Blades of Destiny Epilogue
By Brenton Braswell
Disclaimer: I do not own any of the characters or the series of the Final Fantasy series. They all belong to Squaresoft and are being used without permission. All original characters are copyrighted by the author and are not to be used by anybody without my permission. If somebody has a problem with that, all I could say is, tough luck.
I would like to give a special thanks to Selphie Leonhart for letting me use an idea from one of her stories. Also if you didnt beat FF7/ FF8, you might not want to read this story until you beat both of them. There are major spoilers in this story for those games.
Also, I would really like to give thanks to everyone who reviewed my story so far.
I would really like to thank Ginger Ninja for supplying me with places I could put Diazs castle. You should check out her fics as well.
Also if you want to use any of my characters, please ask me first. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Characters direct thoughts are in parentheses ( )
In the last chapter, all of the combined forces of the planet had finally arrived at the island. The plan against Diaz was then carried out when the Ragnarok flew toward Diazs castle. With some impressive flying and shooting, Selphie and Cid were able to shoot out all of the cannons on the castle. Instantly, Dan and Lisa went into action and shot energy blasts at Diazs army, thus reducing its huge number to one more even to their own. Both armies charged at each other and engaged in a very intense battle.
Meanwhile in the air, flying back toward Diazs castle, Darius jumped on the wall and almost shot down the Ragnarok. With some good advice from Lensey, Cid was able to knock Darius off the wall and Selphie dropped the team off that was freeing the Galbaldian SeeDs and cadets. Once the Ragnarok landed and everyone got out, Lensey and Naomi finally had a reunion. Darius ordered Naomi to fight Lensey. Naomi refused and instantly attacked Darius and killed him when he tried to sneak attack her. She apologized and used the teleportation magic to disappear from the castle. Lensey was distraught with sadness, but quickly got over it as they ran into the castle.
Elsewhere in the castle, Oriana, Quistis, and Xu along with the Esthar soldiers and SeeDs fought their way to the dungeon. At the door, Kenoshi confronted them and Xu decided to take him on. In a short battle, Xu defeated Kenoshi and was surprised that Kenoshi felt honored to be defeated by her. Oriana took point in going down the stairs and acted like a one-woman army. After all of the guards were defeated, they freed the Galbaldian SeeDs, cadets and the Headmaster. They then escorted them back to the courtyard and had them board the Ragnarok and taken back to the Ragnarok.
Meanwhile, Squall, Seifer, Cloud and Lensey had fought their way to the last hallway before Diazs throne room. Sephiroth and Krelnar confronted the four warriors. Cloud and Seifer took them on an in a lengthy battle, both of Diazs warriors were defeated. The four continued onto the throne room, and there they finally came face to face with Diaz. After a little talk, Diaz cast some magic and Cloud, Squall, Lensey and himself disappeared leaving Seifer and the two knights in the room. Seifer immediately radioed what happened in and was instructed to return to the courtyard and board the Ragnarok. He did just that and the Ragnarok lifted off into the sky away from the castle.
Elsewhere, Diaz had taken the three warriors of the planet to the focal point where all energy in the universe resides. After a lengthy conversation, the battle had started. After a while, Diaz seemed to come out on top. In a last desperation move, Cloud and Squall went for their strongest attacks but was promptly thrown back. In a surprising turn of events, Lensey unleashed a limit break skill that she called Destinys fury. She had made short work of Diaz. They once again appeared in his castle. Diaz thought he had the last laugh and cast some magic that would blow up the castle. Lensey quickly went to work and cast her teleportation magic just in time. Everyone thought for a minute that Squall, Lensey and Cloud had died from the explosion of Diazs castle but was wrong when the three appeared not too far from the castle. A mighty roar of cheer engulfs the battlefield and the Ragnarok landed. Tifa, Rinoa, and all of their comrades come out to congratulate them and thank the heavens that they survived.
With all the wounded and dead gathered up, the forces of the world had headed home. All knew that that night would be one of celebration, and the following day would be one to remember all who fought and died and those who died in the attacks on Timber, Trabia Garden, and Galbaldia Garden. Well, heres the last chapter of Blades of Destiny, I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I have writing it.
After dropping off the Trabian SeeDs and staying there for a little while, Selphie piloted the Ragnarok toward Balamb Garden. Headmaster Cid had called and said they had finally returned to Balamb and decide to keep the Garden in its mobile form. It was late in the afternoon and the sun was showing its last rays of light.
Its finally over, said Cloud for the third time.
You know Cloud, said Barret. You can stop saying that know, its getting on my nerves.
Sorry Barret, replied Cloud. All of this seemed like one big dream and nightmare combined. The others in the lower passenger deck agreed and nodded their heads. That man full of hatred, known as Sephiroth is finally dead and I can get on with my life.
I wouldnt say he was completely full of hatred, commented Vincent.
What do you mean? Asked Quistis.
Before we faced Ultimecia, she told us that she and Sephiroth was in love with one and other, Vincent answered. It seems so ironic that two of this worlds most greatest threats would be attracted to each other and fall in love.
Now this was really some news that surprised everyone who didnt already know. Man who would have thought that, ya know? Raijin said.
Yeah, said Fujin. Thats very surprising to hear.
Now everyone looked at Fujin in surprise. You can talk normal? Asked Red.
