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And it starts...

I don't think she ever really understood how I felt about her.

It was pretty simple, really. I was the stoic, uncaring guardian and she was the young, pretty, and caring Al Bhed. She was all blonde hair, revealing clothes, and huge, swirling green eyes.

But, her looks weren't the important part about her. I could have been a blind man and still I would have fallen in love with her.

Yes, in love. Because that was the only way it could be. I never let people past my walls... It was inevitable that the first person who broke through would be the one for me.

But now, I am filled with regrets.

How could I have ever let her know how I felt? I knew that there was little time left. As soon as our summoner, Yuna, did what she came to do, it would be all over. As soon as Yuna defeated Sin...

She would send me. And then, my secret would be out. My love would finally know that I, the legendary guardian Auron, was an unsent.

And Rikku would love me no more.


I awoke in the deep sea, water glittering from the sun above.

Unsure of what was going on or where I was, I swam in the direction of the light. It seemed like I swam for miles before I finally broke through to the surface. Taking a deep breath, I looked wildly around me, trying to figure out where I was.

"No..." I breathed. "It can't be."

I was on the sunny coast of Besaid.