Chrono Trigger Invasions Chapter 40

By Jerm

"So he gave his life to save others?" Marle asked finally, "I would have never thought of such a sacrifice. . ."

They were in the throne room now, talking over the battle. Glenn, Marle, Crono, and Schala were there. Cid and Lucca were both still in the infirmery area, though Cid definitely didn't need any help. Most of the guards were outside throwing a party at the moment, but the noise didn't reach the room too much.

Schala nodded, "If I had only known he was my brother. There had been some pieces, but I was never able to put them together."

"There's nothing we can do about it, he made his own choice," Crono tried to sooth her, "He probaby had a few good reasons to remain incognito."

"I know," Schala nodded, "But I don't have to like it."

"We also have to deal with Marshall's. . ." Marle began, but couldn't finish.

"Yeah," Crono agreed sadly, "Wait until everyone's here, and then we'll talk over his final words."

Marle turned back to Schala, "If you want, you can join the party outside. It would help you aleviate some of your apathy."

"No, thank you," Schala shook her head, "I think I'll go to my room now."

Schala slowly stood up and began to leave. "Good night," she said as she disappeared out of the room.

"I shall take my leave as well," Glenn said, standing as well.

"Bye, Glenn. . .And thanks for saving us back there," Marle said, waving to the amphibian, then she added as an afterthought, "And for sparing Lucca."

As she was waving, however, Crono grabbed her arm, though not roughly. She turned back to face him and he spoke, "Let's go to the party."

Marle smiled at him, and complied. Together, they headed for the noises of joy and happiness waiting outside. Something that would remove the gloom that they had been trying to hide.

* * * * *

Cid groaned as he slowly lifted his head off of the pillow. He tried to clear his head, wondering how he had gotten here. Then it came back to him.

Crono had beat him across the head with his sword.

But why?

Then Cid remembered the other half. Lucca. He quickly sat up, but fell back on his back when the pain hit him. He was too tired to move as it was. Cid groaned again, then rolled his head to the side to look around.

Laying on the next bed over was Lucca. She was looking at him quietly.

"Lucca?" Cid whispered to her.

She stared at him for a moment longer, then sighed, "I'm sorry, Cid."

"For what? You never did anything wrong--"

"Just accept my apology for once, Cid! You never seem to be able to do that!" Lucca whispered harshly, though there seemed a friendliness to it.

". . .You're welcome," Cid finally said, though he didn't know for what.

"Thanks," Lucca said, then added, "As soon as we can get out of here, what say we have a talk."

"Long awaited," Cid added.

She was alive and back to normal.

* * * * *

Glenn entered his room. Though he wasn't tired, he felt out of place amongst so many other people. The party was out of his options. He walked over to his lamp, turning it on to illuminate the room.

Schala had said that Magus-no Janus-was dead. So it was over. His vengeance against Magus was gone. The Masamune had ended up serving a much higher purpose than revenge in the end, however.

The Masamune.

Glenn slowly drew out the weapon, looking at it calmly. He raised it into the air, letting the light shine on it. It was still as smooth as always, despite the fight.

Then something caught his eye. He tilted the blade and looked into its depths, into the reflection.

And saw a familiar human face staring back at him.

* * * * *

Schala slowly shut the door behind her. She was still sad over the sudden death of her brother, but now she understood him in a way. She saw what he had intended by the sacrifice.

It was to rid himself of Magus.

She sat down on the bed, preparing to go to sleep. Still her thoughts lingered on her brother. Schala shook her head, trying to clear it.

Magus's whole existence was a hatred for himself, what he had become. He had accepted this evil personality, though, on the basis that it was all that was left of him. He had believed Janus was gone.

He had been wrong.

Schala shook her head sadly. He hadn't figured it out until the end, the very end. He wasn't evil, like he thought. He had simply made himself believe so, his past had constantly haunted him.

And now he was gone. Forever.

Not quite forever, Schala thought to herself.

He would return in her dreams. She was sure of it. Though he was dead, he still existed inside of her.

That was enough for Schala. Slowly, she drifted off to sleep, her sadness slowly drawing away and leaving.

* * * * *

"Time to make a speech, Marle," Crono whispered to her, as the soldiers quieted down to hear her.

Marle looked at the people facing her as she stood at the gate of the castle, Crono beside her. Trying to gather her thoughts, she decided to stall a little.

"I thank each and every one of you for endangering yourself for the sake of Guardia and its citizens. . .Everyone thanks you for that. What we faced for the last two days is now over. As far as I can tell, there will be no more attacks. Guardia will return to peace.

"We will take this time to rebuild. War has once again taken a toll on this land, and the damage must be repaired. It will take years, but we can rebuild.

"After all, one can only hope for the best. . . ."

Marle ran out of things to say, she couldn't think straight at the moment. The past events had clouded her mind somewhat, and the fact that it was all over made it even worse. As far as she could tell, it was a rather pathetic speech.

However, the soldiers were happy enough with that short speech. They cheered her as she finished. The cheering continued for quite a while.

"Looks like they like you," Crono aknowledged finally, smiling.

"Maybe," Marle replied, smiling too, "They need something to believe in. They need a queen."

Crono's smile widened as he added quietly, "I'd say they need a king, too."

Marle nodded, a few seconds passing before she realized what Crono had just said. Then the implications of what he had stated hit her. Her head whipped around to face him in startlement, "What?!"



Began: July 20th, 1998
Ended: December 5th, 1998

Part 3 and the conclusion of the trilogy, "Chrono Trigger Culminations," will be in development next.


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