This part is a little awesome... though kinda chill.
Very chill....y...
Get it...?
'Cause it's cold where they are...?
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Oh fuh, those pun fails just sound stupid nowadays. xD

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The First Cross:
The Crystalline Genesis

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[Night has come.]
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[At the school, most of the students have been able to go home. A few remain, most hope lost for Al and Celebi. Now, with no one to watch them, they wait for imminent frostbite in darkness...]
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Nic: [His eyes are closed. He sits against the wall with his arms crossed.] ... [He is one of the only students left, and the only one awake.]
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[Over the silence, a voice can be heard outside. Some of the students wake up, worried.]
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Student: Someone's out there...
Student: Who is it? Somebody check.
Nic: [He stands, his eyes opening.] Do those voices sound threatening?
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[Outside.]
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Pachi: Okay, it's getting dark, but I think Celebi might still be with everyone in here!
Lavender: Are you sure this Celebi girl is here...? This place is deserted.
Rilia: Really cold for a desert...
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[Pachi knocks on the door.]
Pachi: I hope everything's okay... Um, it's me, Pachi!
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Nic: [Approaches the door.] Pachi... he's finally back. [Quietly, he unlocks and opens it. His eyes have adjusted to the dark.] Hello there.
Pachi: [Looking up at him.] Nic? How is everyone doing?
[Lavender and Rilia back away a little.]
Rilia: Another Nightmare...
Lavender: Mhm.
Nic: Most of us went home... Those of us who live a little further aren't going anywhere. Come on in. [He moves aside, letting Pachi in.]
Pachi: Thanks. [Turns around.] Hey, it's safe in here~.
Lavender: Are you sure we can trust these Nightmares...?
Pachi & Nic: Nightmares...? [They look at one another.]
Pachi: ...They're not Nightmares... they're humans~! I think the Nightmares have the ability to corrupt humans, just like usual, but these guys are fine.
Lavender: It does make sense... I'll trust it. Come on, Rilia. [She walks inside, followed by a nervous Rilia.]
Nic: So, either a bunch of animals spontaneously evolved or these are more Poké--wait...[Observes the two...] ...Rilia?
Rilia: Y...yes...?
Nic: ...And you are? [Turns to Lavender.]
Lavender: Lavender. Phaze Guardian.
Nic: ...(Lavender...) ...
Pachi: This is Nic. He's a cool guy! Say, Nic? Where's Celebi?
Nic: ... ...[Scratches the back of his head.] I haven't seen her since she went to look for Al...
Pachi: ...Uh oh...
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-Sub-Zero Streets.-

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[Celebi has wandered far into the frozen streets. She has located a broken fence... a trail leads up to a mountain standing in the center of this rural area. A few houses stand upon the mountain. Unfortunately, Celebi can barely see the mountain... She uses the gentle light from her body to move forward on this new ground.]
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-Unsung Ground.-

Celebi: ...(It's so quiet... To think this area was ever livelier than this...) ...
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[She stays in flight, though close to the ground. Her movement is slow and steady.]
Celebi: ... (I would really dislike fighting a Nightmare in its element...)
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[Despite having this thought, fate conspires against Celebi as a blackness scurries along the path... It looks larger than a Nightmare.]
Celebi: But I guess I can't get everything I want. [Flies forward faster, attempting to pursue this figure.] ...
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???: [Concealed by snow and crystals nearby...] ... [Notices the light.] ...Hello...? Who... are you...?
Celebi: [She looks in all directions.] Who's there?
???: I'm... over here... to your right... there are a few crystals over here... but be careful, the Nightmares got to me first...
Celebi: Nightmares... [She prepares herself by instinct, and just in time. Two imp Nightmares find her light... A third Nightmare steps from the blackness of the night. This one is much different from the imps. It possesses the shape of a bear, with some slight differences of course... such as four arms...] What...?! [Another Nightmare fazes into existence behind her; a dingo with a large tail that takes the shape of a ring...] N-Nightmares... where did you all come from?!
Bear Nightmare: [The voice is menacing and gruff.] The blackness.
Dingo Nightmare: [Slightly higher and raspier, but menacing as well.] The blackness which surrounds you all.
Celebi: ... I know better than to fight on my own like this! [She ascends quickly... before she can fly away, the dingo's ring-like tail rises up, aimed at her. Within its center, dark mana is focused. Within seconds, a cannonball of blackness fires forth at Celebi, throwing her out of the air and to the cold snow. She lays there harmed but not critically injured.] Mmph... Ouch... Now that's not the proper way to treat a girl...
[Both imp Nightmares take a scenic route through the dimensions to reach Celebi faster: they warp behind her as the animal-esque Nightmares approach from the front.]
Celebi: G-get away... [Stands, though weak from the blast.]
