Understanding At Last Chapter 2
By Skankin' Lionel
Two hours later
Thanks Janus! We thought it would take over a month to finish these two buildings. Youve sped everything so greatly. Its too bad Schala wasnt up to helping today. The same short blue-haired guy told him. Janus figured out that the guys name was Augren Bethel. He had been a disciple of Belthasar and was on the Blackbird at the time that Zeal fell. He took a glider that he had invented to search for survivors. He said that he found a clearing full of people where a fight was brewing, but by the time he got there, they had gotten away. He heard that Dalton had gone crazy and attacked a couple of weird kids. He stayed there, helping the others rebuild civilization.
Janus wasnt thinking about Augrens life story though. He was thinking of Schala. He had gotten caught up in the construction and hadnt had time to think about where she was. Now that Augren mentioned it, he hadnt seen Schala all day. Oh oh God no. I cant lose her again. Not now. I just got her back. Waaaaiiiitttt a minute. Thats preeetttyyy paranoid of me now isnt it? Im sure shes fine. Yeah, just fine Jeez Im paranoid. Janus walked back to his cabin to get some sleep. First though, he decided to go talk to the elder about Schalas whereabouts.
No, I havent seen her. Mackie went to look for you guys a while ago.
What? I havent seen Mackie at all. I I dont know. I just need some sleep. Putting up two buildings really takes it out of you. Yknow? Janus said calmly, even though he was terrified on the inside. He ran home, desperately hoping she would be there. He yanked open the door to reveal a sight he really could have gone without seeing
Ten minutes later, after the chaos ebbed slightly
Put down the scythe Janus. Its alright, everything is okay. Schala tried to calm her little brother down. Janus was fuming. Had he been his old self, Mackie would have been in pieces by now. His newfound tranquility had kept him from going over the edge though. He held back his anger just enough that he didnt hurt anyone. He was still infuriated though.
Whaddya mean Its alright? Mackie was macking you! I walk in on my sister goin at it with some guy she barely knows
Some guy you barely know, Janus. Weve been together for three years. It was a secret from everyone but Mother, Doreen, and her two brothers. I wasnt keeping a secret from you; it was a secret from everyone. You dont have to be so protective. I think that if I can face down Lavos I can take care of my love life. And thats what it is, Janus. Its true love, a true, passionate, romantic love. Weve been together for three years and were meant to be together for the rest of our lives. Its our fate. Its what I want, we want for ourselves. Schala was crying with emotion by that time. Janus backed down and Mackie sighed with relief.
Now can we continue with our macking now? Schala asked her little brother.
On your own damn cot! Janus said as he stormed out of his cabin. He trudged up to the North Cape, needing some time to himself. He decided to lie down, staring at the dimming sky, and decided he needed even more time to reflect upon the person he wanted to be. I know happiness now, for the first time in my life. I know now what love really is. Is it the right kind of love? I have her back now. My sister is enough for me. I am content with her alone. She isnt content with me. She needs that green-haired guy. Theres something about that green hair that bugs me.
Anyway, if that is what she needs to be happy, maybe Ill need that sooner or later. She wont have enough time for me, Im sure. Ill have to have more sometime. There isnt any sense in being bitter and angry. Life is gonna be a joke from now on. I will find my true eternal happiness somewhere, if I have to venture across time itself
In his sleep, Janus figured everything out. He reached his own personal Nirvana. He had enlightened himself to who he was and exactly who he wanted to be. Dawn came to the North Cape. He stood up slowly. Holy shit, I fell asleep. He turned to face the rising sun, leaning on his scythe. Life is going to be good from now on. The black wind howls, it screams it at me. I feel so good right now. Schala will be fine without me. The search is over. Im certain now. I now where she is, that shes safe. I guess thats what mattered to me. I dont need to be with her, I just need to know that she is safe. What pained me was the not knowing. Ive found myself. I know what Ive got to do to find everything else. And I know its gonna be fun. Ive got to talk to Augren about my trip
Hello Prince Janus. Can I get you anything? Augren asked him as he walked back into town. Janus smiled contently.
Sure, Augren. If I give you some instructions, do you think you could fashion me up a gate key? Janus asked politely.
A what? Whatever it is it will take some time. What did you say it was? Augren asked as his prince pulled him along.
Listen as we walk, my friend. Listen as we walk They headed towards Augrens cabin.
Three days later What!? Are you serious!? You Youre PREGNANT!? Mackie was hysterical. He was going crazy. His eyes were huge with bewilderment, like he came right out of Dragonball or something.
You sound surprised. Are you angry? Schala calmly asked.
