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The First Cross:
The Crystalline Genesis

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(C r u c e -- P a c h i -- D a n n y)
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(S a f i r i -- R i l i a -- S l i a n n a -- A l)
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-Ancient Growth.-

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Janet: What?! Cruce?!
Cruce: Whoa... [Eying his mom and his sister.] Looks like you two were hit also...
Molly: We're all animals then.
Cruce: We're all Safans... [Looks over to Danny, then to Safiri, Rilia, and Slianna.] ...I was worried...
Janet: [She places her head over Cruce's.] I was too... I'm so happy you're doing okay...
Cruce: [He smiles weakly.] ...We all are...
Al: ...[Staring up at Danny.] So... like... you turned into a dude...?
Danny: No, Dearie--erm... No... man... I turned into a princess--...chick... It's a long story.
Al: R-right...
Slianna: Great Ancient Growth... [Looking down at Al.] Why do you sound familiar?
Al: It's me Slianna. Al... We ran into a bit of trouble on the way over here.
Slianna: Gosh, Al... Um... you look kind of cute...
Al: ...[Chuckles to himself.] ...Really?
Slianna: Y-yeah~.
Danny: [With his head lowered, he moves to sit nearer to Cruce. He is approached by Safiri and Rilia.]
Rilia: Danny...?
Danny: [Raises his head, frowning. He couldn't look any more forlorn.]
Safiri: [Looks away, her eyes shut tightly.] Okay, c'mon now... D-don't give us that look, man.
Danny: [He says nothing...]
Safiri: [Looks at Danny.] Danny, I... You gotta understand how hard for us it is to feel for a guy, or girl, who destroyed so much.
Danny: You have every right to never forgive me...
Safiri: ...Look. We've all known you to go pretty far when it comes to these sort of tricky plans. But... this is...
Rilia: This is too far. It's unlike you...
Safiri: I'm more convinced, but I won't be completely convinced until I see you fighting against those Nightmares with us.
Danny: [He nods.] ...I'll have to... to stay alive... to help you all stay alive.
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Pachi: [He walks up to Cruce.]
Molly: Who's the cute squirrel?
Cruce: Oh... Mom? Sis? [Looks at Pachi.] This is my friend Pachi.
Pachi: Pleasure to meet you both. [Smiles at them.] I think you might know me better as one of the voices in Cruce's head.
Janet & Molly: What?!
Janet: You were speaking to Cruce his entire life?!
Pachi: I was one of them, yes... The reason behind it is... um...
Cruce: It's complicated. But it ends in us needing each other.
Pachi: Your son, Cruce, is more powerful than meets the eye. Trust me.
Cruce: Yeah, I got magic. It's awesome, but I feel like I know nothing yet.
Pachi: You'll learn more~!
Janet: Magic...? This is beyond me.
Molly: What do you mean by magic?
Cruce: Oh, I can cast spells and stuff. It's a little like V, I guess... but it's way different also.
Janet: You aren't fighting those demon things with this magic, are you?
Cruce: ...Ehh... I kinda have to.
Janet: Absolutely not! I won't let you that close to dangers beyond humanity!
Pachi: I assure you, Miss Maximilius, Cruce is a very capable boy. Just like his friend Al over there... Um, you might not recognize him, but he's the blue one...
Danny: [Walks slowly up to Pachi.] And... if that's not convincing you... I love Cruce enough to give up Darkness.
Cruce: Danny...
Pachi: A Shade has sacrificed his unlimited power for the love of Cruce. I had never believed Shades were even capable of love... I was wrong to judge that.
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Janet: ...Well...
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[Suddenly, a siren sounds. The Awgo troops move to high alert. At the same time, the crystalline barrier begins shattering in various spots due to dark bursts of energy on the opposite side. As the walls break open, demon, imp, and Pokémon Nightmares rush into the area, immediately taking to the offensive by harming innocents. In a second, chaos erupts once again.]
Safiri: Darkness!!
Danny: [His stature stiffens as his ears raise.] D-dammit, already?!
Pachi: Let's move, hurry!!
Cruce: Wh-what the heck?! [He panics, turning around and rushing forward as a few imp Nightmares move behind him.]
Janet: Cru--[She is silenced as an imp thrusts upward into her chest and out her back with its blade-like arm. The blood, immediately blackened, begins dripping.]
Molly: Mom?! [As she turns her head, a demon slices through her back from above, nearly splitting her torso... She falls.]
Cruce: [He turns, facing death.] Ahhh!!! Mom... Sis...? ...[He watches his own mother collapse in black death, the Nightmares moving to finish Diane and Marcus off.] ...Mom! Sis!... [He stands in shock as Topher's parents die.] ... [Lowers his head.] Aaahhhh...! [Raises it, yelling out as loud as he can.] Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!