Bear Nightmare: With nowhere to run... or perhaps fly...
Dingo Nightmare: Darkness is your future.
[They close in...]
Celebi: Ugh... I... H-help... help! Somebody! (Me... captured...? These Nightmares... th-they cheated...)
[Just when all hope seems lost, a sonic yellow streak shoots from the darkness of night, zig-zagging around the Nightmares until it reaches Celebi. It takes her from the scene in a flash, leaving the Nightmares stunned.]
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Dingo Nightmare: Gah, the fox!!
Bear Nightmare: Let them go... They will have to return... a definite shock awaits all Safans upon this world... just over the black horizon...
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[A far ways down the street and but a few seconds later the streak of yellow dies down... It becomes a detailed character, or characters, as Celebi rests on the back of this mysterious "fox".]
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[The fox comes to a stop, her head down. She breathes deeply.]
???: Aiee... Whoo! ... I'll feel that tomorrow... [She lowers herself to the ground, resting her legs and giving Celebi an easy way off.]
Celebi: [She climbs off of the mystery girl, noting her features...] ...Thank you... [Walks in front of her, looking out into the dark... then turning around.]
???: [Looks up at Celebi, now laying on her chest.] Heheh, no sweat... Sorta... Phew...
Celebi: (That speed... was incredible... At first, I thought it was Pachi, but... this is exactly who Slianna described... she really does remind of Leafeon!) ...Are you... Safiri?
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Safiri: [Chuckles.] That tells me a lot... Yes, ma'am, I am Safiri.
Celebi: I thought so... you really saved me back there... thank you, Safiri. My name is Celebi. I was informed by one of your friends, Slianna, that you might be here... so I came out looking for you.
Safiri: Slianna? Haha, nice... [She stands.] That gives me a little bit more strength... If Slianna's here...
Celebi: A lot of my friends are here too, so I bet more of yours are.
Safiri: [She nods.] Excellent! That's grand news. Thanks Celebi! I don't mean to sound pushy or anythin', but could you maybe...
Celebi: I can take you to Slianna! We need your help with something.
Safiri: Trouble? I'm in. [Her legs begin shaking...] ...Erk...
Celebi: Whoa, are you okay? You're shaking...
Safiri: ...Yeah... I know it's cold, but... I ain't shivering... this hurts...
Celebi: Uh-oh, what did those Nightmares do to you...?
Safiri: Nothing more important than what I need to help you and Slianna with.
Celebi: Hm... [She nods slowly.] Okay. Be careful as we go, Safiri.
Safiri: You got it.
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[The two continue on their way back to the school... Perhaps it is now that Celebi's injuries combined with the cold get to her.]
Celebi: (Urk... This is brutal... I can't remember the last time I've been in the cold this long with this much activity... I hope everyone else is doing better than I am.)
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Safiri: ...Celebi...?
Celebi: Yes? [Rather than flying, she is walking alongside Safiri.]
Safiri: You see it too... right?
[Ahead of them is a peculiar glow that becomes dimmer and dimmer, indicating a sharp turn in the road up ahead.]
Celebi: I do... That glow, it's... it's almost as if...
Safiri: It doesn't look like yours, but... I feel a warmth coming off of it.
Celebi: ...There's no doubting it... a Time Gear.
Safiri: Time Gear, hm? Sounds important. Let's catch up!
Celebi: Agreed!
[They pick up their pace until they begin to see the glow up close... Around this glow is a very pleasant surprise...]
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Celebi: Oh! Thank goodness! Heeeey!! [She waves.]
[The light, along with the group, comes to a halt. Everyone turns around.]
Leafeon: Well now! I guess you all found me at a good time.
Riolu: Indeed...
Grovyle: Ah, Celebi! [Elated to see her, he and Leafeon lead the group back to her duo. Grovyle, having missed his closest companion, embraces her in his arms.]
Celebi: ...(Oh my...) [In too much of a trance to speak. She simply smiles and hugs herself close to Grovyle...] ...
Grovyle: [Notices her arms...] ...Celebi... you're hurt...
Celebi: ...Hmm...? Oh... it's nothing... it's nothing now...
Leafeon: ...It's definitely something. You've dealt with your own issues here, haven't you?
Celebi: Mhmm... But Safiri helped me!
Grovyle: Safiri? [He pulls away gently, looking at this unrecognizable creature.] Her?
Safiri: Yup. Safiri's the name. Celebi was sure right when she said a lot of her friends were here.
Leafeon: ...Wow... Um... I-I'm Leafeon...
Safiri: Hey! You kinda look like I do! I bet we're not even the same species, ha! What're the odds?
Riolu: [Chuckles at this.] Well met. I am Riolu.
Grovyle: I am Grovyle. Pleased to meet you, Safiri.
