I'm moving really fast on this crap... ._.
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S O R E N
~~Fairytale Fields~~

-Celebi, Safiri, Ray, Slianna, and Cruce leaped into the dark corridor that Lea and Pryme had left behind following their own escape. They have also kidnapped the battle-weakened Phaze Guardian, Aren. Having used the dark corridor to pursue the Minions of Naught, the group finds themselves on a beautiful world glowing blue with streaks of light illuminating the deep azure sky.-
[The surroundings are lush, with flowers of all sorts, ranging from original to exotic... As the four take this sight in, the dark portal vanishes behind them.]
Safiri: ...Wow... I've never seen so many flowers...
Slianna: A beautiful sight... Wow...
Ray: I've never seen anything like this...
Celebi: Just as I thought... This... is the home planet of chao. This is Soren.
Safiri: It's incredible...
Ray: So this is the world you told us about?
Celebi: This would be the one... I just wonder where Lea and Pryme ran off to.
Safiri: They couldn't have gotten far, right?
Celebi: I'm sure they're still somewhere nearby, searching for the power source of Soren... Tch, good luck.
Safiri: They stole our Ancient Growth's power... and now they're after this world's power?
Celebi: Honestly, this world's power source is so concealed, most chao hardly know about it.
[Celebi begins walking through the flowery fields. The other four follow her.]
Slianna: What is this world's secret power source?
Cruce: It's called the Radial Sphere, somewhere in the Blessed Garden, I believe.
Celebi: Cruce, you know about it?
Cruce: But of course! It's in my dimension too.
Safiri: Cruce... I didn't get to properly introduce myself to you. Everything happened so fast.
Cruce: It's okay. I'm Cruce Ifai. Just Cruce or Cru is fine.
Safiri: I'm Safiri. Nice to meet you, Cru.
Cruce: Likewise.
Celebi: Cruce here's from some alternate dimension where things are surprisingly a lot like this one. I haven't there, but that's what I've been told.
Safiri: A whole 'nother dimension?
Cruce: Skeptical?
Safiri: ...Er, a little... I didn't... I didn't even know that sorta thing was possible... then again, I don't know much... I mean, look at where we are. We're on Soren. I've never set paw outside my own world, after all.
Cruce: Hmhm, you're an Eclipse, Safiri. Your duties are bound to your world.
Safiri: Heheh. [Smirks at Cruce.] Did my friends tell you about me?
Cruce: Perhaps. [Smiles back.] Or there's another Safiri out there.
Safiri: That's tight! It'd be so cool to meet the other me...
Celebi: I bet your dimension is pretty scary, no offense. You're powerful enough to stand against Darkness and laugh in its face...
Slianna:[//i] That was hardcore, Cruce! I totally saw Pryme back away!
Cruce: There's a lot of rough stuff going on back home... Light and Darkness and Hellspawned are all factors in this, but Grayness stands united in the face of threats... Not to mention the... (What were they called...?) The...
Celebi: The Ruinous?
Cruce: (That's right... what they called Cree...) Yeah... But let's not jump on that. Back to these matters.
Celebi: [Nods to Cruce.] Right. Now! The Radial Sphere isn't the only power source. Many smaller versions known as the Soul Spheres exist here also. Each gender holds close one of these Soul Spheres... united, they bring about some pretty cool results.
Slianna: Would the Soul Spheres be able to overthrow the Radial Sphere?
Celebi: Hmm, not that I know of, but I do know that if all of them are gathered and rounded up in one spot, the Blessed Garden will stop overhead, creating a path... I'm assuming this is what Lea and Pryme are after...
Cruce: (It's a lot like the Soul Spheres I know...)
Lea: [Out of nowhere.] Hee-hee! You sure are witty, Celebi! But that's another reason Lord Naught's interested in you~!
Celebi: Lea!! Where are you!? Come out!!
Safiri: Wait... What did she say...?
Lea: Tee-hee! [Pops out from the tall flowers.] Why, hello there!
Celebi: Hello... [Glares.] Lea...
Lea: Oh, now don't give me that look.
Celebi: Where's Pryme and Aren!?
Lea: Hee-hee! You want to know everything, don't you? I can only tell that Aren's going to be called Arena from now on--no wait... Arena is a word already... Um... You need to help me decide on a name...
Cruce: Arenna is fine.
