Kevin made his way across the wooden walkways of the Nanza Barrier. He wasn't a huge fan of the Nanza Barrier. He was used to the bigger flashier life of Vane, but if this was where Michael and Ruby wanted to live the more power to them. Visiting wasn't bad as long as he didn't have to live here himself.
After wandering aimlessly for a while Kevin finally found his bearings and located the residential area of the makeshift fortress. Most of the residents lived in a separate barracks. The ones with families, a rare exception, lived in larger apartments. Since most residents were bachelors there were few apartments. Michael and Ruby lived in one of the private apartments. Not fancy, but respectable Kevin supposed.
Over the last half a year Michael and Ruby had worked for Kyle, the Nanza Barrier's leader as well as one of the Five Heroes. Should be one of the Nine Heroes, Kevin thought with a touch of resentment. He helped save this world after all, and no one knew about it, or would ever know about it! And to Kevin that seemed like the most heinous crime ever.
All of his hard earned fame was lost; thinking about it made him sick. Still, life on this version of Lunar wasn't too bad, and he could earn fame anew. He was that good, after all.
Kevin approached the third apartment from the left on the second story level, paused to make sure he had the correct one, then knocked. A moment later the door opened and Ruby stepped out. Her face lit up and she hugged her friend. "Oh Kevin! You haven't been around for ages. Come in!"
"Beautiful as ever I see," Kevin greeted, "but I must point out that you're getting quite fat."
Ruby blushed as she rubbed her large belly. "Can you believe it? I'm going to be a mommy."
"And I'm going to be a dad," Michael said as he walked into the living area from one of the other rooms. Kevin still wasn't used to seeing him without his Dragonmaster armor on. Now Michael was dressed like a standard Nanza soldier. Seeing him in plain leather armor was just weird.
"Scary thought," Kevin joked. In truth he couldn't be happier for them. In their former lives they never would have had the chance to be parents. It was impossible for a dragon to conceive with human child, but now that Ruby was one hundred percent human, having children wasn't a fantasy anymore. "When's the little guy due?"
"Not for another few months," Michael answered. "Hopefully by that time we'll have a name."
"Kevin's always been a favorite of mine," Kevin offered. Ruby made gagging motions, and the friends all laughed. Michael realized how happy he was to still be able to laugh. During Zophar's attack he didn't think they, or anyone, would ever laugh again.
"I see the Magic Guild accepted you," Michael said. After seeing the surprised look on Kevin's face he added, "You're wearing the official robes of this Lunar's Magic Guild."
Kevin looked down at his robes with distaste. "I wish I still had my old robes. They were about a hundred times nicer than these things, but they're way too torn up to be serviceable. Besides I'm not a ranking member of the guild anymore."
"So how'd you get in?" Ruby asked. "They must have noticed that you weren't a newbie, weren't they suspicious about that. Think you're a rogue wizard or something?"
"Nah," Kevin dismissed the notion with a wave of his hand. "When Vane came crashing to the ground they lost a lot of records. I just told them that I lost my memory in the crash and all I know about my past life is my name and my ability to use magic. They had no way to disprove my claim, so they made me a member."
"And any news on Narian?" Michael asked. The former High Priest had parted ways with them shortly after the final battle with Ghaleon, and they hadn't seen or heard from him since.
"Yeah, I got curious too so I looked into it," Kevin said, "He joined Althena's Church and officially became a priest again, but that's about all I know. Honestly, I think the old timer's taken it all pretty hard. Not just losing his God, but getting thrown into a world where Althena isn't really around either. I think he just needs some time."
"Dinner's almost ready. Why don't you join us," Ruby offered, making her way to the kitchen.
"You sure there'll be enough?" Kevin asked as he followed her in.
Ruby gave him a curious look. "Of course, why wouldn't there be?"
Kevin shrugged. "Well your getting so fat that I just figured you might eat most of the food yourself."
"I'm not fat. I'm pregnant," she said with a scowl.
"So you claim," he retorted.
Michael smiled to himself as he joined them at the table. They were in a whole new world and had to start their lives over from scratch, but as long as he had his friends he didn't really care.