Yes, I can, answered Fujin. I just talk the other way so things can be short and to the point. Im going to start talking normal from now on because I really get a sore throat from talking so loud.
Thats good, ya know, said Raijin while slapping Fujin on the back. She narrowed her eye and kicked Raijin in the shin and smiled at the reaction that she had gotten. This had also got some laughs from the others in the lower deck.
Hey everyone, were at Balamb Garden and well be landing in just a few seconds, chimed Selphies voice from the intercom. She then landed the Ragnarok on the platform above the parking lot. When it descended, the group and the SeeDs walked off of the Ragnarok and out of the parking lot.
At the entrance of the parking lot, they were met with a surprising sight. All of the SeeDs, cadets, junior classmen, the Headmaster and Headmistress was gathered there. They all received a mighty applause from everyone. After everyone had dispersed, Headmaster Cid walked up to the warriors with unlocked powers and the SeeDs. Splendid job there, you saved the world and given everyone the chance to live a happy life. Everyone just smiled and nodded. You should all get cleaned up because were holding a celebration party in the ball room in a hour. About your uniforms, you dont have to come in them, and youll get new uniforms to replace the ones that youre wearing now tomorrow. He shook everyone hands before walking off.
All of the SeeDs and Avalanche walked off toward their assigned dorm rooms. Selphie went up beside Lensey and asked, Do you need something to wear Lensey? I know you have that little trick to get some more clothes, but I thought you would want to wear something other than your fighting clothes.
Yeah sure, what do you have in mind? Replied Lensey.
Come on, Ill show you, said Selphie excitedly while running and dragging Lensey by the arm to her dorm. Once they were there, Selphie looked in her closet and pulled out sleeveless dark blue dress with a high neckline, because she probably knew Lensey wasnt as modest as showing a lot of skin. The skirt part looked longer than what Selphie usually wore. Hows this?
Lensey took the dress and held it too her body. The skirt part went down to the her knees and the dress looked like it would fit her but looked two sizes to big for Selphie. Thanks Selphie, I think this should do.
You can keep the dress, Selphie said while smiling. Sorry if I dont have any boots or shoes to go with it.
Dont worry about it, said Lensey. I think those boots that go with the SeeD uniform would go nicely with this dress. Selphie said her goodbyes to Lensey and then left for her dorm room.
Once she was in, she immediately took a shower and put on the dress and boots. After a few minutes, Selphie came in an offered to do Lenseys hair. Lensey agreed and Selphie put it in the braided ponytail once more because she knew Lensey probably liked it better than other hairstyles. Lensey made sure only a few strands of hair hung down her forehead to complete the look. When they were finished, they both went to the ballroom to see people already celebrating. Selphie excused herself to get her camcorder and make sure it had full batteries this time. One thing that stayed on Lenseys mind was her sister, Naomi. Before Selphie came in the room earlier, she had tried to use her sensing ability to find Naomi. (What is it? I know Naomi can really hide her power signature from me, but why now? Ive forgiven her, why doesnt she want me to find her?) This sad thought was on her mind for a few minutes until a couple of cadets came over to talk to her. They talked about the battle and were impressed. After the cadets had left her, she sat down in a chair.
After ten minutes of rushing to get her camcorder and trying to find some new batteries, Selphie was back in the ballroom. She looked around the ballroom and taped all of the happy celebration. She was looking for a few people in particular. She then spotted Zell and Yuffie surrounded by some cadets and SeeDS and two piles of hotdogs on the table in front of them. She walked over to them and asked, Hey, whats going on?
Zell was mouthing off that no one can beat him in a hotdog eating contest, said Yuffie. I took him up on his offer and now its time to see if Zell can eat as fast as his mouth talks.
Yeah, I can, said Zell. And Im going to win!
Oh yeah, then bring it on! Yuffe Challenged.
A cadet then said, On your mark. Yuffie and Zell picked up a hotdog each from the stacks in front of them. Get set, Go! Then Yuffie and Zell started wolfing down hotdogs. To say the least, this was fun to watch, but looked like a disgusting sight to see the two with their mouth filled with hotdogs. After about two minutes, both was down to their last hotdogs, and Yuffie finished hers first. And we have a new champ, Yuffie Kisaragi! Said the cadet raising Yuffies hand.
Are you sure that was wise Yuffie? Asked Selphie. I know Zell could eat that many hotdogs because he has the stomach for it. You on the other hand, youre way more smaller than Zell, and your stomach doesnt look like it could hold that much food.
Yuffie started to look sick and said, I think youre right Selphie. Outta the way! Yuffie yelled before covering her mouth and dashing toward the bathroom knocking over six people in the process. Zell and everyone else laughed.
Selphie then decided to go somewhere else and find somebody else to get some good footage of. She then spotted Lensey sitting at a table alone drinking a glass of wine. Selphie went over and said, Heres the hero of the hour, Lensey!
Im not the only hero here Selphie, Lensey pointed out.
Why not? Asked Selphie. If you didnt decide to come to this world and help us all out, wed be dead by now. Youre a hero in my book.
Thanks, said Lensey while giving a small smile. Can I ask you something?
Yeah, sure, said Selphie.
Can you look deep in your heart and forgive Oriana for all that shes done? Its tearing her up on the inside since your outburst of anger toward her.