Topher: Um... I'm... I'm Topher...
Celebi: ...(Topher...? What... happened to him?)
Grovyle: ...Ah, Celebi... I am so glad to see you, yet I am not glad to see that you are hurt... Come, we must get to safety.
Celebi: [She giggles softly...] Are you all heading to the school? I can take you there.
Riolu: Ah, you know where it is?
Celebi: Yes, I do~! Don't worry, my dear Grovyle. I'll be fine! We can rest once we get there.
Leafeon: Sounds like a plan.
Grovyle: I couldn't agree more. Let us hurry. I do not wish to see anyone else harmed on our way to safety.
[With that plan in action as a unanimous decision, they move quickly to the school with Celebi leading them...]
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Cruce: [Standing atop his classroom, looking out into the darkness.] ... (The road awaits... Heheh... Danielle... I don't even know what you are yet... And I've already kissed you... I know you're not a Pokémon... What could you be...?)
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[He notices a glow coming closer to the building.]
Cruce: (Hm...? Looks like they finally made it.)
[They reach the proximity of the classrooms.]
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Celebi: So here we are!
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Grovyle: This place... there is a mystical feel to it...
Celebi: Hehe, are you sure that's not the Time Gear you got there?
Grovyle: Hmhm, in fact... it is... but there is another near, is there not?
Celebi: You are right, my dear~! It is located in that icy cavern right over there. That reminds me, we need to help one of Cruce's and Safiri's friends get out of there! Safiri?
Safiri: Got'cha!
Cruce: [Flies down from the roof of the building.] One of my friends is in danger?
Topher: Cruce!
Safiri: [Watching Cruce.] Cruce...?
Grovyle: Ah, you are well!
Riolu: What did you need to ask Danielle?
Safiri: Whaa?! Danielle?! Danielle is here?!
Leafeon: Oh, you know her...? I take it you do. She's the Shade from Safa, right?
Safiri: ...Right... And... she's here... Y-you! [Turns back to Cruce.] You're in cahoots with her?!
Cruce: (Who the heck is this girl...? She almost looks like Leafeon, but... but there's something really familiar about her.) Who're you?
Safiri: ...Forget my name... are you working for Darkness or what?
Topher: My cousin is definitely not working for Darkness!
Riolu: It is true. He fought alongside us against the Nightmares as we passed through that icy tower.
Grovyle: And let's not forget...
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Grovyle: Pachi... the... Eclipse. He and Cruce... they share a certain... "bond".
Celebi: ...My d-dear... What was that?
Grovyle: [He sighs.] Celebi, this is... this is very serious.
Safiri: What...? An Eclipse...? Here too? And he... [Watching Cruce.] ...Shares a bond with this Eclipse?
Cruce: Right. That... Listen, I stayed to talk with Danielle because I needed to ask her a few questions about what's happening. [Looking at Safiri.] If she's the Shade, whatever that means, from your world, I'm sorry to mislead you.
Riolu: I take it she was fine to answer your questions. I did hear she questioned her position.
Safiri: Danielle... questioning Darkness? That can't be true! None of you know her like I do! She's using you, Cruce... Don't listen to her lies.
Celebi: If anything, she sounds a lot like that Mewtwo baddy we've had to put up with.
Riolu: Mewtwo is a Shade as well, whom we encountered and nearly had to battle until Cruce... erm...
Leafeon: Blew up?
Riolu: Yes.
Cruce: Heheh, sorry...
Safiri: ...[Lowers her head.] ... Mewtwo... another Shade... another Danny...
Grovyle: Excuse me? Danny?
Safiri: [Shakes her head, raising it.] It's... insignificant. Let's save your friends now.
Grovyle: Ah, yes. Riolu and Leafeon, would you accompany me inside to make sure the humans are well?
Leafeon: Sure.
Riolu: Will do. We will tell them that we are Celebi's friends.
Celebi: Alright! So... You three! [Looking at Safiri, Cruce, and Topher.] May I ask you to come with me?
Safiri: [She nods.]
Topher: Yep! I'd feel better if I was finally of some use.
Cruce: Aw, Tophs. [Chuckles a bit.] Sure, I'll tag along.
Celebi: Excellent! Follow me to the icy cave in the center of the school~! [She giggles, starting off and leading the three...]
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Leafeon: Well then. Shall we?
Grovyle: Yes... Hm... I am curious to see how they will accept us... if at all. [He knocks on the door.]
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Nic: [After having heard voices outside.] I guess that's the cue.
Rilia: Am I crazy, or...? (Did I hear Safiri out there?)
Lavender: What is it, girl?
Rilia: I'm... not sure... N-never mind! I guess I'm hearing things.
[Pachi is sitting against the wall with his head down, lost in deep thought.]