The people of Lunar lived on for the next thousand years. Life was harder without the direct aid of the Goddess, but they survived and grew stronger. Time had reached an age of prosperity. Soon that prosperity would be threatened. Zophar would arrive from the Blue Star bringing with him death and destruction, but that had not yet come to pass.
The boy ran playfully through the grass. He had scratches on his arms and legs from climbing trees and falling off rocks, but if he felt them it didn't show. Instead he just ran freely through the tall grass, laughing happily as the wind whipped at his brown hair. Alongside him flew his constant companion, a red cat like animal, no bigger than a kitten.
"Hiro! Supper's ready," an old man called, stepping outside of a solitary house.
"Coming grandpa!" the boy called back.
"That's m'boy," the old man said, scooping the child into his arms. "Been having fun have you?" The boy nodded vigorously and burst into tales of the many adventures he had just had.
The boy had no idea that tens of thousands of miles away on the Blue Star a demon was beginning to awaken, or that his best friend was really the legendary red dragon. He was young and happy. For him every day was a new adventure full of fun and games, but someday he would do great things. After all, he was the direct descendant of Michael and Ruby. Two of the heroes who had saved the world in secret a millennia ago. From this boy great things were to be expected.
Written Summer of 2005 for the All That Glitters is Cold 2 Fan Fiction Contest
Authors Note: You've just read the first fanfic I ever finished. Now for a little bonus content I'll tell you a little about its history. I first came up with the concept right after I finished my senior year of high school. I decided to write a fanfic…and finish it. Unfortunatly, my problem was starting it. I didn't put my story to paper until over two years after coming up with the idea. In fact if it wasn't for the All That Glitters is Cold 2 contest I don't know if I'd have started let alone finish. Anyway, the contest had a deadline and thanks to the deadline I finished.
My initial inspiration was actually the X-Men. To be exact it was the Age of Apocalypse storyline from the mid 90's. With that as a starting point for my plot I decided to do an alternate universe story where the main villain wins at the end of the game. The first obstacle was of course to choose a game. Chrono Trigger? As much as I love the game it was a terrible choice seeing as how we already know what happens if Lavos wins. Final Fantasy VII? Well, Sephiroth would just cripple the planet with Meteor killing off everyone while he becomes a God. In fact that was the problem with a great many games. If the main villain wins then the world is pretty much destroyed…not the most fertile land for a good story to grow from. After a bit of thinking the choice became obvious. Lunar: Silver Star Story COMPLETE.
Ghaleon had become my favorite villain upon playing Lunar for the first time. Unlike most villains who pretty much delight in evil, Ghaleon honestly thought he was doing the best thing for the planet. Anything cruel or evil he did in the game was born from the bitterness he felt at what he perceived as a betrayal from both the Goddess he loved and his best friend Dyne, but at the end of it all he was just trying to do what he thought was right: Giving Lunar a God. He didn't crave power or kill for the pure joy of killing. He had a belief and a cause.
Of course once this was established I had to choose a cast of characters, and with the exception of Ghaleon and Nall (and to a lesser extent Ruby) I had to create them. So Dragonmaster Michael and his best friend Kevin were born. Next came my idea of having Ruby appearing as a fully mature dragon, which quickly turned into the main romance of the story. Having Nall as the only living being to know the truth also was an early on idea.
Then I realized that Zophar would come to Lunar despite the fate of Ghaleon and Althena, and just like that I had my villain. To be truthful I thought the story would be much longer and not nearly as fast paced. The biggest surprise to me was the ending. It wasn't worked out until I came to it. Ghaleon's idea to use time travel at the end might really have been his, because it didn't really feel like my own. Honestly, I had no intention of fitting this story in with Lunar canon at all. It was AU, it was meant to be separate, but then, all of a sudden, I found myself sliding it seamlessly into the standard Lunar canon as though it had always belonged. The really weird thing was some slight foreshadowing within the fic that isn't foreshadowing at all. For example, in the Prologue Laike makes the off hand comment that it would have taken two Dragonmasters to defeat Ghaleon. I wrote that line months before I came up with the ending. Weird. The end result; however, was an ending I couldn't be more pleased with.
I hope you enjoyed the story and the characters both canon and original. I know I did. I've even considered a sequel just so I could write about them again. Maybe someday…