Here's another cool re-episode. If any of you read the first Absence in Ixis_Muugen's journal, you should know that Chris(Or Cruce) fought Fox... Fox McCloud. He had help with the Shades to give Fox a Dark Mark. Only problem is... well, we've got a bunch'a crap about to happen.
[Chris has defeated Fox with the assistance of the four Shades and a very strange burst of power that amplified his power a hundred times. In the pale blue mist of the ancient Empyreal Paradox, very close to Heaven's Tower, Chris stands with the four Shades behind him, speechless.]
P A R T Y:
-Empyreal Paradox, City of Angels.-
Daniel: [Stands on all fours.] Wow... [Turns to Chris.] What did you do?
Idi: [Stands as well.] Impossible...
Ginsengaar:[Sits up and turns his head to Chris.] What was that?
Lea: [Already floating, with her wings active in full potency.] Was that...Naught?
Chris: All of those...I don't know...I heard a voice, and it didn't sound like Naught...It sounded...Um, how do I put this...? Beyond us all, including Hideaki and Naught...
Ginsengaar: Who could possibly...?
Chris: I really don't know, guys...I think things just might've expanded again. Strange, I feel recuperated also, but all the power that I had from that strange being...It's gone...He kept mentioning something about Fantasy also, but he was pronouncing it strangely...
Lea: Something's not right here...The power that...that the person from Dreamland had was too much, so much, it disabled us right away...Naught can't possibly expect someone to single-handedly defeat that...
Daniel: All the more reason we should convert him to us now!
Lea: You're right! [Takes her staff from her back.]
Chris: [Holds out a hand in front of Lea.] Wait.
Lea: Hmm? Huh!? [Notices Fox approaching, limping, and still possesses multiple battle scars.]
Ginsengaar: [Falls into a battle stance.] Watch out guys.
Chris: [Grins.] It's alright.
Daniel: What? Whaddya mean?
Fox:You've shown me enough...If you want me to join you, then I will do so.
Shades: [Simultaneously.] What the...?
Lea: [Turns to Chris again, releasing the grip on her staff.] Did you...?
Chris: That black lightning...It was kind of the same thing Naught's used before...
Daniel: Black lightning...That sounds like it could be used for...
Idi: ...Dark Marks...
Lea: You figured out how to use that!? How?!
Chris: Dark Mark Blasts can be of avail through lightning or fire, corrupted of course. Since I've pleaded my oath to Naught, and recently, been having a great time with this element, I've figured out how to expand my capabilities. but that last blast was still...pretty incredible, unlike me.
Lea: Aw, no. Don't say that, you did great, Chris. Naught will be proud!
Daniel: Speaking of proud, we liberated Corus. Came to help you just in time.
Ginsengaar: Yeah, it was easy...Way easy. It was almost as if Mother Melodis had just disappeared or something. We did banish her back to Reality, but her existing presence still empowered Corus, until...
Chris: ...[Glances down, hiding his face.] (She did disappear...)
Fox: [A small black insignia appears on his forehead.]
Daniel: [Observes Fox.] Heh... Well, you did it, man. I don't know how, but you just did.
Lea: Naught's waiting for us...Do you think we should tell him about this strange event, or no?
Chris: Hmm...[Raises his head.] Aww, hey guys. I've been with Darkness for what, two days? And you're already letting me decide?
Ginsengaar: Well, this was your power, it's best if you have the say in it.
Chris: I suppose...I'll ask Naught about it...(Maybe...Maybe this Nijiiro figure...)
Daniel: Up to you.
Fox: Naught is your master's name? I'm excited to meet and serve under him, like you all, right?
Lea: That's pretty much it. [She hovers to Fox, explaining the details. Fox nods to some of them.]
Chris: [Turning to the others.] What's the master up to anyway?
Idi: He remains on Aeighro.
Daniel: It's the name for our Corus... Well, Corus when it's all Darkness-y.
Chris: I thought it was Tebice.
Ginsengaar: How did you know about the original name?
