THIS...
Is going to be another juicy part.

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The First Cross:
The Crystalline Genesis

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-Ancient Growth-

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[Molly has remained by while Janet, Marcus, and Diane have gone to seek out a few Awgo Officers to look for Cruce's friends, as well as Topher.]
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Danielle: [Her vision becomes blurred as her legs begin trembling.] (M...Maay--...) [She groans in pain, feeling the sensation of her soul being torn out.]
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Slianna: Danielle...?
Rilia: ...Is she... okay?
Safiri: [Eating another grape.] I don't know. [Swallows the food.] And I kind of don't care.
Rilia: I know, it's kind of hard to care about someone who... almost... destroyed Safa...
Safiri: A little bit. [She chuckles.] Disregarding that... Danny, where's Cruce? I'm bored. I wanna fight some Nightmares. And you won't let me.
Danielle: [She doesn't respond.] Mmrgh... [She raises her head, breathing heavily.] ...
Safiri: [Raises a brow.] ...Danny...? Are you messing with us?
Danielle: [Her vision blackens... it is restored after a few moments, but the pain is excruciating in return.] ...My... power...
Slianna: Uh... Power? What is it? Come on, speak!
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"He's..."
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"He's here..."
[The dark corridor reappears in the same spot, startling the crowds of {even more} Safans once again. The officers rush to assess the situation. They are dumbfounded when they see the two Pokémon and the recently reverted Safan.]
Danielle: [She slowly begins walking to the new trio with the utmost difficulty, her dark soul melting away.]
Rilia: Oh, they're here!
Safiri: Whoop-de-doo. Finally. [Rolls her eyes.] Hmm? [She watches as Danielle moves to Cruce.]
Cruce: Danielle?! [Looks around the tree.] I'm here! I'm... here...? [Notices the many unrecognizable Safan faces staring at him. He does not realize that he is a Safan either.] ...
Al: [Still a Mudkip.] Uh... Awkward...
Pachi: Are we in the right place...? ...D-did we get sent to Safa?!
Cruce: ...Princess... [He spots Danielle struggling to reach him. He trots up to her.] Danielle... are you a-alright? What's wrong? You're trembling...
Danielle: Cr-...Cruce...? ...My... your Safan form... is... quite handsome... [She stops before Cruce, on her last breath.]
Cruce: [Places a paw on Danielle's.] Thank you... I... E-everything's going to be alright... Please tell me what's wrong...
Danielle: ...Cruce... The problem... is... I love you...
Cruce: [Shakes his head.] I love you too, but... wh-why? Why is this... wrong...?
Danielle: ...Bec-cause... now... they want... to kill me... and you... And... Maaya's...
Cruce: No, no, no. That won't happen! We won't die... ...Danielle... Maaya?
Danielle: ...She's leaving... I... Cruce... I... [She inches closer to Cruce, who does the same... Their lips meet and their eyes close.]
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[Everyone watches in silence as a phenomenon unseen by Cruce and Danielle takes place. The sensation of kissing remains the same between the two. One Safan feels the urge to collapse...]
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[The spirit is gone.]
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[Safiri, Rilia, and Slianna approach. Both Slianna and Rilia are awestruck... Safiri, however...]
Safiri: ...[Snickers.] ... Whooo~! Wha-hut the hell just happened?! [Does a wolf whistle.]
Pachi: Um.
Al: DUDE, CRUCE. OPEN YOUR EYES, MAN.
Cruce: Mm...? [Opens his eyes.]
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~Danny Freece~
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Cruce: [His eyes go wide as he steps back.] Whaa!!
Danny: ...Hm? [Opens his eyes, blinking a few times.] ... [His ears flick a little, perhaps searching for his elegant hair, which is no longer there. Glamor has left him.] ...What... happened...? [Clears his throat.] ...
Cruce: [With his jaw dropped.] ...Danielle...?
Danny: ...Yes...? Am I...
Safiri: Heh-hey! Danny! Not such a Princess anymore, huh?!
Danny: Wh-...What...? [He looks back and forth quickly, blushing already. He finds a cluster of clear crystals which he runs to, spotting his reflection.] ... [He touches a paw to the crystals...]
Al: ...Cruce... you made out with a guy.
Cruce: ...[With his head down.] ...(...Danny... s-so... this is what they meant...? But why...? H-how?! What the hell is this supposed to mean?!) ... [Shakes his head angrily and rejoins Danny at the crystals.]
Danny: Maaya has left me... I'm no longer affiliated with Darkness. My powers... gone... in not a moment's notice... They're coming for me... to end it.
Pachi: ...(Have I just witnessed... the un-crowning of a Shade...?)
Safiri: Heheheh--...[Her ears flicker when Danny mentions he is not a part of Darkness any longer.] ...Wh-wha...?
Rilia: He's not... Darkness anymore?
Cruce: ...You never told me... anything about...
Danny: I-I know... [Turns to Cruce.] Darkness f-found out... about me... I'm sorry... I'm sorry, Cruce! [Shuts his eyes tightly, his head down. A tear forms at one of his eyes.]
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Slianna: His power is gone... l-like, for good?
Safiri: I-I... didn't know... he...
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Cruce: (He never told me... but he knew all along that if he went through with this... Darkness would... ) Danielle... Danny. [He raises his paw, wiping the tear from Danny's cheek as it falls.] Why didn't you tell me?
Danny: ...[Sniffles, looking at Cruce.] ...I thought you would leave me... I already knew no one else trusted me... I endangered you from the start, and--
Cruce: Hey, hey... Listen... You and I both know that this is a complicated time for a relationship... And it's probably our firsts. Furthermore, we're not from the same world. This is about as complex as it gets... and still... you and I felt love for each other.
Danny: ...[Sniffles, frowning.] ...
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Cruce: ...[He looks to Safiri, Rilia, and Slianna.] This was not a trap. I believed in Danny from the start. Maybe something told him within that I was the one. Maybe the same happened for me. It's love, and it's just that simple. It's the things that latch onto that love that makes everything sophisticated...
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"Regardless of everything..."
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"We're still in danger."
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"But I..."
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"I still love you, Danny."
--E n d i n g--
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