Duh, that last part was violent. Not too violent to some of you. Actually, to most of you, it wasn't that violent at all. It was violent for my writing style AND for (story reference) Fantasy.
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[Fourth and Ray have left the submerged Oathville in capable hands: Amen and Aren. Their quest is to locate Safiri and Slianna, and bring Darkness' invasion to an end... So far, they are making good timing. Very good, at that.]
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PARTY:
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(Fourth - Ray)
-The Oathlands.-
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[The scenery has remained the same: stormy and dark with black clouds above. Thunder crashes at a distance. Occasionally, lightning strikes the plain.]
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[Fourth decides to land in case Darkness decides to show and head for the village. Plus, at the rate Fourth was moving, spotting Safiri or Slianna would have been nearly impossible. Although, the two have reached the central plain a only about five minutes.]
Fourth: Ray... what's happening to Safa?
Ray: I don't know, we've been having this problem for weeks now, but this is the worst it's been... I've never seen so much rainfall in my life.
Fourth: ...This keeps up, and this place will flood out of control.
Ray: The rain water from the mountains will come our way and plow through our village like nothing...
Fourth: This isn't natural then... Darkness wants it to be.
[At this moment, four Nightmares emerge from the soaked grass and surround the two. All of them are Safans.]
Ray: Speak of the devil.
Fourth: [Throws both of his arms at his side, transmuting his hands into blades.] All right then. Let's sweep this crowd up.
Ray: [Nods. He focuses on a new move learned over the years... The leaves at the tip of his tail grow and become serrated.]
Fourth: (What did that voice say...? ...Something about an orb I can activate Aurax through? How do I do that...?) [As he's thinking, one of the Nightmares jump him.] Whoa! No time for that! [The hand-blades glow. He thrusts both into the Nightmare, finishing it quickly. Just as well, one of Ray's Nightmares leap at Fourth from behind in a sneak attack. It swipes him forward. Fourth somersaults in midair, and as he is upside-down facing the attacker, he aims his arm, and fires a Aurax Beam at it. It does not vanquish, yet it is blown back.]
Ray: [Uses this opportunity to defeat the Nightmare. Aware of his surroundings and still facing the direction were one of his foes were, he performs a quickly back-flip as the Nightmare is blown overhead. His tails slices through the foe perfectly, eliminating it. Unfortunately, his other enemy tackles him, pouncing upon him. Ray becomes pinned.]
Fourth: Ray!! [Attempts to assist, but the fourth Nightmare drops in front of him, blocking his way.] Grr, move! [He slashes through the Nightmare vigorously, defeating it almost instantly.]
Ray: Agh, get off!! [Ray forces the Nightmare off with his strength. He pushes it into the air, kicks himself up, and leaps into the air after it, twirling nearby. His tail cuts the foe into pieces. It vanishes...]
Fourth: Nice. Well played!
Ray: Thanks! Now let's keep on moving!
[The two do so, not about to wait around for another ambush.]
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[At last, they come upon the site where Safiri had been horribly injured. The pool of water has vanished, yet Safiri has remained... She is unconscious.]
Fourth: (Is that...?) Hey... what happened!? God!! Is she okay!? [Rushes to Safiri's aid.]
Ray: [Does the same, yet walks, legs shaking. He is in shock.] ...S-S...Saf-...
Fourth: [Looks down at her.] Oh man... that's horrendous...
Ray: [Approaches Safiri, now on all fours.] ...My... I... This is... isn't happening...
Fourth: Did you... know her...? Ray...? ...Ray...? Are you okay? ...
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Ray...?
Ray: Safiri...
Fourth: ...What...?
Ray: This is... Saf...ir...i... [Trembling...]
Fourth: Whaaat!?!? [Looks down at Safiri again.] Safiri...? ......Safiri!!!!!!! [Falls to his knees, hands planted to the ground.] S...Safiri... [A tear drop falls from his face to the wet, grassy ground.]
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Ray: This is not real... [Collapses to his belly, his head pressed against Safiri's.] It's not real!!!!
Fourth: [He gently moves his arms under Safiri and picks her up slowly, looking down upon her.] ...N-no... No way...
Ray: [Deep in tears.]
Fourth: The Eclipse of the World... and one of my closest friends... [Shakes his head.] It's not Darkness... I know they wouldn't... They wouldn't dare...
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[Thunder crashes...]
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[Suddenly, a militia of Nightmare surround them. It starts at four, then eight, then twelve, twenty, forty.]
Fourth: ...[Looks around, Safiri still in his arms.]
Ray: [Raises his head, still crying.] N-not again... p-please, no more...
Fourth: [He gently rests Safiri to the ground again and stands, fists clenched.]
Ray: [Looks up at Chris.] Ch-Chris...?
Fourth: [Looks at Ray, then Safiri...] ...[He looks to the sky.] Darkness, hear me!! There is no forgiveness now! It is over!! You will all know why I exist here and now!! I will crush every last one of you, including you, NAUGHT!!! [He throws his arm into the air. Thunder crashes again. Upon Fourth's body--left antenna, more specifically--the orb attached to it radiates. The glow brightens, until it is almost blinding to look at. One of these six channels open up thousands of abilities, including Aurax moves. Upon activating this, Fourth instantaneously shifts into Aurax Air. This 1-Channel move releases Fourth's Aurax into the atmosphere. After a mere three seconds, colossal beams of immaculate blue light rain down upon the Nightmares, turning the surroundings azure, than light blue, the sky blue, then it becomes too bright...]
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[Thunder.]
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[All has returned to normal. A blue force field, which has shieled the three, has deactivated... The rain continues, yet the Nightmares have all vanquished...]
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Fourth: [Stands straight, breathing heavily.] ...
Ray: [Aghast, he stands and scans the area.] D-did you do that!?
Fourth: ...Yeah... I did that... And I feel completely fine... Is that the power she was talking about?
Ray: Who's... she?
Fourth: [Shakes his head slowly only toward one direction.] Forget about it, just talking to myself...
Safiri: Erf...
Ray & Fourth: [Both look down.] Hm? Safiri!?
Fourth: Safiri!? Are you... Are you okay!?
Safiri: Who's... there? [Looks up at Ray, then to Fourth. Both are now standing next to one another.]
Fourth: [Picks Safiri up from underneath, yet holds her close to the ground so that Ray can see her.]
Ray: Safiri... Oh, you... you scared me, I... [Begins crying in front of her.] I... I thought you were gone...
Safiri: Ray...? I'm not... I'm right here. I'll never... ever... leave you... or Oathville... anyone. I... I'm not done yet...
Fourth: Safiri...
Safiri: [Turns her head back to Fourth.] ...You're...?
Fourth: ...Back... I'm back. And I'm... [A tear rolls down his face. It falls to Safiri's nose.]
Safiri: [Blinks.] ......Chris......
Fourth: ...Yes, Safiri. That's right... I came back... For all of you.
Safiri: [Stunned.] Ch-...
Ray: We came to rescue you... When Chris arrived, I... I couldn't contain myself...
Safiri: [Neither can Safiri.] ...Chris, you... You're here!!!
Fourth: I am!
[The three gather closer, huddling close in the pouring rain, sharing tears. Tears that fall to the grass like sparkling rain opposed to the raindrops...]
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--E n d i n g--
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