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Nic: [He walks to the door and opens it slowly.] Who'll we see this time...? ...Oh... New people.
Grovyle: ...[Looking up at Nic.] Hello. We are friends of Celebi's.
Nic: ...How many Pokémon wound up here? ...Anyway, come on in. Not very many people are hear anymore, but make yourself at home, I guess. [He stands aside.]
[The three walk inside, receiving immediate attention from the few other students who are there.]
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Leafeon: [A fire has been lit on a slab of cement in the center of the classroom, lighting the room up. The wood for the fire is plentiful.] Well this is cozy.
Riolu: Agreed. [He looks around, walking instinctively toward the two squirrel girls.]
Lavender: [Whispers.] Riri.
Rilia: [Whispers back.] Yeah, Sis?
Lavender: [She gestures to who is approaching.]
Rilia: [Stares at Riolu.] ...Ohmygosh... Who's the hottie?
Lavender: We're about to find out.
Riolu: [Notices the two in front of him.] ...Oh? Hello there. I... do not believe I have seen you around here. Glad to meet you. [Holding the Time Gear in one paw, he holds out a free paw for both to shake.]
Rilia: [Shakes his paw with both of hers.] Hiiii... I'm Rilia...~
Lavender: [Chuckles, moving in front of Rilia and grasping Riolu's paw with one of hers.] And I'm her older sister.
Rilia: (Hmph! Pulled that card again!)
Lavender: My name is Lavender... I am a--
Lavender & Riolu: Phaze Guardian...
Riolu: [Blinks, still holding Lavender's paw.] ...And I... am Riolu... Phaze Guardian.
Lavender: [Practically frozen, and not from the cold.] ...Riolu...? You're Riolu...?
Riolu: Indeed I am. [He smiles.] It is a pleasure to finally meet another Phaze Guardian in person.
Rilia: (No fair! Phaze Guardians...)
Lavender: Y-yeah... Pleas...ure... [Smiles dreamily.]
Riolu: Hmm? [Raises a brow, still smiling. Behind him, Pachi is approached by Grovyle and Leafeon.]
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Grovyle: Pachi...
Pachi: ...[Refuses to raise his head...] ...?
Grovyle: Pachi, are you okay?
Pachi: [He nods slowly...] ...
Leafeon: You had us all worried... I went out looking for you. When I couldn't find you, I got lost... but Grovyle and company found me again, and we just continued on...
Grovyle: What is it that is bothering you so?
Pachi: ...Isn't... it obvious...?
Grovyle: ...Ah...
Leafeon: I don't get it, Pachi. Why didn't you ever tell us...? That's a bit big to keep a secret...
Pachi: You just... wouldn't understand...
Grovyle: Perhaps not. Perhaps the role of the Eclipse is far too complex for those such as us to understand. But please... could you explain it to us?
Pachi: ...[Repeats Grovyle.] Those such as us... such as... [Raises his head.] You... ...M-...Maybe you two... no... you two and Celebi would...
Leafeon: Us? Team... [Turns to Grovyle.]
Grovyle: [Looks back at Leafeon.] Team Time?
Pachi: Remember what Mewtwo said...?

"Mewtwo:: And you, Grovyle... [Turns his head to Grovyle in the cell.] You don't even know who you are... neither you or Celebi or Leafeon... Has it not occurred to you how vast saving a world is? How unlikely the average Pokémon would be able of doing such a feat?! Why you three... survived to protect your world?
Grovyle: ...How could you say Team Time knows not about themselves...? Nothing could be further from the truth.
Mewtwo: Hmhmhmhm... I am not saying you do not know who you are personally... But who you are figuratively... And it is all thanks to this naive fool. [He points to Pachi.]"

Grovyle: Who we are figuratively...
Pachi: That's right.
Leafeon: But what could it mean? I feel like nothing's at stake here. It's just... we don't have anything to do with the Eclipses. We're just Pokémon.
Pachi: You'd be wrong... remember again...

"Mewtwo: Heheheheheh... And the best part out of all of this... [He raises one paw, a purplish glow coming from it... Pachi suddenly begins to levitate towards Mewtwo. He give no resistance...] ...No one will save you now, Pachirisu... Now that you have lived a lie just to protect yourself..."

Grovyle: ...[He closes his eyes and crosses his arms in thought.] Save you... Pachi... [Opens his eyes.] Whatever it is, do know that you have friends who are ready and willing to protect you.
Pachi: Yes, but... Each of your names are inscribed under a very important role that I chose for you... because Team Time is the most powerful team I know... but even then, the secret is out... Darkness can easily sneak by you to get to me.
Leafeon: Wait wait... what is this important role, Pachi?
