I do not own Chrono Crusade, it belongs to Daisuke Moriyama. The characters are being borrowed without permission for entertainment purposes only. So don't sue me, you won't get much anyhow.
This story takes place before the team leaves for San Francisco. After that it takes a sharp left into my own Alternate Universe. I will be using elements from both the Manga and Anime. Enjoy. C&C is appreciated.
() -- thoughts
BOLD -- sound effects
Speech -- Chrono/Demons in true form
By: Anime Otaku
"My wings carry the weight of misfortune. But, even so, if I try as best I can, maybe something will change."
Magdalan Order Headquarters, New York Branch, 1938
Grey clouds filled the sky and blocked out the sun making it colder then it should have been. A light drizzle of rain fell from the clouds, softening the ground and creating a light mist. But Chrono didn't notice any of this. He rarely noticed anything in the world anymore.
The drizzle started getting heavier and soon it was raining slowly. It wasn't coming down hard and fast enough to soak his cloths through, but it would if he stood there for a long time. He didn't care. Let the rain fall. Let his cloths and hair get wet. What did it matter? This weather was a perfect reflection of how he felt in his heart.
Shaking his head slightly to get the water out of his eyes, Chrono knelt down and placed the bouquet of flowers in front of Rosette's grave. He didn't even bother to read the inscription on the headstone. He already knew what was written on it. It was forever burned into his memory.
The convent grounds were empty, everyone trying to stay out of the rain. Chrono preferred it that way. He didn't really want to see anyone right now. He just wanted to be here with Rosette and her memories. The scar on his chest seemed to ache as he thought about her. But he welcomed the pain. It just reminded him how weak he truly was, despite all of his demonic powers.
Chrono blinked when he heard the soft sound of footsteps squishing through the soft ground. They stopped almost directly behind him and he could hear the soft patter as raindrops fell on an umbrella.
"I knew that I would find you here," a soft voice said.
Chrono turned around and smiled a greeting. "Hello, Azmaria. It's good to see you again."
The twenty-six-year-old smiled in return. She hadn't changed much since the last time that Chrono had seen her. The gold wedding band still shown as brightly as it did the day that Joshua had put it on her finger. Though ten years had passed, Azmaria had still remained as small and petite as she had bee when she was sixteen.
"So, where's Joshua?" he asked her as she came beside him and placed a bouquet of flowers on Rosette's grave next to his. "Is he out on a mission?"
Azmaria shook her head. "He'll be here shortly. He hasn't seen you in a long time and wants to welcome you home from Germany before we go to the party."
Chrono looked to the grey sky. "How long has it been since I've been gone? Four years, right?"
Azmaria nodded. "You just simply left one day without telling us why. The children were really crushed, Chrono. They miss you a lot."
Chrono looked at Azmaria. "They miss me?" He softly chuckled. "I'm surprised they remember me at all. They were only four."
"You practically helped me and Joshua raise them. You're like a second father to them."
Chrono smiled slightly and turned back to Rosette's grave. "How old are they now?"
"They're eight-years-old today. Miss Satella is throwing them a surprise birthday party at her manor."
The demon chuckled. "You know Satella is going to buy them every present they could ever want. She spoils them rotten."
Azmaria smiled. "I know. But I can't tell her to stop. She's always so happy when they come to visit her."
Chrono chuckled. "That's true. I never knew that she was so good with kids."
"I know." There was a long moment of silence, the Azmaria asked, "Can you tell me why you went to Germany?"
Chrono thought for a moment then said, "I guess I can. My mission was canceled after all."
The Devil put his hands in his coat pockets and sighed. "The reason I went to Germany was to investigate a young dictator who was coming into power very quickly. The Magdalan Order had reason to believe that he was using the luck of a Devil to get where he was."
"Young dictator? You mean Adolf Hitler?" Chrono nodded. "Then, those clothes that you're wearing and the reason you don't have your braid anymore."
Chrono looked down at the black uniform and rain coat that he wore, the insignia and rank having been ripped off not too long ago. His gloved fingers came back and absently rubbed the place where his braid used to be.
