The Trinity Chapter 4
By Blue Dragon X
When we reached the border of Macalania Forest, we all stopped. It was a
pretty sudden change in appearance, from mild Tundra to a warm and dark crystal
forest. Huge beautiful spheres glowed and winked and crystals hung down from
the high tops of trees. Through the thick branches you could see hints of
the bright sky, that also dramatically changed, but the sun was blocked
We sure are seeing some incredible places. Jechts eyes
scanned the surroundings. You ought to get something for little
Maybe so . . . Braska was holding a sphere to record Jecht and
Auron, stand next to Jecht for a second. I did so, but not very
We dont have time for this! I reminded
Come on, whats the hurry? he asked while walking into the
forest with Braska.
Ill tell you what the hurry is . . . I answered, following
him as Braska turned off the sphere.
While we sit here enjoying ourselves Sin is killing
The three of us noticed that the path ahead of us was shrouded in shadows,
making the forest even darker, but still glowing due to the crystals. The
path itself branched in three ways and we were wondering which path to take
Stop! Leave me alone! He burst from the bushes and ran past us,
down the left path.
Was that an Al Bhed? Jecht asked in surprise, noticing the
I actually think so . . . many Al Bhed hide their eyes to avoid
recognition.Braska was about to follow him, but three monks burst from
the bushes and chased after him.
Ive heard that that is a dead end, let us help him! Braska
ran down after the mobile melee.
I sighed as Jecht followed. Wasnt it bad enough that we were all further
from home than we had ever been? I stormed after them, knowing they were
bound to get themselves into trouble.
I jumped over a few sticks and branches, past the bushes, and finally under
a broken branch into a small enclosed clearing to find Jecht and Braska staring
at a young Al Bhed child with blonde hair and a nervous look upon his tanned
Listen, you arent stealing from us again!
I swear Mr.
I wasnt stealing, I just wanted to look at the prices. I wanted
to learn to run my own store some day
Youre going to be behind bars. Wholl believe some Al Bhed
But Mr. Monkey I
Monk! Youre coming with us!
Jecht was the first to step forward. Hey, the kid said he wasnt
stealing. Why wont you let him go?
His father was a thief and so is he! Now stay out of
Jecht stepped forward a bit closer. You need to step down, baldies.
Hes innocent until proven guilty.
The three monks stared at the kid and then back to Jecht. A little
kid isnt worth it. Well be back if you look too suspicious.
One monk warned as he dropped him and walked off, still giving him suspicious
Braska made his way up to the young child.
What is your name? He asked, looking down at him. The child appeared
very grateful, and then looked at Braska as if he had recognized him from
T-Thank you so much! I thought they would put me in
Youre welcome kid. I just dont like to see people pushed
around. Jecht nodded.
The child looked up at Braska. My name is Rin. I just really liked
business and shops . . . and thought that Spira could use more of them for
travelers and summoners. There are only one or two agencies, and I wanted
to make my own and put them all around Spira. So I started scouting them
You dont have to explain yourself to us. I told
He nodded to me, and then began to leave. Ill repay you somehow,
I promise. I almost have enough to start putting my stores up all over the
How do you plan on keeping them running? Braska asked.
He smiled. Its all part of my master plan. See you around! And
that was the last we saw of him for a while.
For a second, the three of us stood an embraced the quiet; the tranquility.
It wasnt something that we very often had the chance to
Im sensing that feeling again . . . I
What is it? Braska asked me.
Silence before the storm. We enjoy tranquility like this, only to discover
the storm. Its an awful feeling. I can never enjoy myself because of
Braska rolled his eyes and held my shoulder.
Youre such a stiff, man. Jecht noticed. Youre
so negative all the time. Why dont you focus on the positive, for a
I breathed out.
For some reason, Ive never really been able to concentrate on
that . . . Another few moments of silence. Maybe we just wanted to
embrace the tranquility; maybe we didnt want to get to the
storm. Or maybe Jecht just had the biggest mouth of all of us,
because he didnt wait to break the silence that we enjoyed so much.
Amazing what you can appreciate when in scarce.
Well, we got a ways to go, lets get moving.
Hold on, I know a place here, excellent for recording spheres.