Pachi: ...You three are the Eclipse Guardians of Chronic. Your duty is to battle on the front lines of world crisis... You have saved the world many more times than you know already.
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[Leafeon and Grovyle are silent...]
Pachi: ...You've done your jobs amazingly... The things I can't control, you have handled with precision... Just like I can deal with what I can control easily. But there are forces neither of us can pound into submission... And if I were to succumb to that... Chronic would be the first of Ecliptic Worlds to spiral into mayhem.
Leafeon: Pachi, I... What's... what's the force that neither of us can control?
Pachi: ...Light... and Darkness...
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Grovyle: ...Eclipse Guardians... us... all this time...
Leafeon: And... we didn't know...
Pachi: I'm sorry... I wanted you to live life based on your own decisions. I didn't want you to know that your destinies were already written down...
Grovyle: If what you're saying is true... it... it doesn't add up. I have fought on these so called "front lines" before you were born, Pachi.
Pachi: I've died from natural causes many times, but I've been reborn as a new Pokémon every time. I've always been an Eclipse... Natural death is the only type of death that is "okay" for the Eclipses... But after one point... we just became weaker and weaker... and we needed Eclipse Guardians to help us... then we just needed them to do the work for us... because we were... we are that weak.
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Leafeon: ...[Breaking the silence, he objects.] ...Not to say I completely understand, but there's still something that I really don't get.
Grovyle: ...Yes... it is something that pestered at me ever since I met someone on this world... ...Someone named Cruce.
Pachi: Cruce... The one I've been calling out to for so long... was in this world -- this dimension -- all along. Mewtwo finally made me realize that he was the one.

"Mewtwo: So now you see... No one, Pachirisu... No one shall ever answer your call... your plea... your begging for mercy... You are doomed. There will be no hope for any Eclipse...
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'Mewtwo.'
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'Put him down... now.'
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Mewtwo: Hm...? [Looks at the three.] Who spoke? ...Who just spoke those words...?
Cruce: I did. [He maintains a raised head and a vigorous glare at Mewtwo.] And I'll say them one more time... Put... Him... Down..."

Leafeon: I remember that... the fury in his eyes... in his voice...
Pachi: [He nods.] It was at that moment that I was convinced... Cruce Maximilius
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Nic: [Overhearing this...] ...
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"Cruce Maximilius..."
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"Should not have been born here."
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[Earlier, right after Grovyle, Riolu, and Leafeon walked into the classroom...]
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Cruce: Wow... neat place...
Topher: Hey Celebi...? Who exactly are we looking for?
Celebi: Cruce's friend, Al, and Safiri's friend, Slianna.
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Cruce: ...What... did... you... say...?
Celebi: ...? Um... Your friend Al... he's here...
Cruce: ...Al... (What was he doing...?) ...And who else?
Celebi: Safiri's friend... Slianna.
Safiri: You act like you know her or something, man.
Cruce: I--... (Safiri... this is Safiri? ...And Slianna's here?) ...I'll need to explain when we get back...
Safiri: I guess so.
Celebi: Okay, watch your step Safiri! [She begins flying down the steep slope.]
[Cruce and Topher take flight, following behind Celebi.]
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Safiri: [Staring down the slope.] (Follow Celebi's light...) ... (...This Cruce guy is sure weird. Something about him is bugging me... But I can't say in a bad way.) [She steps on the slope, beginning to slide down. Safiri controls her descent...]
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[They are now all within the deeper tunnels of the cavern. Celebi makes a turn into the tunnel she remembers going through with Al.]
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Celebi: I remember seeing the Time Gear's light come up pretty soon. I'll have to bring it back to Grovyle... I don't think it will have any effect on the area, because if it did, Riolu wouldn't have been carrying one freely.
Cruce: What would happen otherwise?
Celebi: Grovyle told me that while he was in the past, taking a Time Gear would result in its domain freezing in time almost instantly, creating this whole cascade effect on the rest of the world as others are taken.
Topher: Sounds complicated!
Celebi: Oh, it is. It was not an easy task~.
Safiri: That's funny... Time Gears remind me of Ancient Growth's, but about a trillion times smaller.
Cruce: (Ancient Growths...? ...This is... this isn't real anymore, is it...? Safiri and Slianna... My... my own...)
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Celebi: Ancient Growths? Oh, they must control the flow of time on your world, right?
Safiri: Yep. They're Safa's soul. Should the prime power be taken from one, it will begin to slow down time around the area... Heheh, and keep in mind... Ancient Growths are not like your typical trees. They're big. And by big, I mean the base of one is probably larger than this cave system.
Topher: Oh God, that's huge... So it's really tall, too. And by really tall...
Safiri: About forty of those mountains I was near stacked on top of each other.
Topher: Whoa...
Celebi: That is a place I want to visit~!