"Yeah. I infiltrated the Third Reich as part of Hitler's secret police, the S.S. And after about a year in, I confirmed what the Order had speculated. Hitler had come to power using a Devil's Luck. Not only that, I also learned that he was heavily involved with the occult and was a part of the Thule Occult Society. Unfortunately, the Devil that he made a Contract with was his chief occult adviser. So getting rid of him was going to be difficult.
"It was two yeas ago that learned just how far Hitler's obsession with the occult went. After getting myself into the Thule Society, I learned that Hitler had teams of archeologists running around the world looking for religious artifacts. And one of his teams had succeeded. The team had found the supposed resting place of the Lost Ark just outside of Cairo, Egypt."
"The Lost Ark?" Azmaria whispered. "You mean the Ark of the Covenant?"
Chrono nodded. "The same one. I was skeptical at first, but after seeing how Hitler reacted to the news, I decided to take steps to insure that the Ark didn't fall into Nazi hands. Just in case they were right."
"What did you do?"
"I made sure that the U.S. government 'intercepted' a German communication form Cairo to Berlin. I heard that they sent someone to retrieve the Ark and from what I know, it's now kept under lock and key by the U.S."
"Who did they send?"
Chrono shrugged. "He's a very famous archeologist, that's all I know. I never got his name."
Azmaria put a finger to her chin. "I wonder who it was."
Again, Chrono shrugged. "Don't know. But the Nazis hate him with a passion."
"Was that why your mission was canceled? Because Hitler found out about what you did?"
"No. It was canceled because, six months ago, I sabotaged their attempt to locate and claim the Holy Grail. Then I stole something right after killing the Devil that Hitler made a contract with. That was three days ago."
"What did you take?" Azmaria asked.
Reaching into his jacket pocket, Chrono pulled out an object that was wrapped up in a Nazi flag. Unraveling the flag, Azmaria found herself looking at a spear head. Her eyes widened.
"Chrono," she said, her voice shaking. "Is this what I think it is?"
Chrono nodded. "It's the Lance of Longinus."
"Unbelievable." Azmaria had to fight the urge to drop to her knees and cross herself. "What are you going to do with it?"
"Bury it," Chrono said, folding it back up and putting it away. "Bury it in a place where no one will ever be able to find it again. The best place I can think of is in one of the deserts in Mexico."
"Yes, that would be best." Azmaria bit her bottom lip then said, "Chrono, I have to know something."
"What is it?"
"Was the mission the only reason that you cut off your braid?"
Chrono was silent, his jaw clenching. "No," he finally said. "It wasn't. I had other reasons."
Azmaria nodded. She didn't have to ask what those other reasons were. She had guessed just as much.
"So tell me, what's happened since I've been gone?"
Azmaria could tell that he was trying to change the subject and stem it as far away from Rosette as possible. She couldn't blame him.
"Hmmm, let's see. Well, you were here for the crash of '29, so there's no need to bring that up. Let's see. Miss Shader took over as head of the Magdalan Order's Weapons R&D Center after the Elder died last year."
Chrono sucked in a deep breath. "The Elder's... gone?"
"Yes," she said, sadly. "You should visit him before leaving here. I'm sure he would like to see you again."
Chrono nodded. "Yeah, I'll do that."
Further attempts at conversation where halted when one of Chrono's ears twitched and his face lit up in a bright smile. Turning around, he kneeled down and opened his arms wide.
"Uncle Chrono!" two eight-year-olds shouted with glee as they dove into his open arms, latching onto his neck.
Chrono struggled to remain upright as he wrapped his arms around the twins. When he had regained his balance, he stood up with them in his arms and spun them around, smiling as they laughed as squealed in excitement. Setting them down, he held them at arms length and looked at them.
"You two have gotten bigger," he said.
The boy puffed out his chest. "Of course we have. It's been four years."
The girl nodded. "Uh-huh. We're not going to stay small forever, you know."
"I know. I'm just amazed at how fast you both grew up. I still remember when you were both about this big," he said, holding a hand at their chest level.
The two gave him big toothy grins.
Chrono smiled back. It amazed him how quickly these two children had found their way into his heart. He knew that it was foolish to get attached to them, but he couldn't help it. They were so special to him. In more ways than one.
