A/N (2006 Revamp): This series has gone along ways, and as a matter of fact, it's been around for a little over two years now. Lots of things have changed, including policy and format. As a result I've decided to go back and fix errors, grammatical or otherwise, and also streamline the entire story to one style.

For example, I started with having Al Bhed translations at the bottom of the page, then in brackets, and finally I decided on putting the translations in italics after each line of Al Bhed. This I think has worked the best, so I am utilizing this throughout the rest of the fic.

I'd like to thank EVERYONE who has reviewed in the past, EVERYONE who has shown their support. Many authors let their stories die out, especially ones that have lasted as long as this one. I however, would never do that to you guys, and I can assure you that the minute I am finished with the revamp the story will continue with chapter 19.

Thanks!

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This fic is based on a big 'what if', which I hope you find interesting:

What if Tidus hadn't gotten knocked off the Al Bhed ship because Sin never came? What would have happened if he stuck with Rikku and the crew? Hopefully a good read…

Note: This story begins where Tidus tells Rikku where he is from and she thinks he had been affected by Sin's toxin.

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Al Bhed Blue

Chap 1

"New Beginnings"

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1000 years? Sin…Luca…My Zanarkand, a holy place? She has got to be kidding me! This is so unreal. Yet here I was, on the deck of this ship, with people who speak in a different language.

I did the only thing I could; I waited. I didn't have any clue where I was or what exactly an Al-Bhed is. Everything was confusing, especially since the only one who could seemingly speak my language was Rikku.

"Welp, I've got good news and bad news!"

I turned to see Rikku standing by the entrance into the ship.

"I uh…pulled a few strings…and I convinced my brother to take you to Luca!"

"Uh huh. So what's the bad news?" I wasn't too thrilled at the prospects of this "Luca", but I guess it was better than the cold metal deck of a ship.

"Well…since we finally got the big prize…" Rikku pointed at one of the common airships found in Zanarkand. It had a big circle with a picture on it. I couldn't make it out but I think it was the travel airship of an opposing blitzball team. Judging by the design it was for the C-South Duggles. The Abes' luxury edition Kennet Airship was better though…more roomy…

"…so we'll have to go…hey…are you listening?"

Rikku's comment snapped me out of my thoughts. "Sorry… I was just thinking about the airship… it's the ship an opposing team uses for travel games. I was actually playing against them before Sin came…" I stopped when I saw Rikku's expression. It was pure confusion with a little bit of excitement underneath.

I smiled at this reaction. "Oh sorry, you probably don't know what I'm talking about. I play for the Zanarkand Abes, that ship belongs to the Zanarkand Duggles, our rivals. You know…blitzball…" I made a kicking motion.

"Wait…you…you've seen technology like this before? I mean…you know how to operate it and everything?" Rikku's eyes were wide open, for what reason I had no clue.

"Well…I dunno about flying it. I mean, occasionally when I got bored I would go talk with the pilot of our ship. He gave me a few pointers on flying in exchange for some blitzball tips. I don't remember a lot. But hey, I can turn it on at least!" I chuckled at my joke; any moron could turn on an airship.

"Fryd? You know how to turn this on? That's impossible! This is the first airship we have been able to get our hands on! A while ago we found a few sketches of some of these machina ships in an old underwater city, we've been looking for one for months!" Rikku began pacing back and forth.

"Whoa whoa! Calm down, Rikku! Didn't mean to get you all excited!"

Rikku turned to look at me. I noticed her eyes were a cool green, with these wicked awesome swirls in them. Weird, but cool.

"Are you positive?"

"Yeah, of course. Maybe one day I can show you the Abes' ship."

Rikku flashed a big grin. "Come with me right now!"

Before I could respond my hand was in hers and I got dragged into the ship. I got a lot of dirty looks from the men I passed, but eventually we got to the end of a long hall into a room where the man with tattoos all over his chest sat looking over some drawings or maps or something.

"Brother! Drec ec ehlnatepma! Drec ec cu ehlnatepma!" Rikku shouted, surprising who I now assumed to be her brother out of his intent study.

Brother! This is incredible! This is so incredible!

"Rikku? Fryd ec cu..." He looked in my direction and his eyes widened. "Fro tet oui pnehk drec fiend eh rana?" My mind hopelessly tried to understand what he was saying. I think he called me a fiend but I wasn't sure.

What is so... Why did you bring this fiend in here?

"Dryd'c fryd'c ehlnatepma! Ra ghufcruf duubanyda drayencreb!" Rikku exclaimed. She jumped up and down a bit, motioning towards me.

He's what's incredible! He knows how to operate the airship!

"Fryd? Dryd'c esbuccepma. Huputo ryc ajan ajah duilrat yh yencreb pavuna ic. Ruf fuimt drec fiend ghuf? E tuh'd pameaja ed." Once again, I think he called me a fiend. This was starting to give me a headache.