Chris: Hideaki informed be in my heroism days of Ethereal Cross.
Daniel: That makes sense...'Ey Lea!
Lea: [Turns to Daniel.] Mhmm?
Daniel: You think you can spare Foxxy over there the details once we get back to Aeighro?
Lea: [Turns to Fox.] Don't worry about it. [Glances back to Danny.] Alright. You want me to contact him?
Lea: Gotchas. Get ready guys. [Closes here eyes.] .......(.........)........
[The dark corridor appears, leading to Aeighro. Danny, Ginsengaar, and Idi head inside it with Fox following them. Lea notices Chris, once again, staring off into the Paradox, or at least, at the tower.]
Lea: Wandering about it again?
Chris: Yeah...This place...It just bugs me so much...
Lea: [Places her paw on Chris' shoulder.] It's no wonder. You almost got mangled back there...
Chris: That power, though... It was so unreal. I felt like there was just more to it... (And more to that voice... I need to know more.)
Lea: ...Mm, I promise I'll explain things back at the Rest-Post. You coming?
Chris: 'Course. [Follows Lea to the giant dark corridor.]
[Lea flies into it. Chris stops just before it, looking back at the Paradox...]
Chris: (...That voice... Nijiiro... Who is Nijiiro? ...Does he have something to do with that huge black monster back on Safa? I gotta know... I can't keep track of this many things on this hell of an adventure.)
[Suddenly, the area darkens... The blue glow becomes a grayish glow.]
[A voice echoes in the sky. It is the very same voice that Chris heard before defeating Fox.]
???: [Booming voice.] And now I know enough about you... who you were never supposed to be... You were never supposed to be who you are now in the future... So may the future destroy you once again.
Chris: [The dark corridor vanishes. Chris turns around, looking for it, then back up into the sky.] Who are you!?! Where are you!?
???: I am a god to you. My presence is out of your vision's league. You do not yet deserve to feast your eyes upon me.
Chris: b*****d, I'll rip you up!!
???: Do not be so impulsive... Do you wish to learn of Hellspawned?
Chris: Hellspawned!? ...Hellspawned... I remember...
???: Indeed... The creature you faced upon Safa was a demon of Hellspawned, and there are many more waiting in your future...
[The dark corridor opens up behind him again. Lea flies from it.]
Lea: Chris, what are you still doing here...?
Chris: [Looks back at Lea.] ... Lea... [Looks back into the sky.]
???: The future awaits your destruction, Cruce. The future awaits the destruction of Light. The elimination of Darkness. The obliteration of the Eclipses. My creations... My tainted world... My Hellspawned army shall tear it down and rebuild a perfect universe.
Chris: [Steps back once.] ...
Lea: [Terrified, she freezes, staring wide-eyed into the gray sky. It is at this time when Daniel, Idi, and Ginsengaar return to the Paradox.]
Daniel: What is going on...?
Idi: The Paradox... something is amiss.
???: The imbeciles of Grayness will fall before the might of the Fourth Dimension!!
Ginsengaar: [Looks to the sky.] What the hell...?
Chris: The Fourth Dimension... What is this place...?
???: ...None from the Tainted World deserve the knowledge of the Fourth Dimension...
Chris: ...Then what is Phantasy...?
There is a place so surreal, the only way to reach it is fall into a slumber so deep that your mind and soul drift from your body...
...and enter a world which Reality created.
Come to this world, Tebice... Come to this world, and see what makes you tick.
The very first Tebice... Come to this surreal world.
Tebice: ...I... (I can't see... Everyone's... Everything's going dark... going black...) ... [Falls into a deep sleep, each of the four Shade's calling his name...]
...(Who is Tebice...? Am I Tebice?)...
[The Shades have recovered Tebice's body, dragging him back to Castle Tartarus... It is too late, however...]
[Tebice's mind and soul have fled from his body, leaving only a shell of Chris behind...]
--To Be Continued.--
A world so surreal? Where could that be?
Question: Is it a place I've already introduced? Or is it a place compleeeetely new? x3
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