On September 11, 2001 a group of terrorists hijacked four American planes and took the passengers on suicide missions targeting such landmarks as the World Trade Center towers in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington D.C. Thousands of lives were lost.
Gundam Wing fans by their nature are part of a group interested in analyzing the effects of war on various people, from the common man, to the soldiers to the leaders who make decisions which affect everyone in the universal struggle to attain peace.
The Price of Redemption is a Gundam Wing fanfiction which, in part, undertook to study the effect of terrorist actions on a world which had just recently acquired a sense of that peace after a long, terrible struggle.
This story, and specifically Chapter 11 which contains plot points very similar to what happened in the United States on September 11, 2002, was begun months before the tragedy occurred. Chapter 11 was originally published on March 14, 2001. After the tragedy I removed the chapter from the internet, unsure of whether it would be appropriate to keep this part of the story intact. After input from readers and careful thought I decided to restore the chapter as it was with the addition of this dedication page.
Before reading this chapter, take a moment to remember what was lost on September 11, 2001. Keep the victims and their families and the heroes in your hearts and prayers.