What? That's impossible. Nobody has ever even touched an airship before us. How would this fiend know? I don't believe it.

"Fro fuimt ra mea? E ghuf! Ra lyh bnuja ed cusaruf...is..."

Why would he lie? I know! He can prove it somehow...um...

Brother gave a cocky smile. This couldn't be good. "Fine. Fro tuh'd fa cruf dra fiend cusadrehk ajah fa tuh'd ghuf ruf du ica. Ev ra lyh ubanyda ed dryh E femm pameaja res. Rao, Jekud! lusa rana!"

Why don't we show the fiend something even we don't know how to use. If he can operate it than I will believe him. Hey, Jekud! Come here!

At this a man came in the room. I was still very, very lost. As 'Brother' talked to the man I moved towards Rikku.

"Um…Rikku? What's going on?"

Rikku frowned. "I'm not calling you a liar…but you're sure you can operate an airship?"

Yep, that headache was in full force now. "I told you, I can't fly very well but I can do some basic stuff."

Rikku smiled. "I knew you wouldn't lie, I could tell. But Brother thinks you are a fiend, he doesn't believe you. So Jekud-" She motioned towards the man talking to 'Brother', "- is going to bring some machina that even we haven't figured out how to use. If you know how to pilot and airship maybe you can show us how to use some other stuff." She flashed me the grin I was beginning to like.

"Rikku…I told you…I don't know how to pilot the ship I only know how…"

Suddenly 'Brother' shoved me away from her and dragged me out of the room. He took me down a long hallway then down another long hallway. We arrived into a dimly lit storage room. Jekud, who had accompanied us, grabbed something off one of the dusty shelves and handed it to me, roughly of course.

It was an electric razor. A voice activated one, my old man used to use this kind all the time. He'd only bother to shave before a blitzball game, said the beard slowed him down in the water. In the off-season he'd just let it grow and grow.

"Drana. Damm sa fryd drec ec!" Brother exclaimed. I wasn't sure what he said but I figured he wanted me to turn it on. So I did.

There. Tell me what this is!

"Uh…'close shave' please," I spoke into it. The blue hand sized mechanism began to make a 'whrrrrrr' sound as it turned on. I didn't have any hair on my face to shave, so I just held onto it.

Brother's face lit up; his eyes were as big as Rikku's on the deck.

I tried to explain. "Nothing complicated... Just a voice activated electric shaver." I made a shaving motion with my hand to try to get the point across. Neither Brother nor Jekud seemed to understand; they were both too busy starting at the little machine.

"Rikku! Lusa rana! Dnyhcmyda vun sa! Ycg res fryd drec ec!" Brother shouted. A few seconds later, Rikku entered the room.

Rikku! Come here! Translate for me! Ask him what this is!

She said a few words to Brother then returned her attention to me. "He wants to know what that thing is." She pointed to the shaver.

"This? This is just a shaver. You know, beards, sideburns, whatever."

Rikku gave a surprised look then I presume translated for Brother. Jekud, who had a small goatee similar to Brother's, grabbed the razor out of my hand and brought it to his face. The goatee was gone in an instant, leaving a nice smooth chin.

Jekud let out an excited cry. He and Brother began rambling on in their language while I just turned to Rikku. "It's nothing really. My dad has one of these when I was little."

She laughed. "I can't believe it. I mean I knew you weren't lying, but I guess I just thought you were delusional or something, or imagined this in a dream. But…whoa…"

"Ruf tuac ed fung? Ruf tuac ed fung!?" Brother asked Rikku.

How does it work? How does it work!?

She turned to me. "He wants to know how it works."

I laughed. I was even starting to like Brother and Jekud. They were like kids in a candy store. Jekud was practically bouncing off the walls, feeling his chin over and over again, as if he was double-checking that the razor really shaved his goatee off. Rikku just started at me with those eyes, I couldn't really understand the look she was giving me. Who knew using an electric razor could get this sort of reaction?

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So anyways, that's how I ended up having a permanent place on the Al Bhed ship. I explained to Brother how the razor worked, and then he threw a couple more random items my way, all that were common in any normal Zanarkand household. I think he has started to like me, judging by the way he patted me on the back when I showed him how play a simple game on an old rusty portable video game device. He sure liked that one.

At his command Rikku had given me a room on the ship; she told me she couldn't wait till they got 'to Home' so I could show them how to use the airship. I gave up trying to tell her I had no idea how to operate the thing, but she didn't seem to understand.

Although things were looking up, I was still very confused…but at least the crewmembers weren't giving me looks of disgust. Actually, their looks of awe reminded me of some of my blitzball fans.

Whatever. My headache was getting worse, and I needed sleep.

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A/N: Sorry, I used a lot of Al Bhed because I thought it would help you understand Tidus' confusion! On to the next chapter: Bikanel!