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The First Cross:
The Crystalline Genesis

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"I'm the Eclipse..."
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"I've entrusted my sister and her friends with the position of Eclipse Guardians..."
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Safiri: [She stares at her brother, Nuvis, backing away very slowly. She feels her legs begin to tremble.] Bro...?
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Nuvis: Safie, this isn't easy, I know... Bu--
Safiri: But what?! [She steps forward.] You really waited until NOW to tell me this?! Until we were on this mess of a world with Darkness at our throats twofold to tell me that I've been living with the guardian of our home planet?!
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[Silence.]
Safiri: [She approaches her brother.] My own brother's kept this to himself for this long... K-kept me and Slianna and Rilia in the blue about it... that our duty is to defend the damn world?! [She steps roughly on her brother's paw.]
Nuvis: [Pinned, he winces a bit.] ...Can this wait...?
Safiri: What, like how you waited until the worst possible time to tell us that you were the ******** Eclipse of Safa?!
Nuvis: Whoa, watch it, little miss--
Safiri: SHUT UP, LIAR!
Cruce: Safiri... leave the Eclipse alone...
Safiri: ******** YOU, CRUCE! You're -not- a part of this!
Cruce: ...I am... I -am-. [Just as Pachi's fur would stand on end before a telekinetic ability, Cruce's does the same. A golden radiance is given off by him, then transferred to Safiri. She is lifted into the air...] No one... harms... not even threatens... the Eclipses... when I'm around... Not even you. [His eyes gleam with a more violent golden light.]
Rilia: H-hey!! Put her down!
Nuvis: Cruce... She has every right to be mad with me... Rilia and Slianna both do too. Just let her go.
Safiri: Ahhh, heeey!! I'm going to kick your a**, I swear it! Nuvis is -my- brother, and if I wanna be mad at him, I will!
Pachi: (How is he doing this...? This is my power... How did he learn how to use it so simply? ...Cruce's emotions fuel his capabilities like nothing I have ever seen.)
Cruce: ...[He closes his eyes, letting go of this new magic... He shakes his head. Safiri drops to the ground, suddenly charging at Cruce and knocking him back. She pins him down, snarling into his face.] !!
Danny: Safiri, get -off- of him! [Runs up to the two before stopping in his tracks.]
Nuvis: Don't, Danny... Safiri! Knock it off. Now!
Safiri: [Growls at her brother.] Leave me alone! I'm going to rip him up!
Janet: You will -not-!
Slianna: Compose yourself, Saf! Don't do anything you'll regret!
Safiri: I'm not going to regret this... [Glaring at Cruce.] Grrr...
Cruce: You want to fight...
Safiri: No s**t.
Cruce: Let's take this outside then...
Safiri: [She growls... Then walks off of Cruce and speeds outside, expecting him to follow.]
Grovyle: [Having stayed quiet the entire time, he looks to the central rise of the Ancient Growth.] ...Are you really going to fight her, Cruce?
Cruce: [Stands.] ...Nuvis... Your sister won't listen to reasoning... Will you let me--
Nuvis: Take it easy on her... Once her mind is made up, there's almost nothing that'll change the way she feels... And... I think she needs this. She needs to know that she's no longer in charge. [Sighs.] For everyone's own good.
Slianna: ...Nuvis... We have to talk after this.
Rilia: [She nods, agreeing to Slianna.]
Nuvis: I understand... For now, I'm sure Darkness is up to no good in the higher sections of this place. Danny, Pachi, Al, could you watch this area?
Pachi: Can do.
Danny: Of course.
Grovyle: We will come with you. The Shade Mewtwo is behind this for certain.
Leafeon: He has to be if he's the last Shade we have to worry about for now.
Nuvis: Alright then... Let's hurry guys. I've got a feeling we'll be seeing more trouble.
[The group of six moves to the central ramp spiraling up to the higher sections of the Ancient Growth.]
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[Outside...]