Their physical appearance was no different from any other children their age. They each had ruby-red eyes, blond hair with lavender colored bangs. It was their powers that set them apart.
The girl, Mary Rose Christopher, could see and talk to the spirits of the deceased and help the move on to the other side.
Her brother, Vincent Aion Christopher, could instantly tell who was a Devil in disguise. He could also tell who was possessed by a Mind Eater and purge that person with a single touch without having to Dive.
And when the two of them came together and combined their powers, they could see into the past and future. Truly, they were some of the most powerful psychics to be born in this world. And Chrono would not let anyone misuse their power.
"See, Dad, didn't we tell you!" Vincent said, excitedly. "Uncle Chrono was home! We told you so!"
Mary nodded in agreement. "We told you so!"
Joshua smiled down at the two and took Vincent in his arms while Chrono stood up and held Mary.
"Welcome home, Chrono. We've missed you."
Chrono smiled. "Yeah, it's good to be home."
Joshua looked at Chrono's state of dress and smirked. "Is that all you have to wear?"
"Yeah. I kinda had to make a hasty escape and haven't had time to get anything else to wear."
"Well, don't worry about it. I'm pretty sure that Miss Satella has something in your size that she would loan to you."
Both of the children's eyes lit up at the mention of Satella's name. "We're going to see Aunt Satella?" the both coursed.
Azmaria frowned and smacked her husband on the shoulder. "Joshua! You spoiled the surprise."
Joshua cringed and Mary giggled. Leaning over to Chrono's ear, she whispered, "Daddy's in trouble."
Chrono smiled at her and winked.
"Well, now that the surprise his been spoiled," Azmaria glared at Joshua who laughed nervously. "We'd better be getting over there. Miss Satella's probably wondering where we are anyway."
"Awwww, but we want to visit with Uncle Chrono some more," the twins wined."
Joshua and Chrono put the two down and Chrono kneeled in front of them. "I'll be right behind you guys when you leave here. I just have to say hello to someone who I haven't seen in a long time."
"Promise?" the two coursed.
Chrono nodded. "Promise."
"Pinky-promise?" they said, holding out their pinky fingers.
Chrono smiled and removed his gloves, taking a pinky finger in each of his own. They shook three times. "Pinky-promise."
"Promise made. And once made it can't be broken," all three said.
"Come one you two," Azmaria said. "We have to get to Miss Satella's before it gets too late."
"'Kay!" they both said.
They started to walk away, but Mary hung back and looked up at Chrono.
Chrono tilted his head to the side. "What is it, Mary?"
"She really is beautiful, Uncle Chrono."
Chrono blinked in confusion. "Who is?"
Mary smiled up at him. "Your Angle. I can't wait to meet her. She seems like a nice person."
Again, Chrono blinked. "Huh?"
"Mary! Hey, Mary! Hurry up or we're gonna leave you!" Vincent shouted back to her.
"Coming!" she called back, running over to them.
"See you later, Uncle Chrono," they called to him as Joshua and Azmaria led them to the car.
Chrono waved to them until they were out of sight.
(What the heck was Mary talking about?) he wondered.
Pushing the thought aside, he turned to Rosette's grave and knelt down in front of it and put his forehead on the cool headstone.
"Hello, Rosette," he whispered. "I've missed you."
Gabriel watched Chrono as he talked to Rosette's headstone. He truly did feel sorry for the Devil. The Angle chuckled to himself. Sympathy for a Devil. His world was just full of surprises. And the biggest surprise had come from the person who was standing next to him.
"Are you sure you want to do this?" he asked the figure beside him. "Once you go through with it there's no turning back and I can't guarantee your safety. This kind of situation won't sit well with the higher ups. They'll probably try and purge the both of you from existence. You'll be hunted for the rest of your lives. Now, with that being said, are you sure this is what you want?"
The figure simply looked up at him and smiled.
Gabriel sighed. "All right. It's your life."
Reaching behind him, the Angel plucked two feathers from his wings and walked behind the figure. Placing a feather near each shoulder blade, he stepped back and watched as the single feathers multiplied into many and created a full set of wings.
"It's done," he said. "You can now travel to the mortal plain in a physical body. But, you will probably never be able to return here ever again. Is that all right with you?"
