerned with the tournament."
"Is that so?" She asked getting mad. She was extremely angry at the disregard for her life. "I have devoted the past five, six years of my life to Mortal Kombat. And this is my reward? You're an Elder god now, right? Is that all you care about? The tournament?"
"You know I don't. I have fought with you all these years. With all of you. You know you mean more to me than that."
"Well then...?" She began but Rayden spoke over her.
"It's not just my decision. Bringing someone back from the dead is against all the laws of nature. And unless it's for something of utter importance, it simply cannot be done. Now I am deeply sorry that you have to go through this, but my hands are tied Sonya."
"What if I was pregnant?" She asked. "Is that a good reason? To bring another soldier into the world for your Elder gods?"
"I'm sorry Sonya." He replied simply.
"So it's true." She concluded. "I was...am pregnant."
"Yes it's true."
"Can I still have my child? Here I mean?"
"I'm afraid not. Your child was never born. It may have a soul, but when you died, so did it. And now your child's soul is trapped in your body. Now, I'm only going to say this once. The only way for you to be brought back to life, is if there was another tournament."
"And my child?"
"If I were to resurrect you, then your child too would get another chance at life, yes."
"But, until the next tournament, I'm stuck here." Sonya said glumly.
"Is this hell?" She asked choking up with tears.
"What?" Rayden asked shocked.
"Is this hell?" She repeated herself more forcefully. "'Cause it sure feels like it. I mean, I'm being kept from everyone I love, from Johnny, my child. How am I supposed to rest in peace knowing that?"
"Like I said before. This is the Crossing. After we're done here, I will send you to the afterlife. You will be re-united with your loved ones there. All the people you have lost in life are waiting for you there. Your mother, your father, your brother. There you will stay, without a sadness, without grief, and you will be able to watch your loved ones on Earth. You will be able to watch them grow, and send your love to them. You will not feel the pain you do here. And there you will wait, until your services are required for the next tournament."
"And if there isn't one?"
"Then you will be able to wait for them to finish their lives and join you here."
Sonya nodded her understanding, wiping away more tears.
"But Sonya, I shouldn't be telling you this but, It appears that Shang Tsung and Quan-Chi are planning something. If this were to turn out as another tournament, then I may be able to persuade the Elder gods to bring you back. We cannot be certain yet however, but if I'm correct, It will be a tournament like never before. You may not even wish to return for it."
"I'm in. I don't care if it's gonna be rough. All the more reason for me to be there helping my friends."
"Very well. Do you have any questions?"
Sonya thought for a moment, and then looked up at Rayden.
"Is it a boy or a girl?"
"My....Johnny and I. Our child. Boy or girl?"
Rayden smiled and put one arm around her shoulder. He put the other arm on her stomach.
"You have the soul of a beautiful baby boy in you. And I foresee he will grow up to be a powerful warrior."
"Thankyou." Sonya smiled. "You don't see like a white coat or a stethoscope do you?"
Rayden laughed and placed both hands on either side of her head.
"Go Sonya. Your family is waiting." He smiled. Suddenly everything went white.
Johnny Cage and the Earth Realm warriors all stood in a beautiful wooded area, in a cemetery in L.A. In front of them lay a beautiful oak coffin with the American flag draped over it. Inside lay the battered body of Lieutenant Sonya Blade. A priest spoke about the tragedy of death and such. Johnny wasn't really listening. He just stared at the big box in front of him. The box that held his beloved Sonya. There were flowers everywhere, and the turnout was amazing, but Johnny didn't notice. He could hardly see anything through the tears in his eyes. As the service ended, everybody began to leave. He thought he heard someone talking to him but he couldn't be sure. All he heard was,
"Just let him be Liu. Give him time."
It was a female voice, he could tell that much. He stood in front of the coffin the whole afternoon. It wasn't until nightfall that he awoke from his catatonic state. He slowly approached the coffin and placed his hand on the top. He looked to his right and could see the picture of Sonya that had been placed in front of the coffin.
"I can't believe this is it." He said quietly to her. "I mean, one minute your here, then your lying in a box."
