Disclamer- I do not in any way own Golden Sun, Golden Sun: the Lost Age, the Characters from either Golden Sun or Golden Sun: the Lost Age, or the plot from either game.
Before You Read the Story! Please Note:
Parings: Jenna/Saturos and mention of Alex/Mia
I know that the first paring is virtually unheard of. Please do NOT flame because you hate the paring! I remind you that this is a fanfic and that means this is not a real situation that occured during the Golden Sun game, nor will it ever occur in the Golden Sun games no matter how many cheat codes you use! (Believe me, I've tried.) I would Not like to read a million flames that say simply "Jenna BELONGS with Garet." Nor would I like to read anything along the lines of "Jenna BELONGS with Isaac (nor Alex, nor Agiato, nor anyone, you get the picture!) This is mearly for the entertainment of myself, my friends, and anyone who wishes to be entertained by it. To this end, some characters may seem out of context. I am sorry if you feal that way when reading it but as I said above this is my take on what did not (but would have been a lot more intresting if it did) happen.
Warnings: There are few warnings for this fic actually. This is not graphic, nor does it discribe anything in grose detail. In fact the only real problem most people would have would be the pairing (see section above).
If anyone really likes Menardi, or Menardi/Saturos pairings, this is not for you! I repeat: If anyone really likes Menardi, or Menardi/Saturos pairings, this is not for you!
For any blond readers, there is a joke in this(making fun of Menardi) which might make some sensitve people upset. I do not in anyway mean to discriminate blonds. I am not in any way saying that redheads are better than blonds. Its just your luck that Menardi was a blond and not a brunette or a readhead or any other color.
Please Note that I am using the Grecko/Roman mythology as the Adepts' religion. Since there is no mention of what their religion is in both games this is my decision (and also there is the little fact about the lighthouses names' and such).
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Fantasies: The Perfect Sunset
Lalivero really did look pretty at this time of day, when the setting sun reflected off the city rooftops and made them sparkle golden to the observer. It was sights like these, the fiery red of the sun, reflected off the golden sand, that Jenna lived for. She had thought that the sunsets at Vale were magical, with the sun absorbing the grass in a green haze, but only after she had left Vale did she see real wonders. She had thought before of never returning to Vale, since there was really no reason to, no one to return to or hold her there. It was times like these, sitting high up on a tree limb watching this sunset during which she felt free. Free from the pressures that would have been caused by her upcoming birthday when she would have been the proper age to be married, free from the pressures she now had to light the lighthouses, and free from the relenting fantasy that followed her.
Of course the peacefulness just had to be shattered, and as if on cue, Menardi's screechy voice cut into her thoughts.
"But SATUROS, I don't WANT to be left behind!"
Jenna sighed inwardly, another fight. Sometime after the Mercury Lighthouse, Saturos and Menardi had started to fight with each other. And it was always over something stupid, as if they were trying not to discuss the matter that they were really angry about, using petty annoyances as vents for their frustration.
It was after the Mercury Lighthouse that Jenna had started to change. A fantasy had formed in her mind and would not let go. She suspected that she had admired Saturos from the start, after all why not? He was much better looking than the idiots in Vale that would follow her around (excluding her friends Garet and Isaac...well Garet was stupid but at least they didn't fawn on her like the rest of them). He also was commanding and had a baritone voice that was to die for. After the Mercury Lighthouse, just seeing him with a trail of blood decorating otherwise flawless skin, her crush had gone into full blown infatuation.
To Menardi's rambling a male voice spoke, so low that the words blended together in a useless mass of syllables, but just hearing the baritone voice sent shivers down her spine. The velvety tone could only belong to Saturos. The baritone ended and a light tenor began:
"I agree with Saturos, you would just get in our way-"
"GET IN YOUR WAY!" Menardi's screech cut off whatever Alex's reasoning would have been. "Saturos was nearly FLATTENED last time! He nearly DIED!"
Jenna shuttered as Menardi's voice rose in octaves whenever she tried to press a point. Grimacing Jenna could just picture the blond Mars Adept clinging to Saturos's arm and wailing. It was enough to make her throw up.