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[They begin to see the light from the Time Gear...]
Celebi: We're coming close.
Cruce: I hope they're alright... They must've been down in this cold for a while.
Topher: It feels like it's getting warmer though. Is that the Time Gear?
Celebi: I believe so~! They've been known to heat the air around them.
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[As they turn the corner, they stumble in upon a truly unexpected surprise...]
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Danielle: [With Al and Slianna at her sides, she stares up at the Time Gear.] Dears, I will help you leave this place... As soon as I take this Time Gear, it will become much colder.
Safiri: [Calls out.] Danielle!!
Danielle: [Her ears flicker.] Oh my. [Turns around.] Hmhm, I thought it was you, Safiri. What a surprise... [Notices Cruce.] ...What a surprise indeed.
Slianna: Safiri?!
Safiri: Slianna!
[They approach each other quickly, Slianna resting her head against Safiri's.]
Slianna: There you are...
Safiri: That's right... I'm back! Heh... Now, Danielle...
Al: Whoa.
Danielle: ...It would appear that I'm outmatched~. But that matters not...
Safiri: Right, because now you have to leave.
Danielle: Safiri, Dear... I would not have done battle whatever the case may have been.
Slianna: Safiri... There's something different about Danny.
Safiri: Of course. Danny's a princess... Not the subtlest of changes.
Danielle: Danny? Dears, you know I have long detached from my previous identity...
[Cruce sets down, walking up to Danielle.]
Topher: Cruce...?
Al: Cruce, how'd you get down here, dude?
Cruce: Celebi led us... [He stops in front of Danielle, his head down.] We came to rescue you and Slianna... but I didn't realize I would see you again... [Lifts his head to see Danielle.]
Danielle: Isn't it humorous how life works, my Darling? [She gives Cruce a kiss on the forehead.]
Cruce: Hmhmhm... [Smiles, blushing a little.] What're you doing in a place like this though?
Danielle: I had felt the presence -- mind you, it is a new feeling -- of a Time Gear in the vicinity.
Safiri: You were going to take it back to Darkness weren't you...?
Danielle: I would have done so if accompanied by Mewtwo, yes. But I have been on my own since we parted at the tower. Now I know Light is here.
Celebi: ...But you were going to take the Time Gear... right?
Danielle: [She nods, returning her attention to Cruce and smiling, her nose against his.] I was contemplating whether or not I should, really... But then I thought of you... I realized you needed this Time Gear more than I.
Slianna: That's right, she told Al and I that she was going to take the gear back to you guys if she found you...
Danielle: But I was hasty. I did not know that you would find this place...
Celebi: A Shade wanted to help us?
Safiri: ...Danielle... what are you up to...? And... and...
Al & Safiri: Are you gonna kiss him?!
Al: Yeah, that's what I was thinking! Cruce, dude?! Really?!
[Danielle and Cruce kiss, though it is brief.]
Topher: ... Um... C-Cruce...?
Danielle: ... I am sorry... I wish I could explain more... Give my regards to Lavender and the others if you see them, Safiri... Slianna... [A portal of absolute blackness appears in the icy wall behind Danielle.] ... [She give Cruce another kiss on the lips, this time slightly longer, before stepping back into the portal...] Farewell, my Dearest...
Cruce: ...[Smiling, a he can do is lip the words "I love you" to Danielle...]
Danielle: [She motions the same words back before she vanishes...]
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[Silence.]
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Al: You're kidding me...
Cruce: Heheh... [Blushes again, turning around.]
[The group simply stares at Cruce, all with aghast expressions.]
Safiri: ...Can we just... leave...?
Celebi: [Takes the Time Gear from the wall.] ...Yes... S-Safiri, do you think you can get Slianna and Al out of here?
Safiri: I could if this wasn't ice. I'd be able to get up that slope back there pretty fast, but... I'd fly off of that thing like nobody's business and end up hurting them and myself.
Cruce: If it's that slippery, I have an idea.
Al: ...Does it involve kissing?
Cruce: [Lowers his head a but, blushing harder.] Er--...
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[With the group now not saying much, they return to the slope... Cruce's idea comes into place. He requests that Al wraps one hand each around his and Topher's back legs as they fly up. The traction on the slope should get Al up easily... The plan ends up working, though is a bit of a struggle for Topher. Cruce returns to lift Slianna up to the top.]
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[Outside.]
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Safiri: ...[Looks at Cruce...] Cruce...
Cruce: ? [Turns to Safiri.]
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Safiri: Could you come with me a second?
Cruce: Sure.
[The rest of the group lets this happen, completely aware of what is to come...]
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[Safiri and Cruce walk to a more isolated area, still within earshot of the others though.]
Safiri: [Stops, turning around and glaring at Cruce.] ...