Selphie looked down and thought for a few seconds. Yeah, sure I can, said Selphie. You said everyone deserves another chance right? Lensey nodded.
Thank you, said a voice behind Selphie.
Selphie turned around to see that Oriana was standing there. Selphie then got Oriana in a big hug, I forgive you Oriana. You saved the lives of the Galbaldian SeeDs and cadets. Oriana returned the hug. Selphie then went off and found Dan and Lisa not too far from them holding hands and kissing. Selphie caught their kiss on tape and said; Now this is some great footage! Youre a couple now right?
Dan and Lisa nodded and went back to kissing. She saw Cid and Barret sitting at a table drinking beer and telling some SeeDs and cadets of the battle. Red was close by them. Selphie listened for a while and then went to find somebody else. Suddenly, the 'Eyes of Me' song came on and many couples took the dance floor. She got some tape of it and was surprised when she saw Vincent and Quistis dancing. She also saw Cloud and Tifa on the dance floor also. What was more surprising is she saw Seifer and Fujin dancing and that Fujin was in a dress and a very pretty one at that.
Selphie then saw Irvine by a door and motioned for her to come over. She went over and saw as Irvine quieted her before she could even talk. She saw Rinoa and Squall out on the balcony talking. She could just make out what they were saying.
So Squall, what are we going to do now that this threat is over? Asked Rinoa.
First, were going to take a well deserved vacation, said Squall. After that I dont know.
Squall and Rinoa just went back to looking at the stars and they saw a shooting star. Rinoa pointed up at it. I wonder does a shooting star appear every time something good is about to happen?
Probably, said Squall while reaching into his pocket and pulling out a small black box. Rinoa, I know that we havent known each other for that long, but my feelings toward you doesnt betray me. I love you, and Im asking, will you marry me?
Rinoas eyes widened and her mouth went into a smile. Yes Ill marry you Squall, I love you too! Squall then put the ring on her finger and hugged and kissed Rinoa.
Booyaka! Selphie yelled while jumping out of her hiding space with the camcorder. Irvine then came out also.
You da man Squall! Said Irvine. Squall just nodded.
Selphie then lightly elbowed Irvine in the ribs and said, Hey Irvy, does this give you any ideas? Irvine just smiled and scratched the back of his head and didnt say anything. (Oh well, I guess Irvine isnt ready for commitment just yet.)
Squall, what brought this on? Asked Rinoa.
Nearly dying today, answered Squall. When Cloud and myself were on the ground hurt, I thought to myself and wondered what I would do if we should get out of that situation. The first thing that came to my mind was marrying the woman that I love.
Selphie and Irvine then left the two alone and she went to seek out Lensey again. She smiled when she saw Lensey dancing with a SeeD. Once the song was over, Lensey went over to Selphie and asked, What time is it?
Selphie looked at her watch and said, Just nine P.M., Why?
Theres somebody I promised I would see after I defeated Diaz, Lensy answered. They live in Winhill and Ill just go right now, because I know tomorrow will be a busy day and I want to see them now.
Yeah, sure, said Selphie. Ill tell the Headmaster and everyone else you left. When are you going to be back?
Tomorrow morning, said Lensey. I know the Headmaster will want to hold a memorial service tomorrow. Selphie nodded and walked off.
Lensey walked out of Balamb Garden and cast her teleportation magic. She then disappeared from the area.
She then appeared just outside of Winhill. Lensey then walked to Rosas house and knocked on the door. A young woman with Brown hair in a white blouse, blue jeans and brown shoes answered the door. When she answered and saw who it was, she stood there with her eyes widened. Hi, Im Lensey Kusanagi, pleased to meet you, Lensey said while sticking out her hand.
Colette came out of her shock and shook Lenseys hand. Im Colette, Rosas daughter, said Colette. So youre the young woman who my mother speaks so highly of. Well, come in. Lensey came in and was escorted to the living room where Rosa and Elizabeth were watching T.V. Looks whos here.
Lensey! Exclaimed Rosa. Lensey then walked over to the woman and hugged her. I knew you could do it.
Yeah thanks to you and her, said Lensey while pointing to Elizabeth. She then walked over to Elizabeth and kneeled down to be eye to eye with the young girl. You know Elizabeth, Youre one of the reasons Ive continued fighting for.
The young girl with light brown hair in the pretty blue dress said, I know my grandma told me. Elizabeth then beamed a smile at her. Lensey then hugged the little girl.
Weve got dinner ready if youre hungry Lensey, said Rosa.
Thank you, said Lensey. You dont know how much saving the world can tire you out. Lensey joked.
The four then sat down to eat a nice home cooked meal. After they were finished, Lensey went to play with Elizabeth and told her about the battle. She made sure not to go into any details and make it as story like as possible. She knew the little girl would have wanted a better story to tell her friends when she goes back to school in Deling City, but she wasnt ready to hear the way it exactly happened.
Rosa then asked, Lensey, are you going to be leaving soon?
No, I told everyone at Balamb Garden that I would come back in the morning, replied Lensey. Ill stay tonight and tuck Elizabeth into bed. After we all eat breakfast, Ill have to leave.
Are you going anywhere else after the memorial service at Balamb Garden is over? Asked Colette.
Yes, said Lensey. My fight isnt over yet, I still have to liberate the twelve worlds that Diaz has enslaved.
