Summary: It all started with a simple trip to Djose Temple to see Gippal, but now Rikku finds herself stuck in Gippal's body while Gippal is in hers!
Disclaimer: Final Fanatsy X-2 belongs to Square-Enix, not me XD
Chapter One: No Way, Djose!
Lightning sparked from the gigantic dome atop Djose Temple. A blonde Al Bhed girl stood outside, staring apprehensively at the temple doors, a letter clutched in her hands.
"I can't believe I'm doing this," she muttered. She gave the doors an almighty push open and stepped inside.
Inside the temple members of the Machine Faction were fiddling with various machina robots. A few of them looked up when the girl entered.
"Fryd tu oui fyhd, Rikku? [What do you want, Rikku?]" a blonde Al Bhed woman wearing goggles asked.
"U-um, I, uh, wanted to see Gippal," Rikku stammered, gripping the letter tighter. "I-if he's here, of course."
"Gippal ec ibcdyenc, [Gippal is upstairs,]" a large Al Bhed man said with a laugh. "Fungehk uh rec haf 'ehjahdeuh.' [Working on his new 'invention.']"
Rikku gave them a shaky smile in thanks and headed towards the stairs. Truthfully she had hoped that the leader of the Machine Faction would be away so she could just drop off the letter and disappear quietly.
"G-gippal, a-are you here?" Rikku asked, peering into the large antechamber that preceded the Chamber of the Fayth. After the defeat of Vegnagun it had become Gippal's workroom. She tiptoed gently into the room but let out an audible gasp when she saw what was sitting there.
A giant machina, about three times as tall as Rikku and at least ten times as wide, sat in the middle of the room, a jet of steam hissing from its top. A tangled web of wires stuck out from the side while dials of every shape and size adorned the front.
"Rumo luf! [Holy cow!]" she exclaimed. "What is that thing?"
Forgetting about her 'mission,' she dashed over to the robot to examine it.
"Did Gippal build this?" she mused, touching the cool metal body of the machina. "I wonder what it's for…"
Just as she was about to explore this strange invention further, a deep, booming voice exploded through the room, "Who are you? What are you doing here?"
Rikku jumped back in surprise and automatically began searching for the owner of the voice with her eyes. Was it a fiend? She groaned. Why did she leave all of her dresspheres back on the Celsius?
"W-who's there? S-show yourself!" she demanded, her voice betraying what little confidence she had hoped to display.
"Nah. …I'd rather eat you for dinner."
Rikku snapped her eyes shut. Defenseless and about to be eaten by a fiend. It sure wasn't how she would have pictured her demise. She sensed it pass in front of her and she closed her eyes tighter. This was it. But instead of the expected tearing of her flesh, Rikku felt an arm wrap around her neck and the unexpected feeling of a noogie.
"Huh?" Rikku opened her eyes. Since when did fiends give noogies? Then she heard it. The unmistakable laughter of… "GIPPAL!"
She broke away from his grasp and tried desperately to flatten her hair. She glowered at the young leader of the Machine Faction, with his golden hair spiked and skin undoubtedly tanned from his numerous excavations in the Bikanel Desert.
Gippal continued to laugh, wiping away tears. "You should have seen your face! It was classic!"
"You big meanie!" Rikku stamped her foot in frustration. It was just like him to have a joke at her expense. "Why do you always have to act like a big jerk?"
"Whoa, chill out, would ya?" Gippal held up his hands in defense. "I didn't expect you to take it so seriously." He wandered over to his creation and picked up some of the tools scattered around its base. "So, what are you doing here anyway?" he asked, tightening the dials on the machina.
"Oh, I, uh…" All thoughts of delivering the letter had been driven from her mind. Was she really going to give it to him after he humiliated her like that? Not likely. "Hey, what is this thing?" she asked, pointing to the machina.
Gippal grinned, patting the machina. Rikku never was one to hold a grudge. "This baby's my latest creation. She's going to make digging for parts in the desert a breeze."
"Really? Does it work?"
"Uh, not yet. But after I make this final adjustment it will." He turned back to his invention, twirling a pair of wire cutters in his hands. "Watch."
He raised the wire cutters to snip one of the cables that was poking out from the side of the machina. Rikku leaned forward in anticipation. However the instant the cutters closed down upon the wire, there was a blinding flash of white light and both Rikku and Gippal were thrown to the floor, unconscious.
Rikku was the first to open her eyes. 'What happened? Did something go wrong with the machina?'
She glanced over to her left where Gippal was standing moments before, but instead of Gippal she saw… herself?
'Huh? What's going on? How can I be in two places at once? Where's Gippal?'
Rikku frantically looked around the room but Gippal was no where in sight. Where did he go? Rikku looked back at her other self and found she was stirring. She opened her eyes. Looking over at Rikku, her eyes widened in shock.
"What the-" she gasped before quickly covering her mouth with her hands.
Rikku smiled. "Don't worry, I don't bi- Hey, what happened to my voice? I sound like Gippal!" She looked down at the rest of her body and found it wasn't hers at all. "And I look like him, too!"
"Yeah, and I look like you." The other Rikku got to her feet. Giving Rikku a look of total disbelief she said, "Looks like we've switched bodies."
Author's Note: Wow, I'm actually writing a new fic! I'm a big Rikku and Gippal fan (heh heh). This one's going to be a lot of fun and the humor will definitely pick up in the next chapter(s). Just wait until Yuna and Paine meet the new 'Rikku' and the new 'Gippal' emerges. What do you think of the story so far? Please leave a review. Constructive criticism is accepted. (I hope I got the Al Bhed right, I should double check :)