Braska called to Jecht as he began backtracking.
Oh yeah? Why would I want to go there?
. . . In the off chance that your boy ever comes here, you can leave
spheres all around. Maybe I should leave some for Yuna; you never
Jecht sighed deeply.
Alright then, Ill leave one. I didnt ever find out;
but I am sure his exasperation came at the thought of him never going back
to Zanarkand; rather than the thought of having to make another
The three of us assumed formation and made our way directly across the main
path towards a more watery path. It was as if an invisible barrier protected
us from the crystal waters below as we advanced on a huge crystal. I tossed
Braska a sphere to record Jecht on.
The dark-skinned man stopped in the middle of the floating pool and
Hey, kid . . . ya listenin to me? If youre here . . . it
means that youre stuck . . . like me. And you had better NOT be crying!
I wanted you to know that . . . that . . . aw never mind, Im no good
at this. Braska, turn it off.
Come on, I know you have a bit more than that.
I began to tap my foot impatiently.
What I wanted to say . . . son . . . is that Im proud of you,
remember that. Okay, can you turn it off now?
Braska turned it off and smiled quickly. Dont be so worried.
Theres a low chance hes ever going to actually see
Yeah sure . . . lets go.
I led the way back and to the left; down the main path that was mostly a
mild labyrinth of what appeared to be tree branches.
The three of us made our way down one path; the glowing crystals lighting
our way, our footsteps echoing in the serenity that we were growing used
to. And then our hopes were shattered. The silence broke.
Three Blue Elements screeched and flew out of the nearby crystals, chased
by what appeared to be a Xiphos.
Aw dammit. Jecht flipped out his sword as the odd group took
one look at us and charged over to our location, the pointed feet of the
Xiphos hitting the ground like pointed pistons of a primitive
Spread out! I commanded, swinging my katana over my shoulder
and towards the first blue element. To my dismay, it was barely effective
and the fiend countered with a water spell. I let out a yell as I was thrown
off balance by the pure hydraulic force and hanging helplessly off of the
end of the branch.
I gotcha! Jecht slid over, and before he could offer his hand
was charged in the rump by the snarling Xiphos.
Braska! We both yelled. The man was already a bit busy casting
lighting spells, one of which slowed down the Xiphos; two more turning a
couple of Blue Elements into nothing but pyreflies. I flipped myself up and
landed in a slash upon the Xiphos, not quite piercing it but still damaging
Come on! You all can do better than that! Jecht yelled as he
took another swing at the Xiphos. I cant explain it, but I felt stronger
from hearing the encouraging words and took a mighty swing at the last blue
element, almost finishing it off. Braska finally finished the job with another
thunder spell and Jecht turned the Xiphos into
Cant . . . touch . . . this! Jecht sheathed his sword and
tried to take a step, only to limp noticeably and cry out a
Are you alright? Braska walked over to examine the
Not really . . .
I tossed him a spare potion that he didnt hesitate to drink and stand
We dont want to exhaust our summoner. I told him as the
three of us took a few breaths of relief. Naturally; we didnt rest
We were about halfway through the labyrinth before two fiends resembling
large lizards ran visibly from the end of the path, and we ran to meet
Jecht ran towards the closest fiend, flipping and pulling out his sword at
the same time, and finally landing in a vertical slash that quickly tore
the fiend in half. Braska renewed Jechts strength with a quick Cure
spell, and I followed up with a running slash, my muscles aching from the
power running through them. The fiends body flew back into a tree and
didnt hit the ground as it was occupied with its disappearance to only
a few lone pyreflies that eventually left the world of the living
We said nothing as we continued on our way, feeling stronger, and perhaps
the slightest bit angrier. All of our assumptions were correct; the tranquility
was always quickly shattered. There was almost always a strong Silence Before
Still without words and silent fury the three of us started jogging, and
this time Jecht was careful not to run. The anger at every fiend in existence
fueled us; until of course we heard the sound of people talking in the distance.
Braska grew angrier by the minute; the obnoxious men from
Ignore them, Braska. I warned. It was Jecht, of course, that
had needed the warning.