You truly have a heart of gold, said Colette. You would put others and your mission before your needs and wants. Well its time for Elizabeth to go to bed.
Lensey then nodded and held Elizabeths hand as she escorted her to the room. Once Elizabeth was helped into her nightclothes, Lensey tucked her into bed and kissed her on the forehead. Good night Sweetie.
Good night Lensey, said Elizabeth while rolling on her side.
Lensey then walked out of the room and sat on the couch beside Colette and Rosa. They watched the news. Surprisingly, they were showing some footage of the battle. What the hell? Lensey said. I guess they must have had some hidden cameras on some of the Gabaldian soldiers, Im just glad they didnt have any reporters out there. The news reporters then went on about Lensey and the people that had strange powers. He then came to an announcement saying that they would help the citizens of Timber rebuild, and help Galbaldia Garden. Also the government would try to establish good relations with Esthar and FH and try to get the railroad back to running between the two countries. (Well, I wish you good luck in trying to fix all of the damage to the Railroad Bridge.) Lensey silently commented. Also in the news, the Esthar government was going to help build Trabia Garden back to its former glory. After all of the news had gone off, Lensey, Rosa, and Colette retired to bed.
In the morning, Lensey, Rosa, Colette, and Elizabeth had breakfast together. When they were through, they thanked Lensey for visiting them that night. Lensey was about to leave when she felt someone cling to her leg. Dont go Lensey, said Elizabeth.
Im sorry honey, replied Lensey. I have to go, but Ill come and visit when my mission is finished.
Elizabeth was sad and reluctantly let go of Lenseys leg. They were outside as Lensey cast her teleportation magic and disappeared. Bye Lensey, said Elizabeth a little sadly. She didnt want Lensey to go, but she knew that Lensey had to go. The three then walked back into the house.
Lensey appeared just outside of Balamb Garden. She then walked in and toward her dormitory and took her shower and put the dress back on. She cast some magic and appeared in her red gi top, white pants, red shoes, fighting gloves and katana. Now that dress was part of the clothes that she can make appear on her at will.
There was a knock on the door and Lensey answered it. It was Selphie and she was carrying Hayatos katana in its sheathe. Its time Lensey, said Selphie while handing her the katana. Both Selphie and herself followed the large crowd of cadets, junior classmen, and SeeDs outside of the garden. They walked a little distance to a little graveyard by Balamb Garden reserved for those who died in the battle. Everyone in the Garden turned out and the two women walked up to the front where all of Avalanche and Squall and the others were. As she walked up there, she saw many looks of sadness on many faces and some crying their hearts out.
When Headmaster Cid saw that Selphie and Lensey was by the podium, he then gave his speech. Today, we are here to honor those brave SeeDs that fought in the battle and didnt make it home alive. Their courage is very admirable for fighting in a battle that they probably knew they werent going to make it. Let their example inspire you to become better in life and push you on in life when you feel like youve lost your way in life. Wed also like to honor those who fought in the battle and rid this world of the evil that was unleashed upon this world. Cid stopped to look around at all the faces of cadets, junior classmen, SeeDs, and Avalanche. He looked toward Lensey to see if he should continue with the next part.
Lensey then suddenly felt Naomis presence in the huge crowd. She tried to find her but couldnt. She then nodded to Cid to continue.
Also, we would like to honor a memory of a great man, said Cid. His name was Hayato, and even though he didnt know any of you or most of the people in this world, He sacrificed his life so that we may live. He gave us the extra time to form the alliance, and to train to face Diaz Marquiss army. Let us forever hold him in our hearts as well as the others who gave their lives to make this world a peaceful one again. Headmaster Cid looked at Lensey to see her with her head down and silently shedding tears.
Edea then went over to Lensey and gave her a shoulder to cry on. After a few minutes Lensey was finished and went over to Hayatos headstone. She then plunged the bottom of the katana into ground deeply while still in its sheathe. She cast some magic and said, This was Hayatos katana. I know he would have wanted it put to good use. Thats why I cast a spell on it. Those who are worthy will be able to pull the katana from the ground. The magic will examine your soul and the past accomplishments that you have achieved. If you have fought for the right cause, and sacrificed many things for others and not for you own glory, then the magic will let you pull the katana out of the ground to claim for your own. Most of the people said their last goodbyes to friends and loved ones and some thanked Lensey and Avalanche for what they did. Only a few went to Hayatos grave, and thanked his spirit for what he did.
When nearly everyone was gone, Naomi decided to come forward. Everyone saw that she was crying and Lensey immediately hugged her. After she stopped she said, Lensey, Im sorry for what I did. I joined Diaz for fear of my life at first, and I guess I just locked away my emotions later on.
I forgive you Naomi, said Lensey. Im sure everyone else forgives you for everything youve did. Everyone just nodded. Your probably know what Im going to ask you next, right?
Yes, said Naomi. I already know you and Oriana plan on liberating all the worlds that Diaz has conquered. Im tired of killing and Im not going to accompany you to.
Im sorry to hear that, said Lensey. Where are you going to go now?
I dont know, answered Naomi. I plan on making this world my home, but I really dont have any money or know anybody that will give me a place to stay.
How about you stay at Garden? Headmaster Cid added. I hear youre very good with the sai and we could use another teacher in teaching how to use the sai, and martial arts.
