Disclaimer: I'd really wanted to own Final Fantasy and all the characters, but hey! Square beat me and invented them first. Crap… So I got nothing, zip, nada (sniff sniff)… Just this story ;-)
Summary: Yuna and Tidus were the perfect couple but he left her for an opportunity with the Zanarkand Abes. 2 years have passed and now Tidus returns, expecting everything to be the same. But Yuna's changed. Can she forgive and forget? (Everyone's in it, guys, so enjoy it! And don't forget to R&R)
Even perfection must end someday
(Two years ago)
The sun was setting across the ocean, spraying its red and orange rays over the city, making it look so quiet and peaceful at the end of the day. There were still people on the beach, teenagers I suppose, enjoying their almost finished holidays, and the calmness of the night was sweetly falling over Besaid. I smiled at that vision of peace.
My smile broadened when I heard his words. We were both sitting on the top of a hill, overlooking Besaid. I had my back against his chest, our legs were entwined, his arms were wrapped around my waist and we were resting against a tree of green leaves and fruits. That was our favorite spot to be and I loved to be in his arms like that. It felt so safe and so sweet…
"I'm thinking how much I love these moments", I answered, turning my head to face him. He was looking straight at me, a sweet longing in his adorable blue eyes. "And I'm thinking how much I love you."
He smiled and gave me a tender kiss, caressing my face with his hand. "I love you too, Yuna. More than you could ever know. Come what may, I'll always love you, don't forget that."
I seriously nodded in agreement. That was more than just a statement. It was a promise, it was a vow, and it would seal our destiny, even though I had no idea at that time.
Tidus kissed me again and I threw my arms around his neck, deepening the kiss. Everything was just so perfect and my only wish was for things to remain the way they were, even though I knew they wouldn't…
"One day we'll get married and we'll have lots of babies", he said, when we finished kissing, cradling me in his arms again.
"You're totally crazy!" I laughed. "Where would we live?"
"Right here in Besaid. In a house next to Rikku's and Lulu's."
"Right here in Besaid?" I repeated, savoring the thought in my mind. That was precisely what I wanted my life to be like. But I knew things weren't so easy and plain as he put them.
"Yeah, of course", he answered, pointing at the city. "Do you know any better place in the whole world to live and raise your children?"
I sadly shook my head and then I asked him, in a trembling voice "Then why are you so eager to leave?"
I could tell that the smile had vanished from his face. His body tensed and his arms pulled me closer to him as if they didn't want to let me go. After a few moments of silence, he spoke again, his voice suddenly serious "I have to go, I have no choice. I've dreamed with this my whole life and now that I have the chance I've gotta take it, no matter what."
"I understand." I murmured "It's just that… it's so hard to see you go, leaving all of us behind."
"I don't wanna leave you, Yuna. None of you. But refusing this opportunity is like throwing the lottery winning ticket into the trash."
"I understand." I repeated, staring blankly ahead.
The lights of the city didn't seem calm and peaceful anymore. They looked empty and lonely and I knew that I was not going to be able to hold on for long without him there to support me. When I had first arrived at Besaid the year before, he had been the only guy who really didn't seem to hang out with me just to win a date or something more. He had been my only true friend, along with his older brother Shuyin and their best friend Wakka. But Tidus had always been different from the other two. He had helped me a lot and he had shown me the good things life has to offer. I hadn't had much experience of life, since I'd been raised in a board school until the age of sixteen, and if it hadn't been for him, perhaps I would've been fooled by people more than once.
Tidus had been my anchor, my friend, my savior… my lover. I'd given him everything I had and I truly believe he did the same. But then, all the perfection was ruined by one single letter, an invitation to be a part of the team of the Zanarkand Abes, the most important blitzball team in all Spira. I knew this was Tidus' life dream and I knew he could not refuse it, but… Zanarkand was so far away! It was almost on the other side of the world and the thought of having all Spira between me and Tidus didn't please me at all. It felt like losing him to the world.
"But I'll miss you like hell and we'll be in touch", he said, trying to comfort me. "Besides, one day I'll return with lots of money and then we will get married. I promise."
