|From the Third to the Fourth
Author: iamthou PM
After facing The Reaper, Minato finds himself helping out the Investigation Team in Inaba, only then does everything start going downhill. P3/P4, AU. -BEING REWRITTEN AS TO THE FOURTH WITH REMEMBRANCE-Rated: Fiction T - English - Adventure - Souji S./Yuu N. & Minato A. - Chapters: 20 - Words: 80,411 - Reviews: 91 - Favs: 47 - Follows: 60 - Updated: 12-04-12 - Published: 08-23-12 - id: 8459155
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From the Third to the Fourth.
Chapter One; Death is not a hunter unbeknownst to its prey.
They succeeded in their battle against Strega, now what's left is The Hanged Man, Minato wasn't paying much attention to what both Jin and Takaya had to say, he had his headphones on playing since the beginning of the battle, he heard the soft 'I will burn my dread' part play, quietly, even if it was at its lowest volume, it still managed to block out everything thing around the blue haired boy.
It actually literally almost blocked everything.
Minato honestly didn't know why, but his head decided to make friends with the floor, he could imagine some silly conversation between the two.
'Hey Floor! I'm Minato's head! We should be friends!'
'I would love that!'
He would smile at that, but this isn't the time to be thinking about what random things would say to each other. He suddenly was turned over to his back, he now was looking at the green sky, even in the dark hour the sky always looks beautiful, he saw his friends face look down at him, with worried looks. Why were they worried? He just fell to the floor, nothing of importance. Minato felt something warm on his hand when he placed it on his chest, he looked at it, and his hand was now covered a bit by something that was crimson coloured.
'It's blood isn't it?' He thought in his mind, 'Why is there blood on my chest?'
He looked over at Mitsuru, she was talking about something, Minato wasn't great at reading lips, but he could at least pick up 'Stop moving Arisato, you're only going to strain yourself.'
He wanted to put the two together, but he already figured out what had happened only moments ago, at this point he was starting to grow tired, he wanted to close his eyes, but there is no point in battling them, he motioned at Mitsuru to come closer, "I'm going... To take a short nap." he whispered softly to her, before she could speak again he only hushed her, "If I don't wake up, I want you to take care of the team... Promise me that."
…...He closed his eyes, to be instantly engulfed by the darkness; it was a matter of seconds until he was in the Velvet Room, probably for the last time. He opened his eyes slowly, hearing the music that played in the Velvet Room, he dubbed it 'Poem for Everyone's Soul'. Unsure why he decided on that when he first came here.
He saw Igor and Elizabeth on the other side of the table; Igor began to spoke to him for what could be the last time. "My, what an unexpected turn of events." Minato took notice of the one card that lay in the middle of the table, it flipped over relieving Death in the upright position. "However even if Death has arrived at your door, there is still a journey left for you to uncover."
Minato only smiled at that, Death has to be his favourite tarot card. But even with Igor's words he was left to also be confused, even if it was this way every time Igor did this. "So I didn't die? How was that possible?"
Igor shook his head, "Death is inevitable. However it seems like there is something left for you in another world." The Death card flipped over twice, now revealing The Fool in the upright position. "The Fool also represents new beginnings. Yet it feels like in your new journey to come, you will have to face very important decisions." The Fool flipped over and gathered back into the deck with the rest of the cards. "Whether you take this life as the afterlife or as a new beginning is up to you."
Minato nodded, he wasn't sure what was going on, but he decided to play along, he only told himself that he is just being reborn as another person. He looked over at Elizabeth, the Velvet Room attendant. She was gripping onto her book a bit tighter than usual, yet she continues to smile, "We will soon reach your destination."
The elevator Velvet Room was slowly down and eventually stopped dead in its tracks, "Until we met again." Igor spoke once last time before the gates opened up, light shined straight through, the more it opened, the more light it showed, covering Minato's vision.
Soon the light became darkness once again, Minato had no idea what was going on, he felt himself drifting away. It felt like hours before he could open his eyes, he got up immediately and examined the place around him... No such luck, Minato couldn't really tell where he was, obviously, the thick fog surrounding him wouldn't allow him to do so.
He decided to take a look at himself, he was wearing his winter clothing, last time he remembered, he was wearing his school uniform in the Dark Hour like they would normally, why the sudden change? He questioned himself. At least he had his Evoker where it would be normally; to Minato it felt a bit uncomfortable wearing the holster with his winter clothing. Yes it's near the belt like it would normally. Yet it felt so awkward. Maybe he's just use to wearing it with his school uniform.
He still had his headphones too, or earphones as Yukari would correct him, he never really cared about the difference and still called them headphones.
Minato looked around him before picking a random direction and walking that way, before he could move he thought he heard the sound of chains rattling. Instantly that is not a good sign. He remembered the many times he encountered 'Death' in Tatarus. More specifically The Reaper. He knew that going near that thing would be the end of him when he first went to Tatarus.
...Is it possible to try and face him now? There is no choice, he could run, but there is nowhere for Minato to hide. It's basically a lose-lose situation. But what if it's not The Reaper? There is also that possibility.
Instantly as he thought about that fact, the cry of The Reaper roared through the area. "That's The Reaper alright." Minato corrected himself, there's no turning back for him now, it's now or never. He reached for his Evoker, grabs hold of it and pressed it against his right temple. He wasn't hesitant to pull the trigger, as he had done this multiple times. The sound of glass breaking came, as his Persona, Orpheus appeared. The Persona strummed the strings of the lyre, to cast Agidyne on The Reaper, setting it on fire.
It didn't seem to even scratch the damn thing. Well at least he knew now that The Reaper resists fire spells. If only he had someone like Fukka, he would tell her to scan The Reaper so he knew what skills to avoid using on The Reaper.