You mean you would do that? Asked Naomi. The Headmaster nodded.
You can stay in Garden, or we could give you money to stay in Balamb after you start your job, Cid answered as he held out his hand for Naomi to shake. Naomi shook it. I just want to see how good you are before you start teaching.
Deal, said Naomi. Everyone then left the graveyard and returned to Balamb Garden. Inside Naomi was given some workout clothes, training clothes and issued some SeeD uniforms. Headmaster Cid, Lensey, Squall, Oriana, Edea and some SeeDs were in the second floor workout gym. Naomi then demonstrated her skill in the sai and martial arts against the SeeDs. By the end of it, the SeeDs were in pain, but not as much because Naomi held back as not to injure anyone seriously.
Later in the afternoon, gathered by the place where the portal was at, Squall, Rinoa, Xu, Quistis, Naomi, Zell, Dan, Lisa, Selphie, Irvine and Edea was off to see Lensey, Oriana, and Avalanche back to their time.
Oriana and myself will be back in one day and check up on you after we take them back to their time, said Lensey. Im glad to have met all of you, especially you Selphie.
Selphie smiled and said, Im also have been glad to have met you too, Lensey. Youll come back after your mission is complete right. Lensey nodded.
Take care sister, Oriana, said Naomi.
You too Naomi, said Lensey. Everyone then started shaking hands and exchanging goodbyes and gifts.
Wait a minute, I want to take a few pictures of us all together and give it to everybody, said Selphie while setting up a camera. Everyone then got into place and Selphie put the automatic timer on. The camera then took about sixteen of the same picture. After all of the pictures came out right, Selphie started distributing them around the group.
Also, after that, Cloud gave Griever to Squall because Griever saw Squall as being worthy also. Cloud had no more use for the legendary GF and its services would be better put to use in Squalls service.
After all that was done, Lensey cast the magic and opened the portal. All of Avalanche walked into it. Lensey and Oriana was the last two to walk in. They both looked back. Even though they would be gone for just one day, they would still be missed before they embarked on mission. Both women then walked into the portal.
After going through that wild ride through time once again, all of Avalanche, Lensey and Oriana were back in the cave in the northern crater. Well looks like were finally home, pointed out Cloud.
Yeah, I hope those knuckleheads in the Highwind II arent doing what I think theyre doing, added Cid.
(Yeah, I hope they arent either. I hope they post a good lookout.) Thought Lensey as she followed Cid and the Rest of Avalanche.
The trip to the Highwind II was uneventful, no monsters dared to attack the group. Everyone climbed up the rope ladder with Cid in front. Once he entered the door, He didnt see hide or hair of the crew in the immediate vicinity. He would have thought somebody would greet them back, that didnt happen. Cid got a sour look on his face and walked down the stairs with Lensey and the rest of Avalanche in tow.
When he got to the conference room he heard a little noise. He then opened the doors. Right there in the conference room, the crew was playing poker, eating chips and pretzels, smoking, and drinking beer. Now this looked like a funny scene to anybody else because the crew looked like a deers caught in headlights once they saw Cid. He turned around for a few second see if he was just seeing things. Once he turned toward the table he saw that his eyes didnt deceive him. Get your @#$%*$ asses to your stations now! An extremely pissed Cid Highwind yelled.
The men scrambled from the table putting out cigars and putting down drinks and running to the bridge. Lensey giggled a little bit. She then pulled one of the crew aside and whispered in his ear, You should have post a lookout. The crewman nodded and ran to his position.
All of Avalance went to the bridge. So, where to first captain? Asked the pilot.
I dont know? said Cid.
Lensey then decided to address all of Avalanche. I want to talk to you all about something, said Lensey. Once she had their attention she continued. About telling people where you been, Just say that youve been to another world instead of six thousand years into the future. The reason I say this is because theres no telling what will happen to the future. Nothing might happen, but we cant take that risk.
Yeah, well do that Lensey, said Barret.
Um, Lensey, said Yuffie.
Yes Yuffie, inquired Lensey.
You said when we first met you, that you have a resurrection spell that can bring back people who died in a years time of an unnatural cause, said Yuffie. Lensey nodded. I was wondering could you bring back my friend Aeris?
I dont know, replied Lensey. If we can communicate with her, we could ask her if she wants to come back.
I dont think you should do it Lensey, added Cloud. I think Aeris would agree with me.
Suddenly a swirl of green and blue spirit energy appeared from nowhere in the middle of the bridge. In one minute, Aeris Gainsborough appeared in the flesh. I have to agree with Cloud, said Aeris. I dont want to come back.
Most of Avalanche stood there shocked. Once the shock wore off. Yuffie quickly asked, Why not Aeris?
Because there is no need to come back, answered Aeris. I also know youre wondering how Im here, she said looking around at all of the faces in the room. The planet granted me one favor. To see all of you one more time before I join the lifestream and go to the Promised Land.
Yuffie immediately ran up and hugged Aeris. But I miss you, she said. We all miss you.
I know that, but my job as one of the planet protectors is over, said Aeris. Ill miss all of you too. She then let go of Yuffie and started hugging all of her friends. She then turned to Lensey. Thank you for coming to their aid and helping the planet. Lensey nodded.
You saw all of that? Asked Cloud.
