I was worried when I didnt find Auron or Jecht in the lobby of the
temple, so I went outside to find the two celebrating, which left me
Hey, you two I greeted as a group of monks went back into the temple.
What might you be celebrating?
Jecht laughed a hearty laugh.
Auron here just did the overdrive of the century, and sent a huge fiend off the cliff!
Thats great news, congratulations, Auron.
Thank you, Braska.
I have even more good news. I got my next aeon.
Awesome, do we get to see it?
Im afraid not. They told me this one didnt like being summoned unless it was needed.
Oh . . . so is that all we have to do here then? Jecht asked, tucking his sword back at his side.
Auron looked at me expectantly, and I nodded.
We began our way down the rest of the snowy path, all feeling optimistic about what was ahead. The wind blew in our faces harder, and I could have sworn it got colder . . .
As we were on our way we said our goodbyes back towards the temple, and Jecht almost fell trying to show off while walking backwards.
Macalania Forest . . . not too far away now. I muttered.
Perhaps this pilgrimage thing wont be such a big fuss after all. Jecht, of course.
I wouldnt be so sure. We are still very early, and there is still much do.
The wind howled in agreement, and subsided as we went below an underpass. After we came out from under it, I stopped, Auron and Jecht stopping behind me.
What, is there a fiend? Auron asked nervously.
After this . . . Ill be the farthest away from home I have ever been.
Once I go passed Macalania . . . I will reach my limit.
We looked at each other and nodded, then took our new steps. We. It wasnt much for Auron, but he said he hadnt been that far in a few years, and was about to reach his furthest.
I would have thought that those new steps felt the same . . . but each one felt different and unsure. I wasnt sure what the future would bring.
Look, we have to keep on going. Jecht said, noticing we had slowed down.
Uh . . . how about we rest at one of those new Travel Agencies? he asked, pointing to a small but well kept building, that sat in a crevice bordering the beginning of Macalania Forest and the end of this winter wonderland.
I almost laughed. I could somehow tell that Auron only wanted us to rest at the Travel Agency because he wished to delay his first steps.
I didnt want to believe he was a coward . . . that told me something about him that I never really verified. Was he cautious? Did he have a bad feeling about events passed home? I wondered.
The two of us followed Braska this time as he plodded through the weird snow
that left no prints and felt the handle of the door.
Auron touched a save sphere, he seemed a bit tired, and then began scribbling a few quick records.
A quick flash happened as a black light temporarily glowed around Auron to verify that the records were true, and then they disappeared.
Alright. Auron said.
The three of us entered the extremely well furnished building and looked around a bit. It was a very colorful place, ornate rugs, carpentry, even counter. There was one picture of Ohalland on the wall behind the counter; they must have been fans of the Kilika Beasts.
And then there were the weapons laid out on the high bluish counter, and the lazy person behind it half asleep.
Auron yawned and walked up, inspecting the weapons, then raised his eyes towards the sleeping man.
Dont you think you should pay a little more attention to what youre doing? Someone could easily barge in here and rob you blind if they were quiet enough.
Ahh! Hey! Dont you know Guadosalam is supposed to be a quiet place?
Arent we in Macarena? I asked.
Macalania . . . Oh! Heh heh! I got you there! I was just . . . uh . . . testing you. Well, you want to buy anything?
Hmm. Braska looked at the assortment.
I see some nice things here . . . Jecht, here take these.
Auron handed me his two swords and Braska his staff.
Put your sword in, too.
In where? I asked Braska.
The save sphere, it stores items.
. . . If you say so.
I pushed the door open, surprised at how easily it moved.
After I had inched it open a bit more I looked to the sphere, and then leaned down. I touched it slightly, and my whole body tingled.
I tried putting the weapons on the clear blue sphere and I jumped as they sunk in with a loud groaning sound.
Then the sphere broke and fell.
The shopkeeper, Braska, and Auron came out, looking at me, and then stared at the busted sphere.
. . . I killed it.
Dont worry, that damn things always breaking, Ill have it fixed and running in a little while . . . dont worry too much about it. The shopkeeper said.
Besides, as long as it took in your weapons you shouldnt have to worry about it.
He looked to Braska and rubbed a few flakes of snow from his eyebrows.
As for you, everythings 85 gil.
I only have 100 gil notes.
Buy ten weapons, then itll be even.
. . .
I have some extra gil coins, I can handle it. Auron mentioned.
Good good . . . muttered the shopkeeper, but he didnt sound pleased.
Ill leave the money on the table. Could we get a room? Braska asked.
Sure, buy three weapons and get a room free.
The three of us went back in while the shopkeeper started cursing at the sphere, and Braska picked out a very fine looking sword, a bigger katana, and then a fancy staff, after which Auron left 255 gil.
We walked around the corner and down the hallway into an empty room with three beds, a couch, and a table.
