Here's a strange part~ =3
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...(Oh... This story... I remember it. These three strange characters... I think I created them from a few dreams I had. I don't know if they're completely accurate, but... This looks close... Yeah, these two... Rush and Amen. And... all of these other characters... Safiri and... and Ray and Slianna...)...
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"World Walkers"
Chapter 2: The Adventure on Safa

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"One day on Safa...
[A lone fox Safan wearing a red baseball cap walks alongside the grassy paths all throughout the little town. He is a young, uplifting fellow...]
Safiri: Ah! Nice day... [Walks casually.]
[Another conversation takes place not involving Safiri.]
Safiri: What're those fellows up to? [Looks over to the two. One is a light brown squirrel, while the other is a green boa constrictor.]
Ray: Hey! Did'ja hear that there's this magic spell that can change your gender?
Sli: Seriously? That's crazy... Wait, what?!
Ray: [Chuckles.] Yeah! It's called... Like... Safantasia Form. You have to have some certain magical quality when you say it for it to actually work...
Safiri: [Having overheard this, he tilts his head.] ...Safantasia... Form?... Mmrgh!! Wha?! What's... this?! [Lays down, his body beginning to shimmer.]
[The two other Safans notice.]
Ray: What the...? What's wrong with that guy?!
Sli: Dude! Are you okay?!
Safiri: Wha! Whoa! What's goin' on here! [Closes his eyes, his body suddenly converting...]
[The two watch with wide eyes...]
Safiri: [Softly...] Ugh... Phew... Whaa... What's with my voice...? (I sound like a girl... Wait... w-w-WAIT!)
Ray: Whoa... neat...
Sli: Ok. [Turns to Ray.] WHAT did you do?!
Ray: H-hey! I did nothing! ...(Gosh, now this person... this "girl" ... She's a little... cute...)
Safiri: [Approaches the others.] H-h-hey!! H-how did this happen?! You guys know how I became this way?!
Sli: [Turns around.] Oh, um... We were just talking about that. It was this strange spell that could change your gender. Dare I ask why anyone would need that, but it's triggered by too things: the name of the spell, which is Safantasia Form, and a certain quality... which you have... I guess. I've heard that these two called the World Walkers have this quality... I don't know how you could revert back to a boy though...
Safiri: I-I'm stuck like this...? Ugh... This is going to ruin my weekend...
Ray: ...M-maybe not~?
Safiri: Hm? [Looks at Ray curiously.]
Sli: Actually... I think I know someone who could help... I'll be right back! [He rushes off, leaving the two.]
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Ray: So, um...
Safiri: ...[Giggles.] (This little squirrel is kinda cute... W-wait, what am I saying?!)
Ray: S-so, hey! Heheh! Heh... heheheh... heh... Umm... You'rereallypretty...
Safiri: [Blinks.] ...
Ray: Er...
Safiri: ...[Blushes a little.]--"
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[This is where this section of the comic cuts out.]
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Cruce: [Sitting with his legs crossed and a pencil in hand.] ...Hm... I really need to introduce the World Walkers in this one. Safiri's Troubles... Buuut... [He flicks his pencil behind him.] I'm tired... I can't think anymore...]
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[Having already done his preparations for bed, he simply throws the comic book off of the bed and fixes the blankets to sleep under.]
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[A few minutes later, the light is off, and he is alone in a dark room... with his thoughts.]
Cruce: ...(Safiri... Ray... Sli... And even from my other comics... Kutzu, Susie, Ectie... Kenny, Roger, Kylie... I wish they were real... I wish their worlds existed... I see them so many times in my dreams... I-I think... It's blurry, but... it's so realistic... Saying that it doesn't mean anything is way off... It's just not right, 'cause those worlds... it's so real... not surreal; so real...) ...
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[He dozes off into a light sleep...]
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[And before he knows, he is awake again.]
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[Friday.]
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[Cruce is on his side, buried underneath his blankets. The sun barely shines through his blinds... His door opens.]
Cruce's Mom: Time to get up, Honey. C'mon, you don't wanna be late for school.
Cruce: [Merely groans as his mom leaves the door open...]
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"Please..."
Cruce: [He lurches out of his grogginess, sitting up quickly and looking around.] Hello? Hellooo?
"Can you... can you hear me?