Yes I did, said Aeris. With the portal still open, I was able to see all that happened without having to send my spirit into the future. She looked at Cloud and Tifa. I hope you two have a happy life together and have some healthy children. She turned toward Barret. I hope you, Elmyra, and Marlene have a happy life too. I also hope Marlene grows up to be a beautiful and smart woman. Aeris turned toward Cid. Im glad you and Shera finally got together. I hope you two can also have a happy family together. She turned toward Red. Red, someday youll find more of your kind and your lifemate out there. Dont give up looking and I know youll be a great Guardian of Cosmo Canyon. She turned toward Yuffie. Yuffie, I hope you turn out to be a beautiful and smart woman and one day get married and have a beautiful family. Yuffie nodded. Vincent, Ive spoken to Lucrecia, she said to stop punishing yourself for the past. Theres no way you can atone for the past by keeping your heart sealed. She wanted you to find love again and rejoin society.
Ill try, said Vincent. But I can never forget about Lucrecia.
Fair enough, Aeris said. She then turned toward Lensey and Oriana. I know of your mission and I wish you good luck in it.
Thanks, said Oriana. Because were going to need it.
Goodbye everyone, Aeris said before turning back into spirit energy and going back to the lifestream.
There were a few moments of silence before Cid said, Our first stop is Wutai. Set course immediately. The crew went through all the motions of starting up the Highwind II and it was in the sky in less than five minutes and headed toward Wutai.
As they headed for Wutai, Red asked, Lensey, do you know how the world changes and take that shape? Also while we were there, I didnt see any of my kind.
Yes I do, said Lensey. Lets just say an event happens that changes the world dramatically. Im sorry Red; none of your kind survives. I want to tell you know, dont try to warn future generations and change anything. If you do, then the world of the future changes and Squall and the others might not be born.
I understand Lensey, said Red. I wont try to change anything.
After saying that, the rest of the trip to Wutai was uneventful.
Once they landed just outside Wutai, Yuffie wanted Lensey to come to her house and meet her father. Lensey and Oriana agreed and followed Yuffie and the rest of Avalanche to the center of the village.
Once they were there, Godo immediately said, Yuffie, where have you been?
Off on another adventure with Avalanche, said Yuffie. Im sorry about earlier father, please forgive me.
Youre forgiven, said Lord Godo. Now tell me about this adventure. So Yuffie and Avalanche begins to tell Lord Godo about their journey in another world, they left out the part about it being the future. I took like an hour with having to leave out many details. Quite impressive, commented Godo. Will all of you be staying in Wutai for a day or two?
No, said Cloud. Im sorry, but we also have to get back home.
I understand, said Godo. Dont be strangers and come visit once and a while. Miss Kusanagi, Miss Oriana, I wish you good luck in your mission.
Thank you, said Lensey.
Well, lets go, said Cid Highwind. They all left Wutai with Yuffie waving after them and watching the Highwind II take off into the air.
The next stop was Corel. They escorted Barret back to his house and were met by a delighted Elmyra and a happy Marlene. Papa! Marlene yelled while jumping into his arms. I missed you papa!
I missed you too, my little pumpkin, said Barret. I also missed you too Elmyra.
We both missed you Barret, said Elmyra while hugging both Marlene and Barret.
When Marlene was put down, she walked over to Lensey. Lensey knelt down and hugged the little girl. Thank you Lensey for bringing back my daddy, said Marlene.
Your welcome, said Lensey. Marlene went around to hug everyone she hasnt seen in a long time also. When Marlene came to Oriana, she gave her a hug to because she didnt want Oriana left out of everything.
Dont forget what youve learned about the Shumi Barret, said Lensey.
I wont forget Lensey, Barret said.
He then felt a tug on his pants leg. Papa, are they going to come to my birthday party next month?
Sure well, come to your party Marlene, said Tifa.
Will Lensey and Oriana come too?
Im sorry Marlene, said Lensey. We wont be able to come because well be very busy.
Thats okay, said Marlene. I know youll be off saving another world, right?
Yes, said Lensey. You know, youre a very smart little lady. This statement brought a grin to Marlenes face. Well, goodbye Barret, Marlene, Elmyra. Ill come and visit once my mission is over.
Bye bye, Cloud, Tifa, Lensey, Oriana, Red, Vincent, and Cid, said Marlene.
Bye guys, see you at Marlenes party next month, said Barret. The rest waved goodbye and got back onto the Highwind once more. Next stop Cosmo Canyon.
Landing outside of the canyon, the seven walked up to the observatory. Nanaki! Youre home! Said the man at the gate.
Yes I am, said Red. Did you have somebody send Cloud and Tifas chocobos home?
Yes we did, said the man. The day after you all left.
Thats good, said Red. The seven then walked over to the Cosmo candle and sat around it. Well, heres where our journey started at.
Yeah, said Cloud. Im still trying to believe that it was just a week since weve left. It seems so long, but we all accomplished that in eight days.
Vincent? Asked Tifa. What are you going to do now?
Vincent stayed quiet for a few second while he thought. I think Ill stay here for a little while before moving on, answered Vincent. Ill do what Lucrecia wants me to do and rejoin society and find love once more. In the meantime, Ill think Ill rest here.
Thats good to hear Vincent, said Red. So I believe you two arent going to be staying for the night? Red directed the question toward Cloud and Tifa.
No, said Cloud. We need to be getting home ourselves.
