We Think Alike

Chapter One: Djose Meeting

Disclaimer: I don't own any of the characters from Final Fantasy X-2, they belong to Square Enix.

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            Rikku skipped down the Djose highroad, Yuna and Paine not far behind. Rikku's hair swung back and forth as she skipped, occasionally smacking Paine in the face. Yuna was shaking with laughter as Paine restrained herself from yanking the Al Bhed's blond hair. Rikku remained unaware.

            "I can't wait till we get to the temple! I've wanted to see Pops for a while, but we never have the time!" Rikku said cheerfully. Paine was grinding her teeth together as Rikku's hair once again slapped her cheek. Yuna just nodded, looking down at her hand, a dreamy look on her face.

            "Yunie! Are you ever going to stop looking at that?" Rikku said, smacking Yuna's shoulder playfully. Yuna grinned and tilted her head to one side.

            "I'm just afraid that it I don't look at it, it will disappear, like Tidus did two years ago… That sounds stupid, huh?" Paine shook her head and smiled at her.

            "Not at all, when people lose something important to them like you did, they have a tenancy to be a bit insecure. It's normal." Yuna nodded and smiled at Paine as a way of thanks. Rikku meanwhile, was running ahead, reaching the bridge. Yuna and Paine ran to catch up to her. They stood on the bridge, gazing at the temple. It just looked different. Maybe it was because they had the time to stop and look this time.

            "Let's go!" Rikku yelled, jogging towards the temple. Yuna and Paine sighed, and started to run after her, sweat running down their foreheads.

            "You're her cousin Yuna. Does she ever run out of energy?" Yuna shook her head and laughed. Paine just groaned as her side started to ache.

            Rikku reached the doors first and looked back. She groaned when she saw that they had stopped to walk, taking their time. Rikku waited a few moments before she decided to just go on without them. They wouldn't care. Rikku pushed the giant doors open and walked in, looking around. She gasped.

            "What is all this? What are you guys building?" Rikku said, looking up at the machines in awe. An Al Bhed to her right simply nodded in greeting and went back to work. Rikku frowned. "Fryd ec ymm drec? Fryd yna oui kioc piemtehk?" She repeated in Al Bhed. He nodded in understanding.

            "Ycg Gippal." He said simply. Rikku nodded and then realized she didn't know where Gippal was. The man walked away quickly before she could ask him.

Rikku frowned and stuck her tongue out at the man's back.

            Rikku heard the doors behind her open and her mouth fell open when she saw who walked in. Standing in the doorway was Gippal. Rikku just stared at him. Thoughts ran through her mind, but she didn't notice. "Hot…" Rikku murmured under her breath. She slapped her hand over her mouth and shook her head.

            "Hey, Cid's girl! How ya doing?" Gippal said, slapping her on the back. Rikku giggled girlishly. Gippal looked down at her and a smile crossed his face.

            "I'm. Uh… Fine, FINE!" Rikku blurted out, trying to hide her blush. Gippal just stared at her, a dumbfounded look on his face. "What's wrong, do I have something on my face?" He shook his head and walked past her.

            "So, why are you here?" Gippal mumbled, messing around with a machina, looking up at Rikku. Rikku shrugged and looked around the room. 'Why am I so nervous?' Rikku thought. Gippal had stopped working. "Why are you here?"

            "I just wanted to see Pops, that's all. Haven't seen him in a while." Gippal nodded and went back to work. Rikku remembered her question. "What are you guys gunna do with all these?" Rikku spun around in a circle, her hyper ness taking over.

            "We're rebuilding some machina for Rin on the highroad." Gippal turned around. Rikku was hopping around on one leg, waving her hands in the air. "What are you doing- watch it!" Rikku tripped over a large part of one of the machina and flew threw the air. Gippal dove to catch her and they both landed on the floor with a thud.

            Just then, Yuna and Paine walked in. Yuna's eyes widened and she covered her mouth with her hand. Paine just stood in the doorway, a weird look on her face. "Um. Hi guys!" Rikku blurted out, her face bright red.

TBC