Wha surprised! F***in right I am. But am I angry? NO WAY!!! This is the happiest moment of my life! He grinned like a crazy man. Schala sighed, rubbing her abdomen, and just laid back down, happy as she could possibly be.
The tranquility was broken though, as Janus burst in. He was clutching the new gate key. I need your help Schala. I She cut him off.
Im pregnant, little brother. Mackie and I, were having a child. Schala said to him just as calmly as she had to Mackie.
What!? Are you serious!? You Youre PREGNANT!? Janus shouted. Jeez! If this is the response Im going to get every time I tell someone the news, I dont think I want to publicize it. Schala thought as Janus ranted on like Mackie had. After a few moments of frantic behavior, he composed himself.
So Schala, if its a boy, will you name him after me? Janus asked, changing moods in an instant. Mackie intervened though, not giving Schala a chance to respond.
Actually, Janus, in my family we pass down the first name for the males. Most of my relatives have gone by their middle name though, so maybe his middle name could be Janus. Does that sound alright? Mackie asked tentatively, probably afraid that Janus would try to kill him for making the suggestion. Janus didnt care though; he just wondered why Mackies family had such an odd tradition.
Why the hell does your family do that? Janus tactfully asked.
Damned if I would know. The familys been doin it for centuries. Glenn just happens to be the family name. Mackie replied. Janus mouth hung open. HOLY FLYING F***!!! IM GLENNS Great-great-great-great-etc. granduncle! I knew that damn green hair looked familiar. Mackies f***ed up hair genes are even more dominant than our beautiful blue genes. Janus then came to a realization that should have come much earlier. I turned my nephew into a frog. I think that I have my next stop in time planned once I borrow the Epoch. I wonder if hell forgive me if I start doing all the uncle-like things I didnt do when I was killing his friends.
Uh I really dont think its gonna be that simple. I killed just about every soldier in Guardia Kingdom short of him. It didnt help that I turned him into an amphibian. Im the worst uncle ever. I have to go fix our relationship without him trying to kill me first. Maybe Crono or Marle or Lucca could do it for me. Yeah, that might work
Schala, youre not too tired to do me a favor are you? Janus asked hopefully.
Whats the favor?
Janus told her what he needed. Remember the three outsiders that showed up here? Yknow how they cam through that gate that you sealed? Can you unseal it for me? Its the only stable one left because it wasnt accessible when the rest became unstable. So, will you do it? Schala stood up, and walked right out the door.
Only if you calm down. Youre really hyper. She said from outside. Janus smiled, and ran outside to follow her. Once he got up to her he could barely contain his excitement. He did want to start hopping in circles around her or else she might not help him. Instead he walked on, all his pent-up energy making his legs convulse. He looked like he had a couple angry ferrets in his pants. Schala didnt care though. She hadnt meant it really. But they made it there anyway.
It had been a month since Zeal fell and the water level had dropped drastically. The world looked much more like it had prior to the fall. The cave that the gate was in had almost completely dried out. Schala and Janus entered slowly, drops of water echoing loudly.
All you need me to do is open this? Okay, that shouldnt be a problem. Alright, now stand back. Schala said confidently. Janus took a few steps back. Schala yelled an out a spell and it was open. Janus silently walked over and kissed Schala goodbye. He hopped into the last gate. Schala understood why he had to leave without a word between them. The black winds howls told her all.
Janus landed back in front of his demonic altar in the keep of his castle. He destroyed it, replacing it with a large obsidian statue of Schala. He cleaned up the area, adding many room-height windows. He didnt feel like sulking alone in dreary corridors. He finished with his lighting renovations and was pleased to have a much brighter feel around the house. He ran out some mystics that had tried to make it their home in his absence. He went to take a shower. He then realized that he didnt have any full bathrooms in his castle. He added some.
I have lived in this castle for over twenty years. I must have had bathrooms. Maybe those guys who tried to take my castle tore them out. Flea was the only other mystic I knew of that bathed. What happened to those guys? Ozzie mightve been killed, but I doubt it. He survived a much larger fall from my keep than from his. They were probably shamed and kicked out. If I can find them I should apologize to them for treating them like idiots all those years. Even though they are, I shouldve been a little nicer to them.
Magus lathered up his hair, which needed shampooing badly. He stood under the steady stream of water, contemplating how and where he would fulfill himself. He had a lot of apologies to make before he would feel better. Words alone wouldnt do it. He would have to help repair the damage he had done. He only regretted that he couldnt bring back those he had slain. It was a horrible blemish on his soul, and the only thing that placated him was knowing that the person he was now couldnt do such a thing. It was Magus who killed all those people, not Janus. He had been reborn. He hopped out of the shower, invigorated with his life.
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