Disclaimer: Hmm...let me see...do I own FFX? *checks her list of things she owns* Nope. Don't own it...just borrowing it for this story. *checks the list again* I did make up the characters of Trina Guado, Joran De Magus, and Aralyn Davenport along with various other minor supporting original characters. Oh yeah...the plot idea's mine too...
Summary: Ten years after the defeat of Sin, everyone is just relaxing as they realize the cycle truly has been broken. Settling minor disputes, and some major, keeps Grand Maester Yuna busy. When the rivalry between Rin and Oaka starts to get out of hand, she sends the two new maesters out to settle it. Everything seems to be going well, until a new villain threatens the peace that was hard won, with an army of creatures that have powers that Spira and her inhabitants are hard pressed to deal with. Who can help out in this trying time? Oh, and just to let you know...I suck at summaries....
A/N: This is the sequel to The Dating Game! FFX style. Yeah I know...you're going what? But how? Well, the prologue is the only part that is really a direct sequel. Um... you'll just have to read to find out more...Aurriku btw...
Prologue: Dream Date
After the show ended, Rikku stood blinking rapidly in the chaos that ensued. The odd girl who hosted the show was running around like a zu with its head cut off, and screaming loud enough to disturb those on the Farplane. A portly man was chasing after her, calling out sentiments, and generally making a fool of himself. Seymour lay once again dead on the floor, and Tidus and Yunie were standing somewhere nearby, kissing each other. Another couple stood similarly embraced off to one side.
A callused finger brushing against her jaw, and forcing her face around and up, made her face the oddest thing about this whole situation. Auron. He was standing before her, his arms wrapped tightly about her. He had just kissed her, and he was going to kiss her again. She closed her eyes when his warm lips descended on hers, and leaned into him. All the noise in the background receded at first to a dull roar, and then into nothingness. She reveled in the sensations he brought out in her from just a simple kiss.
All too soon, he stepped back from the embrace. He slid his hands from her waist, and latched onto her left hand with his gloved right. She blinked and looked around. Instead of the theatrical area they had been in, they were now on the banks of the Moonflow. It was at just the right time, when the full moon shone bright, casting a surreal light on everything, and making the pyreflies luminescent glow brighter. They blanketed the river in their dance, following the eddies and currents, making fascinating patterns along the surface.
Rikku laughed in childish delight when a brightly colored light brushed against her face. Even if this were all a dream, she never wanted to wake up. Here...here Auron was alive, and with her. She turned swirling jade eyes up to the stoic man at her side. He was looking at her, his lone russet eye full of warmth, loving tenderness....and regret. She frowned slightly and started to say something, to ask what was wrong, but he pressed a finger against her lips.
"I am gone Rikku," his husky voice whispered sadly, "You...you do not deserve the life of loneliness that I have led."
Rikku shook her head. "I..." she began, but tears began clogging her throat. A stray drop of moisture leaked from the corner of her eye.
"Go, Rikku, and find someone else, someone who can make you happy." His voice had begun to fade, as had his form. She frantically tried to grasp him, to hold him to her a little longer. "Rikku...don't begrudge Yuna her own happiness..."
Rikku awoke with a start, tears coursing down her cheek. She impatiently brushed them away as she sat up in the bed she used on the airship. Pushing back the covers, she stood up and stretched. It had all been a dream. Even when Auron had been alive he hadn't shown anything other than impatience and, at the end, compassion for her. It had all been just wishful thinking on her part.
As she dressed, she reflected on the dream, painful though it was. The dream Auron had told her to find someone else who could make her happy. That was an impossibility as far as she was concerned. She would never love again. Auron was the only man who could ever make her happy. And what had he meant by not begrudging Yuna her own happiness? Of course she wouldn't do that. Yunie deserved all the elation she could get. Especially now that she was Grand Maester.
With a shake of her head, she walked out into the main corridor of the airship, only to nearly run back inside when the sight of a familiar blond head bobbed into view. Annoyed at her irrationality, she walked towards the apparition. Her brother stood beside him, talking in halting English. She forced a cheerful smile to her face as he looked over at her and waved.
Later that day, she sat with Lulu and Wakka discussing the amazing reappearance of Tidus. Braska, Jecht and Auron had given him their life forces, or something like that. Though it hurt, she didn't begrudge her cousin that glowing look as the two sat on the deck of the airship talking. A wedding would take place soon, and Rikku and Lulu were to be maids of honor. Rikku felt honored that Yunie would ask her.
That night, as she lay in bed, she cried once more. She cried for what could have been, but what would never be. She didn't cry again for a long time afterward.