I understand, said Red. Lensey, Oriana, it was an honor meeting you two.
As it was you, Nanaki, Guardian of Cosmo Canyon, replied Lensey.
Likewise, said Oriana.
Well, next stop, Nibelheim, said Cid. See ya later Red, Vince.
Goodbye my friends, said Vincent. The others said their goodbyes and boarded the airship once more.
Upon arriving at the gates of Nibelheim, a hysteric woman came screaming, Mr. Strife, my son is in trouble! Some Nibel wolves cornered him just outside the mountain pass! Please save my son!
Lensey turned to Cloud, Dont worry, Ill do it Cloud. I can get to him faster. Cloud nodded. Lensey unsheathed her katana and disappeared. When she reappeared, she saw a little boy crawling away from some wolves.
Help me! The little boy screamed as he saw Lensey appear out of nowhere.
Hey, you mangy mongrels! Lensey yelled. Why dont you try to go for a bigger meal like myself?" The wolves then turned around and started slowly advancing on Lensey. She immediately went into action and took the three wolves down with three slashes. After sheathing her katana, she walked over to the little boy and asked, Are you all right?
The boy nodded his head. Lensey then helped him up and transported both of them back to the gate of Nibelheim. Mommy! the boy exclaimed while jumping into the womans arms.
Thank you for saving my son miss, said the woman.
Anytime, said Lensey. The woman then walked away. Does something like this happen often? Lensey asked Cloud.
Only when the children play too far from the village, said Cloud. This doesnt happen too often, but when it does, the villagers come to me to help.
So youre like the monster hunter of the village, joked Oriana.
You could put it that way, said Cloud.
Well Cloud, Im off to Rocket Town and home to Shera, said Cid. Do you two want to come or are you going to stay here?
Oriana and Lensey silently conversed for a few seconds. Sure, I want to meet Shera again, said Lensey. Well, Cloud and Tifa, it was nice meeting and fighting alongside of you.
Likewise Lensey and Oriana, Said Cloud. Tifa nodded and smiled.
Cloud and Tifa waited until the Highwind II took off into the air. Well, Cloud lets go home, said Tifa.
You know something, I want to set the date that we get married a day after Marlenes birthday party, said Cloud.
You do Cloud? said Tifa smiling. She then hugged Cloud. Thats great! That way, everyone wont be running around that much. Oh Cloud, I love you. They were once again locked in a passionate kiss. When they unlocked, they walked home in heavenly bliss.
When the Highwind II landed in its hanger. The crew, Cid, Lensey and Oriana got off and went outside. They all looked at the building site of the new rocket. It seems as though your men did a lot while you was gone, commented Lensey. They all saw that the rocket was coming along nicely. They walked to Cids house in the late afternoon. The last rays of sunlight were just disappearing.
Cid knocked on the door, the pleasant sight of his Fiancée, Shera, greeted Cid a second later after it was opened. Oh Cid! Shera screamed with joy while jumping of Cid.
After she was finished hugging Cid she noticed Lensey and another woman shes never seen before. Hello Lensey and?
Oriana, she said while sticking out her hand to shake.
Shera happily shook it. Come in, I have some tea thats already made.
Once they were inside the sat down to some tea and dinner. The four talked for a little while before retiring to bed. In the morning, Shera made breakfast and they sat down to another delicious meal.
Well, its time for us to go back to our time, said Lensey. It was nice meeting you again Shera. Take care of Cid.
Dont worry, I will, replied Shera. Goodbye Lensey, Oriana. Good Luck in your mission.
Thanks, said Oriana. Lensey and Oriana then walked outside and used the teleportation magic and went to the Northern Crater.
Well, let me cast a spell that will close up this portal, but not block us from coming back, said Lensey. She cast the magic and then both jumped into the portal and it closed behind the two.
After coming back to their present, they found themselves just outside of Balamb Garden. I wonder how Selphie and the others are doing? Asked Oriana.
Both walked to Balamb Garden and was let into the gate by the gatekeeper because he knew who they were. They then went up to the third floor and let Headmaster Cid know that they were back. He showed them to the gym where Naomi was instructing some cadets in martial arts.
I have to say, the way she teaches is impressive, commented Cid.
Is she staying in a room in garden? Asked Oriana.
Yes she is, Cid replied. She chose to so she could be closer to her students.
After that, Cid, Oriana, Lensey watched the class in silence. After it was over, Naomi noticed the three and walked over. Good morning Headmaster, Lensey and Oriana. I see that you watched my class.
Yes we did, said Cid. Any comments on any of the cadets training.
Just a few, said Naomi. Most of them look like promising fighters. There are just a few that Ill have to work with extra hard. Other than that, this class is fine. So are you and Oriana getting ready to leave so soon?
Yeah, said Lensey. I noticed some Diaz took some soldiers from Artuna. Using our powers we could wipe out all of Diazs forces on Artuna in a few days before they even know Diaz is dead.
Thats good, said Naomi. Well, take care sister, Oriana. I have another class in just a half hour. Dont worry, I wont use my powers unless the Garden is threatened. Naomi then hugged both of them. She followed them to the entrance.
Headmaster Cid then escorted them down to the gate where Squall, Rinoa, Zell, Quistis, Selphie, Dan, Lisa and Xu were waiting for them. Good luck in your journey Lensey and Oriana, said Selphie. The others said their goodbyes also.