Lea: [She glares at Cruce.] ...
Cruce: [Gives her a dark smile...] ...
Celebi: Wh-Lea!! You neutralized the Phaze Guardian!? Can you at least tell me where he is!?
Lea: Aww, so sorry! And it's "she", f.y.i.... [Notices Ray. She already knows the situation on Safiri...] Oh, and your little squirrely friend is about to share the same fate... [Points her staff at Ray. It begins glowing pink.]
Ray: ...Huh? [Observes the staff.] Wh-whoa!! [Backs up.] Hold up a sec!
Celebi: [Jumps in front of Ray.] 'Can't let you screw things up, Lea... Now, out of the way before I plow you down...
Lea: [Rests her staff at her side again, staring at Celebi angrily.] Ah! Now where are your manners!?
Celebi: What do you know about manners...? You work with Darkness.
Lea: Well, excuuuuuse me! There's a difference between being a disgusting witch and an evil mistress!
Celebi: ...Just tell us what you want.
Lea: Hee-hee... a fight! [Twirls her staff and hovers into her battle staff.]
Celebi: Oh, now you wanna fight...? Guys, be careful... She's one of the Shades, so this could get ugly...
Cruce: Does she really want to fight us?
Celebi: I-I guess so...
Lea: [Whistles.] Oh, pixies!
Ray: Pixies...?
[Small, fairy-like Nightmares rise from the ground and float next to Lea. There are about five of them. They're eyes are glowing pink, which means that they can only be defeated through certain neutralization.]
Celebi: Ugh... Cheap tricks, Lea...
Lea: I admire your persistence, Celebi! But that doesn't mean I'm going to make anything easier for you! Hee-hee! Go get 'em, Dearies!
[The Nightmares attack at Lea's command. Their attacks are simple: narrow beams of dark energy. However, it is constantly of use.]
Safiri: [Swerving to one side, evading the dark beam.] Urgh! I remember these having elemental weaknesses! I've never seen pink...
Celebi: It's the Lea's catch for Nightmares... They can't be defeated unless they're neutralized by Soren weaponry that matches their eyes.
Ray: We don't even have a way to beat these guys then!
Slianna: This is bad!
Cruce: Not as much as you think. [Utilizes a flashy dark corridor to teleport all over the battlefield, rushing each Nightmare with a stunning, electric empowered three-hit combo. She moves from Nightmare to Nightmare, repeating this process until they eventually all fade away from the sheer force of the darkness once again.
Lea: [Disregarding this, as she does not see it.] Hee-hee! Take this!! [Thrusts her staff at the unsuspecting Ray, who had just avoided a dark beam. The staff shoots a pink beam, the same from before, that hits Ray, knocking him to the ground.] Ooh... That wasn't direct, was it...?
Ray: Ugh... Wh...Wha... [Dizzy. His body is in disorder because of the off-hit.]
Celebi: Ray!! Grrr... I'll stop you now before you do anything to him!
Lea: Oh, whatever will I do!? [She now notices that all of her Nightmares have been defeated.] Wh-...What will I do?! How did my pixies fall?!
Celebi: [Dashes for Lea.]
Lea: [Shakes her head, returning her focus to Celebi.] Tee-hee! Nice try! [Begins twirling her staff rapidly, so rapidly it kicks up a powerful wind that blows Celebi back into the group.]
Celebi: Whaaa! [Crashes into Safiri.] Oof!
Safiri: Ouch!! [The two of them fall backwards.]
Celebi: Erm... sorry Safiri...
Safiri: Don't sweat it. Let's focus on her!!
Celebi: Yep! Cruce, you got the Nightmares?
Cruce: [Nods.] They're down.
Lea: Not for long! [She conjures even more Nightmares, about ten this time. Some are pixies, some are demons. Each of them have pink eyes and immediately move onto the assault.]
[Celebi and Safiri lift themselves. With Slianna's aid, they rush up to Lea, who does not twirl her staff this time. She awaits them with a smirk.]
Celebi: Hiiiya!! [Comes in for a blow, but Lea vanishes and Celebi trips... She gets back up, now floating in the air.] Urgh, where'd she go...?
[The three of them almost forget that the Nightmares are still attacking. A beam hits Safiri, but causes minimal damage. They avoid the rest. Cruce is slowly taking the Nightmares out one-by-one, hurling black bolts in their direction as well as breaking them to bits with his pseudo-earth-based spells: dark matter.]