Cruce: (Wow... I can hear it now... Who ever's speaking, I can really hear it, and no one's in here... 'The heck is this?) I can... Who is there? Who's talking?
"I'm... [No name is mentioned.] --lipse... [The voice is breaking.] ...--arkness... and Ligh--... Stronger than ev--... us... fight--... i--... this wor--... is--...nothin--..."
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[The voice fades.]
Cruce: ...[Rubs his eyes.] Good lord... That was definitely... there... I wish I could really talk to whoever that is... It sound like they're in some crisis... (...I need to get up...)
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[Cruce's morning routine, albeit slower, progress as usual. Again, he doesn't have breakfast. Instead, he simply takes his time in the restroom unlike yesterday... Before he knows it, he is in the car and on the way to school...]
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Cruce: [With his elbow on the small compartment in the center and his head lazily in one hand. He sighs.]
Cruce's Mom: ...Is something wrong? You're quiet... like yesterday.
Cruce: ...[He speaks quietly.] Voices again...
Cruce's Mom: Hmm?
Cruce: I heard voices... You know, as I was waking up...
Cruce's Mom: [Paying no attention to Cruce.] What is this idiot doing...? I can't tell which lane you want to merge into, you know?!
Cruce: ...(Sure.) ... [He sighs again.]
Cruce's Mom: ...I'm sorry. What were you saying?
Cruce: Something apparently pointless.
Cruce's Mom: ...Cruce, you've been grumpy all week. Look, I don't know what it is, but you need to have a better attitude. I know you're a teenager, but that's no excuse.
Cruce: You're right, it's not... Cryptic visions that have haunted me all my life and voices I hear every morning are.
Cruce's Mom: Maybe it's your attitude that's causing these things. You need to shape up a little.
Cruce: ...Yes. I was angry my entire life. Even when I was a baby and didn't know what anger even was.
Cruce's Mom: See, you're being a smart alack, and your talking back.
Cruce: I'm not just going to be quiet.
Cruce's Mom: If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.
Cruce: ... Do you even believe I'm having visions?
Cruce's Mom: Of course I do. Why do you ask?
Cruce: Do you really?
Cruce's Mom: ...Listen, I don't know what they mean. I have no idea what is going on inside of your head to cause this, but that's why you have a psychiatrist. That's the truth. I care, of course... Don't expect me to understand something like that and get frustrated about it.
Cruce: ...[Shakes his head. He speaks with a bit of a rude tone.] Haunting visions which no one else understands? It's freaking eating me alive and you don't get it--I'm not just a teen being a douche bag to you. I promise, I--
Cruce's Mom: Keep making those remarks, and you won't be able to go over to Alphonse's tonight. Am I clear?
Cruce: ...Crystal.
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[The car arrives in the small parking lot near the lower grade buildings... Cruce, saying nothing, takes his stuff and leaves for school...]
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-St. Derek Campus.-
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[Cruce makes his way to his bench again and sits. Bongo and Pat are here. Emelina, too. The two seem to be talking to her.]
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Bongo: So! I heard from Zazoo that you would be interested in joining the Circle?
Emelina: [Lowers her head.] ...
Pat: C'mon, it's cool! You can come to the meetings and stuff! I mean, you could before, but now you can participate!
Emelina: [Turns away a little, almost as if she was holding back tears.]
Pat: Emelina? [Inches forward a little.] Are you okay?
Emelina: ...[Shakes her head, though not implying a "no".] I'm fine... I just got reminded of... w-well, my old friends and stuff...
[Cruce walks to the three. He says nothing, simply standing behind Bongo and Pat with his arms crossed.]
Emelina: [She doesn't notice Cruce.] Are you sure the other guys would be okay with it?
Pat: I know they would. They're fun to hang around!
Bongo: Especially me.
Pat: ...Sure...
Emelina: ...[She giggles softly.] M-maybe... She turns her head, spotting Cruce.] O-oh! ...
[Pat and Bongo turn around simultaneously.]
Bongo: Rapist!! [Points at Cruce.]
Cruce: [Bats Bongo's hand away.] So...
Emelina: [Folds her hands in front of her.] ...
Cruce: Zazoo... [Smirks.]
Pat: Yeah...? [Tilts her head.]
Cruce: What's this about her joining the Circle?