Well Oriana, would you do the honors? Asked Lensey.
Sure, said Oriana. Youve been doing that all morning. Its time I start using my powers. Oriana then concentrated while holding her hands out. She glowed a light blue color and then cast the magic and a swirling portal appeared.
Lensey looked back one more time. (I dont think Diaz was right when he said destiny was on our side. I think we make our own destinies in life. No matter what happens in the future, all of these people before me and the ones from the past will always have a place in my heart. With my Blade of Destiny, Ill change the destinies of those worlds that have been conquered by Diaz. Along with Oriana, this shouldnt be too hard to do. Goodbye everyone, Ill see you once again when Im finished with my mission.) Lensey silently said. Lensey and Oriana finally walked into the portal. Everyone went back into the Garden wondering what tomorrow would bring. They could only hope and pray that Lensey and Orianas Blades of Destiny would guide the two women to success and bring them back safely.
End of story notes and special thanks: Well, thats the end of this crossover fic. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I dont think there is a possibility of a sequel unless I could come up with something real ingenious; it would have to be better than this. Now that I have one fic under my belt, I feel good. I dont know if Im going to do another.
At first when I started this story, I didnt think I would get over ten reviews. Im surprised so many people liked my fic. Also, any DBZ fan would notice I borrowed a little stuff from the series. Who am I kidding? Okay, I borrowed a lot. You could say that chapter 9 was DBZ inspired. Example one, after Cloud saw Tifa go down, he exploded in an explosion of anger and increased his power. At that time, I was thinking about when Goku first went super saiyan after Frieza killed Krillan in the Frieza Saga. If Cloud was a saiyan, he would have went super saiyan on Sephiroths ass. A reviewer named Kit pointed out the second example. It was when Cloud fought Diaz and lost. He said that reminded him of when Trunks powered-up and was defeated by Cell. I wasnt thinking about that at the moment, but I guess that must have inspired that part. The last example was when Android 16 was about to sacrifice himself to rid the world of Cell. That inspired me to do that scene where Hayato sacrificed his life to give everyone else time to train. There might be other parts that are DBZ inspired but Im not sure where theyre at.
I would like to thank everyone who said I have a knack for writing action-packed scenes. I really dont have a secret to writing them. It must have come from watching all kinds of anime like DBZ, Ronin Warriors, and many others and also action movies.
Also, Id like to say Im sorry if somebody didnt see one of his or her favorites like Yuffie, Red XIII, or Barret fight in a major battle. Its hard to write somebody with a sword fighting against somebody with a gun. Red, I really didnt know how to make a fight with him in it. Also, I didnt make them summon that many GF and summons. The reason for that is because I dont want to make it seem like your playing the game. Anybody whos played FF8 know that you really have to use your Gfs a lot, and that was frustrating to say the least. Also, Id like to talk about me focusing more on certain characters. I focused on Lensey because shes one of my original characters and it was easy to make up most of the parts of the story with her in it. Im really sorry again if I didnt focus that much on some characters like I did others.
Now I'd like to give special thanks to all my reviewers. First I would like to thank Ginger Ninja, she stayed with this story from beginning to end and helped me a little. She is like a friend to me now, and I enjoy emailing her. You should check out some of her fics, theyre very good and it will be time well spent.
Secondly, Id like to thank Lady Aliena, she also stuck with the story from the beginning too. Plus she wrote some awesome reviews. Shes also like a friend to me and I enjoy emailing her. Check out her fics too.
Third, Id like to thank Destiny. Even though she wasnt with this story at the beginning, shes also left some nice reviews. Plus, her and I have fun emailing each other. Check her fic too, it will be time well spent.
Id like to give a very special thanks to Flaire. Shes the one who beta read my first chapter and said it was good. That was when I was having second thoughts about continuing the story after I already wrote two chapters.
I'd like to give another special thanks to Selphie Leonhart. She let me use her idea about there being a wrinkle in time that allows the heroes from FF7 to get into the future where the FF8 people reside. Id like to say thanks if you ever read this.
Im thanking Moomba, he nearly reviewed every chapter up to 10 so far and that really made me happy.
Among others, Id like to thank Kit, Lianna, Chaos Winged Mage, Dragonile, Rosie, Black Genie, Blak, Cordis, Alexandria Soleado, and Ogre Nix for reviewing my story. I also like to thank all of those people that added this story and myself to his or her favorites. I feel very honored. If I left you out of my thanks, Im sorry. Also, Id like to thank anybody who will review this after it is posted.
Well, tell me what you thought about the story as a whole and what was your favorite part in the whole fic in a review. You shouldnt worry about spoiling it for other readers. I know there are some readers that like looking at the reviews before the story, people like that deserve the story to be spoiled for them if they look at the reviews before deciding to read the story. If you dont want to do that then just email me at email@example.com and tell me what you thought, and ask any questions that you would like. You can email me and ask me anything youd like and I mean anything. Well, I dont know if Ill write another fic. If I do, I know I wont be able to outdo myself with this one. Id like to thank everyone who read and review, and anybody who read and review this in the future. One more thing, I wonder who is going to see Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within? I know Im going to see it when it comes out. I might see it two or three time depending on how good it is.
Blades of Destiny, started 4-19-01, finished 7-3-01.