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[The crisis has subsided. Pachi is speaking with Janet and Molly.]
Pachi: I assure you, Miss Maximilius, Cruce is a very capable boy. Just like his friend Al over there... Um, you might not recognize him, but he's the blue one...
Danny: [Walks slowly up to Pachi.] And... if that's not convincing you... I love Cruce enough to give up Darkness.
Cruce: [His eyes are closed.] ...Mmrgh...? Hmm? [Opens his eyes, looking around... Nothing has happened.] What...? But... What the heck was that?!
Pachi: What is it, Cruce? [Turns around.]
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Cruce: ...[He screams.] DARKNESS!!
[Suddenly, and again, a siren sounds. The Awgo troops move to high alert. At the same time, the crystalline barrier begins shattering in various spots due to dark bursts of energy on the opposite side. As the walls break open, demon, imp, and Pokémon Nightmares rush into the area, immediately taking to the offensive by harming innocents. In a second, chaos erupts once again.]
Pachi: [He looks in all directions.] (H-he knew! How?!) We have to move, quickly!!
Cruce: Mom, Sis, Everyone!! We have to go. Now! Stay behind me! Danny, cover them from the rear, Pachi get the sides!
[Skeptical, the two stand frozen as their assailant Nightmares begin to move.]
Cruce: Not again!! [He stomps the ground, it splashing with sparks of yellow light. Behind his mother and sister, rays of high-concentrated energy ascend from the ground, engulfing each Nightmare that comes close and freezes them solid. Cruce raises his paw as the two turn around to see what he had done.]
[Danny moves to keep them secured from behind as Pachi closes his eyes, his body shimmering with electricity. He becomes a bolt of lightning, zipping through Nightmares in close range.]
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[Al fights alongside Slianna, who uses her tail to generate crescent shaped shockwaves; a form of tribal magic in her family's blood. Al himself acquires the adrenaline to expand his horizons, using mud slap and water pulse.]
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[Safiri, similar to Pachi, rips through the Nightmares at high speeds as Rilia blows them away with her force-field magic. In one instance, Rilia scoops a few Nightmares up and lines them up for Safiri to pierce through.]
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Pachi: [Ceases his attack, watching as more Nightmares enter the Ancient Growth. Some of them ascend to the higher levels while everyone is distracted.] There're too many of them!!
Cruce: We have to get out of here! Follow me, and remember the plan!
[Without saying a word, Janet and Molly stay close behind. Pachi watches both sides while Danny uses what power he has left to ward off the Nightmares from behind. His powers consist of high-energy ice abilities and spells. He seems to be hesitant with his assault, however... He is fighting his former allies.]
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[Safiri glimpses as Danny destroys a pair of Nightmares...]
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[Outside, a militia of Nightmares moves to surround them.]
Molly: They're everywhere!
Cruce: [He snarls, ready to fight for his life.]
Pachi: [His body sparks violently with electricity.] I'm ready!
Danny: ... [He growls, watching the rear and front vigilantly.]
[As all of these Nightmares begin their approach, a cosmic rain of icy comets falls upon this militia, thoroughly decimating them...]
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Cruce: [Having been looking away to protect his eyes, he turns to face emptiness... A million shattered pieces of elegant, diamond ice lie amok the clearing. Standing atop the highest cluster of crystals for miles is a lone fox Safan--white and blue and plant-like--who is similar to Safiri in size and appearance. He leaps from the cluster to the ground in front of Cruce.]
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~Nuvis Taira~
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Nuvis: ...[He watches Cruce.] ...It... is stronger than ever before...
Danny: [He moves to see Nuvis.] N-Nuvis...
Nuvis: Danielle? Have you done something with your hair?
Danny: ...Very funny...
Nuvis: Hmhm. It is. It's funny seeing you here. And furthermore, seeing you fight against your own.
Danny: They're not my own anymore...
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Cruce: ...So I was right... You are here, Nuvis... Safiri's brother.
Nuvis: You expected me, just as I had hoped to find you...
Pachi: ...You must be the Eclipse of Safa.
Nuvis: You knowing that is not cool... But that's okay. Because you must be the Eclipse of that world... oh, what's it called again? Chronic? Yes, that one.
Pachi: The secret's out... for both of us. But that's okay, because Cruce... [Looks at Cruce.] ...is here for us.
Cruce: [With his eyes wide.] You're the Eclipse of Safa? You...? Nuvis?
Nuvis: ...I am, and... I've been dying, or nearly dying, to meet you Cruce... the savior...
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Janet: Savior...?
Cruce: ...[He looks down to the left a little. Danny approaches him from the side, frowning.]