"Just DEAL with it Menardi!" Saturos's voice boomed through the air making even Felix, who had been sitting on a rock about ten feet away from Jenna, start in surprise, whatever meditation he had been in shattered by the argument.
Both Jenna and Felix were now listening to the argument but Alex's low tenor cut in softly to whatever Saturos would have said, undoubtedly something that would not have been pleasant and probably downright rude.
Alex must have been reasoning with the two upset Mars Adepts, but at least he had not joined in the shouting fest. Neither Jenna nor Felix heard what Alex said, his voice too soft, but Felix must not have been able to concentrate because after a curt nod in Jenna's direction he disappeared further into the forest that sprouted around the Venus Lighthouse. Jenna just stayed put, Alex would say something that neither Menardi nor Saturos could counter and they would all just drop the argument. It had gone on that way for a month already and there was no reason for it not to go that way now. Besides, she reasoned, the sunset was almost done anyway, bright golds and reds fading to the softer blue and purple shades that now crept over the rooftops of Lalivero. But the fates seemed to be working on their ironies tonight and thus the fight did not simmer.
"But SATUROS, I'll be LONELY!"
Jenna's eyebrows raised, was Menardi actually going to give in? That was new.
"Do you think I CARE? Hug a Flippin' TREE if you're lonely!"
Saturos was on a war path now, Jenna mused. Menardi must have royally ticked him off. This might be interesting after all.
"Well I NEVER-" Menardi started ranting and Jenna was just about to move when the sound of flesh hitting flesh sounded across the night. After that there was stunned silence before the sound of footsteps heading angrily away from the campsite where the three Mars and one Mercury Adepts had been arguing rang out through the woods.
Jenna heard the footsteps coming nearer, the slow gait of one she knew well. Saturos. This really was the only way one could come since going back towards the Baby Lighthouse or Lalivero was out of the question. She waited, eyes closed now that the sun was almost gone from the horizon. She heard the footsteps walk into the clearing, well ledge really, overlooking the Venus Lighthouse and the town beyond.
"Trouble in paradise Saturos?" she asked calmly, eyes opening to see the Mars Adept turn in half hidden surprise.
"If that is paradise," Saturos mused, "I'd rather go to the seventh ring of the Underworld."
Jenna's eyes raised in surprise. She hadn't expected an answer from the Mars Adept to begin with since he usually ignored her for the most part. Even if he had said something she would have expected a sarcastic remark, not something that sounded serious.
"The torturous ring saved for betrayers and mutineers? Planning on betraying anyone, Saturos?"
Saturos turned away from the younger Mars Adept, a sarcastic smile playing across his lips. "You tell me."
"I don't think I could." Jenna said softly. The elder Mars Adept, who had been leaning against the trunk of the tree, staring out at the Venus Lighthouse, raised an eyebrow and looked up at the fire-haired girl lounging on the tree branch.
The girl caught his gaze and held it. "I know next to nothing about you after all. In fact the most you ever took notice of me was back in Sol Sanctum when you were busy deciding how to use myself and Kraden to get the Elemental Stars."
It was truthful and the truth hurt. Saturos couldn't hold her gaze. Looking back at the Venus Lighthouse he let the memories overtake him for a few moments. How young she had seemed back then, so innocent yet determined not to let her fear show, except when she had seen Felix. And it was that moment that had started his infatuation. Some girls liked older men, well Saturos liked younger woman. Not teenagers per say, just younger than he was. Or he had thought that. Jenna broke that mold with one look. The one look of terror that seeing Felix brought, and that he had seen. The look of pure innocence lost, replaced with denial and disbelief. He had berated himself quietly later, she was much to young, only in her later teens, not even the right age to marry in Vale, not to mention Prox. And contrary to popular belief, Saturos was not as much of a jerk that people thought him to be. He did not find pleasure in harming innocent people who happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. And even if he had been, Jenna was far to precious in his eyes to hurt in such a way. Seeing her hurt like she had been in Sol Sanctum was something that he never wanted to do again, and yet he had. In her eyes, he realized, he had ignored her unless for his benefit. She didn't know that he was distancing himself for her benefit, taking away the temptation before he gave into it.