You guys lost or something? He asked, noticing they seemed to
be wandering around, exchanging atrocious jokes and looking for
One man looked him up and down like he was some sort of barbarian; not to
say that I blamed him.
What is it to you? You seem to be the lost
Just tryin to be helpful . . . He turned to us.
We continued our jog, but not before Braska locked eyes with the
Down at the end of the labyrinth, a lone guado stared at us as if we were
demons from hell, and halted us with a hand.
The three of us briskly and impatiently stopped in front of the young guado,
waiting for whatever reason he had stopped us.
A woman told me to give this to you . . . The guado handed Braska
the note and ran off on his way. Braska read the note and his face
My wife . . . in about two weeks shes sailing to see her
Finally talking to you two again? I asked.
Wait, what? Jecht was clueless, as usual.
Loverboy here went down to the Al Bhed home. He wanted his people to
unite with the Al Bhed. He met with Meilinna there and ran off with her into
Thats not exactly how it
And. I cut him off. Not only that, but he even took her
down to Bevelle and before you know it, the two are married and shes
about to have his child. You can imagine how enraged her brother Cid was,
especially in light of the hatred between the common man and the Al
Braska looked down in resignation. Hes right . . . but everything
is going smoothly now. I just hope an Al Bhed in Bevelle doesnt face
too much adversity . . .
We were silent, and then again continued on our way. I could already see
the lighting in the distance . . .
For once, my mind actually stopped going back to Zanarkand. Back to my son,
my wife, my career . . . and blitzball. I missed them all, really. I had
learned by then that the more you try not to think about something the more
you think about it, so naturally I had to just forget about it all
Zanarkand . . . is it really nothing but ruins? Damn my homesickness,
but I couldnt help it.
They both sighed. Maybe they finally conceded to believe I was from Zanarkand
. . . or maybe they were just fed up with me.
Nothing but ruins, Jecht. Im sorry. Braskas words,
The three of us saw the glowing light of the save sphere in the distance,
and it was then that I cursed myself again. Not for thinking about Zanarkand,
but because I had gotten too used to that quiet. And before quiet theres
always another fight; and I should have known that it was coming. But I
didnt understand until it came, and when it came it truly
We all predicted it, and it was the time that Braska prepared to summon Shiva.
The Chimera jumped for the trees, staring at us with those bloodied eyes,
screaming that horrid scream and hissing at us with the snake of a
Auron rolled his eyes; nothing seemed to shake this guy!
Come on! Ive fought old ladies tougher than
Three white beams hit the ground, and as the beast roared in front of the
sphere as a figure outlined itself while three huge blocks of ice fell before
it. Its face became clear; a beautiful aeon; an ice goddess that calmed us
simply with her presence. She dropped down towards us and landed swiftly,
and then she tossed her blanket of ice. Braska grabbed it as Auron and I
ran to safety, and the Chimera charged.
Give it a piece of heaven. Braska suggested. The aeon nodded
and lifted her hands, and as if heaven itself was answering, a chunk of ice
that made me cold just staring at it dropped from nowhere and crushed the
beast, severely delaying it but not halting it.
Shiva elegantly dodged the beast as it ran for her.
Anger of the unsent turns to hatredAuron yelled to me as
Shiva cast a blizzaga spell at the unsuspecting creature that countered with
And then that hatred becomes fuel for a fiend. The greater the hatred,
the stronger the fiend! Auron finished as he watched Shiva place a
perfect axe kick into the beasts head.
There was a sickening crack as it fell.
Thank you. Braska bowed his head slightly and the aeon silently
nodded, before jumping into the dark sky and leaving our sight.
The three of us nodded to each other, and finally continued to the save
Braska touched the sphere slowly and our bodies felt rejuvenated. It recorded
the records of our travels and stopped glowing.
. . . Where to now? I asked slowly.
Were headed through the thunder plains, and then Guadosalam.
I havent talked to the guado in a while. Braska thought
Why are they called the thunder plains? I asked. I saw the flash
of lighting and then the sound of it; a place where the lightings strike
always exceeded the sound of the thunder.
Youll find out. Auron replied grimly.
We still had a ways to go out of Macalania forest, but for the first time,
I really did feel invincible.
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