Danny: [He noses at Cruce's cheek gently, giving it a lick.] Cruce...~
Cruce: [Smiles as he faces Danny.]
Pachi: [Places a paw on Cruce's back.]
Cruce: [Smiles at Pachi as well. He looks ahead and nods to Nuvis before turning back to his sister and his mother.] Mom, Sis... those voices inside my head led us up to this... Whatever my duty is, it has to do with the things that are happening to all of us. I'm still just a boy... just a very determined boy who needs to go about his duties.
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Janet: ...I can't stop you, Cruce... Forces beyond this world have been talking to you for this long, and this is proof that you have been right the entire time... All I'm asking is that you be careful... do your best... and... I love you, Baby...
Cruce: I love you, too, both of you...
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Nuvis: [He walks closer to Cruce.] Consider me a friend; a close friend. I'm here to help if I can.
Cruce: You've already helped... I can't thank you enough, Nuvis.
Nuvis: ...I won't be able to thank you enough, Cruce...
Pachi: ...[He looks around the perimeter.] I think we were too hasty leaving the tree. We have to get back inside and help everyone.
Nuvis: Yeah. The Nightmare who came here came with the intention of sucking our Ancient Growth dry. I'm not about to let it happen.
Cruce: Me neither. Mom, Sis, we'll watch you. Stay close to us.
[The group heads back into the Ancient Growth. A disturbing sight of many deceased Safans and Awgo troops litters the area. Nightmares continue to come in through the other sides, but a pleasant surprise is keeping the remaining innocents from being harmed, including Diane and Marcus.]
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Leafeon: Heya! [Pounces onto a Nightmare with a leafy wind surrounding and protecting him.]
Slianna: [She whips her tail directly at a former human, now a Nightmare, slicing it in twain. She smiles over at Leafeon.] Nice~!
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Celebi: [She drops to the ground and leaps back as a few Nightmares advance on her. A dozen colorful leaves spin around her.]
Rilia: [Leaps back as well. She stands back to back with Celebi. RIlia turns her head slightly and nods to Celebi, a bubble of force-field energy surrounding them.]
Celebi: [Nods as well.] Let 'em have it!
[The two of them let their focus burst forward the forces of energy around them, the shield expanding and the leaves spiraling, eliminating the Nightmares around them.]
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Grovyle: [Shredding the Nightmares with his move, leaf blade, in rapid succession. The Nightmares come in all directions around him... A beam of yellowish green light encircles him, wiping out almost all of the Nightmares. A rather large demon remains... Grovyle faces it.]
Safiri: [Hops back, facing Grovyle and the Nightmare. She is aligned perfectly with them.]
Grovyle: [He sprints forward, a violent edge of leaves taking the form of a blade in one hand.]
Safiri: [With a single burst of speed, she dashes forth.]
[The two nearly collide. Grovyle slices through the upper half of the Nightmare while Safiri takes care of the lower half. They slide to a stop a few feet apart. The Nightmare dissipates. They look back slightly and smirk at each other.]
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Al: [Fending off a single demon Nightmare, having exhausted himself. He defends Marcus and Diane.] Ergh... C-c'mon...
Cruce: [A spike of golden ice shoots upward, eliminating the Nightmare easily... He runs up to Al.] You alright?!
Al: Nice... nice save.
Cruce: [He pats Al's head with a paw.] Thanks, heheh.
Al: [Chuckles, shaking his head.]
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[The Nightmares at this level begin to retreat... but some have ascended.]
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[The groups reform.]
Celebi: Cruce! Pachi!
Leafeon: Good to see you two unharmed.
Safiri: [Looking at Nuvis.] Great Growth...
Nuvis: Hey Safiri... Big brother's here to make things better now.
Safiri: Aahhhh, Nuvis! [Rushes up to her brother.]
Nuvis: Heh... [He rests his head on top of Safiri's.]
Safiri: [Lowers hers under his.] Mmph, he was right... You would be here...
Rilia: Nvuis, how'd you get here?
Slianna: Did you just get here?
Nuvis: I've been here, girls... I've been trying to track down Danielle, and well... heheh...
Danny: ...[Rolls his eyes... he is still slightly shaken.]
Safiri: Does this mean... that... if what Pachi said was true...
[Team Time watches in silence, perhaps aware of what is to be said...]
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Pachi: Eclipse Guardians...
[Rilia and Slianna look to Pachi.]
Pachi: ...Nuvis... our secret is out.
Nuvis: You're right, fellow Eclipse...
Safiri: [Backs away a little.] Back up, Bro... Eclipse...?
Nuvis: ...[He frowns, looking down at his sister.] Safie...
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"I'm going to try to make this quick and painless..."
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"I'm the Eclipse..."
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--E n d i n g--.
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