I smirked at his conviction of what was going to happen in the future. I could not be down for long when I was with Tidus; his joy and happiness were contagious and I was definitely infected by them whenever I was near him, which, might I add, was quite often.
"Ok, buddy", I told him, pointing one finger at his face "One day I'll make you keep that promise, you're hearing?"
Oh my Yevon, the smile he gave me was beautiful and I melted in it, leaning in closer and kissing him, my heart aching for I missed him already.
"When are you leaving?" I asked him when we had returned. We were in front of my house and it was getting hard to say goodbye.
"Tonight." His hand would not drop mine even though he knew he had to. "I don't like goodbyes, so I'm leaving when you're all asleep."
"Who's gonna drive you to the ship?"
"Shuyin's going", he answered. "My father said he wanted to be there too, but we thought it was best if he stayed at home. You know how he is."
Yeah, I knew. Jecht, Tidus' and Shuyin's father was a very weird guy who gave me the creeps every time he was around. He had once been a famous blitzball player, but he had had an accident that had left him unable to play again and he grew bitter because of that, blaming it all on his kids who played the sport even better than their father. This only made Jecht more angry and aggressive and sometimes he even hit them. And even though Jecht didn't beat them anymore (they were too big for him to do that) he still affected them psychologically and made their lives a living hell. Shuyin, because he was the eldest, was the one who suffered the most.
"Your brother's really gonna miss you", I stated, looking at my feet. "He needs you a lot."
"I know, but I can't take him with me", he said, his voice sad. "I was worried about him, but he said that he's saving money to buy an apartment and leave father's house, so I'm more relaxed 'bout that. And he has Lenne, so I think he'll be fine."
"Tidus!" a high-pitched voice cried out from the inside of the house. It was my cousin Rikku, an upbeat, outgoing, hyper Al Bhed girl, with whom I had come live when I had left the board school. Rikku, Brother and Uncle Cid: they were my family now, even though they were a crazy one.
Rikku swung herself into Tidus' arms and started talking non-stop as always "Oh, Tidus! We're gonna miss you so much! But I know it's for the best and we'll be able to see you on TV and on the newspapers and magazines and someday later, when you're famous, I'll take a picture with you and then I'll show it to everyone and tell them that you're my best friend ever and…"
She went on and on and Tidus just laughed while grabbing her waist and making her swirl in the air. I watched that picture of them, knowing I would not watch anything like that in a long, long time. I couldn't believe that I was going to lose him…
Finally Rikku came to a halt in her talking. Tidus put her down and she quickly turned to me. "Sorry, were you guys talking?"
I smiled and Tidus messed with her blonde hair. "Whaddya think?"
"Stop it, Tidus." I laughed and then turned to my cousin. "Tidus was just sayin'―" I stopped, realizing what I was just about to say. Tidus was just saying goodbye was definitely something I didn't wanna say, not at that point of our lives. It had been easy to say it before, but now that it was real, it felt like a bad omen or something like that.
"What?" Rikku demanded, staring at both of us.
"I was sayin' how much I'm gonna miss you too, Rikster." Tidus finished for me. He was not looking at her, though. He was looking at me in a way that I knew it was only for me and for no one else. I felt tears rising to my eyes.
"Oh, Tidus! That's so sweet! Wait 'til I tell Lulu what you said!" and Rikku darted off, moving to the house right next to ours, where Lulu lived by herself.
As soon as we lost sight of her, Tidus moved closer to me and grabbed me in his strong athletic arms, kissing my head and resting his face on it. "I'll call you as soon as I get there, ok?"
I just nodded for I felt a ball in my throat and I could not find my voice. I held him against me as long as I could, but eventually he let go of me and stepped back.
"I have to go."
"I'll always love you, don't forget."
"And I'll make you keep your promise, don't forget that either."
He should go now, before I started crying like a baby in front of him. But he didn't. Instead, he moved forward and held me once again, kissing me passionately. Then he looked at me one last time and ran away.
That was the last time I saw him and talked to him face to face. Until…