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(C r u c e)
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-Ancient Growth.-

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[By now, Cruce has exit the tree and moved to the wider open airfield where Safiri awaits him.]
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Safiri: What took you...?
Cruce: I had to see if it was okay with everyone else. They said it was. 'Tell you something?
Safiri: ...Lies... Everyone's a liar... [She drops herself into a battle-ready stance, that greenish yellow color beginning to show as her body glows...] I've been waiting for this.
Cruce: ...Do you really want to fight me... you really think that this will solve everything... that this is the right way to go...?
Safiri: It's a step I need to take, and I need to take it now!
Cruce: Then do it... Let yourself become the bad Safan here...
Safiri: Funny coming from you!! [Faster than the blink of an eye, she dashes at Cruce at nearly the speed of sound.]
Cruce: [Using his mind magic seen only moments ago, he predicts this move and forces himself to control Safiri's body. He manages to slow her down through telekinesis, though she still tackles into him at a high speed. This disorients both of them.] Ack--!
Safiri: [Flips over Cruce.] Gahh!! [Recovers in midair and faces Cruce, sliding in the snow a little.]
Cruce: [Stands and faces Safiri. He starts to cast a spell. As he casts, Safiri is gone already. His spell is cast in the spot Safiri stood moments ago, missing her. A yellow beam encircles Cruce. Knowing that it is Safiri ready to strike at any moment, he uses his emotionally manifested telekinesis to float for a few moments.]
Safiri: [Sensing this, she lurches at him, though not jumping. She misses entirely, sliding in the snow again and facing him.] Coward!
Cruce: Is that what you call it? [He begins casting in midair. A few icicles hang suspended in the air over Safiri's head. She, however, is too quick for this and speeds her way to Cruce again, knocking him out of the air. The two roll in the snow before coming to a stop, Safiri biting ferociously into one of Cruce's legs.] Aaaahh, let go!!
Safiri: [Growling as she bites, very well prepared to tear his limbs off.]
Cruce: [Using his telekinesis, he forces Safiri's muscles to relax before blowing her away with a mental to physical push. The shockwave can be seen, as Safiri is blasted through the snow. Cruce stands.] Gah, damn... You're serious about this...
[At this moment, a discordant roar is heard at a distance...]
Cruce: [His ears twitch.] What the hell was that?!
Safiri: [She stands, snarling at Cruce again.]
Cruce: [He growls back at Safiri.] ...Not done...?
Safiri: Nowhere near it! [She bursts full speed at Cruce again, though fakes him out. She dashes behind him before returning his direction. He is not facing her.]
Cruce: [Thinking quickly, but perhaps too quickly, he stomps into the snow, a wall of ice now towering in front of him. Before a second passes, he is rammed into, and even through, the wall of ice. He and Safiri both crash into the ice barrier surrounding the Ancient Growth, an evident dent now in it.]
Safiri: Urg-gh... [She stands, having injured herself on impact.] I'm... g-gonna finish you...
Cruce: [He stands, his back slightly injured.] ...(She's strong, but... Pachi's magic... is mind magic... and now I can use it... if I can... just...) [He begins casting a new type of spell, completely unaware of what he is doing. Safiri runs at him, biting at his neck fiercely. Cruce winces in excruciation, but completes the lengthy spell... Though he falls to the ground shortly after...]
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Safiri: [She closes her eyes as she bites, feeling the weight of Cruce's body give out. Victory.] ...
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[For Cruce.]
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Safiri: [Opens her eyes.] ... [She eases her jaw a little, looking down at who she is biting.] !! B-bleh!! [Jumps back a little.] Whoa... M-my head... Ahh, my legs... they feel like they were on fire... [Looks at Cruce.] ...Mmgh...? (What the heck is going on...? I feel so weird... I feel...) [Blinks a few times.] That's me...? B-but where am I?
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[She looks around the area for Safiri or anyone else.]