Pat: ...Sorry Cruce... She needs a group of friends though. She moved away from them and all...
Cruce: Ahh, I know... [He walks in between Pat and Bongo, smiling at Emelina. He holds a hand out for her to shake.] Emelina, you're a good friend of Pat's already, and... hey... you deserve to be in the Circle.
Emelina: [Gasps softly.] Really...? I can join?
Cruce: Yep. [He nods.]
Emelina: [She shakes Cruce's hand.] Oh, thank you!! Thank you thank you thank you! [She suddenly hugs Cruce.]
Cruce: Wha--[Flairs his arms out a little at the hug.] Gosh, um... Your friend's adorable, Zazoo.
Bongo: Heeeey!! Not fair, he gets a hug?!
Emelina: Oh, shush. Fine. [She turns to hug Bongo.]
Bongo: Heheh. [In a low tone.] Ohhhhh yeah...
Emelina: What th--Gross! [Let's go of Bongo.]
Pat: Yay! You're in the Circle!
Emelina: I'm so hyped!
Cruce: Glad you are. Our next get together is probably gonna be during winter break. One of us will keep you posted. It'll probably be Pat here.
Pat: Oh, Cruce. Can we have a get together on the first weekend of winter break? I talked to Emelina about this at her house yesterday.
Bongo: You went to your girlfriend's house?!
Pat & Emelina: BONGO!! [They both smack him.]
Bongo: Ahhhahaha!
Cruce: ... [Slaps Bongo across the back of the head with a blank expression on his face.] ...
Bongo: OWW! THEY'RE ALL OUT TO GET ME!! There's the Asian! [Points at Kevin, who is approaching.] HEY HUMAN SHIELD!
Cruce: Anyway. That sounds good. Where can we meet?
Emelina: ...Wh-what about at my place? My parents don't mind company.
Cruce: Sure. Sounds good too. You don't mind giving us directions?
Emelina: Nope~!
[At this time, Ivan and Nic arrive at the planter. They set their things down and enter the conversation.]
Ivan: 'Eyyyyy.
Nic: Hola.
Cruce: Nic, Ivan... I'd like you two to meet the newest member of the Circle... [He looks to Emelina with a smile.]
Emelina: [Smiles nervously, waving.] Hi~...
Ivan: She's a member now?
Nic: Coolio.
Ivan: I knew she'd become a member sooner or later. Nice to have you in the group, Emelina.
Emelina: It's great to be a member. Hmhm.
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[More students begin to arrive...]
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[Eventually, Al arrives with a few of his other friends.]
Cruce: [Walks to wear Al and the others are sitting.] Hey, dude.
Al: 'Sup? Oh... Are we on for tonight? I think I heard my mom talking to yours, so I'll assume yes?
Cruce: [Chuckles.] Correct, sir. Hey, random question. I know you get up pretty early to check some things... Did you by any chance check V?
Al: Yeah, it's up today. I dunno why it was down yesterday though.
Cruce: Me neither... Hey, Gathering Forces tonight?
Al: Heck yes.
Cruce: Sweet. [Gives him a thumbs-up before becoming distracted by an all too familiar whining.]
Kevin: Whaaaaaat?! You let her join but not meeeee?!
Cruce: ...Oh... balls... [He rubs his face with both hands.]
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[After an annoying few minutes with the whining, class starts. They enter the building... and the day resumes.]
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[Lunch... The Circle is sitting at their casual table, separated from the others. A few non-Circle members sit here, but they allow it.]
Ivan: So, Cruce...
Cruce: [Taking a bite of his sandwich, he turns to who he is sitting next to, which is Ivan.] Mm?
Ivan: How're you hangin'?
Cruce: [He swallows his food.] I'm alright. Mom kinda got a little mad at me this morning... It was over the visions... 'Cause today I heard another voice.
Ivan: What'd it say?
Cruce: It just said like... "Please" again... I don't get it. It was clearer than usual though.
Ivan: ...That's weird... Why'd your mom get mad at you? Bad mood or something?
Cruce: That and she's probably fed up of me and my drama with these visions. I know I'd be.
Ivan: ...Are you?
Cruce: Y'know, I'm not. I'm interested in them... Sure, it's frustrating, but it's intriguing, to say the least.
Nic: You said you heard voices today?