I call window! I immediately ran over to a window and plopped down on the bed next to it, surprised at how tired I had been.
Auron eyed the weapons with a puzzled expression, sitting down on a seat as ornate as the rugs in the lobby.
Braska, these weapons that you bought arent the strongest ones, whats up?
Braska only smiled a wild smile.
Ive come up with a killer strategy. I bought myself a Thunder Staff, I gave you a Fira Blade, and Jecht here a Liquid Steel.
Ohh . . . that will actually come in a lot of use, now that you say such things, Braska
Precisely, and not only that, but we get to teach Jecht a few things.
Wha . . .?
Youll find out . . . They both said, laughing creepily and giving me the willies.
Der . . . so, you guys have other friends, dont you?
Forget us, Jecht, youre the one with the outrageous story. How are your kids in . . . Auron started chuckling. Zanarkand.
My kid . . . crap I forgot all about him. That whiny runt . . . Ill bet hes crying his eyes out for me! Heheheheheheh! But his momma . . . hes such a mommas boy. Why
You know what I think? Braska interrupted me.
You talk so down about your kid, but I think you really love him.
What gave you that idea!? How had he discovered my secret?
Because, you keep talking down about him, but even for someone who would dislike a person you sure do talk about him a whole lot . . . as a matter of fact he seems to come up every time you think about Zanarkand.
. . . Th-thats crazy talk! He has his momma to love him! Loving isnt a guy thing.
Sure . . . Auron muttered.
By the way Braska, speaking of families how was Meilinna doing?
Braska looked down.
Well . . . she was still hurt when we were alone. I healed all of that. All you need is a bit of love and some wine and
Stop right there, you sick, sick monkey. I commanded.
Hey, you have a child, you should know how to romance.
Dont offend Auron, hes never been that close with a woman . . . I began.
Auron looked down.
Dont feel bad . . . Braska muttered.
Auron, you arent someone who would
It was then that I realized it.
Auron! You arent looking sad because you feel left out! Youre looking sad because . . . !
Braska covered his mouth.
Auron! You should be ashamed of yourself! Youre supposed to be an unmarried monk! That means you should have been abstinent! How could you defile yourself!?
I met her when I was just a young monk! She was so cute and all over me and . . .
Spare ME the details. I cut in.
Oh please. Braska, Jecht, all the monks arent as holy as you think. We may all be unmarried, but youd be surprised at how much they get around. We are all defiled.
So this is the true face of the highest holy men of Bevelle? A bunch of wily man-whores?
Ill bet. Maybe that says something about Bevelle . . . I suggested.
Auron looked away. Let us not go there, someone might overhear us.
We were all quiet, and decided to get some rest soon after.
We didnt rest long.
FIIIEEEENDS! It was the man at the counter, and he didnt
sound happy. Auron was up in a flash and motioned for his katana. I tossed
him the Fira Blade and immediately it began burning, save the hilt. I pulled
out the Thunder Staff and it began crackling with electricity. Finally, I
tossed Jecht the Liquid Steel and bubbles began
Lets go! I warned as we flew into action.
After we hastily turned a corner, two huge Lashamatsu greeted us.
I thought those only lived in Djose! Auron yelled desperately.
Forget it! Waste em! Jecht warned us. The two huge yellow-spotted reptiles were making their way to the counter and eyeing the man behind it hungrily.
Lets see how you like a mouthful of sword! Jecht ran by and slashed both of them in a row with the end of his Liquid steel, and the monsters were instantly drenched. They let out a huge bellow, but kept ticking.
Speed it up! I warned as the two began a charge. I cast haste on Auron, who immediately dove for another with inhuman speed, and then slashed across the middle, cutting it almost in half.
The second was bounding towards Jecht who was running back the other way for a charge, and I got it across the face with my staff twice, and then rammed the edge into its spine. The hard scales made it seem dauntless, but I knew I had had an effect.
Triple raid! Jecht called. The three of us dove towards the center were the beasts looked angrier than ever, and slashed across the middle. There was a blinding flash as all three elements hit and the monsters dissipated into a mass of pyreflies.
Yeah! Faster than ever! Jecht announced slashing the air, and then flipping his sword up to catch it by the hilt.
Im sure we all feel that way. Auron mumbled while checking to see if the man at the counter was all right.
Are you okay?
The man nodded and shakily handed us gil. He looked as if he had seen a ghost.
Yevon forgive me, I doubled the prices. Please accept this!
Its alright, its alright, just stay alert. You are a weapons salesman after all.
The man nodded and clutched his heart.
You all be careful.
We thanked him, and were on our way. I had grossly underestimated the amount of battles that would ensue.
AN: This is more of a transition chapter, explaining its shorter length. The dialogue wont be exact, I warn you, but mostly to convey different emotions so it wont feel like youre going through the game again. Also a few events might be slightly off but this is also to make the story interesting.
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