Knowing his luck, The Reaper is probably resistant to everything and null to both light and dark. Only then he would know that he is basically screwed in several ways possible. "Why am I expecting an easy way out of this mess? It's The Reaper for crying out loud. Of course he is not going to be easy in any way possible." He shouted at himself.
He was prepared for the worst when The Reaper shot up into the sky casting Ziodyne straight at him, it didn't kill him, thankfully, however he was now shocked and down. Once more, The Reaper shot up into the sky, only to Mind Charge himself.
Minato shook off the shock, and stood back up, he quickly changed Personae to Saki Mitama to heal some of his injuries. "What should I do?" He questioned himself, should he run or should he continue to fight? Before he knew it he heard the sound of a gunshot once again, The Reaper shot another Ziodyne at him, however with Saki Mitama, he was now resistant to electricity, ice and fire based spells. The cost of it all is that he is now weak to strike, mostly has status inflicting moves, along with just one electricity spell; Zionga.
"I could try to hit him with a Megidola with Lilith, although the chance he resists almighty is high." Minato started to strategize; he needed to start thinking if he is going to defeat The Reaper by himself. He did decide to go with his gamble and switch to Lilith as The Reaper tried to hit him with a Bufudyne, which managed to damage Minato quite a bit.
With another click from his Evoker, Lilith appeared to rain Megidola upon The Reaper. Which actually managed to damage The Reaper? "Are you kidding me? He's actually not resistant to almighty?" Minato was surprised with this fact. He never could imagine, The Reaper not being resistant to almighty. Usually Minato wouldn't care, but this is the freaking Reaper!
He sighed, in both relief and frustration. He should be happy about the fact that The Reaper is not resisting almighty, but know he knows and thus going to abuse Megidola. Minato took a deep breath, he didn't know where he was going with this, but he decided to chuck aside his Evoker, "Hey Reaper! How about just a fair fight? Just our weapons and our weapons only? No healing, no buffs, it's just our strength and only our strength! How about it?" He shouted at the shadow in front of him, he honestly didn't know why he just declared a fight with only their weapons. But The Reaper seemed too agreed when he motioned at Minato to "Come at me with your full strength."
Minato smirked, "That's what I like to hear. Whoever falls first is the loser." He quickly changed his Persona to Abaddon, since he resists all three, strike, slash and pierce damage. He ran up to The Reaper, slashing him with his one handed sword. It didn't do much to The Reaper.
Now it's just a game of strength and stamina. They could both fight for endless hours; the question that Minato was gambling with is which will be the first to fall? The Reaper pointed its gun at Minato, shooting him; more specifically it was just a pierce attack.
Now that he thinks about it, didn't he have Abaddon equipped during the battle against Strega? No, no, he changed Personae during the battle; possibly it was one of the Personae that were weak against pierce? Minato shrugged the thought off; his main focus now is The Reaper.
"Just focus on attacking. Be clear of any thoughts and this should be over and done with." He muttered to himself, before getting ready to charge at The Reaper once again.
It's been probably two hours or what may seem like forever before Minato remembered that he was fighting in the deep fog, it only took him to realize when he started to miss contacting his attacks, and he was starting to run out of stamina, he wasn't sure about The Reaper.
However the same seemed too applied to The Reaper, every now and then he would miss his aim entirely, making him actually go to Minato to have a better shot at smacking him. This would repeat over and over again, the two didn't show signs of weariness, even if they actually started to feel fatigue, especially Minato. He was growing really tired, his swings were becoming slower each time.
He also started to miss very frequently, sometimes he slipped and fell down, he cursed at himself when it did happen. "What do I do? At this point, I'm going to lose." He took a deep breath and started to pant, he was seriously tired, his muscles were starting to become sore as well.
Minato only grunted, "I can do this..." Before charging straight to The Reaper, taking a big leap towards the shadow, striking the sword straight into it. The Reaper roared in pain, before falling limp and disintegrating to ash, Minato landed a bit harshly, staggering back and forth to keep balance. Once he regained his balance he sighed, and picked up both the Bloody Button the shadow left behind and his Evoker.
The battle was finally over, he felt a few of his Personae gaining more strength after the battle. He switched over back to Saki Mitama, and summoned the Persona to heal himself up. Even though the healing spells just heal the wound, it brought back some energy back to Minato. He was still trying to take deep breaths to catch his breath, the fact he was tired stayed as well.
Once again his head decided to befriend the floor, all he wanted to do was rest... "Hey! Hang in there!" Did he just hear a voice right there? No, it must just be his imagination... "He seems to be really tired, we need to get him out of here beary quickly!" He drifted once again into the darkness...
And so that's Chapter 1! So I was really inspired by other P3/P4 crossovers fanfics, so I decided to give a crack at it! I was really debating with the beginning, and decided to gamble of the idea of 'What if Takaya shot Minato before The Hanged Man fight?'
Also a gamble in the Velvet Room, my god I had to change it so much, mainly because I had no idea how to write Igor, I am not use to writing characters similar to him. He is however, very interesting to write.
There was a bit of a debate on Minato's character as well, I've decided on a simple cool, calm, collected personality. While he isn't anti social, he chooses to stay quiet, mainly because he prefers it that way.
Also I while I have somewhat decided on pairings, I don't know if I plan on using them in the story. But here's some pairings you guys can expect;
-Yukiko x Chie
-Kanji x Naoto
-Rise x Souji
-Slight Souji x Yosuke (bromance)
-Souji x Minato? (debating, it's either bromance or fool-shipping ahhh-)
As you can already tell, I prefer Souji Seta over Yu Narukami, since I'm more use to his game/manga name over the anime/p4 arena name.
But that's all for now, thanks for reading! See you guys next chapter.