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[Lea takes it upon herself to locate the Eclipses of Soren to warn them of Darkness' eventual approach. She has empowered the effect of the Ecliptic Pull by altering the ancient wording of the Script... Though it's strange... Daniel mentioned that Chris had returned, and because of that, Lea should -not- have been able to change the Script.]
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-Illusive Essence.-
[And so the search continues for the Eclipse, who are searching for Chris, who in turn is searching for Kutzu. Lea walks with her staff in one paw and her head forward, prepared for whatever may rush her way.]
Lea: (Oh Danny... I wish I was there when you fought with Chris... I wish I hadn't have fought him... Why am I so... me...? I think... I think I have been with the Darkness for too long now. It is beginning to affect how I judge myself... Should it ever affect that...?) [She shakes her head, confused.] (It shouldn't... should it?)
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[Perhaps it is now that Lea realizes what she is doing. If she followed in Daniel's footsteps, she would begin turning on Darkness... She stops and looks around at this altered world, which was still strangely beautiful. The great exotic jungle of the Illusive Horizon fills her view and her facial expression reveals awe. She stands for what feels like a minute, but in actuality is really ten seconds before a glow can be seen from behind her, and then all around her. She looks around to see a flock of small, white butterflies which emit a clear radiance.]
Lea: ...Oh hello little ones... [She holds out her free arm, flapping her own butterfly-like wings. The glowing insects gently land on her arm, some on her tail, some on her staff, and some on her head. Lea begins glowing as the butterflies do.] ...My little friends... Why...? Why do you choose me? What am I... to you? [Suddenly, a butterfly lands on her muzzle. She speaks in a soft whisper.] Oh little ones. You are all so free... yet you bind yourselves to me... chained to Darkness... that's what I am... I do wish I was like you, my little friends...
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[Just then, Lea feels a tear run down her face very slowly. She frowns.]
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Lea: ...[Sniffles softly.] Oh Soren... My home planet... I miss you so. [A sudden gust of wind passes by Lea, perhaps conjured by Lea herself. The butterflies scatter slowly, lifting off into the jungle, their glows dancing in the darkness... Lea simply watches this, dropping her staff and dropping to her paws and knees, breaking down.] Let go of me, Naught! Let go of me, Darkness!! [Crying, she shakes her head.] I just want to be free... Why can't I be? [She falls all the way to the ground, laying on her chest with her arms over her head. She sobs with her wings folding a bit around her.]
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[A few moments pass before Lea lifts her head at the sound of a nearby call for help, and another familiar voice. She stands quickly, hoping for no one to see her as she was seconds ago. She grabs her staff and turns in the direction of the voices.]
Hommay: Dammit, you frail fool!! Why do I waste my time with you!?
Kutzu: Why do you!? Just let me go!! [Struggles to break free from Hommay's grasp. He is holding Kutzu's arm with the threat of sending an electric impulse through his body that would harm Kutzu's nervous system.]
Hommay: Hmph! Perhaps I should! I have no time to waste with a mere Eclipse! [Pushes Kutzu to the ground roughly.]
Kutzu: [Screams a little, hitting the soil face-first quite roughly. He groans, simply laying prone in the dirt.]
Hommay: The Soul Spheres are my duty, and seeing as how you've given me enough helpless information of the Blessed Garden, I am finished with you. [He kicks Kutzu in the side once.]
Kutzu: [Squeals a tad, rolling onto his other side. There is a bit of blood dripping from his mouth.]
[The two are at the rim of the village, ultimately near Lea. Lea hurries over to the scene, her face still damp from the tears. After a few seconds of sprinting, she spots the two.]
Hommay: [He turns to Lea, ears up.] Lea? Why are you here?
Lea: I'm here to prevent the Feminine and Creminine from joining the other two armies, of course. Your duties are with the Soul Spheres, Hommay. Why do you bother with this Eclipse? My duties?
Hommay: ...Hmph... I shall be on my way. If you require this weakling, so be it. He is your problem now... [He nods to Lea.] Darkness with you.
Lea: [Nods back.] And with you...
[With that, Hommay takes flight in the direction Lea had been heading previously.]
Lea: [Watches Hommay off before turning her attention to the beaten Eclipse. She approaches him and kneels down to his level.]
Kutzu: [With his eyes half closed, he watches Lea.] ...
Lea [She holds her free paw out for Kutzu.]
Kutzu: [He ponders this for a few seconds, then takes the help and stands.] Lea, what's this all about?
Lea: It's an apology... Dear, I cannot be more sorry for what I have done to you in the past...
Kutzu: [Blinks twice, speechless.] ...
Lea: [She smiles, taking Kutzu's paw and heading back into the village.]
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[Kutzu doesn't ask any questions as he is led to the village. They stop at the pond and stare into the water, their reflections visible.]
Lea: [She motions to the water.] Kutzu, do you see us...?
Kutzu: [Somewhat nervous] Uh-huh... I do.
Lea: ...Have you ever seen us...?
Kutzu: [Speaking lowly.] What do you mean?
Lea: An Eclipse... and a Shade. Us, like this.
Kutzu: [He looks to Lea, then back into the water.] ...N-no... Not like this.
Lea: What is it like... being an Eclipse, Dear?
Kutzu: ...Well, it's not easy, but it's not too difficult... I'm sure you know of the Scripts by now, how we have to defend them...
Lea: Yes... You are the Light of your world...
Kutzu: Well, when you put it that way, it makes us sound like a huge deal.
Lea: You are a huge deal, Kutzu. You're a blessing to Soren.
Kutzu: [He turns to Lea.] ...Lea... why are you being this way...? You're being unlike I've ever seen you before.
Lea: ... [She sighs.] Dear... I didn't come to Soren to cause trouble this time... I didn't come to steal anything, or hurt anyone... I came to find you... you and Chris. My family.
Kutzu: [Again, he is speechless.]
Lea: Susie and Ectie, too... Safiri and Kenny. Khris the Rabbit and Princess Cellie. All of the Eclipses. All of the Shades. And Chris. That is my family, and that is where I belong... [Another tear rolls down her face.] Where I want to belong...
Kutzu: L-... Do you mean that...? You really mean this, Lea?
Lea: [Suddenly, she turns to Kutzu, dropping her staff once again and wrapping her arms tightly around the Eclipse.]
Kutzu: [He says nothing as he is hugged. He waits a few moments, about until Lea speaks, before hugging her back.]
Lea: I want to be good... I want to be Light.
Kutzu: Oh gosh... Lea, I had no idea you were this serious about it. I'm so relieved...
Lea: [She pulls back, still looking into Kutzu's eyes and smiling.]
Kutzu: And you know... You've, like, never really done anything directly to me...
Lea: Oh, Kutzu, Dear... I'm the reason you parted from the Masculine...
Kutzu: You're the reason I live with the other Eclipses... Just like Safiri and her friends
Lea: ...Hmhmhm, thank you so much...
Kutzu: Hm? [Tilts his head slightly.]
Lea: Thank you for not running... for letting me talk to you. I really needed to.
Kutzu: [Nods, smiling.] Sure! Hehe, you are my sister after all, right?
Lea: [Another tear falls to the ground as she hugs Kutzu close again.] Ohhhh, you're so right, Dear... You are so right.
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[They begin toward the Wingspear Pillar...]

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