Cruce: [Now flying into the air, she calls out her next move.] Try this! Black Storm! [She plummets into a Nightmare, creating a small explosion of dark energy which shoots particles into the air and imitate Cruce's move, shooting to the ground and exploding, though on a smaller scale. In perspective of another move, this is like a cluster bomb. It completely wipes out the remnants of the Nightmares. The others continue to seek an opening against Lea.]
Slianna: You okay, Saf?
Safiri: Yep.
Celebi: [Searching for Lea.] Where are you...?
Lea: Knock knock! Tee-hee! [Appears near Ray. She points her staff down at him.] ... I just knew it would come to this... Now, make one move, and say goodbye to squirrel boy, hello to squirrel girl... Oh! That rhymes, hee-hee! [Her staff illuminates.]
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Celebi: ...Hm... [Glances around at the Nightmares...] Lea, you have me bound again...
Safiri: What're you going to do...?
Slianna: Ray...
Ray: ...[Watching her staff, frightened... Then, something in his eyes changes. He suddenly feels much more confident... Valor sparks... He realizes who he's dealing with... The one who stole the power from his friend and his homeland...] ... [Growls...]
Lea: ...Huh? [Turns to Ray, who swiftly jolts up with both of his feet forward together in a double upper-kick, knocking Lea through the air. As he rises, he performs and aerial somersault, commanding a wave of wind at his motion. As he comes down with it, the wave hurdles into Lea, sweeping her to the ground with powerful force. The wave breaks, exploding wind energy through the area. Ray lands, prepared for battle.]
[Cruce now recovers from her previous move.]
Ray: You took my best friend, stole her power and messed her up! You took my homeland's most sacred possession! You took it... But you forgot to pay for it! I'll change that!!
Slianna: Amazing... He's using his manifestation... I'm coming Ray!! [Rushes to his side.]
Safiri: Ray... Fight on. [Does the same.]
Celebi: Heh... Ray, you made my day... A citizen of Oathville, battling a Shade... Hmph! [Soars into the air, hovering above the three.]
Lea: Urgh... [Hops into the air, taking flight.] How dare you!? I'll rid this existence of you!!
Ray: Just try me!!
Cruce: Hm? [With a smirk, Cruce quickly warps...]
Lea: Errrrahh!! [With a thrust and more built up energy, the beam she shoots is much larger. It envelops Ray and his friends.]
Celebi: [Hovering above.] Whaa!!! Ray! Slianna! Safiri!! (With that big of a blast, they'll be mind controlled! Can't let that happen, Lea!!)
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Cruce: [The blast clears... Cruce stands in the path of it, having conjured a wall of dark matter to disperse of the blast's energy. As it ends, the dark wall vanishes. Cruce stands straight.] ...Not gonna let it happen, Lea.
Lea: Grrrr, you... Agh! [At her rage, a few more Nightmares shoot up from underground. They rush to Celebi and take the offensive. Without even thinking, Celebi manages to pull off a new move... Spreading both of her arms out, she summons energy in the shape of flowers that physically appear around her arms.] Take this!! [She spins, and the flowers shoot radiant beams of pink energy, similar to Lea's attack. Neutralization... The Nightmares are eradicated.]
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Cruce: [Nods to Celebi.] Hahah! Excellent!
Safiri: Whoa...
Slianna: How did...?
Celebi: [Finishes the spin gracefully, releasing the energy. Flower pedals twirl around her in the stirred wind...] ...(Another new move... That one was pretty... Being a girl at the moment, I really liked it.)
Lea: Wh-what!? [Having been facing Cruce, she turns to comment on Celebi's move.] How did you--but... That was... so neat.
Celebi: [Plants her feet on the ground in front of Lea.] You think so? [Turns her head, smirking.]
Lea: ...Hm...I have to see if Pryme messed up or not... [Neglecting to complement Celebi with trouble... She sinks into the ground, into a dark portal... As she sinks, she gives a glare to Cruce.] Butt out, you meddlesome... ugh! [She vanishes.]
Celebi: ...Well... I suppose that takes care of her for now...
Ray: [Having trouble standing. He is breathing heavily.] ...At least... she's outta... the way...
Safiri: Ray! Are you okay? [Runs up to Ray. Slianna follows.]