Safiri: (Where's Safiri...? I sound like her...? What'd she do to me?!) [Looks back at her leafy tail.] (-Am- I her...? Oh my God, I am... B-but how...? How'd I... H-h-how...?) ... [Shakes her head.] ... This is crazy... Th-this is like Danny... Now I'm the girl?! Cr-crap, I gotta get back to them! [Hesitantly, she glances at "her" body before running back into the Ancient Growth.]
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-Ancient Growth.-

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Pachi: [He places both paws on his head as if he had a headache.] ...Aaahhh...
Molly: Pachi? Are you hurt?
Pachi: My head's throbbing, I--... I feel like...
Safiri: [Runs to the group. She receives a little bit of silent attention from some of the remaining innocents. Her earlier words still intimidate them.]
Danny: Mm? [Turns to Safiri.] !!
Pachi: S-Safiri! Where did--what did--where's Cruce?!
Janet: What did you do to him you little...
Safiri: I... I don't know... (Wh-what am I supposed to say...?)
Al: You better not have hurt him... what'd you do?
Safiri: ...Look, I--... Did you all hear that roar earlier?!
Danny: We did, but the others are on the case. Now -where- is Cruce... Safiri, we aren't fond of your attitude, you know... We won't hesitate to--
Safiri: I'm not Safiri, guys! It's me, Cruce!
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[She receives estranged looks.]
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Pachi: I've played this mind game before. C'mon Safiri, that won't fool us...
Safiri: P--I am! It's me... I'm... I'm Cruce. I don't know why I'm in Safiri's body...
Danny: If you're Cruce, then why doesn't Pachi feel what he would normally be feeling around you... Pachi...?
Pachi: Danny's right. I'm not feeling anything...
Safiri: What? No! I--... I am... Cruce--er, Safiri--er somebody fainted outside... M-my body's out there! Aagh... (Get out of my body, Cruce!!) [Lowers her head in pain.] (What?! Safiri?! Aaah... Cruce, I don't know how you did this, but you're gonna regret it! I don't know how I did this either, but you'd best chill out. You're giving us a headache!! ...Ugh... I swear, I'm gonna--) Safiri! Listen to me, I don't know how I did this! (Yeah right... stop playing dumb, and get out of my body! It's creeping me out...)
Al: [Steps back a little bit...] ...Um...
Safiri: [Closes her eyes.] (I don't know how, and I don't think I'm going to! I don't need you messing things up anymore, Safiri! What?! Me?! You're the one who's-NO!! Safiri, you need to listen to me, PLEASE! ...Look at what this has done to us... We have gotten NOWHERE with this feud. This isn't about you and I anymore, Cruce. My own brother... is the Eclipse... You think this isn't about us...? Why am I the one taking all of your anger...? ...You're in my body... Don't you feel what I feel...? ...I-I...) ...[She swallows spit.] (...I... I do... I don't like Cruce... I want to fight him... But I do feel this... I feel a conscience telling me that it's wrong... Do you even listen to it? ...You're so bent on making me look bad, aren't you...? ...Safiri... we... we really need to stop this... before it hurts your friends or my friends. What friends? You said they all wanted you to fight me. Well yes! Because you're being... ...Go ahead. Say it. What am I being...? ...You're being self-centered... ...Self centered? ...Me? ...Yes, you are. ...Fine... take my body... if you think you can use it better than I can. I-I don't care anymore. I just... I don't... Safiri... I need to get back to my body... ... ...Safiri...? ...) ... [All goes silent within her head.]
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Pachi: Safiri!!
Safiri: [Snaps out of it.] Wh-wha-what?!
Pachi: What has gotten into you...?
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[The discordant roar sounds again. A thunderous vibration moves the entire tree...]
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Safiri: I need to go! [Without giving anything a moment's though, she rushes for the ramp that leads to the Upper Ancient Growth...]
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Al: ...What... on Earth...
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"(Safiri...? Are you even there anymore...?)"
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"(...Safiri Taira...)"
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--E n d i n g--
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