Cruce: ...Um... what's wrong?
Safiri: Oh, shut up... you know exactly what the problem is.
Cruce: Harsh... [Tilts his head.] Sorry.
Safiri: Whatever. How the hell could you be so stupid?! You've got to be freaking kidding me! You're really thinking of pursuing a relationship with the most dangerous, most deceptive Safan in the universe?
Cruce: Well, I didn't really know a lot of the details...
Safiri: So then don't rush into this crap! You're from Chronic, not Safa. Don't get messing with things you don't know about.
Cruce: You think I'm from Chronic? ... I guess it makes sense, I am a Pokémon... (Why is this Safiri not so nice...?) But that doesn't explain why Al is a good friend of mine.
Safiri: ...What're you talking about?
Cruce: That guy you saw with Slianna. He's my bud. He's a human, not a Pokémon. I was a human earlier today.
Safiri: ...You're saying... you turned into a Pokémon?
Cruce: Yes, Safiri Taira!
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Safiri: ...I've never told you my last name...
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Cruce: Look, I know you've probably had a bone to pick with Danielle in the past, but did it ever occur to you that maybe--
Safiri: Don't say he's changed...
Cruce: ...He...?
Safiri: ...That's right... he... I guess the "princess" hasn't told you much about himself yet.
Cruce: What the hell...?
Safiri: You know what? Never mind. Forget this. We don't know enough about each other to have these sorta talks. [She begins walking away.]
Cruce: Funny coming from a girl I created.
Safiri: [She freezes in her tracks, her eyes wide.] ...
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Safiri: What did you say, Cruce...? [She turns around slowly, finding that she is not speaking to the same physical person...]
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Cruce: [Finds that he is a bit taller and heavier. He walks forward, feeling more weight behind him, presumably multiple tails. The ears atop his head are spiked, though far lighter than his previous form's... a kitsune Safan.]
Safiri: [She begins backing away.] Who the heck are you, Cruce...?
Cruce: Just a boy... [Closes his eyes and stops.] A boy who sees your point... but still. [Opens his eyes.] I'm going to pursue this relationship. If it's a trick... I'll suffer for it. My suffering would flail in comparison to the suffering that's happened to thousands, positively more, in this area alone already... Earth hasn't seen this before... not ever... not in the 4.6 billion years it has survived... and this kind of suffering is new.
Safiri: ... You're an interesting fellow... Maybe we got off to the wrong start then... But even still, I'm gonna think you're pretty stupid for hooking up with Danielle. [Smirks a bit.]
Cruce: Maybe I am. But we'd both be pretty stupid to stay in this cold any longer. Let's get inside.
Safiri: I can agree to that.
[The two return to the group to see that they are already entering the classroom.]
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[Now inside...]
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Nic: Wow, Al. Way to nearly get yourself killed.
Al: ...Whatever... [Looks away, now facing the remaining students.]
Nic: ...What were you trying to do...?
Al: [Ignores his question...]
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Rilia: Safiri! Slianna! [She runs up to them and hugs them both, followed by Lavender and Riolu.] Ohmygosh, I missed you two!
Slianna: Rilia, I'm so happy to see you're alright...
Safiri: No kidding... Ah... So here we are, the four of us... Just like old times. Only this time, we really don't know what we're up against.
Lavender: Darkness, I think.
Slianna: ...Oh... Speaking of Darkness... [Looks to Safiri.]
Safiri: Right... Lav, Ri... We got a message from Danny.
Lavender: That sociopath is here too?! What did... What did she say?
Safiri: She just told us to give you her best regards.
Slianna: She sounded like she wanted to help us out... In fact, that's what she did.
Riolu: A second Time Gear... [Notices the one Celebi is carrying.]
Slianna: Exactly! She just gave us that Time Gear.
Lavender: Danny's up to something...
Safiri: I know... and even worse... [Looks over to Cruce, standing near Topher.] ...She's got a boyfriend.
Rilia: Ohmygosh, what?!
Slianna: Cruce... [Watching him.] Something's weird about him, and not just his little relationship with Danny... abso-truly...
Rilia: Cruce? ...Which one is he? [Tries to spot him...] ...
Safiri: The other fox... the yellow one.
Rilia: ...[Spots him.] Oh...
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Topher: Cruce! Is that you?! [He flies around his cousin.] You turned into something else?!
[Al and Nic notice Cruce, shocked...]
Cruce: [Shrinks a little as he his noticed by everyone.] ...Uh, yeah... I... I um... I don't know, it just sorta happened outside.
Al: You turned into a Safan?
Cruce: ...I guess so.
Al: Okay okay, here's what I don't get.
Nic: ...Didn't you invent Safans?
Al: Exactly!
Rilia, Lavender, Slianna, and Safiri: WHAT?!