Slianna: What's wrong?
Ray: Something within me... Is... painful.
Celebi: It's Lea's magic... It confuses the body, causing it to think it's in pain... I still haven't figured that out...
Safiri: Is there a cure for it?
Celebi: It's happened a bunch of times before. It happens here all the time... But I'm afraid to say that the only cure is full neutralization.
Cruce: [Walks to Safiri's side.] When did Ray get hit with a blast?
Safiri: I saw it... Lea got him, but she said it wasn't direct or something.
Ray: [Holding his chest, he falls forward. Cruce acts quickly, catching him]
Safiri & Slianna: Ray!!
Cruce: I gotcha. [Holding him up in her arms.] I think I recognize this. Neutralization's nasty if it's not wholesome. It messes with your nerves. It has to be complete in order for pain to be avoided. I guess that's Lea's fail-safe mechanism too.
Ray: Urgh...[Looks up at Cruce.] Would that mean... I would become... a girl?
Cruce: It does. But remember, it doesn't change you. It may feel uncomfortable, but we can change you back given the right occasion.
Ray: ...Understood then. It... It has to work, right?
Cruce: Positive.
Celebi: Are you sure about this...?
Ray: Please... This pain... is agony.
Cruce: Hmm... We could locate Castle Blossom, I think. Or... Cel, that flowery move of yours got rid of the pink-eyed Nightmares. Neutralization, yeah?
Celebi: All right... I'll try to use that move, since it did work like neutralization. Sorry, Ray... I'll make this as gentle as possible. [Using the same energy as before, she summons the flower around her arm, and it shoots a much gentler beam that is actually faint, and travels slowly. It reaches Ray. Slianna and Safiri step back... Within seconds, Ray's appearance changed from masculine to feminine in Cruce's arms.]
Safiri: That's incredibly strange...
Slianna: I... have to agree... I've never seen anything like that...
[i:poliaw7Slianna:
>i] This power... It's new to me... Maybe I can only use it in this form... Awkward.
Cruce: Maybe so. You've got some tricks up your sleeve, Cel. [She smirks at Celebi.]
{Ray is referred to as Rilia now.}
[Rilia's hair, face and body build had changed the most... Her hair remains the same color, but is now styled into pigtails. She manages to pull herself up, felling no more pain.]
Cruce: How do you feel, Ray? [She lets Rilia back up.]
Rilia: ...[Stands with Cruce's help, shaking the dizziness off.] I feel... weird... How do I look?
Slianna: ...[Turns to Safiri... Safiri does the same...]
Rilia: ...It's not bad, is it?
Safiri: Oh, n-not at all!! It's just weird seeing you like that! I mean... It's probably still weird seeing me like this!
Rilia: Heh-heh, true! The pain's gone, and that's good... Thanks everyone...
Celebi: Well, as long as you're feeling better... Wow... (That's really something I've never seen... Safans partaking in the same activity that chao do...) I hate to break the moment, but we should get going! [Turns to a general direction.]
Safiri: ...Wait a sec... Celebi.
Celebi: [Still facing away...] ...Huh...? [Already suspects what's coming.]
Safiri: That Lea girl... She said something about... Naught being interested in you... What did that...?
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[Rilia and Slianna look nervously to each other... Cruce crosses her arms and turns away, closing her eyes.]
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[A gust blows... The flowers of the large field lean to the wind...]
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Safiri: ...Chris...?
Celebi: ...Safiri...Don't think negatively of me... But... Darkness... is calling me. [Lowers her head. Another gust blows, her antennae gently moving with the wind.] And I've answered...
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Safiri: ... [Steps back, jaw dropped.] You... you what...?
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Cruce: (Chris... he spoke aloud in front of Darkness... he told them I had basically pushed him off his destined path. I encouraged that. I gave it no second thought... but... with what I've done... I see myself up in arms with the most terrible Darkness Naught has to offer here... Is everything here really weaker than what is in my dimension... ...Yes... It is... It's... it's all in my head, after all...
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Shouldn't I be the one controlling fate here...? Playing... playing God...?
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No... but I feel I've already done that...)
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Hm... I'm finding it harder to keep Cruce as humble as he once was because that whole "power-mad" aspect.
Ah well, I'm the one really playing God here, so he can be as humble as I make him slash her. >3