Again the figure smiled.
"All right," he said, giving the newly crated Angle a gentle shove. "He's waiting for you. Go to him."
The new Angle disappeared and Gabriel was left standing alone.
"Good luck to both of you," he whispered before disappearing himself.
Chrono stopped talking when he felt a cool breeze of air pass over him and the rain came to an abrupt stop. A very familiar presence appeared behind him and the Sinner slowly got to his feet and stood very still, his heart thudding loudly in his chest and closed his eyes.
For a long tome, Chrono just stood there, breathing deeply. He was scared to turn around and find an empty space like he had done so many times before. Ever since her death, Chrono had started seeing Rosette everywhere he went. On the street, at the Order, and even on his mission to Germany. He could also swear that he could hear her voice when he was alone. But it was never her when he looked. It as always just his mind playing cruel tricks on him.
But this presence. It was so strong and so real. So very real. He dared, just for a moment, to believe that that his mind wasn't playing any tricks on him. That if the turned around, Rosette would be there, smiling and waiting for him with open arms. Taking three deep breaths to calm himself, he turned around and opened his eyes.
Rosette was there, hovering a few feet off the ground. She was dressed in a white spaghetti-strap dress and heels, with two beautiful pure-white wings coming out of her back.
Chrono felt his breath catch in his throat. She was exactly as he remembered her. Same golden hair. Same pink lips. And her eyes. Oh, God, her beautiful ocean-blue eyes! So loving, so caring, and so easy for him to drown in.
Chrono felt as if his legs would give out at any second as he walked forward. Rosette lowered herself to the ground and her wings vanished. Finally, Chrono was standing in front of her and, reaching out with a badly shaking hand, he pressed it to her cheek.
"Rosette," he gasped when his hand met warm flesh. "How?"
Rosette smiled and covered his hand with one of hers. "It seems that I built up some good credit while I was on Earth."
Chrono looked at her with wide eyes then pulled her close, burying his face in her hair. "You have no idea. No idea how much I've missed you."
"But I do," she said. "Because I've missed you just as much."
Chrono pulled back and, with tears in his eyes, kissed Rosette. He poured all the love that he had for her into the kiss. Rosette gasped in surprise at how forceful his kiss had become and Chrono used this opportunity to plunge his tongue into her mouth, tasting her once again. Rosette's gasp of surprise turned into a moan of pleasure and she wrapped her arms around Chrono's neck as he snaked his around her waist.
The two stood there for a long time, embracing each other. This was going to cause problems for the both of them. The Powers that Be were not going to sit idly by and let this kind of atrocity go unchecked. But, at that moment, Chrono and Rosette couldn't have cared less. They were together again and nothing was ever going to separate them. Ever.
"Hey," Chrono said, pulling away, "let's go."
Rosette was confused. "Go where?"
Chrono smiled. "To Satella's manor. She's throwing a birthday party there for your niece and nephew. You should attend."
Rosette's mouth dropped open. "Whoa, whoa, wait a minute! I have a niece and nephew?"
Chrono nodded. "Yeah. And a new sister. Didn't you know? Joshua and Azmaria got married and had twins. You didn't know this?"
Rosette dumbly shook her head.
Chrono's smile widened. "You'll love them. I know it."
Rosette smiled. "Alright then. Let's go."
Spreading her wings, Rosette leaped into the air and hovered there. "Well, come on, Chrono. Are we going or not?"
Smiling up at her, Chrono transformed and flew up next to her. Hand in hand, the two flew towards Satella's manor and the family reunion that would soon take place there.
Chrono could finally feel at peace. The pain that had been with him for the past four years slowly faded away until it was no more. No longer would he be alone in the world. He had Rosette with him again and that's how it was going to stay.
An Angel and a Devil. Two beings whose lives would forever stand the test of time.
Just like their love.
Author's Rant: And it's DONE! Finished! Complete! Thanks to all of you who have read this from the very beginning and stuck with it until the end. I hope that this ending was satisfactory to you. I'm so glad that you enjoyed my story so much. And I hope that other people who find it enjoy it as much as you did. I can't say for sure if I'll have anything else out any time soon, but, you never know. Once again, thank you, all of you, for reading.
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