Cruce: ...Mhmm... I remember exactly what it said now... "Can you hear me?" And then it went off breaking up like bad reception. I have no clue what it said then...
Nic: Mm... [Nods.] What about yesterday?
Cruce: Oh, it was just "Please" yesterday...
Ivan: What'd your psychiatrist say?
Cruce: ...She said it may have something to do with me being this mistaken judge of the Spirit World. Pretty catchy, huh?
Bongo: Cruce is God!
Cruce: Shut up! [His eye twitches at Bongo.]
Nic: ...Oh, like a psychic...
Cruce: ...Maybe, but she called it something else... I don't remember what it was...
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[The table begins talking about something else... Cruce seems eager to avoid the subject now... For the rest of lunch, Cruce secludes himself from the rest of the Circle, sitting on the planter. The Circle, including Emelina, hangs out around him, but he doesn't say anything... He doesn't say anything else throughout the entire day.]
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[The school day ends.]
Cruce: [Outside, he locates Al, who is waiting for him at the planter.]
Al: There you are. Ready to roll?
Cruce: Yep. Let's hit the road. [He walks with Al across the parking lot and down into the other section of the street. The other section is merely opposite to the one his mom had picked him up from.]
Al: Hey dude. I heard something about another girl joining the Circle?
Cruce: Ah, yeah. That Emelina girl. She's real nice, and she kinda needs a group of friends as it is.
Al: That's cool. Is she Pat's friend?
Cruce: Yeah. That girl with the pink in her hair?
Al: Oh. I'm not gonna lie... she's kind of hot.
Cruce: I thought you might say that. [Chuckles.] You know, she has V.
Al: Really? Does she play GF?
Cruce: I bet she does. Yeah, probably... [He nods.] Aaaand here we are.
[The two reach the car, opening the trunk to put there stuff in.]
Al's Mom: Hello boys!
Al: Hi Mom.
Cruce: Hey~.
[The two hop in the car.]
Al's Mom: [She speaks with a Polish accent.] So how are you, Darling?
Cruce: I'm doin' pretty good, pretty good. School was kinda boring though.
Al: It was... aside from during recess today when Joe did this really epic jump when he caught the football. He like flew straight into the Ten Commandments.
Cruce: I saw that... That was awesome... He flew into the stone.
[The rest of the way to Al's house, which is relatively close, consists of them talking about the game during recess...]
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[Once at Al's house, they quickly finish up the homework assigned to them, and jump right to V... Unfortunately, a problem is about to arise... And they have no idea what lies in store for them.]
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(C r u c e -- A l)
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[The two are inside the same hall that Cruce was when he started up V at his house. Their systems are synced so that they can log in together. Al has inserted the password and input the hand code. Cruce, too, has logged into his account.]
Al: Aright, System. Skip the formalities and send us into the Gathering Forces world.]
System: Affirmative. Initiating Gathering Forces... Please wait...
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[Suddenly, the huge mansion doors open up before Cruce and Al. It reveals a force field separating them from a high tech city; mos t likely a city in the world of Gathering Forces.]
Cruce: So it really loads with all of our stuff already on there?
Al: Yeah. You need to get this software, man.
Cruce: No kidding...
[Al is the first one to step into the world. He vanishes as he does so...]
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[Static on the force field.]
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Cruce: What the heck...? Um...
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System: Warning. Error. Error. Error.
[The entire hall begins flashing.]
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[Cruce becomes blinded.]
Cruce: Ah, crap, what's happening?! [Covers his face.]
System: Warning. Error. Error. Error.
[The mansion doors close.]
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[At the same time, Cruce experiences a vision...]
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[A large figure stands in front of a screen covered in static.]
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"I predict that this shall occur quite soon..."
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[The female figure joins him.]
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"Indeed... Have the two forces begun the rampage?"
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"Hmhm, I do not doubt this... They have already caused enough havoc for those fools as it is... I believe it is time."
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[The vision vanishes. The sound of an alarm and crazed electricity starts. Through this chaos, Cruce can hear the voice from earlier.]
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"Please... I need you now..."
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Cruce: ...(Hello? ...Is anyone... there... anymore...?)
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[The electricity is the last thing that is heard.]
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[It seems as if everything around him has vanished... Then he, too, vanishes.]
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[Static.]
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--E n d i n g--
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