He heard a small sigh behind him and turned again to look at the Mars Adept on the branch. She was looking out to the west, towards Lalivero and what had been a sunset. As if feeling his gaze, she spoke, "The sunset's over."
And indeed the sun had faded completely from the sky to the early hours of dusk, the hours where the light dimmed to shadows, the fires burning in the desert town giving the view a surreal feeling.
"You like sunsets?" he asked quietly, and then fought the urge to bang his head against the tree. Why had he said that? Just suddenly taking an interest, when before he had not didn't look at all suspicious...
"I do. It's one of my fantasies really," Jenna answered, "Finding the perfect sunset."
Saturos thought for a minute, looking almost cute in Jenna's opinion, a small frown flitting across flawless features. "I never considered sunsets a fantasy." he spoke at last, still thoughtfully.
"Many don't." Jenna agreed. Then she looked at him strangely for a few seconds before asking, "Do you have a fantasy?"
Yes, Saturos's mind whispered in his head, I do have a fantasy and you could fulfill it, but I could never tell you that now could I?
"No." Saturos answered softly. " Don't have time for a fantasy."
Jenna looked at him, trying to see his features in the darkening light. "Not lighting all the lighthouses?"
"No. The Lighthouses are a goal. I was chosen because I was willing to die, something which the council in Prox wanted as an attribute. Out of those they deemed strong enough, I was one of the only ones without a reason to live. No, lighting the Lighthouses is Alex's fantasy, not mine."
"Strange, to work so hard for a goal that isn't even yours." Saturos looked at the girl sitting on the tree, but she was looking away from him, pointedly anywhere except where he was.
There was a moment of silence, before Jenna spoke with a new question. "Why is Menardi here then?"
Saturos scowled in the gathering darkness. "I really don't know the entire reason. Partly for the power, partly for the glory, partly because of the fact that her parents were considering betrothing her to me-" he broke off for a moment mentally slapping himself. He should not have said that. "A mixture of those, I guess."
Jenna almost didn't hear the last part as most of her seances were cut off after the part about matrimony. She was too busy glaring at the random tree that just happened to be across the clearing, visualizing all the ways to kill Menardi.
"Then why is she so mad at you?" Jenna asked, now curious.
"She found out something that she didn't like." Saturos refused to be specific about that, remembering Menardi berating him when she had caught him looking at Jenna. He had almost lost it then and gotten rid of the woman right there but somehow he had kept his temper in check. The argument had started with her saying that he was "supposed" to be engaged to her, to which he had replied that he was not engaged to her and would never be engaged to her if she was the last woman on earth or in the underworld. Heck, he had even said that point blankly he would rather marry a skeleton than her. It had just gotten worse from there. It was the first time he had hit a female, and this night was the second time.
"What did she find out?" Jenna's question brought him back to reality with a grimace. "Let me guess, you two weren't, aren't and will never be married?"
"Something like that." Saturos agreed, satisfied that he wasn't lying about the reason, he just wasn't telling the entire truth.
Saturos's body froze. Now was the point where he had to either lie downright to Jenna, something which his infatuated mind simply could not do, or he had to sidestep around the truth.
"She's not my type."
Jenna feigned shock, "You mean bossy, shrieking, blondes who are control freaks are not your type?"
This drew a rye smile from Saturos, "Does it appear that way?"
Jenna smirked, "No, it wouldn't look right."
"Look right?" Saturos's right eyebrow arched in confusion.
"Nope, you'd look better with..." Jenna paused to study the adonis before her, "A redhead or...maybe blue..."
"Redhead's fine." Saturos said softly and then proceeded to mentally hit himself with a stick. Little did he know that Jenna was doing the same thing as well, but over a different slip.
Mentally though, Saturos debated with himself. If Isaac, Garet, Mia and...what was the little kid named again? Ivan. If they showed up at the Venus Lighthouse he knew he wouldn't survive another round with them. And they would appear, there was no way he would be leaving the Lighthouse. He knew it and he had accepted it long ago. Even with Menardi's strength, which wasn't much in reality, he would be destroyed as there would be no Alex to stall for time during this round. No, Alex would be making sure that Jenna, Kraden, and Felix were at the ship. (for some reason Menardi wanted Sheba to go with them to the top of the lighthouse) Mentally he debated just telling Jenna right now what he thought as he would not live through tomorrow anyway. This side of his mind won the internal battle and he spoke:
"I like redheads, who have long hair, thin, preferably dark red eyes with maybe a mixture of brown. Also she would have to be a Mars Adept, and... about half of my age apparently..."
