Author's note: Yes, I know there's a lot of script straight out of the game in here, but I thought I needed a lot of it to go on. I didn't want to just paraphrase it in Tidus's mind. So, sorry if you don't like it, but that's all I've got for you.
Arriving in Macalania Woods, I could not have been more unprepared for what was to come. From the moment we set off that morning, it seemed that everyone was trying to keep Yuna away from me. Heh. As if they could. This was my last chance to stop her from doing something she'd regret. I mean, she wanted to make the people of Spira happy. But why marry Seymour when she could defeat Sin? Both would make everyone happy, but…
"Lady Yuna." I looked up. Tromell, Seymour's hand towel—that is, his servant—bowed very low and took her hand. "I will take you to Lord Seymour at once. He is waiting for you." I took a step and the snow crunched beneath my feet. "We must honor Guado tradition, so if your guardians could wait a little while longer."
She nodded quickly and said to us, "Good-bye." Yuna took a few steps with Tromell, and then turned around to face us again. She looked at me first. "I…" I didn't know what to say.
Auron stepped forward. "We're all with you. Do as you will."
"Thank you," Yuna said quietly, before turning around.
Auron turned to face me. "Sorry."
I raised an eyebrow. "Huh?"
He adjusted his sword and gave me a meaningful look. "That was your line."
I suddenly realized what he meant and I bolted for the edge of the small cliff. "Yuna!" I whistled.
She stopped, grinning broadly. "Yes, sir!" There was a crash nearby and she yelped. I hardly knew what was happening. Suddenly everyone was running towards Yuna and Tromell. I was frozen in place, watching a giant machine come down the snowy slope. A man stood at the top of the hill, wearing clothes that looked a lot like Rikku's. He was an Al Bhed. He and Rikku were shouting at each other, but I couldn't understand them. Why would the Al Bhed be attacking Yuna? After all, Yuna was half Al Bhed. Without another thought, I ran down and joined the fight.
"Thundara!" Lulu shouted, raising her arm into the air.
"It's no good," Rikku said. She pointed at the small, spherical machina floating about the tank. "That thing is putting out an anti-magic field."
Wakka threw his ball and the magic negator crashed to the ground. "Yeah!"
"Nice one, Wakka!" I cheered, before slashing at the machina tank.
"Finally," Lulu growled. "Thundara!"
I covered my face with my arm as the machina exploded. Then, as the smoke cleared, I ran to Yuna. "Are you all right?"
She nodded. "Mmhm."
"My lady," Tromell said, and they quickly made their escape to Macalania Temple before anything else attacked. I watched her go, thinking the next time I saw her, she would be engaged.
"Rikku!" I looked up. The Al Bhed on the hill was shouting and shaking his fists. "E femm damm Vydran!"
Rikku rolled her eyes and yelled back, "E ys dra guardian uv Yuna, oui caa? Yuna ec cyva! Fa femm kiynt ran! Cra ec cyva!"
The man pointed at her, frowning. "Oui tu drec ymuha, cecdan!"
I looked at Rikku, concerned, and he ran off into the snowy terrain. She giggled, covering her mouth. I gave her a questioning look, and I wasn't the only one. "I told him I was Yuna's guardian," she clarified. "Well, guess I had to, really."
Wakka took a few steps toward her, confused. "How come you speak Al Bhed, huh? Why?"
He looked at Lulu, and then at me. "W-well, er…I …" was all I could manage.
Rikku sighed, preparing herself. "Because…I'm Al Bhed…and that man was my brother." She looked up at him with wide eyes.
The whole time, I was hoping that Wakka wouldn't blow up. The pained expression of Lulu's face told me she was hoping the same thing. Unfortunately for us, Wakka was…well, Wakka.
"You knew?" Wakka asked. "Both of you?" Lulu and I nodded. I suddenly found the tops of my shoes incredibly interesting. "Why didn't you tell me?" he demanded.
Lulu averted her eyes. "We knew you'd be upset."
Wakka tossed his blitzball down in the snow, angrily. "This is just great! I can't believe I've been traveling with an Al Bhed—a heathen!"
"You're wrong!" Rikku shot back. "We have nothing against Yevon."
Wakka turned away, as If he was trying to buy himself more time to think. "But you Al Bhed use the forbidden machina!" he came back with. "You know what that means?" Rikku shook her head with the same questioning look that Wakka had given her a few minutes before. "Sin was born because people used machina!"
Rikku stuck her face underneath his. "You got proof? Huh? Show me proof!"
"It's in Yevon's teachings!" Wakka said, not backing off. "Not that you'd know!"
"That's not good enough!" She backed up and mimicked, "Yevon says this, Yevon says that. Can't you think for yourself?"
"Well, then you tell me! Where did Sin come from, huh?" Wakka asked.
For the first time, she looked taken aback. "I…I don't know."
He crossed his arms. "Hmph! You badmouth Yevon, and that's all you can come up with?"
"But…" Rikku began, her eyes shining, "that doesn't mean you should do whatever they say without thinking! Nothing will ever change that way!" I couldn't help agreeing with her.
"Nothing has to change!"
"Wakka," Lulu said quietly. But he either didn't hear her or was ignoring her.
Rikku put her hands on her hips. "Do you want Sin to keep coming back? There might be a way to stop it, you know!"
"Sin will be gone once we atone for our past mistakes," Wakka said matter-of-factly.
"When?" she asked, flailing her arms. "How?"
"If we keep faith in Yevon's teachings, it will be gone one day!"
Rikku sighed. "Why do I even bother?"
Wakka's head was harder than a rock. I hadn't known him that long, but I'd figured that much out about him. I didn't have anything against Yevon, but I think maybe Wakka put too much faith in it.