Crono and the Phantom Realm Chapter 3
Enter the Phantom
By The Game God
Crono plummeted out of the gateway and onto a dark hilltop. Night
surrounded him but he could see the lights of a distant city. He returned
the sword to its sheath. Im coming, dad. Crono
whispered. He moved quickly to a bustling, but eerily quiet city.
For hours, Crono wandered around the city aimlessly, trying in vain to get
people to speak to him. He stopped next to a large, dry fountain.
You new? a voice asked.
Crono turned to see a short, skinny man standing on the other side of the fountain. Youre the first person to speak to me.
Im not surprised, Ive been here for years and few people have ever talked to me.
Where are we what year? Crono asked.
He smiled, You are new. He approached Crono; Im Takaeda. I once lived in Gaurdia AD 2056. he said, holding out his hand.
Crono took his hand, Crono Im from Guardia, too, AD 1002. He looked around, Now where are we when are we.
Takaeda laughed, Were beyond when now, Crono.
Follow me. Takaeda said. Crono and Takaeda wandered through the dark, crowded streets of the city.
Where are we going? Crono asked.
A serious tone came to Takaedas voice, Where he cant find us.
Crono and Takaeda entered what looked like a one of the opium dens in Crono had seen in Enhasa. Take a seat. Takaeda said. He handed Crono a glass, Here, drink this.
Crono took a sip, OH! Thats awful!!
Unfortunately, its the best you can get here. Takaeda sighed.
Where is here? Crono asked.
Takaeda sat down across from Crono, Ive dragged you halfway across the city, I owe you an explanation. Crono sat back to listen to Takaeda. This place, this world is known as the Phantom Realm. Im not a scientist, but as far as I can tell, this place is a dimension completely separate from our own.
What do you mean? Crono asked.
Takaeda leaned forward; Do you believe in time-travel, Crono?
Crono smiled, Yes go on.
I think this place is like a dumping ground for all people, from any time.
Crono stood up, I dont think were stuck here. he said, clasping the hilt of his fathers sword.
Takaeda stood up, We are he makes sure of it.
Who? Crono asked.
The Phantom. he said. He pointed out the window at a structure that towered over all the other buildings around it. The Phantom Takaeda continued, is the being who controls this world. It is him who brings people here forever.
Why? Crono asked.
I wish I knew. Takaeda answered.
Crono sighed. I have another question, Takaeda, how long have you been here.
Twenty years maybe more. he said.
Takaeda the short man turned to Crono, did you ever see a man who looked at all like me he would have arrived here eighteen years ago.
Do you have any idea how many people are in this city? Crono said nothing. Over 80 million! If youre looking for someone, find him yourself.
You know this place, help me. Crono pleaded.
I brought you up to speed, youre lucky I did that much.
I could send you home.
Takaeda turned to Crono, Dont make promises you cant keep.
Crono headed for the door, No wonder youre alone. he said.
High above the city, on the 230th floor of the Phantom Tower, the dark visage of the Phantom looked out across his silent metropolis. The Phantoms curvaceous general entered his lair. You sent for me, my lord?
Yes the Phantom replied, someone has come here. He has a key that could unlock this very world.
The lost sword of Zeal she whispered.
Yes, Abyssal you must find this boy and bring him to me.
Abyssal nodded, Yes, my lord. The Phantom looked back out across the city. The time had come for him to meet his nemesis.
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