Johnny lowered his head and closed his eyes, causing tears to roll down his cheeks. He reached into the pocket of his best suit and pulled out a ring box.
"I love you so much Sonya. More than anything I ever thought possible." He sniffed and placed the box on top of the coffin. He reached into his other pocket and pulled out another ring box. This one he opened and pulled the ring out.
"I'm sorry I could give you a wedding. I'm sorry I didn't even get to ask if you wanted one." He said softly, putting the ring on his finger. "And I'm sorry that I couldn't save you. I'm sorry I couldn't help you fight. It was the one that got me back to you. To fight with you. And I wasn't even there to do it when it counted the most. I will wear this ring for all my days. Until I'm with you once more."
Johnny gently lowered his head to the coffin lid and kissed it softly, tears streaming down his face.
"Goodbye, my love." He said quietly before turning and walking away.
As he got to his car, Johnny was surprised to see Rayden standing next to it.
"Rayden." Johnny said surprised. "What are you doing here?"
"I came to check on you. You've been standing there for about six hours."
"Yeah." Johnny replied softly. All of a sudden he looked up at Rayden. "Send me back."
"What?" Rayden asked with a weird sensation of deja vou.
"Send me back. To the afterlife. To be with Sonya."
Rayden laughed a little.
"What the fuck do you find so hilarious right now?" Johnny asked angrily at Rayden's inappropriate laughter.
"She said the same thing to me at the Crossing." He smiled.
"You've seen her? How is she?" Johnny asked desperately.
"As you would expect. She was heartbroken. Begging me to restore her and send her back to you. The same thing you did after you died. And now you are doing it again. Even though you know what my answer will be."
"I can't do it Rayden. I can't live without her. It was one thing in the afterlife, when I could watch her, but I don't know how to live without her."
"She did it. Sonya managed to go on after you died. She fought for Earth and helped to save it. She overcame the revelation that her arch enemy was her twin brother. And she lived on. And so can you."
"Sonya's a lot stronger than me Rayden."
"I think you are right." Rayden chuckled. "But none the less. You have to go on, Johnny. You have to live. For her."
Johnny stood there for a moment. Taking it all in. Trying to figure out how to survive without her.
"You're right. I have to show her I can do it."
Rayden smiled and opened the door for Johnny. He got in the car and wound the window down.
"You are most welcome."
Johnny started the engine and turned to Rayden.
"Can you do one thing me?"
"Tell her I love her."
Rayden smiled. "You can tell her yourself. She is listening to you. Watching you. She will always be with you."
Johnny looked to the sky and smiled.
Sonya watched Johnny through a portal in front of her. She gently stroked Johnny's image and smiled.
"I love you Johnny." She whispered. "I will be with you soon my love."
"Sonya?" A voice came from behind her. She turned around and looked at her brother, Daniel. Her parents stood beside him smiling.
"You coming?" Daniel asked waving her over.
Sonya turned back to Johnny and kissed her hand, placing it on the image of his face. She smiled again and turned to join her family.
Well that's it! I can't believe it's over. But after a long and hard road, it's finished. I'm sure I'll go back over it, fix mistakes make changes here and there, but I promise that I'll update whatever I change. And now with the emergence of Sonya in Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, I feel compelled to bring her back to fight alongside her friends once more. I think I'll wait until I have a copy of the game first, so I can get the whole story on what's going on, but you have my word that me and Sonya will be back.
I want to thank you all for reading my story and giving me the fantastic reviews. I want to thank my family and friends for putting up with my obsession. I really want to thank Robin, for being so supportive and for being my unofficial proof reader : ) And once again the fans, who give me the inspiration to continue writing. (Wow, starting to sound like an acceptation speech. LOL.)
Oh! and a HUMONGOUS thankx to the people at Midway, for creating the amazing characters and worlds that without whom, This huge bit of text wouldn't exist. And most importantly, that wonderful person/people at Midway who came up with the concept of Lieutenant Sonya Blade, an enormous..................THANKYOU!!!!!