Cruce: Whoa, dude!
Al: I wasn't going to say anything until I saw you again... Because... I met Slianna in that cave down there. When she told me her name, I couldn't believe it. I remembered Cruce's comic book with drawings of Safiri, Slianna, and the squirrel. I think his name was Ray.
Rilia: Ra--What?! I'm not a boy!
Cruce: ...Then you take the place of Ray...?
Lavender: She is Rilia, and she's my sister...
Cruce: ...Ray didn't have a sister... Who are you?
Lavender: My name is Lavender. I am a Phaze Guardian.
Cruce: Lavender? Phaze Guardian? You're a Safan? ...Shoot, I could've sworn I created you as a Sorenian.
Lavender: [She blinks.] Sorenian?! ...You know too much... Who is he, Safiri?
Safiri: His name is Cruce. He turned into a Safan outside... he was a Pokémon before it... and before that, he was one of the aliens... a human, I think.
Lavender: ...[Whispers to her friends.] I don't like him.
Cruce: H-hey, I heard that! (...I heard that... These ears are really good... I... I'm basically an animal... This whole sensation of being on all fours is nothing new, 'cause I do it in V sometimes, but it's a lot stranger actually living it.)
Topher: What's not to like about my cousin? He's a nice guy!
Al: Your cousin...?
Topher: Oh! Right, I'm Cruce's cousin Topher!
Al: ...Cruce had a cousin...? Wait, you're not human! That means you...
Topher: ...Hmm? [Tilts his head.] ...?
Al: Ugh, never mind. It's too confusing.
Safiri: I didn't like him either, Lav... But... I feel like I can't not like him... I mean, he's just a stupid boy, after all.
Slianna: Mmm, I don't know... I... I don't want to say he's stupid...
Rilia: But what if he is?
Slianna: Didn't he just said he created us...?
Rilia: Ohmygosh, you believe that?
Safiri: I do...
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[Everyone turns to Safiri.]
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Rilia: Saf...
Safiri: He... He knew my last name... before I said anything... He may be stupid... but I think he really is our creator.
Lavender: I think it is coincidence. There is simply no way.
Pachi: On the contrary...
[He attracts attention...]
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Pachi: [Stands, walking to Cruce's side.] Rilia... Lavender... and even Celebi. [Turns back to Celebi.] There's something you didn't hear about...
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Cruce: ...Pach...
Pachi: [Looks up to Cruce. He nods...] ...I'm the Eclipse of Chronic.
Celebi: [She gasps, covering her mouth immediately.]
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Lavender: By the Light... You're an Eclipse... I would have never known... Pachi...? An Eclipse...
Safiri: You're the Eclipse of Chronic, little dude?
Pachi: I am... ...I... regret to tell you... Safans... that the Eclipse from your world has lived this generation far closer to you than you think... If Lavender is a Phaze Guardian... that leaves three destined friends left... Safans...
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[Rilia, Slianna, and Safiri all look at each other slowly.]
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Pachi: ...You three... You have saved Safa more than once.
Safiri: ...How do you know this...?
Pachi: Call it an Eclipses's seventh or so sense.
Slianna: We have saved Safa... we didn't want everyone to know though. Too much complications involved.
Rilia: Ohmygosh, I know. We all wanted to live together in harmony and whatnot~!
Pachi: So... here we are... on a world that is not our own. Eclipse Guardians, six. Grovyle, Leafeon, and Celebi...
Grovyle: [He walks to Celebi's side, Leafeon on her other.] ...Celebi...
Celebi: ...We're the guardians...
Leafeon: ...We are...
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Lavender: B-but you said six... Who are the other Eclipse Guardians? ...[Remembers the joking name Safiri came up with to name her trio of friends... She turns to her sister.] By the Light...
Safiri: ...Us...? ...N-no... heheh, th-that's crazy. Don't be silly! W-we're not... we're not really the Eclipse Guardians. We're just... w-we just...
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[At this very moment, Grovyle, Celebi, and Leafeon stand on one side of the room aligned. Pachi, Cruce, and Topher stand in the middle. Slianna, Safiri, and Rilia stand on the opposite side of the first trio, aligned as well. They face each other in silence...]
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Pachi: ... Cruce...
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Cruce: [He turns his attention to Pachi.] ...
Pachi: You feel my presence, right?
Cruce: ...My heart feels like it's still racing... but...
Pachi: But there's something funny about it, right?
Cruce: It feels like I have two... two hearts... I can't explain it.
Pachi: There is a second Eclipse here... the Eclipse of Safa.
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--E n d i n g--
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That was even longer than Darkness Asphyxiated from the original Sync. ._.
I have a little bit more planned out after this... But I'm not seeing my idea of the Phazes joining up anytime soon.