Jenna's eyes widened as he had listed off this woman's attributes, listened as he described her. She was speechless, thrilled, but speechless.
"Of course, such fantasies don't exist." Saturos ended softly, but Jenna heard it. He was thoroughly prepared to walk out of the clearing, fully prepared to be faced with the look of horror and shock Felix had faced in Sol Sanctum. But that did not happen, as he began to walk away Jenna's voice stopped him for the second time that evening.
"Then you do have a fantasy."
He turned around to see her, she was now off the tree branch, standing firmly on the ground facing him, her unbound hair swirling around her shoulders and down her back.
"Every fantasy exists somewhere, you just have to find it." she said softly, yet firmly.
Saturos's mind raced with questions. Didn't she understand what he meant? That he knew exactly who he was describing. Didn't she understand the laws surrounding her village, not to mention Prox which was even more strict than Vale? She wasn't old enough, barely an adult even by Valian standards. Unbidden the final question came: If she did know all of this, why didn't she mind? There was only one answer to that question but he wouldn't allow his mind to answer.
"Some fantasies should not be indulged in." he said firmly. There was no room for question. It was the end of the conversation as far as he was concerned. She knew now why he had avoided her and he would die tomorrow, that was it. There was no room for negotiation.
Two words fluttered across the clearing, leaving a startled girl and a shocked man in their wake. Jenna herself was amazed that she was questioning Saturos, the man even Felix would not question, especially when he used that tone. Saturos was floored by the thought. How he wanted to be proven wrong this one time, but he knew he would not be. Still...
Slowly he turned, face basked in the shadows caused by the night, and looked at the girl who stood in a moonlit section of the clearing. He walked towards her and she did not waver. Mind not reacting to any coherent thought, he threw caution to the Jupiter Djinni, he stopped in front of her. Leaning close to her ear he whispered, "Why should I?"
He never got an answer as his mouth covered hers in a soft kiss. Velvet ran over smooth silk, but it was only for an instant. A butterfly kiss and that was all. The Proxian had vanished into the forest.
Jenna was left in the clearing fighting the urge to shout for joy. A true smile graced her lips as she sat down on the edge of the cliff. Unknown to Saturos he had fulfilled her fantasy, a fantasy that now consumed her in what felt like a blaze of sunlight. She leaned back against the tree trunk to watch the stars come out, she might even stay there till sunrise, but nothing in this world could have made the sunset any more perfect, she thought, nothing.
He looked back at the girl who was just visible. Her body shown in the moonlight, like a goddess it shown. She had discarded her purple and red clothing for black leather miniskirt, black silk shirt, and black leather jacket. Her red hair fell down in little rivers, looking like magma on the black obsidian of volcanos. Perfectly. It was almost to painful to behold, her perfection. But he would not have to worry about that for much longer. Silently he said good-bye to the demi-goddess he beheld, for he would not get the chance to tomorrow. Turning to head towards the camp his eyes narrowed to see Alex standing there, a smirk crossing the Mercury Adept's face.
"It's hard, having a fantasy at your fingertips, yet you cannot bring yourself to touch it." he said softly and, surprisingly not sarcastically.
Saturos glared at his companion, the only other one who had seen Isaac's power and knew that Hades would have one more visitor the next day. "You shouldn't talk about what you don't know Alex." He growled before walking past the blue haired male and out of sight.
Alex looked at where Saturos had gone, and then back at Jenna before sighing. Slipping a hand to the thin chain he wore around his neck he pulled out a small picture frame, shaped like a Mercury Djinni. In the center was the smallest portrait he could have made of a blue haired Mercury Adept, one whom he had to leave behind, one he had betrayed and left abandoned. Sighing again he put the chain back where it belonged and murmured to the Adept that was no longer within hearing range, "Saturos, my friend, you have no idea."